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April 17, 2015 6:29 pm

Watchdog Group Says Obama ‘Appears to be Conceding’ to Khamenei Demand for Immediate Lifting of Sanctions (VIDEO)

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A Washington DC-based advocacy group said that President Obama’s comments on Friday regarding Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei’s insistence on the immediate lifting of sanctions in a nuclear deal, indicated that the White House was actually prepared to accept the demand.

“The administration appears to be conceding to the new demands,” The Israel Project said in an email to reporters.

Khamenei’s demand, along with a statement that Iran wouldn’t allow inspections of atomic work on its military sites, was made in a speech last week soon after the framework nuclear agreement was announced between Iran and world powers. His remarks directly contradicted a factsheet on the agreement released by the Administration.

Khamenei’s speech prompted “a firestorm of criticism,” The Israel Project said. “If his interpretation was correct, the US would have no ability, first, to detect, and second, to respond, to Iranian cheating.”

The White House “responded by telling lawmakers and journalists that the factsheet was accurate and that Khamenei’s speech was just for domestic consumption.” But, The Israel Project said, “Critics responded that the issue wasn’t about who was lying. Instead the concern was that the Americans would fail to stand up to the Iranians, even at the expense of contradicting the White House’s original (maybe originally accurate) factsheet. The Iranians, after all, have 100% record of ‘winning’ factsheet disputes with the Obama administration.”

On Friday, Obama was asked directly if he would rule out lifting the sanctions at time of a final nuclear deal. The President pointedly refused, instead calling for “creative negotiations” to reach an understanding with the Islamic Republic.

“With respect to the issue of sanctions coming down – I don’t want to get out ahead of John Kerry and my negotiators in terms how to craft this,” the President said. “I would just make a general observation and that is that how sanctions are lessened, how we snap back sanctions if there’s a violation – there are a lot of different mechanisms and ways to do that.”

Obama said that, “Part of John’s [Kerry] job and part of  the Iranian negotiators’ job and part of the P5+1’s job is to sometimes find formulas that get to our main concerns while allowing the other side to make a presentation to their body politic that is more acceptable.”

The “main concern” of the US “is making sure that if Iran doesn’t abide by its agreement that we don’t have to jump through a whole bunch of hoops in order to reinstate sanctions,” Obama continued. “And I think that goal, of having, in reserve, the possibility of putting back and applying forceful sanctions, in the event of a violation, that goal can be met. And it will require some creative negotiations by John Kerry and others, and I’m confident that we’ll be successful.”

Obama’s failure to rule out the immediate lifting of sanctions means “the critics appear to have been justified in their concerns,” The Israel project concluded.

Since its announcement, the Administration has been engaged in aggressive outreach to win support for the framework nuclear agreement reached with Iranian negotiators in Switzerland. Critics of the deal say the White House has made far too many concessions in the talks. The agreement’s most vocal opponent, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu, has said that it paves Iran’s path to nuclear armament and leaves Israel vulnerable. Israel has long called for the removal of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure as well as the cessation of uranium enrichment.

Watch a video of Obama’s latest remarks below:

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  • Lauren Goldman

    Since when is the head rug-crawler of Iran given the option of making demands? Oh, I forgot, he’s dealing with the current White House king. I hope Obama is aware of the actual legacy he will be leaving (hint; I would not want to be him). Here’s a tip, brother; don’t go strolling around Crown Heights.

  • James Firehawk

    Barack Hussein Obama II or Barry Soetoro will not be in the United States of America when we will be invaded in such ferocity that this nation could lose a population of two hundred million people.

    The Soviet Union (Russia) detonated a 50MT Hydrogen bomb on October
    30, 1961.

    If a weapon of this caliber detonated at the Yellowstone Caldera and the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the Canary Island of La
    Palma how many people would be killed because of this devastation?

  • nelson marans

    Twenty-one more months of hell under the Obama administration for supporters of Israel. May he leave and never be given a forum by any organization devoted to the safety of the Jewish state.

  • Max Cohen

    If the Ayatollah Khomenei will promise to use his nukes only to destroy Israel, then Obama might tell him, on the Q.T., that he might as well buy them from the U.S. and avoid all that bother with centrifuges, provided only that Iranian school books give credit to President Obama for his legacy, while also pointing out that the President drove a hard bargain.

  • Ralph

    Obama’s inept handing of the “negotiations” means the only alternative to an Iranian nuclear weapon is war. He has backed himself into a corner from which he cannot escape.

  • HaroldT

    Of course. How else will Obama get his proxy to eliminate Israel.

