Seconds often make the difference between life and death and new technology makes the difference…
The White House held at least two phone calls with Jewish leaders to explain aspects of the interim sanctions-for-nuclear-rollbacks deal between Iran and major powers.
Among the speakers on the conference calls Monday with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Jewish Federations for North America were Tony Blinken, a deputy national security adviser, and David Cohen, the top Treasury official in charge of implementing sanctions.
The off-the-record calls were a signal of the importance that the administration attaches to keeping pro-Israel groups on board for the six-month interim deal achieved over the weekend in Geneva, however skeptical the groups may be of the deal.
Generally, according to participants, questioners pressed the U.S. officials on the degree to which the deal impacts sanctions and whether the concessions to Iran could be reversed should Iran renege.
The officials said the deal’s sanctions relief affected only the “margins” of the Iranian economy, and that the main sanctions, targeting Iran’s energy and financial sectors, would remain in place.
The White House officials acknowledged differences with Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described the deal as “very bad,” but said the endgame was the same: incapacitating Iran’s nuclear capacity, according to call participants.
Another White House call was held Tuesday for leaders of faith groups; Jewish leaders joined the call.
Separately, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in a memo on Monday expressed concerns about the interim deal. AIPAC noted that the agreement allows Iran to keep enriching uranium, albeit at low levels, even though U.N. Security Council resolutions have called for a suspension of enrichment pending a final deal, and that it appears to preemptively allow Iran an enrichment capacity as part of a final status deal.
Also problematic, AIPAC said in the memo, is that the deal “includes an option to extend the negotiating window beyond an initial six-month period,” which “creates the possibility that the initial agreement will become a de-facto final agreement.”
The memo called on Congress to pass legislation that would impose penalties should Iran renege on the deal.
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
The US has given more than $57M to UNRWA for ‘Palestinian’ refugees in Syria in 2015 alone, but only pledged $10M for Nepal?
Arab stone throwers lightly injured a person near the Husan Bypass in Gush Etzion.
On Monday, 2 El Al planes flew out carrying out more than 200 doctors, sanitation engineers, machinery technicians, as well as medical equipment including oxygen tanks, medical ventilators, X-ray machines, medicines and engineering equipment…
UNRWA is proud because Hamas only stored mortars in their schools, not rockets, according to the UN inquiry.
U.S. officials have acknowledged that Iran-supported Shiite violence in Iraq and Yemen has been influencing the talks between the U.S. and Iran on the latter’s nuclear program
12:46 PM: Now this is interesting: A Syrian army source told the Lebanon news outlet, Elnashra: A number of rockets were launched at IDF positions near the border. Syrian rebel forces then launched mortars at the source of the Syrian rocket fire. The Syrian army is on high alert in readiness for an Israeli assault. […]
German Soccer fans were told to stop waving their Israeli flags.
The UN’s BOI report about the 2014 Gaza War documents the exploitation by Hamas of UN facilities.
The Russian government’s plan to rid the capital Moscow of swastikas and everything else of Nazi origin, in time for Victory Day.
Since 2014, the Border Police have become a favorite target for Arab terrorists.
Miller would like a chance to tell the court it’s time to “put the Jews on trial where they belong.”
Two Israelis were hurt in road terror attacks Monday, and a 16 year old Arab teen was shot while attacking a motorist.
The Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park holds the record for the highest birth rate in New York City in 2013.
The death toll continues to rise following earthquakes in Nepal as rescue workers fight the clock.
More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas. The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood […]
New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called on the Jewish community to attend the funeral of an assassinated New York police officer. “The brave men and women of the NYPD risk their lives every day to protect us. We value them and stand with them,” Hikind, a Democrat who represents Brooklyn, said in a statement […]
“Move Jew” scrawled on a Philadelphia home and slurs written on a synagogue and 10 garages in Chicago.
Cuba has “the largest pool of untapped baseball talent in the world, and Major League Baseball may tap and leave Cuba dry.
Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez has accepted an official Jewish godson for the first time in the country’s history to help counter legend of death to a seventh son. She described in seven tweets her meeting with her new godson, Yair Tawil, a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch family. He was adopted as a godson under a […]
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/white-house-talks-iran-deal-with-jewish-groups/2013/11/27/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: