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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.

The White House also announced that Al Franken, MN Senator, is for the Iran deal. Big news. Leading J Street to say:

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

Ad in LA Jewish Journal from 98 prominent Hollywood Jews, tweeted by White House

Ad in LA Jewish Journal from 98 prominent Hollywood Jews, tweeted by White House

Hollywood Reporter:

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.

The Boston Globe has a big op-ed from one Alan Dershowitz opposing the Iran deal. And another one from Sidney Topol of American for Peace Now supporting the deal. Says Topol:

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.

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  1. ckg
    ckg
    August 13, 2015, 2:56 pm

    The White House also announces that Carl Levin of Michigan…Support the Deal.

    It appears that when Carl Levin first announced he supported the deal three weeks ago, no one was listening.

    • MRW
      MRW
      August 13, 2015, 9:40 pm

      Wasn’t that Sander Levin?

      • ckg
        ckg
        August 13, 2015, 10:10 pm

        MRW. Carl publicly committed to supporting the deal a week or two before his older brother Sander, my congessman, did.

  2. Kay24
    Kay24
    August 13, 2015, 4:12 pm

    Netanyahu knows he is going to lose, and this interesting article says he still will want to extract all he can, even if he does. We always knew was “Nutty”.

    “Analysts maintain that Netanyahu would be able to secure higher rewards for Israel now, when his implied acquiescence to a deal is valuable to the Obama administration, rather than later, when the deal is either done or undone and Netanyahu’s attitude is far less important.
    Netanyahu sees things differently. He believes that passage of the Iran accord by virtue of a Democratic bloc that supports the president will strengthen his hand, not weaken it. According to his view, after the dust settles in Congress, Democrats will be desperate to mend fences with Jewish voters and donors in advance of the 2016 elections and will be pressing the administration to mollify Netanyahu, who will continue to wax indignant for as long as possible. His leverage against an administration that has gotten its way will be far greater than it is against a president who is pulling out all stops to achieve victory, he believes.
    Netanyahu also sees fringe benefits in his strategy, according to people who have heard him. He believes that the fight over the Iran deal will weaken the Democrats not only with Jews but also with the American public overall. Win or lose in Congress, Americans view the agreement with Tehran’s ayatollahs as an accord with terrorists if not a deal with the devil. For those who aren’t convinced, Netanyahu will gladly provide both proof and argumentation.

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/1.671094

    It seems members of the Congress who support Netanyahu, will find themselves on the wrong side, once again. Why keep following this war monger?

    • ziusudra
      ziusudra
      August 14, 2015, 12:40 am

      Greetings Kay24,
      I hope the majority of US Jews realize that the danger is King Bibi.
      The Politicians don’t care one way or the other.
      The nays of the Accord will whine till the day of the vote realizing that the US has too much to lose being that it’s a bigger, involved issue than just Iran & Israel gambling at becoming the regional hegemon. Killing this deal could cause bigger problems for Israel, US Jews & even public opinion of the Rep. Party & Americans.
      ziusudra

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        August 14, 2015, 6:59 am

        It is so obvious that Netanyahu wants nothing but war. This so called “better deal” they keep asking for does not exist. There is no deal on earth that will satisfy those salivating for another war to be fought by the US at the bidding of Israel. The zionists will not fight with us, but will be arm chair warriors, who will provoke and supposedly give us “logistical support”, it will be American kids who finally shed blood. So easy for them, we already did their dirty work in Iraq.
        They were horribly wrong about that one too.

        It is utterly disgusting that groups like AIPAC, ADL, and others are poisoning our country, by openly taking the side of a foreign nation, that has been parasitic in this relationship, and devious in it’s grand schemes.

        Who the hell are these zionists pretending to be Americans who are trying to dictate to us what our policies should be, and how congress should vote? The bottom line is, the zionists cannot stand the thought of Iran being part of the international community, and it seems other nations already are in there, making the most of it. Israel is like the envious neighbor who cannot stand the thought of it’s neighbor doing well.

        “The ADL joins the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the American Jewish Committee and B’nai B’rith International among centrist Jewish groups opposing the deal. A number of large Jewish bodies, including the Reform and Conservative movements, the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, are still mulling the deal, although several have expressed concerns about it. The Orthodox Union and the Zionist Organization of America oppose the deal.”
        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.671120

    • Boo
      Boo
      August 14, 2015, 10:14 am

      Netanyahu may get his reward, but he won’t get any discount off the price tag.

    • RobertHenryEller
      RobertHenryEller
      August 14, 2015, 1:24 pm

      For those who might have trouble accessing the Ha’aretz piece, here is the text:

      Headline: “Sources: Netanyahu Seeks Gains From Iran Deal Battle He Knows Is Lost”

      Sub-headline: “After bitter Congress campaign, weakened Democrats will press for Israel compensation as their bid to retake the White House falters.”

