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Fellows and staff from the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies—a staunchly militarist think tank—have assailed the nuclear deal reached between Iran and major world powers. “Mr. Obama seeks to accommodate and appease Iran’s rulers,” FDD President Clifford May has claimed, adding that “It would be an exaggeration to say that such policies always lead to major wars and holocausts.”



The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has been a vocal critic of the new Iran deal and has taken the lead in trying to get Congress to reject it. The lobbying outfit recently sent an email to its top members and donors stating that the group will “mobilize the entirety” of its "institutional resources in order to articulate our concerns about the agreement and secure a broad bipartisan vote in Congress to oppose the deal.”



Eli Lake is a hawkish columnist for Bloomberg View who has been a strident critic of diplomatic efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear dispute. He has lambasted the recently reached comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 world powers, calling it “an abandonment of traditional American leadership in the Middle East and in the areas of nonproliferation and terrorism.”



Michael Doran, a former Bush administration foreign policy advisor and proponent of interventionist U.S. policies in the Middle East, has denounced the diplomatic agreement between Iran and six world powers. He claims that it would be “irresponsible” for a future Republican president to do “anything else” other than terminate the deal on his “first day in office.” He characterizes the agreement as the “foremost foreign policy challenge of our time.” 


Dennis Ross, a former official in the Obama White House who has close ties to neoconservatives and a history of antagonism towards Iran, has greeted the recently reached comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 worlds power with suspicion, claiming that it will “legitimize the Islamic Republic as a threshold nuclear state” in 15 years.






Michael Oren served as Israeli ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. A naturalized Israeli who was born in the United States, Oren has spurred widespread criticism for a recent book in which he lambasted President Obama’s foreign policy and Jewish Americans’ views of Israel. Among his claims are that “persistent fears of anti-Semitism” have spurred Jewish Americans “to distance themselves from Israel.”





David Albright, the president of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a non-proliferation think tank, has a record of staking out alarmist positions with respect to Iran’s nuclear program. He has been critical of diplomatic efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear dispute and has argued that the recent nuclear deal reached between Iran and P5+1 group of nations “should have pressed Iran much harder.” 



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From the Wires

July 25, 2015

According to a former AIPAC official, the lobby is heavily investing in sinking the Iran nuclear deal for a variety of reasons, none of which have to do with the merits of the agreement itself.

July 16, 2015

With the controversy over the Iran deal heating up, more than 100 former U.S. ambassadors have signed a letter lauding the agreement and urging support from Congress.

July 15, 2015

Sheldon Adelson, the Republican Party’s largest donor and a close ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has had a significant impact on the GOP’s rejection of the Iran nuclear negotiations.

July 14, 2015

Everything that opponents of the Iran deal claim to worry about would be far worse without a deal.

July 09, 2015

American attitude and assumptions towards the Middle East, and thus U.S. foreign policies, have been weighed down by accumulating historical baggage.

July 06, 2015

A new report has revealed several of the hawkish billionaire funders behind the secretive United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) group.

June 30, 2015

Various bills and resolutions circulating in Congress promote hardline “pro-Israel” positions on Iran and the Palestinians.

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