Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Israel Lobby and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Israel Lobby and the Iran Nuclear Deal

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Dale Sprusansky, assistant editor of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, spoke at the Al-Hewar Center in Vienna, VA on Sept. 16, 2015. He began by providing an overview of what is in the Iran nuclear deal, "especially since so much money (tens of millions of dollars) have been spent by pro-Israel groups to mislead Americans about this agreement." Israel "injected itself into the debate surrounding the deal," Sprusansky noted, "and has, through the years, managed to raise international alarm and tensions by assassinating Iranian scientists, engaging in warmongering and fear-inducing rhetoric. But ultimately, Israel is like that child at Thanksgiving dinner who has to sit at the kids' table and spends the entire meal whining and complaining about not being able to sit with the adults. Israel, like that child, tried to spoil the occasion to get what it wanted-Washington's ear on Iranian policy and more U.S. weapons-but ultimately was ignored by the wiser adults in the room."

This agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is the result of intense global negotiations that involved Germany, France, the U.K., China, Russia, the U.S. and Iran. Europeans began this diplomatic push to prevent war in 2003, without the Americans, who were guided by neocons and had no interest in talking to Tehran at the time.

It is ironic, Sprusansky said, that the U.S., late to enter the diplomatic game, was the country whose legislative body-Congress-posed the greatest threat to breaking up the deal. …

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