Reversing course, AIPAC says now is not the time for new Iran sanctions


By: The Ugly Truth


I$raHell lobby maneuvers to avoid appearance of partisanship after Republicans ramp up support for bill.

ed note–Wow. Talk about your extreme makeovers. One minute sanctions gotta, just GOTTA be passed now, and then–BATTA BOOM–’Now’ is not the time.
And now we understand a little bit better what the entire NSA drama was all about–Congressmen conspiring with AIPAC being caught red-handed in the dirty business of treason and espionage as they sold their influence to Israel, and ALL OF IT CAUGHT ON TAPE.
Would LOVE to have seen the faces on Menendez, McCain, Graham, Kirk et al when they were paid a visit by someone from the NSA as these incriminating recordings were played back to them, along with being shown the as-of-yet unsigned indictments drawn up by the US Attorney General against them for treason and espionage.
Of course, what this means however is that Netanyahu is now contemplating which city in America he is going to blow up and blame on Iran in order to get his war started.
Following the lead of Senator Robert Menendez, the top sponsor of new Iran sanctions, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said Thursday it will back away from pressing for the sanctions’ passage at this time.
“We applaud Senator Menendez’s determined leadership on this issue and his authorship with Senator Mark Kirk of the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act,” said a statement Thursday from AIPAC after a Senate floor speech by Menendez, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in which he suggested that now was not the “appropriate time” for a vote on sanctions.
“We agree with the chairman that stopping the Iranian nuclear program should rest on bipartisan support and that there should not be a vote at this time on the measure,” AIPAC said in its statement. “We remain committed to working with the administration and the bipartisan leadership in Congress to ensure that the Iran nuclear program is dismantled.”
Of the 33 original sponsors of the bill when it was first introduced in mid-December, 15 were Democrats. In subsequent weeks, the Obama administration, which opposes new sanctions, lobbied hard, and almost no new Democrats signed on.
At least four of the original Democratic sponsors said in recent weeks that they no longer favored a near term vote.
AIPAC continued to press for passage until the bill took on a partisan hue Thursday when 42 Republicans, led by Kirk, threatened parliamentary maneuvers to force a vote on the bill. AIPAC studiously avoids any appearance of partisanship.
Opponents of the new sanctions say they could scuttle new talks now underway between Iran and the major powers aimed at keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and also rupture the international alliance that nudged Iran to talks through existing sanctions.
Advocates of the sanctions say they would have strengthened the hands of the West at the talks, and halted what they say is momentum toward stripping Iran of the sanctions.

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