      Benjamin Netanyahu’s go-for-broke onslaught in Congress against the Iran nuclear deal has been described as a lose-lose situation that would leave Israel worse off, no matter what happens. One of the most oft-asked questions in recent weeks in Jerusalem and Washington, therefore, is this: “What is he thinking?” According to several sources who are privy to Netanyahu’s most recent discussions with American interlocutors, and based on what they have heard and how they interpret the prime minister’s words, the answer is this:

      Netanyahu is under no illusion about the ultimate outcome of the campaign. He accepts the prognosis that there won’t be enough Democratic votes in Congress to override a presidential veto. He is getting used to the idea that the Iran nuclear deal, which he has described as a “stunning mistake,”  is already a fait accompli.

      Nonetheless, Netanyahu has refused to engage President Obama or the administration in talks about what the media describes as security “compensation” for the Iran deal. Obama has said that Netanyahu believes that this would signal acceptance of the Iran accord and would weaken the resolve of its potential opponents in Congress. Obama told Jewish leaders that Netanyahu is wasting precious time in which Israel’s defense capabilities against Iran and Hezbollah could have been upgraded.

      Analysts maintain that Netanyahu would be able to secure higher rewards for Israel now, when his implied acquiescence to a deal is valuable to the Obama administration, rather than later, when the deal is either done or undone and Netanyahu’s attitude is far less important.

      Netanyahu sees things differently. He believes that passage of the Iran accord by virtue of a Democratic bloc that supports the president will strengthen his hand, not weaken it. According to his view, after the dust settles in Congress, Democrats will be desperate to mend fences with Jewish voters and donors in advance of the 2016 elections and will be pressing the administration to mollify Netanyahu, who will continue to wax indignant for as long as possible. His leverage against an administration that has gotten its way will be far greater than it is against a president who is pulling out all stops to achieve victory, he believes.

      Netanyahu also sees fringe benefits in his strategy, according to people who have heard him. He believes that the fight over the Iran deal will weaken the Democrats not only with Jews but also with the American public overall. Win or lose in Congress, Americans view the agreement with Tehran’s ayatollahs as an accord with terrorists if not a deal with the devil. For those who aren’t convinced, Netanyahu will gladly provide both proof and argumentation.

      This could be Netanyahu’s contribution to a Republican victory in November 2016. He would then gain a grateful GOP President who may not scuttle the deal overnight, as he or she now promises, but would certainly adopt a tougher attitude on its implementation, Netanyahu believes.

      From Netanyahu’s point of view, this could be a win-win rather than a lose-lose situation: he would take credit for extracting the best possible security compensation for Israel’s defense. He would weaken Democrats and in effect punish them for supporting Obama and his terrible deal, and could see a pro-Israel Republican administration taking power to boot. In addition, he would confound all of his critics, detractors and naysayers in Israel and America who have accused him of making the wrong decisions at every turn.

      Of course, skeptics might think that Netanyahu is being too clever by half. That he is ignoring the effects of lingering resentments in the White House and pent up anger among Democrats, especially moderate ones, who have been caught between a rock and a hard place in recent weeks. Netanyahu is also overlooking the long lasting damage to the American Jewish community, which is now splitting between pro and anti-deal factions, between those who see anti-Semitic motives in the administration’s battle for its policy and others who are outraged by the accusations of Jew-hatred leveled against the U.S. President. And that it is reckless of Netanyahu to wreak all this havoc on Israel-US relations and on American Jews on a campaign that was doomed from the outset.

      And then there is the issue of Netanyahu banking on a Republican victory in 2016, a subject on which he’s already on record as erring badly, you will recall, the last time around. Netanyahu has surrounded himself with likeminded conservatives to the extent that he is blind to the rest of America, one source told me. He is increasingly out of touch with minorities, millennials and liberals, Jewish and otherwise, the source added, which is why it’s so easy for him to discount their influence and to write them off, with potentially disastrous results.

      The writer of the Ha’aretz piece is “West of Eden” columnist Chemi Shalev

  3. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    August 13, 2015, 7:02 pm

    RE: “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.”

    A LITTLE BIRD SEZ:
    Religion: Protestant[1]
    1. http://cqrcengage.com/amda/app/person/11780;jsessionid=RNTHZa87qNr8KxyKnPY3jcUF.undefined
    SOURCE – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Clark

  4. ckg
    ckg
    August 13, 2015, 7:38 pm

    Speaking of Al Franken, pinkwashing is dealt a self-inflicted blow from the so-called liberal Zionist newspaper: http://www.mediaite.com/online/haaretz-calls-sen-al-franken-gay/

  5. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    August 13, 2015, 10:18 pm

    The support for the deal sure seems to be tipping the scale. Unanimous UN Security Council vote for, over 60 top security officials, Generals, Scholars, U.S. Intelligence agencies, Israeli intelligence officials, Gary Samore (the guy who started UANI, etc etc. Your piece lines up more….The list keeps growing with some heavy hitters.

