The Pro-Israel Democrat’s Iran Deal Dilemma

This has been a rough summer for pro-Israel Democrats. The Iran nuclear deal has put that subset of liberal Jews who are still passionate supporters of the Jewish state in what seemed to many of them to be an impossible dilemma. They could join with Republicans to oppose an agreement that did not fulfill the Obama administration’s promises to end the nuclear threat and instead strengthened the Islamist state. But in doing so they would be placing themselves in opposition to the head of their party With President Obama treating Iran as a litmus test of loyalty to his administration that was a step that a lot of Democrats couldn’t take. An indication of the pressure they have been feeling is the latest statement about Iran from Haim Saban, the billionaire media mogul who is one of the Democratic Party’s largest contributors. Though Saban had been quoted denouncing the accord as a “bad deal” that “we need to fight against,” the New York Times quotes him as now saying in an email that his views were taken out of context. He now says it is a “fait accompli” that must be accepted. The significance of this retreat cannot be overestimated. If even a major donor who has called himself a “one-issue guy and my issue is Israel,” doesn’t feel comfortable publicly opposing Obama, then it is time to acknowledge that the president’s efforts to distance the U.S. from Israel is also making the Democratic Party an uncomfortable place to be for supporters of the Jewish state.

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