WASHINGTON — The next 60 days offer a fateful window through which Congress will review the Iran nuclear deal announced last week to great fanfare by the P5+1 powers and their Iranian counterparts.
At the end of this period, both the House and Senate will vote on the agreement. Though the GOP has a majority in the latter body, it’s by no means a given that the vote will go against the deal. The Los Angeles Times reports there may be a few Republican senators who can be swayed if public opinion is running in favor.
To that end, the various groups within the Israel lobby have announced a massive PR campaign seeking to move both public opinion and the votes of individual senators against the deal.
Last week, The New York Times reported that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobby, has created a stand-alone group, Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, for this purpose. It plans to spend $20-40 million on the effort.
In Seattle, United Against Nuclear Iran aired a TV ad in recent days during prime time. And last month, the group’s chairman, Mark Wallace, who served as the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, boasted of what he’d spend against the deal: “We have a multi-million-dollar budget and we are in it for the long haul. Money continues to pour in.” The group has also distributed a press release expanding on its plans.
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Past articles on the Iranian nuclear issue:
○ US Justice Dep’t Successfully Shields Anti-Iran Group’s Files In Court
○ Coalition of the Willing Against Iran: US Justice Dept, Ungar, UANI and Mossad
○ Escalation Towards Military Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Facilities | Nov. 2011 |
○ Former Mossad chief: Israel air strike on Iran ‘stupidest thing I have ever heard’ | Haaretz – May 2011 |
○ Meir Dagan Pans Netanyahu’s Approach To Iran, Palestinians | Huff Post – Feb. 2011 |