Posted by Albert Gersh - July 29, 2015
A CNN poll showed that a majority (52% of respondents) now believes Congress should reject the Iran nuclear deal.
A new poll released by The Israel Project
(TIP) shows that a plurality of voters oppose the Iran deal and want Congress to reject it. A Pew
poll carried out last week showed similar results. The TIP poll also found that a majority of voters disapprove of the way President Obama has conducted negotiations with Iran.
Moreover, polls appear to indicate that the more the public learns about the deal, the more they oppose it. According to the TIP poll, after the deal was announced, support for the deal dropped by 13 points while opposition surged by 14 points. When voters were presented with balanced debates including arguments in favor of the deal taken directly from the White House website, a majority (53%) believed that Congress should reject the deal. After being presented with ten concerns about the deal with Iran, even more voters (62%) opposed the deal. A reporter at The Washington Post wrote
that "public support for the final Iran deal is clearly weaker than before it was announced," and said that support for the deal is declining “across party lines, among Democrats, Republicans and independents.” The TIP poll showed a drop in support among all demographics as well. 57% of voters agree that the alternative to this deal is a better deal that takes a harder stance against Iran.
Polls have also shown low levels of trust in Iran. The Pew survey revealed that most of the public doubts that Iran’s regime will abide by the deal. Most of the Pew respondents do not have faith in the ability of the international community to verify Iran’s compliance and a July Washington Post-ABC poll found 64% do not believe the deal will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Rep. Grace Meng (D – N.Y.) announced her opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in a press release today.
“I strongly believe the world could and should have a better deal than that set forth in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which I will therefore oppose.
While I will continue to study the finer points of the deal, they will not be dispositive for me. I believe the inspections procedures set forth are flawed – leading nuclear experts assert that, pursuant to these procedures, inspectors would not necessarily know whether Iran is manufacturing uranium components for a nuclear weapon. This is unacceptable. Furthermore, I am deeply concerned that almost all of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure would remain intact; this leads me to believe Iran would simply resume its pursuit of a nuclear weapon at the conclusion of the deal in a decade’s time. Finally, the immediate sanctions relief provided Iran in the deal would incentivize the funding of terrorism and lessen Iran’s interest in restraining its nuclear ambitions over the long term.
I commend President Obama and Secretary Kerry for their efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but the deal before us now is simply too dangerous for the American people. I have every confidence a better deal can be realized.”
Meng serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Subcommittees on the Middle East and North Africa, and Asia and the Pacific.
Earlier this week, another Democratic representative, Juan Vargas (D – Calif.) announcedhis opposition to the deal.
Yesterday, the Institute for Science and International Security issued a paper raising questions about the verifiability of the JCPOA. (via TheTower.org)
Tel Aviv has announced new plans to roof over the Ayalon Highway and construct an open public space with foot and cycling paths, cafes, and sports facilities for city residents.
Public park area above road and railway tracks will include bike and foot paths, green spaces, cafes. The $525 million plan, which would cover 59 acres, is being called the “most ambitious municipal project in the country’s history.” While New York’s High Line is built on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad, the Ayalon project will enclose a section of the highway and train tracks that are still very much in use. Some 750,000 vehicles a day use the Ayalon Highway. “Tel Aviv-Jaffa today reached a milestone in infrastructure, environment, and architecture by beginning a project that will certainly draw national and international attention. The busiest strip of infrastructure in the Middle East, composed of a railway, roads, sewage pipelines, drainage, electricity, communications, and more, will become in a few years a fertile island of green in the heart of the city,” said Tel Aviv city council member Itay Pinkas Arad, who chairs the Ayalon roofing project steering committee. (via Israel21c