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March 25, 2015 9:41 am

Democratic Senators Claim Israel’s Lobbying on Iran Nuclear Deal Has Backfired

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PM Netanyahu speaking at Congress about Iran's nuclear threat. Several Democrats said Israel's lobbying has actually made them more sympathetic to the White House's position. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

Politico – Israeli officials have mounted an aggressive push over the past three months to turn Senate Democrats against President Barack Obama’s nuclear negotiations with Iran — an effort that, according to The Wall Street Journal, was aided by Israeli spies who snooped on the nuclear talks and shared negative information with US lawmakers.

But interviews with numerous Democratic senators on Tuesday suggest the Israeli campaign in Congress against a nuclear agreement may have backfired. At best, several of them said, it’s made no difference and was simply a restatement of the Israeli government’s public antagonism toward a deal. In some cases, it appears to have made some lawmakers more sympathetic to the White House, given that the Israelis are decrying a deal that isn’t yet finished.

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