Saturday, August 08, 2015

Fears of Lasting Rift as Obama Battles Pro-Israel Group on Iran

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, NYT, AUG. 7, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Obama had a tough message for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or Aipac, the powerful pro-Israel group that is furiously campaigning against the Iran nuclear accord, when he met with two of its leaders at the White House this week. The president accused Aipac of spending millions of dollars in advertising against the deal and spreading false claims about it, people in the meeting recalled.

So Mr. Obama told the Aipac leaders that he intended to hit back hard.

The next day in a speech at American University, Mr. Obama denounced the deal’s opponents as “lobbyists” doling out millions of dollars to trumpet the same hawkish rhetoric that had led the United States into war with Iraq. The president never mentioned Aipac by name, but his target was unmistakable.

The remarks reflected an unusually sharp rupture between a sitting American president and the most potent pro-Israel lobbying group, which was founded in 1951 a few years after the birth of Israel.

(More here.)

1 Comments:

Blogger Minnesota Central said...


ICYMI, Jeffrey Goldberg has an interesting interview with Marco Rubio.

Rubio asserts that Congress does not have the votes to change the deal but warns businesses that invest in Iran to be concerned that if Iran violates the deal, President Rubio will act.

8:17 AM  

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