World Bulletin / News Desk
The U.S. Senate has been engaged in a political battle in the past week, as President Barack Obama and his supporters struggle to fight off attempts by the pro-Israeli lobby to enforce further sanctions on Iran.
Should new sanctions be passed, the recent U.S.-Iran peace negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program will be derailed, putting the U.S. on the path to a new war.
Israel has been extremely critical of the peace talks, due to Iran’s support of Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, two groups both hostile to the Jewish state. Pro-Israeli and Jewish groups in the U.S. such as AIPAC and Foundation for Defense of Democracies have been campaigning to push forward new sanctions on Iran in an attempt to sabotage the talks.
However, groups including NIAC, FCNL, Peace Action, Americans for Peace Now, J Street, and International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran are countering the pro-Israeli groups, as they campaign for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
Senators Carl Levin, Christopher Murphy, Dianne Feinstein and even opposition front man Senator John McCain have demonstrated their support fort he Obama administration in their pursuit of diplomacy. McCain told the BBC, "I am skeptical of talks with Iran but willing to give the Obama administration a couple months."
Just before the election of the new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, the senate had enforced new sanctions. The recent attempts, however, only attracted half of the support of previous bills.
The National Defense Authorization Act, managed by Levin and McCain, is expected to be proposed to the Senate next week, but looks likely to fail since both senators have offered their support for the negotiations.Last Mod: 16 Kasım 2013, 12:02