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April 20, 2015 9:33 pm

Watchdog Group: White House Gaslighting Journalists Over Iran

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The Obama administration has been gaslighting reporters over concessions to Iran that could release between $30 to $50 billion dollars in frozen Iranian assets as soon as a nuclear deal is signed, Washington DC-based watchdog the Israel Project accused on Monday.

The group cited President Obama’s move on Friday to placate Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei’s latest demand for immediate sanctions relief upon signing a deal. While the Obama administration insisted it had not shown flexibility and offered no new concessions, it was simultaneously preparing to phase out sanctions in such a way that would offer the Iranians immediate and significant economic relief, the Israel Project said.

“They’re trying to borderline-gaslight journalists by insisting that there was no new concession, that the President didn’t signal any new flexibility, and that sanctions relief will still be phased out. That line is falling a bit flat – Obama said what he said – but now the question is how they intend to square the circle,” the group asked in an email sent to reporters. “How do they make sanctions relief phased in principle, so they can keep saying they didn’t cave, but instantaneous in practice, so that the Iranians will take the concession?”

An infusion of $50 billion dollars would increase Iran’s GDP by more than 10 percent and “signal the end of meaningful financial pressure,” the group wrote. It would allow Iran to “march across the Middle East, which would panic our Arab allies.”

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“It’s also $50 billion to a regime that is dedicated to America’s destruction and that killed over a thousand American soldiers,” the group said.

The Israel Project also pointed to a recent Wall Street Journal report, in which President Barack Obama suggested that Iran could receive significant immediate economic relief, but also that the U.S. preferred a phased out method to remove sanctions against Iran.

Opponents of the deal emerging from the latest round of negotiations between Iran and the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, China, and Russia accuse the Obama administration of catering too much to Iranian demands in order to get a deal through Congress and out by the June 30 deadline, at whatever the cost.

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  • steven L

    Fanatics care less about ruin. C ISIS. C Al Qaeda. C the Nazi etc.

  • Yale

    I wonder whether Obama has figured out yet that the Iranians have no intention of signing a deal that restrains them in any way. When push comes to shove in June, they will announce that either the P5+1 capitulate on all Iranian demands or they’ll walk away and leave Obama with nothing for all his efforts.

    Obama has managed to get both no deal and a bad deal at the same time. Unless he is engaged in perfidy, the outcome reflects total incomptence.

    About the only “deal” he can get is that they will agree not to conduct their first detonation until Jan 21, 2017, if he agrees to release all their money today.

    Netanyahu was wrong: Obama’s deal is even worse than the Israelis believed.

  • noellsq

    The POTUS is really secretly allied with Iran against the West. This can only be the reason a person acts this way. Today we have the upper hand and tomorrow we will not. Terrorist country will turn the Middle East and the world red.

  • 10

    PA ARABS ALL THEY HAD TO DO IS WALK INTO ISRAEL DIG A HOLE FOR A FLAG IT WAS THEIRS. THE RELIGION IN ISRAEL IS ALL JEWISH AND STILL THEY CANNOT COMPREHEND. NO STORIES OF THE PA ARABS NOT EVEN BELOW THE HEADLINES AND TOO LATE FOR IT TO BE IN FINE PRINT.

  • 10

    THE ENTIRE WORLD TO UNDERSTAND TO LET GO OF THE JEWS SO THE JEWS CAN HAVE ISRAEL. NOW TO WAIT FOR THE JEWS TO PRAY ENTIRE JEWISH JESUS RELIGION. HOW ISRAEL BECAME.

  • 10

    PEOPLE LIVE IN A GOOD NEIGHBORHOODS AND TURN SOUR OVERTIME BY THE MANY INCORRECT RELIGIONS. ISRAEL CANNOT AFFORD HALF JEWISH RELIGION LIKE OTHER GOOD NEIGHBORHOODS COULD.

  • 10

    YOU PRAY TO JESUS THEN GOD WILL INSTRUCT YOU WHERE THE FOOD PANTRY IS AND TEACH YOU HOW TO GET BACK ON YOUR FEET. THE INCORRECT HALF JEWISH RELIGION AND RELIGIONS BROUGHT IN POVERTY TO MANY AND OTHERS HARDSHIP.

  • 10

    YOU PRAY THE ENTIRE JEWISH JESUS RELIGION GOD WILL INSTRUCT YOU WHAT TO DO. THEN FEED YOUR PEOPLE AND DONATE FOOD TOO. GOD TEACHING THE JEWS TO BECOME SELF SUPPORTIVE.