  • Matthew Ewoldt

    At the end of the Vietnam war, the US and North Vietnam were negotiating a cease fire agreement. During the negotiations, the North Vietnamese walked out of the conference. They returned after the US mined Haiphong harbor. This tactic should be used against Iran. First mine their harbors and if they do not accede to US demands, then destroy their power grid. If that does not work, then destroy their bridges and railroads, But the Obama administration will capitulate to the $130billion in Iran’s frozen assets and an egomaniac for a president.

    • It is very good idea, but I am afraid that Russia, who stands behind all Iran’s demands and (so far) teach Iran how to lie, cheat and make a masquerade, will intervene and who knows in which way. The total war might be an option. And it is a deep mockery that Russia is included in Talks. As to “creative negotiation by John Kerry” as President Obama said , it is humiliation both on negotiation and on Mr. Kerry, because it’s already a common place that Kerry is the worst diplomat in the White House, he is anti-diplomat, and that’s why Russia prefer to talk just with Kerry. Kerry spoiled all talks where he participated and still Prez. Obama has been keeping him on duty (purposely or not, who knows). Anyway the war is imminent if immediate steps were not taken against Iran (+Russia)

  • dante

    I do not believe that obama could be as foolish as he makes himself appear. for whatever undisclosed reasons, he has made himself the agent of the iranian jihadist theocracy. for obama, it is not a question of folly or ineptitude. something else is at play.

    he has made decisions which, if not repudiated, will exact a horrible price of the American people.

    of chamberlain, one can say that he did not have the example which he provided obama. obama has gone into this devastating, protracted and unnecessary capitulation with his eyes wide open.

    • Isaac

      Churchill said”we have a choice between war and disgrace. We have chosen disgrace, and we will have war!”

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    As a US citizen, I call upon every member of the US Congress with a conscience and a duty to protect the safety of his or her respective constituency to impeach this president for putting the security of the United States of America and its Middle East allies in jeopardy. Engaging in consummate lifting of sanctions before any final agreement has been reached months before the deadline is the epitome of inanity in addition to a severe breach of rational protocol as conceived by the P5 + 1.

  • DockyWocky

    “Let US* show you”…will also go into the “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” file.

    (* Variation on the Royal We)

  • Signe Knapp

    There he goes again, Obama thinks he is a ruler. Since Congress imposed the sanctions, they are the only ones that can lift them.

  • Reform School

    Once upon a time, missing deadlines sank deals. Obama has missed three so far, just on this situation, and not a peep from reporters who worship the ground Obama walks on.

    A little worship is usually a good thing. With HIS track record, we should worship the ground he has coming to him!



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  • Mickey Oberman

    “Conceding” is the coward’s way of saying “Surrendering”.

    Obama has been surrendering to the demands of Islam since he first assumed office and groveled in abject surrender before the Saudi king.

  • Cynthia

    Proof after Proof after Proof of Obama’s Treason continue to appear and not a peep is being said about it. Time to Impeach or begin the process of removing this Usurper from the White House along with his Muslim Brotherhood cronies

  • Franklin Delano Paskutnik

    Is anyone surprised that Obama is “conceding” to Khameini?Of course not!Obama has decided- come hell or high water – that he will see through this deal and nothing will stop him.What Khameini wants Khameini gets.To Obama the small matters of lifting sanctions immediately and no inspections of Iran’s nuclear military facilities are just minor hindrances : his target is his Grand Legacy Achievement – and Israel be damned.His propagandists who claim that the alternative to his phoney “deal” is war are ,of course, talking nonsense;the best alternative is more and more draconian sanctions until the Ayatollahs come to their senses.Even the UN’s Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA)has admitted that Iran is lying to the world.Yet Obama won’t listen and still trusts Iran! I can’t believe that Americans have fallen for this president.But Obama must be careful,already Congress is stirring and beginning to rein him in.Is there another American Revolution on the way…….

  • Max Cohen

    Despite the probability that some will interpret my remarks here as nothing more than evidence of bigotry and Islamaphobia, the mounting news requires frankness. First, no more than a few days ago, this very same Ayatollah declared that the destruction of Israel is non-negotiable. Now he declares that Iran will permit no inspection of its bomb-making facilities. In addition,the Ayatollah will accept no agreement unless all sanctions have been removed. AND PRESIDENT OBAMA IS PONDERING! The only possibility Mr. Obama is dreaming of is whether or not Iran would use its bombs only to destroy Israel.

  • Rick Miller

    Obama has again proven that he is as opposed to a Jewish state as the Islamists.

