White House Calls Rushed Meeting With Jewish Leaders to Discuss Iran Sanctions
The White House has called a rushed meeting with a select group of Jewish leaders, to take place Tuesday, to discuss its approach towards sanctions against Iran, a Washington source with knowledge of the matter told The Algemeiner.
They are calling specifically on organizations which have taken positions on the issue of Iran including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the ADL, AIPAC and others, the source said.
High level officials are expected to be at the meeting, including National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
The meeting comes in advance of the next round of talks, over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, scheduled for November between Iran and six world powers known as P5+1.
The briefing may be an indication that the White House is reviewing its position on Iran sanctions in advance of the talks, according to the source.
In recent days, the differing positions of the U.S. and Israel over Iran have come into stark contrast, with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu dismissing discussion over how far Iran should be allowed to enrich uranium, and insisting that Iran be denied nuclear breakout capability.
“Iran is willing to give up on enriching uranium to 20% and therefore a discussion on this issue is unimportant. The importance of the issue became superfluous in the wake of the technological improvements that allow Iran to enrich uranium from 3.5% to 90% in a number of weeks. Pressure on Iran should be increased because it is continuing enrichment even as it negotiates,” he said.
On Monday U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that “the US would not ‘succumb to fear tactics,’ of those who oppose diplomacy,” with Iran, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The post said that the remarks “could be construed as a reference to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s warnings to the world not to fall for the ‘charm offensive’ of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.”
On Saturday, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz told an audience at Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue that the U.S. and Israel disagree when it comes to Iran, both with regard to negotiation tactics and in what they would be prepared to accept as a bottom line outcome of negotiations.
While the Obama administration has lobbied congress to hold back on new sanctions legislation in recent days in an effort, it says, to give time for diplomacy with Iran to work, a number of Jewish groups have voiced support for the implementation of new sanctions.