White House Briefs Jewish Leaders on Iran Nuclear Deal

Administration attempts to head off congressional sanctions

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Aides to President Barack Obama briefed leaders of the American Jewish community on a conference call Monday to assuage concerns about the six-month agreement to ease sanctions against Iran while curbing its nuclear program, Bloomberg reports.

In the hour-long call, representatives from major groups like the Anti-Defamation League and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee raised concerns that in agreeing to the deal, Iran is simply buying time in which to develop nuclear weapons, according to Bloomberg.

“The real test is implementation, to see what they are going to do to live up to this,” said Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. “We expressed concern they will use this as they have in the past just to have cover.”

The president is hoping to hold off congressional action to impose further sanctions, which administration officials fear would derail the historic agreement between the U.S. and European allies and the Islamic Republic. Supporters of Israel wield substantial political influence on Capitol Hill, having donated $5 million more dollars to campaigns in 2012 than even the political heavyweight defense aerospace industry.

[Bloomberg]

17 comments
RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

The American people trusts their President in his judgement regarding this issue with Iran. So far, his performance record on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Al Qaeda is excellent. Any efforts to avoid another war in the ME are greatly appreciated by the peace loving American.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Wont be surprise if those so called Jewish leaders fold. Their loyalty to Obama and the Democrats are greater than their loyalty to the land of their ancestors, Israel.

glennestockley
glennestockley

i would ad the following three words to the end of this article..." who they own".....lmfao.....

jmac
jmac

Steinglass:    American Jews are largely liberal, and largely support Barack Obama; Mr Netanyahu’s relentless baiting of Mr Obama over the past five years has already tested their willingness to take Israel’s side. Now, Mr Netanyahu’s threat to stage a unilateral attack on Iran risks creating an unprecedented schism.

Netanyahu was wrong on Syria.   They are destroying their weapons program.   

Congressional members on both sides are the reason Netanyahu can behave the way he does.    Our former UN ambassador, Bolton, writing articles urging Netanyahu to strike unilaterally borders on anarchy.  He can move to Israel and suit up if he or Congressional members want to defy a six nation agreement by playing to constituents.  


reallife
reallife

that should go over well...


LOL

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@jmac They are destroying their weapons. Where were you before Pearl Harbor ? You could have advised Roosevelt going against Japan. It would be good we would be speaking Japanese now. Naivete and gullibility are sure your strongest points. Keep going. You are doing fine.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ReneDemonteverde @jmac You really don't know history do you. The reason Japan attacked Pearl Harbor is because we tightened their sanctions and left them no option other than war or surrender,

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91 @ReneDemonteverde @jmac Nothing. We did not do anything to them. It is what they did to the Chinese in Manchuria that made us tell them please do not invade China, just wait for the first incompetent US President who is so adept in setting up red lines. But you know how those Japanese are. Very sensitive no patience to wait for Obama. You got any further questions, pardner ?

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91 @ReneDemonteverde @jmac They attacked Pearl Harbor so as to incapacitate the US naval fleet while they invade their neighboring countries in search for raw materials/ oil for use in their economy. That is why one of the Japanese Admiral said that all they did was woke up a sleeping giant.  Geez Mantis it is not for me to explain it to you.