Another bipartisan tradition bites the dust: AIPAC breaks with Obama on Iran
AIPAC has broken a longstanding tradition of bipartisanship by breaking with the Obama administration's handling of Iran's drive for nuclear weapons
leadership of the most powerful pro-Israel lobby in the U.S. publicly
broke Sunday from the White House over the issue of Iran policy during
the first of a three-day policy conference in Washington attended by
16,000 of its members.
of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or Aipac, outlined a
strategy moving forward of working through Congress to disrupt any
nuclear agreement with Tehran that is deemed too weak in denying the
country a nuclear weapons capability.
would be achieved, they said, both by seeking to impose new sanctions
on Iran and to block the White House’s ability to lift standing U.S.
sanctions, which would be required as part of any comprehensive
has a critical role” in determining this deal, Howard Kohr, Aipac’s
executive director, said in opening remarks aimed at rallying the
group’s membership. “Congress’s role doesn’t end when there is a deal.
Congress must review this deal.”
Kohr and other Aipac leaders believe any final agreement with Iran must
involve the complete dismantling of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure,
something Obama administration officials have said is no longer on the negotiating table.
also is seeking to impose new sanctions on Iran if there is no
agreement by a late March deadline and to legislate an up-or-down vote
in Congress. The White House is opposing both legislative actions.
AIPAC's position sounds a lot like Netanyahu's position. Waiting to hear whether Herzog and Livni disagree.
Labels: AIPAC, Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, bipartisan, Iranian nuclear threat, Knesset elections 2015, Tzipi Livni, Yitzchak Herzog