Marco Rubio and AIPAC allied in effort to insert poison pill into Iran deal

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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…

The Jewish Week is calling this the Bibi amendment; Rubio got the idea from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu:

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.

Thanks to Max Blumenthal and Dylan Williams‘s twitter feeds.

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one way to solve this issue once and forever is to pass legislation that demands any agreement the US makes with anyone anywhere, domestic and foreign have an amendment attached requiring all signatories to affirm israel’s right to exist. then we wouldn’t have to have these little debates all the… Read more »

Meanwhile, Israel has yet to acknowledge Palestine’s right to exist. Why is Israel’s recognition more worthy than Palestine’s?

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. Nuclear-equipped Israel and… Read more »

The definition of a political hack is a politician who legislates or decides on the basis of personal/political interests over the good of those he or she represents. Rubio, Cotton, Lindsey Graham andMenendez are illustrative examples of the circle of hacks. Jeb Bush and Chuck Schumer each has one big… Read more »

No country which is in breach of so many resolutions of the UNSC, is continually expanding and cannot describe where its borders are, cannot have a right to exist. Even having an agreed border within International law, does not mean ‘any’ state has a right to exist. For instance if… Read more »