As AIPAC’s annual conference in Washington is bringing thousands of pro-Israel enthusiasts to lobby U.S. Congress for tough measures against Iran, a behind-the-scene effort by the United States is calling on Israel to stop assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists. It has long been suspecting by observers of Iran that Israel is behind the assassinations of Iranian scientists. These assassinations work against Israel’s interest, it only provokes anti-Israeli sentiments in the Middle East.
Michael Goldfarb writes in the Jewish Chronicle that AIPAC is losing its political influence in Washington.
In an article published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Peter Beinart makes the bold recommendation on how President Obama can change the current Congressional politics on Iran: He can start by not sending a speaker to the AIPAC conference in March 2014.
While Iran announced on Friday that it has reached agreement on the implementation of the nuclear accord with P5+1, neoconservatives and AIPAC supporters of additional sanctions try to keep up pressures for more sanctions. This has divided the Jewish groups in the United States, with the White House now in full war with AIPAC. In an unprecedented press release, the White House called on the backers of the bill to be “upfront about the fact that it puts the United States on the path to war.” “If certain members of Congress want the United States to take military action, they should be up front with the American public and say so,” Bernadette Meehan, the National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement posted by The Huffington Post. “Otherwise, it’s not clear why any member of Congress would support a bill that possibly closes the door on diplomacy and makes it more likely that the United States will have to choose between military options or allowing Iran’s nuclear program to proceed.”
As supporters of new sanctions against Iran find it difficult to gather enough votes to sustain a Presidential veto, Israel’s public relations arm, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, known as AIPAC, is finding it difficult to push anti-Iran legislations in U.S. Congress. “Yesterday, Jonathan Broder reported in Congressional Quarterly that “momentum for a new Iran sanctions bill appears to have stalled.” The bill in question is the Kirk-Mendendez-Schumer legislation, which imposes new sanctions on Iran and stipulates that the United States go to war on Israel’s side in the event Tel Aviv decides, for reasons of “self-defense,” that it needs to attack Iran. (As of this writing, the legislation has 51 co-sponsors and will surely acquire more, but Obama would obviously veto it, as would any President who wished to maintain some control over America’s foreign policy.)”
This article by Eli Clifton and Ali Gharib explains the intensity of pro-Israel supporters in U.S. Congress, and their determination to put Israel’s interest ahead of U.S. national interest. One member of this exclusive group is the GOP Senator Mark Kirk. In contrast to his colleagues, we have to give him credit for being honest about his ideology, and what matters to him most. “It’s the reason why I ran for the Senate, [it] is all wrapped up in this battle. I am totally dedicated to the survival of the state of Israel in the 21st century,” said Kirk. He has also not been bashful about his cooperation with AIPAC, the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
As negotiations drag into late hours, stuck on Iran’s right to nuclear enrichment on its soil, Kirk and his friends are determined to do everything possible to scuttle a deal that has the acceptance of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu.