Israel’s Channel 10 has reported that Israeli officials are convinced the Obama administration has already agreed to most of Iran’s demands in the P5+1 negotiations over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
According to unnamed officials, Washington “has given the Iranians 80 percent of what they want” out of the negotiations, Channel 10 is reporting.
Jerusalem officials appear alarmed at the prospect that the United States will soon strike a deal with the Iranian regime that will leave it with a “breakout capacity” of months during which it can gallop toward a nuclear bomb.
The practical significance of the American compromises in the talks is that Iran will be permitted to keep over 7,000 centrifuges, enough for the Iranians to produce enough enriched material to sprint toward the bomb within a matter of months.
This report seems to agree with last week’s Senate testimony by Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who admitted the White House is no longer negotiating to stop Iran from breaking out to nuclear weapons, only to get a better “alarm” if the rogue nation tries to make the leap.
It is that belief driving Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address Congress.
That may also be the reason why the Obama administration does not want Congress to vote on any nuclear agreement with Iran. The Constitution requires the Senate approve each treaty with a two-thirds vote. However if the agreement does not bind a future presidency, it isn’t considered a treaty and thus does not need Senate approval. And that is exactly what the administration intends on doing.
Channel 10 reported that Netanyahu spoke to a number of Democratic lawmakers in Congress. The premier sought to assuage their concerns that the Israeli leader was using his speech before a joint session of the house in order to undermine Obama’s foreign policy.
Netanyahu’s scheduled speech sparked an uproar in Washington, with Democrats accusing House speaker John Boehner of inviting the premier to speak before Congress as a means of whipping up opposition to the Obama administration’s talks with Iran.
Sources in Jerusalem told Channel 10 that the prime minister views the Iranian nuclear issue as one of paramount importance for Israel’s security. The urgency of the matter – and not partisan politics — is what motivated Netanyahu to violate diplomatic protocol and accept the Republican leadership’s invitation to address the Congress on the need for more sanctions against Iran, Channel 10 quotes officials as saying.
If nothing changes, when a new sanctions bill is brought to the Senate floor in late March it will have the 68 votes it needs for a veto-proof majority, 16 of those votes from Democratic Senators. The 16 include the 10 who earlier this week sent a letter to President Obama informing him of their support of additional sanctions (Menendez, Schumer, Blumenthal, Peters, Casey, Cardin, Coons, Manchin, Donnelly, Stabenow), the three not on the letter who supported the bill in Thursday’s committee vote (Tester, Heitkamp, Warner), and three who cosponsored the same bill when it was proposed by the Senate in the previous Congress.
“It is possible to solve procedural problems related to my appearance in the United States,” he [Boehner] said, “but if Iran obtains nuclear arms that is something that will be a lot more difficult to solve, and that is what we are opposed to and are focusing on.”
“We are in a continuous struggle with Iran which is opening new fronts against us, which is engaged in terrorism in the Middle East and throughout the world,” Netanyahu said. “This is the same Iran that the world powers are now working toward an agreement that would leave in its hands the ability to develop a nuclear bomb. That is an agreement we are opposed to.”
Bibi’s trip is not about politics as the liberal media claims, it’s all about the safety of all Israeli citizens.
Cross-posted at The Lid