In a major speech Wednesday defending the deal, Obama declared that “many of the same people who argued for the war in Iraq are now making the case against the Iran nuclear deal.”
He also said that “because this is such a strong deal, every nation in the world that has commented publicly, with the exception of the Israeli government, has expressed support.”
He delivered a similar message about the Iraq War in a conference call he held last week urging progressive groups to speak in support of the deal amid the intense efforts to defeat it.
“The lobbying that is taking place on the other side is fierce, it is well-financed, it is relentless,” he told them. “And in the absence of your voices, you are going to see the same array of forces that got us into the Iraq War, leading to a situation in which we forgo a historic opportunity and we are back on the path of potential military conflict.”
Foxman stressed that Obama wasn’t deliberately touching on stereotypes.
“I know the President, I’ve heard him, I’ve met him. I don’t think any of it is intentional,” he said. But he added, “Some of us in the community are troubled the messaging will be used and abused by bigots.”
Foxman, who noted that he was speaking in a personal capacity as he is no longer with the Anti-Defamation League, also objected to administration statements that have singled out Israel.
“To say Israelis are the only ones in the world opposed — it’s troubling messaging,” Foxman said.
Asked to respond to Foxman’s comments, a senior administration official said, in part, “we have engaged in extensive outreach with members of the Jewish community over the past several months,” and that “we’ve been clear in the context of this deal that we remain stalwart in our commitment to Israel and its security.” ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»