Marco Rubio just announced for president in a call to donors. First things first.
Rubio has his foreign-policy priorities down, too. He wants to insert a poison pill into the Iran deal:
Sen. Marco Rubio wants to make Iran recognize Israel’s right to exist as a condition of any nuclear agreement with Tehran.
The Florida Republican has floated his proposal as a possible amendment to a Senate bill written by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) that would allow Congress to disapprove of any deal…
Netanyahu is insisting that any final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program include a “clear and unambiguous Iranian commitment of Israel’s right to exist.”
Douglas Bloomfield, a former legislative director for the leading Israel lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), writes that AIPAC will join in the push if the amendment is offered:
Republicans are backing the “Bibi” language because it sets up Democrats, especially Jewish ones, to choose between supporting Israel or the administration, which opposes the amendment. AIPAC will be lobbying hard for the amendment, if it is offered, and then notify its members who the real friends of Israel are and who doesn’t deserve their contributions and votes.
The added value of the Rubio’s amendment is that it not only splits Jews and Democrats but it would kill any chance of an agreement with the Iranians.
The National Jewish Democratic Council says this transparent effort to politicize the deal is offensive. Yes but where is Chuck Schumer?
And where are the Israel liberals? They have their own poison pill. Ynet says that the expected Israeli opposition, the Zionist Camp, supposed liberals in the legislature, are demanding that the U.S. agree to incorporate an Israeli military attack on Iran into the deal if Israel doesn’t like the way the deal works out. Notice that the Israeli opposition are as spoiled-child as Netanyahu; they think they should have a back channel into the negotiations thru the U.S.
Zionist Union leaders Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni laid out their Iranian policy on Sunday and called for a “comprehensive, intimate and in-depth strategic discussion with the US” on nuclear talks between world powers and Iran, saying all issues on the table must be clarified with Washington before a final agreement is signed with Tehran.
The crux of Herzog and Livni’s plan is a call on the American administration to commit in advance to approve an Israeli military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities if Iran violates the framework agreement signed a week and a half ago by trying to produce nuclear weapons.
This story is further evidence of what a rightwing society Israel is.