Netanyahu suffers ‘one defeat in a long war’ against Iran: Analyst
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suffered “one defeat in a long war” after Senate Democrats blocked a Republican resolution to reject the nuclear agreement with Iran, says a journalist and political commentator from Seattle.
“President Obama’s administration achieved the success of having 42 Democratic senators who have signed onto the Iran nuclear deal,” Richard Silverstein said in an interview on Friday.
“And that means the deal is guaranteed of success because the Democrats needed only 41 votes in order to sustain a filibuster,” he added.
Senate Republicans, who only a few months ago vowed to muster 67 votes to override a presidential veto, fell two votes short of the 60 needed to advance a resolution of disapproval against the Vienna nuclear accord on Thursday.
“The Republicans have lost essentially on this issue; they will not be able to stop the deal,” Silverstein noted.
The Israel lobby, spearheaded by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), has for months lobbied members of Congress to scuttle any agreement with Iran.
“In addition, the Israel lobby has failed as well; because the Republicans were allied with AIPAC and other pro-Israel groups in the United States and spent up to $40 million on an advertisement campaign against the deal, and that’s failed as well,” the journalist said.
“That of course does not mean that the deal is guaranteed of success in the long term,” Silverstein added.
For Netanyahu, he said, “This is just one defeat in a long war and he is going to try other ways to try to torpedo the deal and sabotage this positive outcome.”
“He will look for every opportunity… to try to turn the world against Iran, he added.
Iran and the P5+1 group of countries — the US, Britain, France, China, Russia plus Germany—announced the agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on July 14.
Under the accord, Iran has been recognized by the United Nations as a nuclear power and will continue its uranium enrichment program. Iran has agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of sanctions.