Obama Hits Back At Israel Lobby Over Iran Agreement

President Obama has hit back at the Israel lobby for spending million of dollars in spreading false propaganda about the Iran nuclear agreement. 

Obama told leaders of the powerful pro-Israel group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), that he intends to hit back at their efforts to spread misinformation about the nuclear agreement.

Presstv.com reports:

“Mr. Obama told the AIPAC leaders that he intended to hit back hard,” the report said.

The next day, Obama criticized the opponents of the July 14 agreement as “lobbyists” spending millions of dollars to disseminate the same hawkish rhetoric that led to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“Many of the same people who argued for the war in Iraq are now making the case against the Iran nuclear deal,” he said during a speech at American University in Washington on Wednesday. “More than a decade later, we still live with the consequences of the decision to invade Iraq.”

Although Obama never mentioned AIPAC by name, his remarks reflected a new low in relations between the most potent pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington and an acting American president.

“It’s somewhat dangerous, because there’s a kind of a dog whistle here that some people are going to hear as ‘it’s time to go after people,’ and not just rhetorically,” said David Makovsky, a former Middle East adviser for the Obama administration. “There’s almost a bunker mentality on both sides.”

Obama has launched an aggressive campaign of private entreaties and public advocacy to rally enough Democratic support to preserve the nuclear agreement ahead of a September vote on it in the Republican-led Congress.

Most Republicans oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran, but they need a two-thirds vote in both chambers of Congress to override a presidential veto, and to reach that threshold, Republicans need Democratic support.

AIPAC is spending about $40 million to run TV advertisements in 35 states urging legislators to vote down the accord, and is leaning hard on Democrats.

Nearly 60 legislators–22 Democrats and 36 Republicans– from the US House of Representatives will travel to Israel this month, which is being paid for by the American Israel Education Foundation, the charitable arm of AIPAC.

In a major break with the White House, Senator Chuck Schumer, an influential Jewish Democrat from New York, announced Thursday that he would vote against the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Moments after Schumer’s announcement, Representative Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also declared that he would join Obama’s rivals to oppose the nuclear accord.

Another House Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman of California, defected from the Obama administration Friday over the Iran agreement.

  • mike

    Those that are anti-war will know clearly who voted for war and we can route them out.

    A ‘No’ vote on Iran’s NPT is a vote for another Iraqi/Afghanistan war. ‘Yes’ gives us a chance to see if peace will work, there is still lots of time for war. Benny is not going to be too successful in selling another Bush WMD’s story. We’ve had enough liars misleading us. This has nothing to do with Israel’s security, this has to do with suppressing a geopolitical competitor. The US is not a puppet of Israel.

    A VOTE FOR NO IS A VOTE FOR ANOTHER IRAQI / AFGHANISTAN STYLE WAR. Do we want that? Can we afford that?

    The question is really that simple. Forget all those people trying to tell you what your opinion should be, the celebs bought and paid for, the massive media propaganda, the warmongering without fact or foundation. They want to turn this in Pro verses Anti Israel argument. They don’t want to tell facts, just leak bits and pieces of misinformation. There is no such thing as a perfect deal in negotiation that is a fantasy, the deal is excellent and quite an accomplishment.

    And in case you don’t get it a non proliferation agreement is NO NUKES, NO NUKES, NOT ONE FRIGGING NUKE PERIOD FOREVER. In case some are asleep Iran already has an existing stockpile to manufacture a dozen bombs. All of which they are giving up. If they wanted Nukes they would already have them. Not every government lies, spies, assassinates and does dirty tricks like Israel and their horrible leadership. With success, there will be fertile ground to progress on other issues. Unfortunately Israel only knows how to use a club to negotiate peace. Israel’s leadership has to go as it represents the single most dangerous threat to Israeli security.

    Please keep in mind, with the right materials I could build nuke in my garage if I didn’t care about being irradiated. Enough material forced together with high explosives and you got a bomb. As simple as building a cannon. Remember this technology is old and there are no real secrets left. Besides there is better ways to hurt the enemy such as a dirt bomb which is more dangerous in many ways, because the debilitating costs of the clean-up needed. Like mines designed to burden the enemy with wounded rather then dead. Iran has had dirty bomb capabilities for years. So what happened? Nothing? Why?

    Remember who voted ‘No’ so we can remove the warmongering puppets of Israel next election. Any presidential hopeful who votes ‘No’ will be a marked man. There will be no blaming on the intelligence services for misinformation. They are either in the Israeli lobbyist pockets, or have confusion as to which government they serve, or lack the intelligence to understand the deal, (stupid). None of that presidential or congressional material. There will be a backlash from the silent majority for this betrayal of the US public interest and lack of US political integrity.

    Hezbollah could disappear over night if Benny was doing his job instead of trying to club everyone into submission. Without a club Benny is clueless. Iranians are all smiles these days. Israel is doing far more damage to it’s interests then Iran could ever do. I expect they will be a model treaty participant just to rub salt in Israel’s self inflicted wounds and they haven’t spent a penny to do it. Iran wants to improve life for their people, help Iraq fight ISIS and protect the religious sites in Iraq. This is their priority, Israel overinflated it’s importance to Iran. They are laughing at Benny, soon they will be laughing at the US Republicans, revealed to US voters – for who they are.