- National surveys show growing opposition to the Iran Deal and a desire for congress to vote on the matter
Recent polls by The Israel Project (TIP), the Pew Research Center, and Secure America Now/McLaughlin show that more voters oppose the deal than support it. A national survey commissioned by The Israel Project revealed that voters oppose the deal by a margin of 13 points. According to the Pew poll, over the past six weeks following the signing of the deal, support for the agreement has been falling, including among Democrats. This is in line with the results of a previous TIP poll, which illustrated that as voters become more familiar with the deal, they become more likely to disapprove of it. The new TIP poll shows a high degree of awareness of the deal, with 77% of voters having heard a lot or some about the deal. According to the TIP poll, 58% of voters believe the deal “is not tough enough” and out of nine different subject areas, President Barack Obama has the most negative job approval rating when it comes to his conduct of the nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Despite bipartisan opposition to the deal in Congress, the White House and some Senate Democrats are trying to engineer a filibuster of the vote to disapprove of the deal. Yet according to the TIP and Secure America Now/McLaughlin polls, a majority of voters across party lines support a congressional vote on the deal. Finally, when asked to evaluate the deal given recent revelations that Iran will be allowed to conduct its own inspection of Parchin, a suspect nuclear weapons development site, over 60% disapproved of the deal, according to both the TIP and Secure America Now/McLaughlin polls. The Secure America Now/McLaughlin poll also revealed that 54% say that if their representatives support the deal, they will not vote for them again in the future.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared on his English-language Twitter account today that Israel – or the “Zionist regime” – will be gone in 25 years.In his message, Khamenei said, “God willing there will be nothing of Zionist regime by 25 years.” He added, “Until then, struggling, heroic and Jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists.” The picture accompanying Khamenei’s remarks showed what appeared to be the Iranian leader walking over the image of an Israeli flag.
Last month, the Supreme Leader said on the social media platform that Iran will “take all possible means to support anyone who fights Israel, is against the Zionist regime and supports resistance.”
Following the agreement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Supreme Leader tweeted out an image depicting President Barack Obama with a gun to his head. Last November, he tweeted a nine-point plan for the elimination of Israel.
The Algemeiner reported that Khamenei’s Twitter account released a “blitz” of anti-American tweets last week.
He accused the U.S. government of “global arrogance,” and said “Zionist companies” and “economic cartels” were behind it. …Khamenei often takes to Twitter to express anti-Israel and anti-American sentiments.(via TheTower.org)
“Enemy and global arrogance is not an illusion; it’s a reality, and its utmost epitome is U.S. government and Zionist and economic cartels backing it,” he said. He warned that the “short-term” cooperation with the United States should “not deceive us.”
“We must always be aware of the enemy’s plots,” he wrote, adding a critique of what he called Western hypocrisy regarding terrorism, namely that countries such as the U.S. consider Iran a a state sponsor of terrorism while backing governments like Saudi Arabia and Israel, which have waged war on Islamist terrorist groups in Yemen and the Gaza Strip, respectively. He said it was hypocritical to declare Lebanese and Palestinian “resistance movements” (Iran backs Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas in Gaza and Palestinian Islamic Jihad) terrorist groups, while simultaneously backing Israeli “tyranny.”