  6. Blownaway
    Blownaway
    August 13, 2015, 11:11 pm

    This has devolved into a show in what Netanyahu thinks he can win the long game both by extorting Obama and the Democrats now and get more goodies when the Republicans get elected according to Haaretz.
    http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/1.671094

  7. Sarahmint
    Sarahmint
    August 14, 2015, 12:45 am

    Why is the title “Non-Jew dares to announce position on X”? What’s wrong with being a non-Jew and what’s wrong with announcing a position?

    • annie
      annie
      August 14, 2015, 5:03 am

      welcome to MW sarah, that’s quite an entrance.

      where’s just?

    • Rodneywatts
      Rodneywatts
      August 14, 2015, 6:47 am

      Hello & welcome Sarah! Since I am more Goy than Jew, and having been accused-like so many non-Jews- of being anti-semitic for criticising zionists, Phil’s title is spot on in terms of the political arena today. Of course it will be great when society has matured enough and racist zionists discontinue their untenable ‘defense’ by continually whining about anti-semitism. Even better will be when zionists acknowledge their heinous, unscriptural, colonial, illegal, destructive, inhuman standpoint.

      MW, I can say categorically, embraces people for their humanity, whoever they are, and in no way do we non-Jews feel disadvantaged. Thank you Phil for all you do!

      @Annie –Yes where is our good friend Just?

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      August 14, 2015, 12:54 pm

      “What’s wrong with being a non-Jew and what’s wrong with announcing a position?”

      Better you shouldn’t ask. You don’t want to know!

    • RobertHenryEller
      RobertHenryEller
      August 14, 2015, 1:43 pm

      “Why is the title ‘Non-Jew dares to announce position on X?’ What’s wrong with being a non-Jew and what’s wrong with announcing a position?”

      Sarah: I had the same questions while reading this other recent piece on Mondoweiss:

      “Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir”

      http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/roundtable-palestinian-solidarity/comment-page-1#comment-790134

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      August 15, 2015, 6:27 am

      @ Sarahmint
      It would have been more accurate to have the banner: “Non-Jew dares to announce support of Iran Deal.” MW should change it.

  8. Pixel
    Pixel
    August 14, 2015, 4:04 am

    .
    Haaretz Calls Sen. Al Franken Gay [on Twitter]

    Fast Forward.

    Haaretz | Twitter
    Haaretz.com ‏@haaretzcom 9h9 hours ago
    3:59 PM – 13 Aug 2015

    Oops. Apologies for misfired tweet about @AlFranken. A moment of madness on the desk. #eggonourface. The real story: http://dlvr.it/Br5tqf

  9. Kay24
    Kay24
    August 14, 2015, 7:34 am

    Ron Dermer on MSNBC: “Iran has an illegal nuclear program”.

    Yeah? Does Israel have a legal one, and have they signed the NPT making it legitimate?
    No?

    • German Lefty
      German Lefty
      August 14, 2015, 1:39 pm

      It’s very important not to confuse the two terms “nuclear program” and “nuclear weapons program”. The term “nuclear program” shouldn’t necessarily make you think of the NPT, because the NPT is only about limiting nuclear weapons. Nuclear energy, however, is fine.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        August 15, 2015, 6:32 am

        @ German Lefty
        But the US press and lots of US politicians intentionally conflate the two, including Schumer in his crappy statement against the Iran Nuclear Deal. The average American is not aware Iran has a legal right to non-military nuclear energy operation and they don’t know anything about the NPT Iran is a party to; nor do they know Israel has nukes and is not a member of NT. US politicians count on the ignorance of the US masses, and the US main media does all it can to keep them ignorant.

    • RobertHenryEller
      RobertHenryEller
      August 14, 2015, 1:39 pm

      Pat Buchanan of all people had this advice for President Obama on how to handle Ron Dermer:

      “The president should declare Dermer persona non grata and send him packing, then tell the Israeli government we will discuss a new arms package when you have a prime minister who understands that no nation interferes in the internal affairs of the United States. None.”

      http://www.creators.com/opinion/pat-buchanan/obama-v-bibi-fight-to-the-finish.html

      • German Lefty
        German Lefty
        August 14, 2015, 1:41 pm

        “when you have a prime minister who understands that no nation interferes in the internal affairs of the United States.”

        Oh, really? What is the USA doing? The USA interferes in the internal affairs of Iran.

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        August 14, 2015, 4:20 pm

        RobertHenryEller, I never thought I would agree with Pat Buchanan.

        German Lefty, yes, the US has interfered in far too many nations, and some have been instigated by Israel who loves to be the troublemaker.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        August 15, 2015, 6:35 am

        @ German Lefty
        When’s the last time POTUS went to the Iranian version of Parliament and made an applauded speech against the Iranian leader’s agenda?

      • German Lefty
        German Lefty
        August 15, 2015, 9:29 am

        Citizen – “When’s the last time POTUS went to the Iranian version of Parliament and made an applauded speech against the Iranian leader’s agenda?”

        POTUS doesn’t give speeches in foreign parliaments. POTUS sends troops and killer drones to foreign countries.

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