“I believe the agreement is the best way to achieve that”, Levin said in a statement. It’s an invocation of the Walt-Mearsheimer “Israel Lobby” thesis that insisted support for Israel was being bought by Jews. If the deal’s opponents get the upper hand, Israel will bear sole responsibility for a conflict between the United States and Iran and for dealing a serious blow to the prestige of the world’s leading superpower, a country vital to Israel’s security.
In addition to such helicopter tours showcasing Israel’s perilous geographic perch, candidates usually sit down with Israeli prime ministers and opposition leaders, scout areas in the firing line for Hamas rockets and visit the iconic ancient religious sites.
“Those kinds of stories resonate so loudly because that’s the personal side of this”.
Among those on the list Tom Dine, former executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the pro-Israel lobby group which is now among the most vocal opponents of the deal.
The clock is ticking for the Obama administration to enlist the support of enough members of Congress to sustain a presidential veto on what is expected to be a Congressional vote of disapproval on the controversial nuclear deal.
At times taking positions to the right of Israel’s government, the former governor of Arkansas at one stage described Russian Federation as the “Soviet Union” – when referring to its plans to supply Iran with S-300 anti-aircraft missiles – before correcting himself. Obama, who now demands that Democrats back him or be branded as disloyal, has shattered the bipartisan consensus that Iran had to be stopped. But for at least the next generation these hostile acts will not include nuclear weapons.
You also know this isn’t about nuclear weapons.
Saperstein said his reading of the nuclear agreement shows “Iran’s ability to produce these materials will be considerably reduced over the next decade”.
Then he decided to speak directly with voters in the Jewish community, many of whom were not happy.
Felix: I’ve heard it. They’re saying that, Greshler.
“We remain deeply concerned that Iran is unflinchingly anti-Semitic and an unapologetic state-sponsor of terrorism”. It is simply a deal that has more holes than a Swiss Cheese. During this same period, commentator Pat Buchanan crossed that line when he said that Jews and the denizens of Israel’s “amen corner” in Congress were pushing the U.S. into a war with Iraq in which their children would not serve. “I feel right now that the Congress in a bipartisan vote will not approve the deal”.
The CNFI ad addresses the substance of the deal and “does not single out the president in any way”, Cohen said in the email.
Along with AIPAC, the studiously apolitical American Jewish Committee and the typically liberal Anti-Defamation League have also come out against the deal.
Saperstein adds: “Chamberlain gave away Czechoslovakia and gained nothing”. Netanyahu insisted, against all evidence, that he rejects the deal “because I want to prevent war“. Is this what we need rabbis for?
Mary Ellen Gurewitz, a lawyer and activist who supports the deal, says she is anxious.
He also advised that Jewish groups on college campuses build a base of support by reaching out to other groups without strong feelings against Israel. But modern Israel is not weak. She said the Parole Board members who approved the releases were appointed by Huckabee’s Democratic predecessors, and Clemmons should have been re-incarcerated before the slayings because of a parole violation.
Indeed, much has changed in the Middle East. Even more has changed in the Middle East since last spring, including Iran’s relationship with the United States and the rest of the world. Even after the agreement seemed to be a fait accompli, top officials in Jerusalem and an worldwide bevy of acclaimed experts agreed that “Saudi Arabia is with us”, in a concerted effort to prevent Obama from signing off on a “bad agreement”.
The Iran deal is not a matter of personal rivalry between Netanyahu and Obama.
Panelist Harrison Furman, a recent graduate of George Washington (GW) University who has been actively involved with Jewish student organizations, said the best way for students to deal with anti-Semitism expressed as anti-Israeli sentiment was to become part of a campus Jewish organization.