Behind the Headline
Every year since 1996, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cries wolf that Iran is just a few months away from obtaining a bomb, with no mention of course of Israel’s 80 nuclear warheads. But Spy cables leaked earlier this year to The Guardian revealed that Israel’s very own intelligence agency, the Mossad, and the CIA both admitted that not only is Iran “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons” now, it wasn’t in the past, either.
So, why would much of Congress be so vocal about stopping this deal? Open Secrets revealed that the Israel lobby spent big in the 2014 election cycle to sway politicians, funneling $6.5 million to Democrats and $5 million to Republicans in the lead up to peaceful negotiations with Iran.
It’s conceivable that most of Congress hasn’t even read the deal; they’re basing their opposition on the special interest money they’re receiving.
Joining me to discuss the deal as it’s written is journalist and Middle East geopolitical analyst Sharmine Narwani, who attended the Iran nuclear talks in Geneva.
Unlike our politicians, she actually read all 160 pages of the deal, line by painstakingly negotiated line.
And she explains that all this fear mongering is just a red herring to prevent any boost to Iran’s economy because, you see, what the media won’t tell you is that Iran is on its way to becoming an economic and manufacturing superpower in the Middle East, which threatens none other than Israel and Saudi Arabia’s bought influence on U.S. politics and foreign relations.