Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Thursday most Americans agreed with Israel over dangers posed by Iran, even as he lost a battle to persuade the U.S. Congress to reject Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers including Washington. Booker, Warner and Heitkamp made it 37 Democratic or independent senators in favor of the deal, just four short of the 41 needed to allow senators to block a final vote on the disapproval resolution in the Senate and save Obama from exercising his veto power.
“No deal is ideal, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime”, Mikulski said in a statement. This deal, while certainly not flawless, is the best option available to us in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
The administration is clear it will continue to sell the Iran deal to the public as it looks to bolster the number of votes in favour of the deal and sway a divided public.
Despite the deep disagreements over the nuclear deal between the two governments, Netanyahu emphasized the high regard in which he holds Israel’s relationship with the U.S.
A vote in the House of Representatives is now set for next week, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said.
“Sen. Booker’s support for the deal shows real leadership in light of the fact that New Jersey’s senior senator, Robert Menendez, is one of the most aggressive warmongers in the Democratic senate caucus,” said Campaign Manager Zack Malitz in a statement.
Also on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tried to broaden support for the Iran nuclear agreement after the administration gained a minimum of congressional votes that has secured the deal.
In addition, Republican state officials, including Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette have urged all 50 USA states to impose their own sanctions on Iran.
And it spells failure for opponents of the global agreement who sought to foil it by turning Congress against it. Leading that effort were Israel and its allies in the United States (US), who failed to get traction after spending millions of dollars trying. They know Iran will cheat its way into the nuclear weapons club under this deal, triggering an Arab nuclear arms race.
Responding to detractors, Mr Kerry, who spoke at the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, emphasised that the nuclear deal is not based on trust.
It would also save President Barack Obama from the drama and embarrassment of vetoing a Bill passed by Congress – a sure sign of a fractured Congress and lack of commitment for the accord. But now the White House has the necessary support to sustain a presidential veto of the Republican resolution.