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U.S. President Barack Obama at White House press briefing.

President Barack Obama responded Monday to an open letter sent to Iran by 47 Republican Senators to Iran, about the limitations of any agreement signed by his administration with Tehran acquiescing to a nuclear development program the Congress may not like.

Obama accused the senators — who included three presidential candidates — of aligning with Iranian hardliners.

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The letter said that any such agreement signed by the president or Secretary of State John Kerry might only last as long as Obama remains in office because it is formatted as an “executive agreement.”

“It’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran. It’s an unusual coalition,” Obama told reporters in a brief news conference in the Oval Office on Monday afternoon.

Asked what might happen following any agreement signed by the U.S. and world powers if Congress does not like the deal, the president replied, “If we do (sign) then we’ll be able to make the case to the American people.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

112 COMMENTS

  1. My good lord.. SO now the GOTea in the Senate, (all but 7 of them) write and signed a letter to Iranian leaders WARNING them to not make a deal with THIS President.. wow.. just wow.. These guys just HATE the USA.. It's all I can figure.. If the Democrats would of sent a letter to China when Nixon went over, WARNING the Chinese that the negotiations were only as good as who is in office, the nation would of been in an uproar.. What the hell is WRONG with the 'patriots'> ?..

  2. Wtf?? yet President Obama is the one that’s making a deal with a terroristic country whose supreme leader has stated time and time again that they want to destroy Israel and America. okay then.. Mr. ” I’ll stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction” treasonous president

  3. ” Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against unpleasant impulses by denying their existence in themselves, while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude.
    According to some research, the projection of one’s negative qualities onto others is a common process in everyday life.” (Wikipedia).

  4. I believe that according to constitution the president has to bring agreement to congress approval . He threatened to pass agreement without congress. These 47 shows in a different way what it should be worth. Instead of solving problems, looks like Obamma is great in creating more problems, and with his allies and his own people. Interesting .

  5. First of all, the president is not constitutionally or legally allowed to make any treaty agreement without congressional approval. Obama is telling you that he will circumvent the congress, the people's representatives, with an executive action and then tell you what "is in it." The actions of a lawless president. And worse, the Republican party is letting him get away with it because they are scared about the next election. It's always the next election they're always worried about. That's why this lawless president is running circles around the Republicans. And why I won't vote anymore. We have no one representing the people anymore. This is no longer the country I grew up in.

  6. First of all, the president is not constitutionally or legally allowed to make any treaty agreement without congressional approval. Obama is telling you that he will circumvent the congress, the people’s representatives, with an executive action and then tell you what “is in it.” The actions of a lawless president. And worse, the Republican party is letting him get away with it because they are scared about the next election. It’s always the next election they’re always worried about. That’s why this lawless president is running circles around the Republicans. And why I won’t vote anymore. We have no one representing the people anymore. This is no longer the country I grew up in.

  7. Well it is Obama who constitutionally is the US President. It is certainly not Netanjahu. It is actually quite incredible that Netanjahu went in front the Parlarment of another nation to gain support for starting yet another war that would bring about yet more destruction and killing as by the IDF recently in Gaza and the West Bank. Start by paying reperations after targeting civil infra structur including hospitals and UN schools. And that in the light of that the situation in Gaza and Israel is being investigated for grave crimes against humanity and war crimes. Netanjahu, the only place we will listen to you, is in form of your defence lawyer in front of the ICC. Your politics and the conduct is most damaging including to be acting for all people of the Jewish faith- regardless of which country they are citizens of or whom they voted for. This man has a G-syndrom and is dangerous to my opinion.

  8. the worse think to do is avoid voting,meaning refuse democracy leaving other to decide for you.All the people have to press the real rapresentative of the american people to act against the president and veto his approval.Richard Lansing

  9. Or just as eg the situation under Netanjahu being investigated by an international organ, the ICC, and him going in front of the congress of another nation, pointing the finger at another state, shouting: agressors, danger to peace.

  10. Amam Badr, Iran has no intention of Peace with Israel and has two aims for their nuclear program – 1. annihilation of Israel. 2. Domination of the Middle East with the intent to promote and strengthen Jihad. Iran already funds and supports numerous Terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere.

  11. Richard Lansing "This is no longer the country I grew up in."

    Heh, I think I have you by a few years *S* .. This country has seen FAR worse times in my lifetime, and just as much division.. (what we haven't seen much of though is a party so willing to let their hate get the best of them, that they will do ANYTHING to subvert the executive branch). The US is not the only country in negotiations, these GOP Senators performed nothing shy of outright coup as far as I am concerned. Very disturbing..

    Asides from that however, these are the good ol days… and I hope you have a great one.

  12. you know you wingnuts pissis me off netanjahu and bush is the reason we have isis where are the weapons off mash destruction who where the liars put in a leader like maliki who dissed the sunnis and look what happen. I’ve been hearing this since the seventies iran have a nuclear bomb and want to nuke israel 2015 where is it a set of hog wash what i see a set off racist who brought a president from another country to disrespect our president i bet all you still think obama is a muslim if iran was to nuke israel what would be the outcome you think iran would servive after a set idiots like sit on your hatefull brain

  13. This move undermines your government never mind who sits in the chair now or who will sit in the chair next. It shows your nation is divided and that division can and will be eventually be its downfall. That is shooting without aiming.

  14. What’s an Iran hard-liner? An American who is sick and tired of your giving in to terrorists and leading our country into a world where tyranical despots will dictate how we live??? You said Iran will never have nukes while I am President – now it’s wink wink…. welll I won’t be president in 5 to 10 years. You said NO deal is better than a bad deal… now it’s hey guys come on be realistic we can’t get these crazy nuclear weapon crazed folks to change their focus… let’s just try to delay the inevitable as long as possible….