  • Jack HOLAN

    Obama is doing his absolute best to stop the flow of oil, throw all all our allies under the bus and ignite the the most horrific war the Middle-East has ever seen, he can’t defeat IS since he won’t let the military soldier on (he makes himself the the General in Charge without having served a day like 2 Corporals we know from history)Don’t let this fool tinker with Iran or the ME anymore or it’s all our behinds.

  • 10

    THAT ANTI SEEN MANY THAT STARTS WITH THAT WORD AND THEY ARE TRYING TO EXPAND IT INCLUDING THE JEWS BY PROMOTING THE IDEA TO COME BACK STAY IN NEWS DISCUSSIONS MAKE IT A REGULAR DAILY TOPIC. YOU DO NOT SAY IT WRITE IT ABOUT IT THEN NOBODY SAYS IT TALKS ABOUT IT. ERASED FROM PEOPLE MIND HOW YOU GET RID OF NEGATIVES IN THE WORLD. HANDLE IT QUIETLY NEGATIVE EVENTS SO ITS NOT REPEATED.

  • If Iran is bankrolling terror across the Middle East and if Iran can announce that the destruction of Israel is non-negotiable, how much more damage will Iran be able to cause if we release $30 to %50billion? While Iran chants ‘Death to America’ and says no Iranian military base can be inspected, Obama appears to cave in to Iran’s unrealistic demands. Why have the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany been so quiet? Do they want an arms race in the Arab world?

  • Anthony dayton

    Why?

  • Bill Singer

    President Obama may well be equated with Chamberlain. The people that he’s dealing with were the same people who took America embassy people hostage, fund terrorism all over the Middle East, call for the destruction of both the U.S. and Israel. Mr. Obama do you think they are just funnin wit ja. They really don’t mean it. What if your wrong? Remmember “peace in out time”.

  • June Grant

    Obama’s faith in the Ayatollahs as honest negotiating partners should be fraying at the edges since the U.S.sent a ship aiming to prevent the Iranian navy supplying arms to the rebels in Yemen.

  • Ebenezer Samuel

    It seems as if time is running out for Mr. Obama to accomplish his mission, not for the good of the people of Israel, but for his Arab mentors. The Jewish people should wake up from their slumber and face the reality starring at them in this 21st century. The hatred various rulers and their empires had for the Jewish people just for being Jews has not abated. The mortal flesh will die but SPIRITS DON’T DIE!

  • Michael Fox

    History will document the utter and complete failure of the Obama Middle East foreign policy. He personally poured gasoline on long simmering embers in that region and will be chronicled as the principal individual who initiated the Great Religious Wars of the 21 century.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Obama is the best Muslim leader that USA had ever had. Why the Iran e counterpart not release a common document to the world? Simple Obama and is administration said one thing and Iran another with the other Power are the insignificant decider. Iran need nuclear power for what? Italy that had not oil and many other countries include Australia had keep clean from nuclear energy for is well know a dangerous one. So why Iran that had oil to sell is going that way? PM of Israel Benjamin is right, they want the nuclear bomb to attack or like North Korea treat other countries. Israel and USA will be clearly the possible target but not only.

  • Gabrielle Grossman

    Sometimes I think our Pres. has gone nuts–but then, I’m seeing his desire to be ultra-friendly, even to our enemies, hoping they’ll be won over with kindness and concessions. But I know they won’t. Their hatred is very, very deep, almost congenital and it is in their religion. I think Barack is in for a big surprise, when they don’t give in, or else, he’ll be in for the big surprise much later, after they obeyed and we trust them: then, they’ll cheat and suddenly–Breakout!!

  • Ezra

    This president will do anything to be able to declare a political victory. Even if it means setting Israel and the Middle East aflame. He cannot be trusted or believed.

    We need to write Congress and urge them to stop this president. I for one have been doing this weekly. Please help.

  • brian ellman

    Obama displays a consistent trend —irresolute —which is disturbing in the commander -in chief of the most powerful nation on earth—presaging our eclipse by China or any one
    He is adept at drawing red lines and moving the marker and is so desperate to have at least have one signature achievement that there is no limitation to what he will accede to –seeing that everything else he has done has failed—except one signature achievement –he has visited 49 states–more than any other one of his predecessors

  • Glenn Richter

    Please explain the term “gaslighting”!

    • Alana

      It comes from a term in a movie, (perhaps there was an earlier version), starring Charles Boyer & Ingrid Berman where Boyers tries to convince Berman she’s crazy because he’s after her $.

    • Tragaluz

      Look it up yourself.

  • art

    Obama lies yet again. Before the called negotiations are over the US will wimp out and iran will get what it wants Sanctions can not be reapplied. Obama succeeded in blocking Israel and protecting iran

  • anon

    Iran needs the deal to avoid financial ruin but Obama needs it more, to not have to bomb Iran. Huh?

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