  • Peter Nesbet

    Obama will say and do anything to have his deal but the question is why is the American Congress letting him get away with such a weak deal.

    I am afraid America no longer has any heroes.

  • art

    Obama lied and lied yet again. If the sanctions are lifted it means that Obama WANTS the Iranians to get the bomb. Once lifted sanctions will NOT be re cast and there will be no hammer over iean

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    Obama is surrendering! I despise this coward!

  • Hillel

    Oh what a surprise! Oh roll me over and slap me. I thought this as 2015 not 1938.

  • Howard Kahan

    obama already got what he wanted. he was elected Ptesidi-ent. and re- elected. God only knows why. He could care less for the United States and even less for Israel. Snap back is a dream of his. Once the door is open,it will be almost impossible to close.The rest of the world will be chomping at the bit to buy their oil,and sell what they can to iran. The first people in line will be china.If TIP is worried ,then there is real cauce for concern. They have backed bo right along. Just my thoughts.

  • rachel robinson

    As we saw before Obama is either supporting Iran against Israel or, as he has shown all along he is nothing but a puppet, a scarecrow, a weakling who has no interest in what is good for the USA. Yimach Shemo Vezichro!!!

  • Larry A. Singleton

    Has there ever been a president who has ever shown this kind of utter contempt for Congress and the America people? “Mutually Assured Destruction isn’t a deterrent to these degenerate Jew-Hating fanatics; it’s an INCINTIVE!

    What a mealy mouthed coward.

  • Michael Fox

    It’s all about legacy. The fallout of the Obama presidency will have global repercussions, perhaps for decades. President Obama has put the US in a tailspin that will take an unprecedented effort for this nation to pull out of. What an American tragedy.

  • Larry A. Singleton

    Another Chamberlain. And stinking traitor.

    Obama in Bed With Muslim Brotherhood:

    “Obama has made it safe in this country to hate Jews”

    “It’s incredible what’s being allowed to be said about the Jews on college campuses. You couldn’t get away with this and you couldn’t say these things about any other religion”. Glazov Gang

    Part I

    4-Star Admiral Slams Obama: Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrated All Of Our National Security Agencies (You Tube and Family Security Matters)

    The Whole Thing: January 16, 2015
    Combating Terrorism: Panelists talked about strategy for combating Islamic extremism following recent attacks in Paris, Australia, Nigeria, and Canada.They were critical of the Obama administration’s counterterrorism methods and said the U.S. should address the attacks as a “global jihadist movement.” Other topics Shariah law and doctrine.


    The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement by The Tiger Team pdf

    The Cairo Speech by Anne Bayefsky (Ass Kicking)

    Why is Obama in Bed With the Muslim Brotherhood? by Ted Belman (American Thinker)

    Abedin Family Journal Promoted Muslim Brotherhood Views by Andrew G. Bostom (Family Security Matters)

    The Abedin Family’s Pro-Jihadist Journal by Andrew G. Bostom

    A Red Carpet for Radicals at the White House by Steve Emerson and John Rossomando (Investigative Project)

    Administration Welcomed Wolves Into the Sheepforld by Diana West (Townhall)

    The Implications of Obama’s Foreign Policy Team for the Middle East (Lecture) by Jonathan S. Tobin (Middle East Forum)

    Muslim Brotherhood “Perception Management Team” to Washington DC by Clare M. Lopez (The Clarion Project)

    History of the Muslim Brotherhood Penetration of the U.S. Government by Clare M. Lopez (Gatestone Institute)

    Ten Part “Muslim Brotherhood in America” by Frank Gaffney (Center for Security Policy)

    A Troubling Influence: An Islamic 5th Column Penetrates the White House by Frank Gaffney Jr. With an Introduction: Why We are Publishing this Article by David Horowitz (Frontpage Magazine)

    The Islamist-and Their Enablers- Assault on the Right: The Case Against Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan (Introduction and pdf) (Center for Security Policy)

    A Disturbing Event: the American Conservative Union Embraces an Islamist by Raymond Ibrahim (Frontpage Magazine)

  • The Nuclear agreement with Iran will lead to our first nuclear war. Israel must attack Iran and destroy it completely so no one can occupy it. That is the only thing that might stop a World Wide Nuclear War.

    • That’s right, but our dear Mr. Brzesinski said that USA will shoot down Israeli missiles if they start to bomb Iran. It’s nice, isn’t it?

  • Julian Clovelley

    This article seems entirely about something that didn’t happen on which conclusions are drawn attacking President Obama

    It’s Republican Party propaganda

    Wise up in the Editorial section. This is very bad journalism indeed