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Friday, December 20, 2013

Oh my... 10 Senate Committee Chairs come out against Iran sanctions

Let's keep this in perspective: They're all Democrats and most of them are known as Obama allies. Still, this is a bit unusual.

Ten Senate Committee Chairs have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging against further sanctions against Iran at this time. And Reid will undoubtedly use the letter as a weapon to try to keep a vote on new sanctions from reaching the Senate floor.
“At this time, as negotiations are ongoing, we believe that new sanctions would play into the hands of those in Iran who are most eager to see the negotiations fail,” the ten Senate committee chairs wrote, in a letter to Reid that was signed by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota), Armed Services Committee chair Carl Levin (D-Michigan), Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Appropriations Committee Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-California), Commerce Committee Chair John Rockefeller (West Virginia), Homeland Security Committee chair Tom Carper, Energy Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), and Health, Education and Labor Committee chair Tom Harkin of Iowa.
Several veteran Hill hands expressed amazement at what one called the “unprecedented” letter by the ten Senate committee chairs, several of whom are Jewish, for publicly countering a fellow Senate committee chair Menendez and AIPAC, which has been pressing members of Congress to back the measure.
The fact that 'several of whom are Jewish' is totally irrelevant. We have seen time and time again that protecting the State of Israel is not a driving factor, and support for the State of Israel is too often not a high priority, in how Jews vote. Whether they're right or wrong, the reality is that these committee chairs signed that letter out of support for and loyalty to President Obama, and not out of the conclusion that refraining from introducing new sanctions is in the best interest of the State of Israel. 

In fact, the closest arbiter of what is in the best interest of the State of Israel - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu - is probably biting his lip tonight to avoid coming out for Menendez's bill.

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