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The Emergency Committee for Israel is warning that President Barack Obama can’t keep promises–whether it’s on health care or Iran.  The neoconservative group’s latest video warns that the American people can’t trust the president, and that he’s the one marching towards a war with Iran.

It’s the latest salvo from right-wingers seeking to scuttle a diplomatic deal with Iran over its nuclear energy program.  Since the breakdown of talks with Iran in Geneva last weekend, American neoconservatives, along with Israeli officials, have come out against a deal with the Islamic Republic.

The video attempts to capitalize on the health care debacle the Obama administration has found itself in.  Just like with Obama’s misleading promise to Americans that they can keep their health insurance if they want it, the ad says, the American people shouldn’t trust his promise that he has “Israel’s back” on Iran.  For good measure, the neocon group run by right-winger Noah Pollak and founded by Bill Kristol implicitly criticizes Obama for not bombing Syria when Bashar al-Assad crossed the president’s “red line.”

The end of the ad is of a nuclear bomb exploding.

The group has devoted much of its energy to attacking Obama over his Iran policy, even as his administration supported crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic. In 2012, an advertisement called on the U.S. to “act” by attacking Iran.

The Emergency Committee for Israel is joining a campaign waged by Israel that has grown over the last week, with an anonymous government official telling Haaretz that Secretary of State John Kerry can’t be trusted on Iran. 

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Twitter account posted this misleading message:

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Israel’s friends in Congress have taken up the call to scuttle a deal too. On Wednesday, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), who has forged close ties to AIPAC, told reporters that Kerry’s briefing on Iran that day was “fairly anti-Israeli.” Kirk added: “This administration like Neville Chamberlain is yielding a large and bloody conflict in the Middle East involving Iranian nuclear weapons that will now be part of our children’s future. And the best way to prevent that from happening is to continue sanctions.” Israel’s Economy Minister, Naftali Bennett, is in Washington to lobby Congress to keep up the sanctions.

And Foreign Policy magazine’s John Hudson reports that Israel and the Obama administration are locked in an “information war” over a deal with Iran. Hudson reports that “Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee are storming Capitol Hill in an effort to discredit the Obama administration’s interim nuclear deal with Iran…As a result, lawmakers have begun citing a range of facts and figures the Obama administration says are wildly inaccurate.” Those figures concern the amount of money in sanctions relief Iran could get from a deal, and the amount of time Iran’s nuclear enrichment program would be set back.

Iran experts in favor of a diplomatic deal, though, warn that continued sanctions could scuttle a rapprochement, and in turn lead the U.S. on a path towards war. That was a message echoed by the White House yesterday.

The campaign against diplomacy with Iran comes as the International Atomic Energy Agency released a reporting indicating the country has slowed its nuclear program down. As Reuters reported, the report states that “Iran has stopped expanding its uranium enrichment capacity” and that “no further major components had been added to a potential plutonium-producing reactor that worries the United States and its allies.”

Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance remains unchanged, though. “I am not impressed with reports that we hear that Iran has not expanded its nuclear facilities and the reason for that is they don’t need to,” he said. “They’ve got enough facilities, enough centrifuges to develop and to complete the fissile material which is at the core of an atomic bomb.”

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  1. seafoid
    seafoid
    November 15, 2013, 2:20 pm

    Going to war with iran and doing nothing about the escalating cost of healthcare both have the capacity to break the US.

    • just
      just
      November 15, 2013, 2:34 pm

      Yep.

      Our eternal support and financing of Apartheid Israel does as well.

    • ToivoS
      ToivoS
      November 15, 2013, 5:21 pm

      ACA is not going to do anything about escalating health costs. To tackle that problem requires taking on the biggest lobby of all that dare not speak its name — the American Medical Association.

      • just
        just
        November 15, 2013, 5:25 pm

        And big Pharma and the Insurance lobbies…

      • bilal a
        bilal a
        November 15, 2013, 8:19 pm

        Drug pushers, snake oil salesman. selling the illusion of eternal youth .and yet after billions spent, western lifespans are dropping.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        November 16, 2013, 1:07 am

        “western lifespans are dropping”

        ??? I just did a quick Google on life-expectancy, and found increasing lifespan for the following countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, UK, Canada, Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Belgium, and even the USA.

        Those make up a fair bit of the West.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        November 16, 2013, 10:36 am

        US life expectancy is amongst the lowest in the OECD. 65 million uninsured don’t help.

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        November 16, 2013, 11:04 am

        No direct link, but the lifespan for the least well educated women in the US has *dropped* by a whole 5 years.

        Edit: I think it was specifically white women.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        November 16, 2013, 8:29 pm

        “US life expectancy is amongst the lowest in the OECD. 65 million uninsured don’t help.”

        “No direct link, but the lifespan for the least well educated women in the US has *dropped* by a whole 5 years.”

        That’s just the USA. And even there, according to the figures I Googled, overall the lifespan is rising.

        Unless those figures are wrong, it seems that Western lifespans are not dropping.

  2. amigo
    amigo
    November 15, 2013, 2:43 pm

    “The nonconservative group’s latest video warns that the American people can’t trust the president, and that he’s the one marching towards a war with Iran.”

    WTF.
    Are these people on drugs or do they think all Americans are just plain dumb.

    Well , America ?, Are you.

    If not get off your rear end and help to rid your nation of these dangerous parasites.

  3. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    November 15, 2013, 2:46 pm

    Israel and the I lobby are the aggressors. They are the more likely candidate to use the nuclear weapons that the world knows they have, even though Israel refuses to sign onto the Non Proliferation Treaty. Height of hypocrisy and the whole world is sick of it.

    Adelson saying bomb Iran
    http://mondoweiss.net/2013/10/adelson-nuclear-negotiate.html

    Prof Finkelstein “Israel is a lunatic state”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdfh_0uXw60

    http://www.juancole.com/2012/06/campbell-israeli-pm-sharon-threatened-bush-with-nuking-iraq-mearsheimber-walt-vindicated.html
    Campbell: Israeli PM Sharon Threatened Bush with Nuking Iraq (Mearsheimber & Walt vindicated)

    Posted on 06/21/2012 by Juan Cole

    Alastair Campbell’s serialized memoirs contain a bombshell that is largely being ignored in the Western press, the revelation that in conversations with President George W. Bush in late 2002, then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon threatened to nuke Baghdad if Saddam Hussein hit Israel with rockets again. (Campbell was then British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s communications director).

    Israel and their nukes
    http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/09/16/324261/us-report-says-israel-has-80-nukes/

    • bilal a
      bilal a
      November 15, 2013, 8:23 pm

      They don’t need first strike,covert, submarine launched MIRVed ICBMS for Bagdad.
      They are deterring other nuclear powers.

  4. Phan Nguyen
    Phan Nguyen
    November 15, 2013, 2:50 pm

    Mort Klein of the ZOA recently made a similar comparison:

    President Barack Obama has repeatedly stated for more than five years—since before he was elected President—that he will “never, never” allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. He has also repeatedly stated that, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period.”

    The ZOA is deeply concerned that his Iranian pledge is as untrue as his health care pledge.

  5. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby
    November 15, 2013, 3:38 pm

    Jewish groups leading the Pro war camp…

    These crazy people raise antisemitism with their hatred.

    How can anyone say Israel/lobby is a friend of United States? Its a threat!

  6. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    November 15, 2013, 4:09 pm

    RE: “Iran experts in favor of a diplomatic deal, though, warn that continued sanctions could scuttle a rapprochement, and in turn lead the U.S. on a path towards war. That was a message echoed by the White House yesterday.” ~ Alex Kane

    TAKE ACTION! TAKE ACTION! TAKE ACTION!

    Tell Your Senators: No More Sanctions

    The next round of talks will take place in a week or so. More punishment from the US before these talks could empower hardliners in Iran and make it harder for Iran’s president to negotiate. When you undermine diplomatic solutions, you head toward war.

    Tell your Senators not to undermine diplomacy with Iran.

    ● TO SEND AN EMAIL OPPOSING ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS DURING THE NEGOTIATIONS – http://www.winwithoutwar.org/page/speakout/no-more-sanctions

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    P.S. ALSO SIGN THE J STREET PETITION!

