The US Republican Party has long been trying to undermine the Iran nuclear agreement in lockstep with Israeli policies, says an American journalist.
In a phone interview with Press TV, Keith Preston, director of AttacktheSystem.com, said what Republicans are trying to do is to “obstruct the deal that the [US President Barack] Obama administration worked out with Iran concerning the nuclear program.”
He made the remarks shortly after Republican lawmakers said they had given up their push to take legal action against Obama over the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1– the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany — on July 14, 2015, in Vienna, Austria.
“What is going on here is that the Republicans are engaging in an act of political grandstanding what is simply trying to undermine the Iran deal itself and I think they are also trying to undermine the Obama administration because this is an election year,” said Preston.
“The Republicans are trying to strengthen their positions as being hawks on national security questions and they are trying to portrait the Obama administration as being weak on national security, terrorism, national defense and of course we have to consider that the Republican Party has always been very opposed to the Iran deal and the Republican Party is steadfastly anti-Iran,” he added.
Preston further noted that another reason for GOP’s anti-Iran steps is that the party “is very steadfastly aligned with …Israeli politics.”
“The Republican Party essentially takes the same line on Middle East politics as the [Israeli PM Benjamin] Netanyahu regime and Israel,” said the journalist. “They are almost indistinguishable from one another in that sense.”
According to a report that was released earlier this month, Netanyahu bribed Republican senator Tom Cotton to sabotage the Iran nuclear agreement.
Cotton reportedly received $960,250 from the Emergency Committee for Israel, a right-wing political advocacy organization based in the United States, for his senatorial campaign.