Iran Nuclear Deal Turns Up Lobbying Heat On Congress

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irThe Iran nuclear deal has supercharged congressional lobbying, with President Barack Obama securing the support of a prominent Jewish Democrat and pro-Israel groups pressuring lawmakers in an all-out, big-money drive.

Obama, his Cabinet and other allies are making the case that the deal calling on Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief is the best possible way to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, are scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is set to join them.

House Democrats also were scheduled to meet with Obama at the White House.

(AP)

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  1. This “deal” should be put in the garbage heap with all those who support it. Remember this election time and clean out anyone who supports it. Especially the supposed Jewish representatives, turncoats that they are. Better yet recall them.

  2. All the coverage here leaves out the fact that the great majority of international armaments experts support the deal and warn of dire consequences if it isn’t implemented. A number of Israeli experts also support it strongly. Last winter (I think) a congressional delegation visiting Israel wanted to meet with Israeli intelligence experts to hear what they had to say about the negotiations and Netanyahu tried hard to prevent the meeting because he knew that the Israeli intelligence community supported Obama’s approach much more than his. The congressmen insisted on the meeting and eventually N had to allow it, against his will. If the deal doesn’t go through, most countries will drop their sanctions so that any American sanctions that remain in effect will be totally ineffective and Iran won’t be subject to any kind of inspections.

    Ami Ayalon, former head of the Israeli internal security service Shin Bet and former commander of the Israeli Navy, said that the agreement was “the best option” for Israel, saying that “When negotiations began, Iran was two months away from acquiring enough material for a [nuclear] bomb. Now it will be 12 months.” Ayalon said that opposition to the deal in Israel was “more emotional than logical.” Efraim Halevy, the director of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad from 1998 to 2002, wrote in support of the agreement in Yedioth Ahronoth, arguing that the JCPOA includes “components that are crucial for Israel’s security” and warning that a collapse of the agreement will leave Iran “free to do as it pleases.”