According to a poll released on Monday, sixty-five percent of Americans believe that any agreement with Iran should be subject to congressional approval – increasing the public pressure on the White House to accept Congress’ role in any final agreement reached. The current bipartisan legislation before the Senate, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, also known as Corker-Menendez, is set for debate in the Senate starting on Tuesday and provides Congress thirty days to review any final deal reached.
There has been continual, bipartisan support in Congress to pass legislation that would provide a role for the legislature on any nuclear deal reached between the P5+1 global powers and Iran. Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ben Cardin (D-Md.) declared, “I have always supported Congressional review of any final agreement with Iran.” Following the understanding reached in Lausanne on April 2, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) said, “I look forward to a full and frank discussion with the Administration on these issues and the questions the framework leaves open, specifically including the necessary role Congress must play going forward.”
President Barack Obama stated that he would veto legislation relating to the current negotiations with Iran. However, prior to the committee vote on Corker-Menendez, the White House signaled that the President would be willing to compromise and sign it. Following the announcement, Senator Corker said, “The reason the administration in the last two hours has chosen the path they’re now taking is the number of senators they realized were going to support this legislation.” On April 14, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 after Chairman Corker and Sen. Cardin worked together to make changes to the original draft that would garner support from Republicans, Democrats and the White House.
The Israeli Air Force spotted and struck a group of infiltrators laying a mine on the Israel-Syria border Sunday night, The Times of Israel reported:
An Israeli airstrike targeted and killed a group of militants who were spotted placing an explosive on the northern border Sunday night, the army said, a day after an alleged Israeli airstrike on Hezbollah positions in Syria.
The IDF said three or four people were killed by an air force craft after they were spotted crossing into Israeli territory with an explosive device late Sunday.
IDF spokesman Col. Peter Lerner said the cell consisted of four people who were “identified while clearly laying a mine and were shot by an Israeli Air Force aircraft.”
The attempted infiltration comes on the heels of reported Israeli strikes against military targets in Syria.
Without taking credit for the reported strikes in Syria, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned Iran not to arm Hezbollah.
“Iran continues to try and arm Hezbollah and it is striving to arm the Lebanese terror group with advanced weapons in every way it can, and by using every avenue,” Ya’alon said in a speech at Israel’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv. “We will not allow the transfer of sophisticated weapons to terror groups, and in particular Hezbollah.”
“We know how to reach it [Hezbollah] and those who direct it, at any time and any place,” Ya’alon continued. “We will not allow Hezbollah to establish a terror infrastructure on our borders with Syria, and we know how to lay our hands on anyone who threatens Israeli citizens, along our borders or even far from them.”
Israel reportedly hit a weapons depot in Syria thought to be housing S-300 missiles meant for Hezbollah last December.
In January of this year an airstrike attributed to Israel hit a convoy carrying high-ranking Hezbollah and Iranian personnel, killing Hezbollah commander Jihad Mughniyeh and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi. A week and a half later a Hezbollah cross-border attack killed two IDF soldiers patrolling the Israel-Lebanon border. (via TheTower.org)