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Obama Has Given Iranians ’80 Percent of What They Want,’ Israeli Officials Reportedly Claim

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The Obama Administration has given Iran “80 percent of what they want,” unnamed Israeli officials have told broadcaster Channel 10.

Jerusalem officials appear alarmed at the prospect that the United States will soon strike a deal with the Iranian regime that will leave it with a “breakout capacity” of months during which it can gallop toward a nuclear bomb, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The practical significance of the American compromises in the talks is that Iran will be permitted to keep over 7,000 centrifuges, enough for the Iranians to produce enough enriched material to sprint toward the bomb within a matter of months.

These developments have apparently fueled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s sense of urgency in traveling to Washington and addressing Congress in hopes of lobbying American lawmakers to pass tougher sanctions against the Islamic Republic, the Post said.

However the mood on Capitol Hill is turning decisively against the negotiating process inaugurated with the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) agreed in Geneva in November 2013.

As The Algemeiner reported yesterday, President Obama’s threat to use his veto against new Iran sanctions legislation could potentially backfire, following a decisive vote by the Senate Banking Committee to advance a bill proposed by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill) that would impose fresh penalties on the Tehran regime should there be no final agreement on its nuclear program in the coming months.

According to Defense News, “the 18-4 committee vote suggests there may be the 67 required votes in the chamber to overturn” any use of the veto by the president.

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