Would Somebody Put Down Their AIPAC Talking Points for a Minute and Give Us an Achievable Alternative to the Iran Deal?

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (R) talk before a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel March 28, 2015 in Lausanne. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool? - RTR4V8U3

I’m very disappointed in #SenCharlesSchumer (D-NY) #RepNitaLowey (D-NY), #RepTedDeutch (D-FL) and #RepSteveIsrael (D-NY) for announcing their intent to vote against the #IranDeal, when no one — in the US or Israel — has yet to propose a better viable alternative. 

Is one of you out there prepared to put aside your AIPAC talking points for a minute and outline for the rest of us what would constitute a better achievable option for containing Iran’s nuclear ambitions? (A quick definition first: “achievable” does not mean fantasies, such as Iran rolling over and renouncing its regional ambitions, embracing the US and Israel as its BFFs. If you don’t know what that means, ask a teenager.)

Just a few more rules: you can’t use the words “they’re the world’s biggest sponsor of terrorism” or “they’ll use the money to build bombs” or “they’re anti-Semitic and want to destroy Israel” because none of that is relevant to the question at hand — what is a better achievable option? And no, whining about how it’s such a bad deal doesn’t constitute a viable alternative. 

Kudos, by the way, to long-time former Congressman Mel Levine (D-CA) who has joined a growing who’s-who of former senior Israeli intelligence and military experts in countering the anti-#IranDeal arguments. Now, if only more current leaders could say no to the lobbying and financial pressures to support what they know is the best available among a series of imperfect options.

That’s all for now. Meanwhile, I’ll continue waiting for an answer to my question — a real answer — as I have been for the past several months.


About Ami Nahshon

Ami serves as principal consultant and managing director of Ami Nahshon Strategic Consulting, working with nonprofits, foundations, social businesses and their leaders to optimize organizational strategy and performance.
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2 Responses to Would Somebody Put Down Their AIPAC Talking Points for a Minute and Give Us an Achievable Alternative to the Iran Deal?

  1. Ruth Cohen says:

    ACHIEVABLE ALTERNATIVE – that is the key. What we could have now is very possible to live with.


  2. Richard Meyer says:


    Sent from my iPhone



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