  15. You do not ‘defend’ by neither attacking a people from the ground, air and sea while conrolling (partly with Egypt) and clothing its borders and eg guning down reportedly unarmed people of all ages and gender at the Rafa crossing holding their passports in their hands as done by the IDF. Nor by targeting an entire civilian infra structure including hospitals and UN schools and levelling Gaza to the ground. That is not ‘self defence’, which as you will know has to be propirtional (sadly 3 young men: ca 2000 people of all ages and gender) and a response to an iminant threat. It was sadly not a war between the IDF and Hamas. It is not currently being investigated by the ICC for no reasons.

  16. That may be so- and with all due respect, those are ‘your’ opinions and you are entitled to them, Caroiln and Mirta- —However– could the same be said of Jewish Press of Brooklyn? I’m not understanding, why, the necessitate of such venom on opposition to what ‘you’ believe’ or what ‘you’ read. Are your respective guiding lights truthfully so much higher?

  17. Why can’t most Republican’s learn from History,,,specifically the costly IRAQ WMD search to America? BiBi also helped lead us into that. What is wrong with a free pass long term WMD search, for very minute cost,,,when compared to the IRAQ WMD search costs?

  18. Obama, You must Believe that the USA is a Democratic Country, and at the Present Moment you are nothing more than a Lame Duck President. for it’s time that you let Democracy play it’s true role in Politics. Failing this, then it is your Duty to Step down. I really do not see you as a President as you have no proper or Legal Credentials which are very much in the Balance and as Such detable.

  19. Obama, You must Believe that the USA is a Democratic Country, and at the Present Moment you are nothing more than a Lame Duck President. for it’s time that you let Democracy play it’s true role in Politics. Failing this, then it is your Duty to Step down. I really do not see you as a President as you have no proper or Legal Credentials which are very much in the Balance and as Such detable.

  20. It was self defense, and specific targeting of terrorists to remove that scum. Hamas happened to protect themselves by hiding behind “their people” of Gaza. Not Israel’s problem. That blood is on the hands of Hamas. The ICC has its share of anti-Semites (as Facebook has)

  21. You're thinking is completely backwards. It is Obama who is disrespectful of the Constitution, and therefore the congress who represent us, the people. He thinks he can sign a treaty, by executive order without congressional approval which is not only lawless but completely absurd. Firstly, the next president can completely sign that out of law on his first day as president. Obama is always playing a game of 'catch me if you can.' He figures by the time the law catches up with him, it's to late to do anything about it. That's why he is 'lawless.' The problem is that this is going on so much now that it and he and our government is completely out of control.

    Get your facts straight and learn what is in our Constitution and you won't have so much self-righteous banter.

  22. No Marc, it is exactly not self defence at all as in gross violation of any definitions under international law, of humanitarian law and of any international convention. Those definitions of self defents existed before the IDF’s last attack on Gaza. And no Marc pls stop ‘hiding’ behind such ‘convenient’ none sense, including the entire ICC being anti-semetic.. The world comdems and should condem such acts as do numerous international human rights organisations.

  23. Notice the "spin" put on this story by the White House spinmeisters, the 1 thing they're really good. What these courageous Senators have done
    of course is exactly the opposite of what Obama is saying, trying desperately to head off a potentially disastrous deal with the world's most dangerous and radical regime, the Islamofascists now running Iin Iran.

    Who in their right mind would think that these religious fanatics in Tehran don't want to build a nuclear weapon? And that anyone can believe 1 word they say?

    No Barack–it's YOU who obviously has some "common cause" with the Islamists. This has been clear for quite a while, and is the only plausible explanation for this Administration's disastrously failed appeasement policies toward various Muslim radical groups, incl, the
    Muslim Brotherhood.

  24. Is this a joke? The role of Congress is only to go along like lapdogs with whatever the President wants? Are you at all familiar with the U.S.'Constitution?

    It's their JOB to be independent, and in this case where we have an incredibly incompetent and regularly dishonest White House occupant, they're our only hope to block Obama's potentially catastrophic appeasement policies toward the Islamofascist wackos running Iran.

    If they don't, get ready for WWIII!

  25. The difference is that even Nixon was more honest and certainly infinitely more competent in foreign policy than Obama, BY FAR the U.S.' worst President of all time.

    Allowing the religious fundamentalist wackos in Tehran to go nuclear would be like providing WMD to Hitler were they available then. But even Hitler didn't sponsor terrorism worldwide or openly promise to destroy other countries like
    the Islamofascists running Iran have.

    Hard to understand Obama's incredibly dangerous appeasement policies toward the radical Islamists, but these
    Senators and courageous Congressmen (incl. many Democrats) are our and the world's best hope o stop the
    crazed murderers in Tehran from getting nuclear weapons–they are true patriots.

  26. Chas Holman You are oh so wrong Mr Holman. That is exactly what we have a Senate for (OF and FOR the PEOPLE)….to combat any possible dictatorial take over by one man presidency (AKA DICK TATOR). BRAVO to these senators for having courage to stand up and say enough is enough. That's what our system is all about. What's disturbing is it took them so long.

  27. Obama is unlawful in seeking a deal of this vital character with an enemy. The Congress is taking this step out of sheer astonishment that a president can behave that amateurish and neglect the Constitution.
    This man in the WH has no political skill and the best he can be applying for untimely resignation.

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