    TELL YOUR SENATORS: DON’T UNDERMINE IRAN NEGOTIATIONS WITH NEW SANCTIONS

    ● TO SIGN THE PETITION – http://act.jstreet.org/sign/iran_negotiations/

  7. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    November 15, 2013, 4:28 pm

    RE: “Israel’s friends in Congress have taken up the call to scuttle a deal too. On Wednesday, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), who has forged close ties to AIPAC, told reporters that Kerry’s briefing on Iran that day was ‘fairly anti-Israeli’.” ~ Alex Kane

    FROM opensecrets.org:

    Pro-Israel: Money to Congress

    • Senators (top 20)
    • All cycles
    Candidate ////// Amount
    Lieberman, Joe (I-CT) $2,281,424
    Kirk, Mark (R-IL) $1,706,933
    Levin, Carl (D-MI) $1,661,835
    Specter, Arlen (D-PA) $1,376,605
    Obama, Barack (D) $1,371,325
    McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) $1,339,348
    McCain, John (R-AZ) $1,303,682
    Clinton, Hillary (D-NY) $1,234,741
    Wyden, Ron (D-OR) $1,058,857
    Durbin, Dick (D-IL) $954,203
    Schumer, Charles E (D-NY) $866,149
    Boxer, Barbara (D-CA) $861,013
    Cardin, Ben (D-MD) $824,865
    Harkin, Tom (D-IA) $822,685
    Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA) $807,666
    Daschle, Tom (D-SD) $797,141
    Kerry, John (D-MA) $718,535
    Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI) $717,621
    Nelson, Bill (D-FL) $707,461
    Reid, Harry (D-NV) $699,784
    Lautenberg, Frank (D-NJ) $696,266

    SOURCE – http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/summary.php?ind=Q05&recipdetail=S&sortorder=A&cycle=All

    Members of the House (top 20)

  8. American
    American
    November 15, 2013, 4:34 pm

    hmm…..smart

    Iran slows nuclear advances in possible goodwill gesture

    Posted: 15 Nov 2013 08:54 AM PST
    http://warincontext.org/2013/11/15/iran-slows-nuclear-advances-in-possible-goodwill-gesture/

    Barbara Slavin reports: Although Iran and the international community
    failed to achieve a breakthrough in Geneva last week, Iran has slowed its
    nuclear program in what could be a goodwill gesture intended to show that
    it will abide by a nuclear agreement. According to the latest quarterly
    report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),….”

    Israel might take this as a sign they can treat Iran as they do I/P and the Palestines– keep wringing and wringing every last concession out of them till there’s nothing left to give and then declare thats still not enough.
    Might not work this time though. The Iran issue a very different matter
    to most of the EU, attacking Iran carries more immediate economic disruption threats to them than what Israel is doing in Palestine.

  9. ToivoS
    ToivoS
    November 15, 2013, 5:33 pm

    Unfortunately, there is a linkage between this health care fiasco and the Iran talks — Obama has politically weakened himself because of the former thereby making it more difficult to pursue a rational policy towards Iran.

    As much as I personally dislike Obama, I do think he deserves political support over his Iran negotiating approach. Call and write your representatives urging them to support Kerry-Obama in Geneva. These new sanctions being cooked up on the Hill are going to make Kerry’s job very difficult.

    • just
      just
      November 15, 2013, 5:36 pm

      I see no linkage whatsoever.

    • lysias
      lysias
      November 15, 2013, 6:47 pm

      If Obama last summer didn’t have the power to go to war with Syria, a weakened Obama today will have even less power to go to war with Iran.

    • Justpassingby
      Justpassingby
      November 16, 2013, 7:41 am

      Toivos
      What approach? People like yourself need to stop being fooled by warcriminal Obama.

  10. flyod
    flyod
    November 16, 2013, 8:38 am

    Israel’s National Health Insurance Law, which provides universal coverage at a reasonable cost, most likely couldn’t exist if the state wasn’t covered militarily by the U.S. taxpayer.

  11. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    November 16, 2013, 10:50 am

    Here is Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown’s response to my communication asking him to support negotiations with Iran not more sanctions based on unsubstantiated claims. Of course had some idea that the had supported sanctions but had no idea he had been so instrumental on constructing and imposing Israel’s sanctions (owning the U.S. congress on this issue)on Iran. So discouraged with Dem Senator Sherrod Brown’s response. He is clearly a PEIP (progressive except for Iran and Palestine). I also begged him to consult with the Leverett’s before making more decisions about Iran.
    I literally put hundreds of hours into both of his Senate runs and wins. That will not be happening again if he keeps this warmongering behavior up.
    “Dear Ms. Galt:

    Thank you for getting in touch regarding Iran.

    I continue to be a strong advocate of doing everything we can to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. In addition to being a cosponsor of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Sanctions Consolidation Act of 2011, I cosponsored the Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Human Rights Act of 2012, and Senate Resolution 380, which urged increased economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran and affirmed U.S. policy to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. During the consideration of both the 2011 and 2012 National Defense Authorization Acts, I also supported specific amendments to impose tougher sanctions on Iran.

    As we put pressure on the Iranian government to disband its nuclear program, our resolve to support those in Iran who seek peace and freedom cannot waiver.

    I appreciate your sharing your concerns with me. Concerns for Iran are too important to be subject to partisan politics. As the Senate considers relevant legislation, I will keep your thoughts in mind.

    Sincerely,

    Sherrod Brown
    United States Senator”

  12. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    November 16, 2013, 10:52 am

    Back at Senator Brown.:

    “Dear Senator Brown,

    After having worked hundreds of hours for both of your Senate campaigns it is deeply troubling that you have played such a role in pushing for unnecessary sanctions against Iran. You must know there is no hard proof that Iran is working on a nuclear weapons program and that they have the legal right to enrich uranium up to 20% for peaceful purposes as signatories to the Non Proliferation Treaty. It is also deeply disappointing that you would allow yourself to be driven by the demands of Israel and the Israeli lobby when it comes to U.S. foreign policy with Iran who signed the NPT long ago vs Israel who continues to refuse to sign the NPT and sits on a massive stockpile of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons that go un inspected by the international community. Are you incapable of admitting to this horrific irony. This is the height of hypocrisy.

    Please begin consulting with former Bush administration officials Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett who stood against the invasion of Iraq based on unsubstantiated claims(which I know you voted against the 2002 Iraq war resolution) and who have directly negotiated with Iran. Flynt is a former CIA middle east analyst. I believe they know far more facts about Iran than those who are driving you towards more unnecessary sanctions against Iran.

    I feel so strongly about this issue that if you continue to construct and push for more sanctions against Iran I will personally work against your next Senate run.

    Sincerely
    Kathleen Galt
    Athens Ohio

    Links to the Leveretts website and talks
    http://goingtotehran.com/obamas-refusal-to-respect-irans-sovereign-and-treaty-rights-continues-to-thwart-diplomacy-leaving-america-on-the-self-defeating-path-to-war

    Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett on Charlie Rose
    [hulu id=138951]

    [hulu id=138951]

    Flynt Leverett at New America Foundation
    http://newamerica.net/people/archives/88

    • American
      American
      November 16, 2013, 11:45 am

      I would change that to…

      “I feel so strongly about your higher loyalty to the foreign country of Israel and your betrayal of the US and it’s own people’s interest in the Iran issue that I will personally do everything possible to put your true motives and who you are actually using your US senate position to legistate for on Iran sanctions before your voters in your next senate campaign.”

      Piss them off more, you have nothing to lose. Should be clear by now that the in your face dismissive reply you got is all we’re ever gonna get…until they are threaten by the one accusation and drum beat that can actually crush them.
      The only time I ever got more than the usual polite brush off and an actual taking me ‘seriously’ was during the Iraq war debate I wrote a letter to a certain senator accusing him of being a ‘traitor’ to the US. I got back a two page suck up letter of him defending his background and trying to “convince me “I was wrong.
      Put them on the f’ing defensive..Quit ‘begging’. Start asserting.

  13. traintosiberia
    traintosiberia
    November 16, 2013, 11:33 am

    http://articles.latimes.com/2002/apr/07/opinion/op-perlmutter

    This is an old article by Louisiana State University Professor expressing angst at Bush , the peace activist ,Jewish donor to Democratic party , European for less than Sharon -kind hawkish position on Palestine and Arafat and S Arabia .

    Back then he was raising the possibility -“What would serve the Jew-hating world better in repayment for thousands of years of massacres but a Nuclear Winter. Or invite all those tut-tutting European statesmen and peace activists to join us in the ovens?” – No one in Senate or Congress embraced the idea and used it openly to force Bush his thinking,plans,or strategies but the neoocns within the administrations did not have to be fed with those ideas ( Bush did in his own pace).

    That author should be pleased today to know that threat of that nature has worked outside US as well.

  14. Sumud
    Sumud
    November 16, 2013, 11:44 am

    Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance remains unchanged, though. “I am not impressed with reports that we hear that Iran has not expanded its nuclear facilities and the reason for that is they don’t need to,” he said. “They’ve got enough facilities, enough centrifuges to develop and to complete the fissile material which is at the core of an atomic bomb.”

    When is someone going to stand up to Netanyahu and tell him:

    As long as your country is not a NNPT signatory and you have undeclared nuclear weapons we don’t care what you have to say about Iran. Fuck off.

    Pardon the swearing but that man needs to be unambiguously put in his place

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