Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York announced that she is for the Iran Deal. The Almanac of American Politics says she’s a Protestant.
Today the Energy Secretary addressed Jewish groups, urging them to support the deal.
The nuclear deal with Iran will give the U.S., Israel and other countries the “freedom” to confront Tehran’s support for terrorism and violations of human rights, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told … [the] Jewish Federations of North America.
The White House announces that Rahm Emanuel is for the Iran deal, and he loves Israel:
“There is a reason a number of national security voices in Israel are supportive” of the #IranDeal.
A majority (5 of 9) of the Jewish Members of the Senate now publicly support the #IranDeal: Boxer, Feinstein, Franken, Sanders, Schatz
David Harris-Gershon responds:
So US Jewish organizations against the Iran deal don’t represent most American Jews, including those in Congress.
The White House also announces that Carl Levin of Michigan, John Warner of Virginia, and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is for the Iran Deal. Warner and Levin’s op-ed dares not to mention Israel! From Rebecca Shabad at The Hill:
Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), announces support for #IranDeal “It is our best opportunity to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
Clark does not identify her religion publicly, says her office.
White House also tweeted this today: Read what’s taking up a full page in LA’s @JewishJournal today
98 Prominent Hollywood Jews Back Iran Nuclear Deal in Open Letter (Exclusive)
Matthew Weiner, Eli Broad, Norman Lear and Frank Gehry are among those who warn of a “tragic mistake” should Congress kill the agreement.
Americans who have special concerns about Israel should be aware that anti-deal American Jewish groups do not speak for American Jews on this issue. According to recent polling, a plurality, if not a majority, of American Jews support the deal.
Got that? At Vox, Gary Samore explains why he left United Against Nuclear Iran because he supports the Iran Deal. He says that we really couldn’t have gotten a better deal than the one the P5+1 arrived at, and by the way he calls Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu “Bibi” in the interview. UANI is funded by Sheldon Adelson and Thomas Kaplan, neocon pro-Israel Jewish billionaires. Samore is being replaced at UANI by Joe Lieberman.
Thomas Kaplan is the chairman of the 92d Street Y, which two months ago hosted Michael Oren in his campaign to get American Jews to oppose the deal. And Adelson was mentioned in today’s Times front-page article all about Jewish donors squaring off over the Iran deal.
And speaking of Jews versus Jews: Four Jews ushered from a Brooklyn synagogue when they stood up with pro-Iran-Deal posters at a town hall meeting for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries hosted by the Israel lobby group AIPAC. The story was posted at +972 blog.
Sitting in the back section of the Flatbush Jewish Center, the group stood up during the question-and-answer portion of the meeting and silently hoisted signs, reading, “Another Jew who says no war with Iran.”
The mostly conservative audience responded with accusations such as, “You’re going to send all of us to the gas chambers!” Another called them “Arabs” and asked them where they were keeping their PLO flags.
“There’s something a little bit sad that in a room full of Jews like that, I would feel so unsafe,” said Simone Zimmerman, one of the activists, who belongs to the liberal advocacy groups J-Street and MoveOn.org.
One audience member approached the group and tore up one of the posters, causing others in the audience to clap. Security then requested that the group leave, and when a reporter approached the group, the congressman’s staff asked that they not give any interviews…
The event, attended by hundreds in the community, was hosted by AIPAC, Agudath Israel of America, the Orthodox Union, and a number of other conservative-leaning Jewish organizations.
It was publicized as a “special briefing” which would welcome questions or comments from the congressman’s constituency.
J Street on twitter:
Unreal: Jewish #IranDeal supporters booed, booted from New York town hall meeting
Jeffries hasn’t taken a position yet on the deal but hinted at the meeting that he might be against it. Last year when Israel leveled portions of Gaza and killed 500 children, Jeffries went to a rally and cried out, “Israel today, Israel tomorrow, Israel forever,” shades of George Wallace in the schoolhouse door.
Thanks to Peter Voskamp.