AIPAC official: Netanyahu’s Congress speech harmed Israel’s interests
… from Press TV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: We may be seeing the long knives coming out between AIPAC, Bibi and the Likuds, the chumps that ponied out the “kill the Iran deal” media campaign, and all those in Congress that kowtowed to AIPAC instead of telling them where they could shove their desire to oppose the American people and the World. This event has confirmed the worst negative Jewish stereotype… that they put themselves before all others, today and forever.
Read between the lines to see the cover they are giving to Congress, with this “begging Bibi not to give the speech” baloney. They could have just refused to give him an audience, and that would have been the end of it. But they didn’t, and a lot of Americans know why.
They did not see refusing him to be an option, and went on to humiliate the country by allowing Bibi’s tirade to go on to show the folks back in Israel how he could assemble the barking seals in Congress.
The story AIPAC is trying to sell is they had planned to kill the deal BEFORE the final agreement was agreed, meaning they were supporting Israel’s line of “no nuclear program at all, no reprocessing and no nuclear material in the country.” That would have killed any chance of a deal, and would have trapped Obama with his promise to use military action if needed.
So AIPAC is telling us here that they were working with Israel to secure this goal for what they deemed Israel’s benefit, and that they would use all their power to do so. What they never imagined was that they would reveal not only themselves for who they truly are, but our Congresscritters with them; and they might suffer some permanent damage from it. That is now what our job is, to make that come true… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … September 03, 2015 –
An official from the largest Israel lobby in the US has accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of harming the opposition to the final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries.
The official from the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said on Thursday that Netanyahu’s insisting on addressing the US Congress earlier this year turned the Iran nuclear issue into a partisan one.
“Netanyahu’s speech in Congress made the Iranian issue a partisan one,” the AIPAC official told Israel’s Walla news. “As soon as he insisted on going ahead with this move, which was perceived as a Republican maneuver against the president, we lost a significant part of the Democratic Party, without which it was impossible to block the agreement,” added the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
He made the comments a day after Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that she would support the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the US, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany – in Vienna in July.
Democrats need 34 votes in the Senate, or 146 in the House of Representatives, to sustain the veto President Obama has promised. Mikulski’s announcement means Democrats will now have 34 votes to protect the nuclear agreement in Congress.
According to the official, AIPAC and Democratic senators had raised these concerns with the Israeli prime minister before his visit to the US Capitol.
“A few weeks before Netanyahu’s speech in Congress, Democratic senators implored him to cancel, saying it was inappropriate for the Israeli prime minister to work like this behind the back of the president of the United States,” the official said.
“Instead of the speech, they proposed that he come to Washington and meet with them behind closed doors, without the TV cameras, so he could explain his position on the Iranian issue,” he revealed.
“A lot of people here think that if Netanyahu had accepted their offer, it would have improved our chances [to sabotage the agreement],” the official noted.
On March 3, Netanyahu, on the Republican invitation, addressed a joint session of the US Congress, where he ranted for nearly 40 minutes against the Iran nuclear talks, warning Washington that it was negotiating a “bad deal” with the Islamic Republic.
The invitation to Netanyahu was extended by Republicans without consultation with the White House, drawing angry reaction from the Obama administration, which called it a breach of protocol.
AIPAC has been at the forefront of the campaign against the final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1. It had launched a massive campaign to defeat the historic accord in the Republican-dominated Congress, which is reviewing it and is expected to vote on it next week.