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Fears US 'national interest' hurt by partisan Iran row – Andrew Beatty/AFP

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OCCUPIED Washington – The former White House official who resigned this week as head of a key US group lobbying against the Iran nuclear deal, warned the partisan row was hurting America’s national interest.

Gary Samore, who stepped down as president of United Against Nuclear Iran because he supports the agreement, said a political battle between Congress and the White House had crowded out the “pragmatic center.”

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The Arab-Israeli courtship – Editorial Board/Christian Science Monitor

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The head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold, let slip last month that the Sunni Arab states in the region are “Israel’s allies.” This bit of news came after he also revealed in June that Israel and Saudi Arabia have held secret talks in recent months. While similar nuggets of hope have not been heard on the Arab side, these comments should not be ignored.
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98 Prominent Hollywood Jews Back Iran Nuclear Deal – Seth Abramovitch/Hollywood Reporter

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A coalition of 98 prominent members of Los Angeles’ Jewish community — most with ties to Hollywood — have signed an open letter supporting the proposed nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers led by the United States.

Identifying themselves as “American Jewish supporters of Israel” in the full-page ad, which will appear in the Thursday edition of L.A.’s Jewish Journal, the group urges Congress to approve the agreement because it “is in the best interest of the United States and Israel.”
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In Efforts to Sway Iran Debate, Big-Money Donors Are Heard – Jonathan Weisman and Nicholas Confessore/The New York Times

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  (Self-confessed “guardian of Israel” – wrong on Iraq, wrong on Iran, wrong for Americans)

In the weeks before Senator Chuck Schumer’s decision to oppose the Iran nuclear accord, John Shapiro, a New York financier and a leader of the American Jewish Committee, had his ear, plying him with reasons to oppose it.

Mr. Shapiro, a longtime benefactor of the New York senator and other Democrats, was hardly alone. Some of the wealthiest and most powerful donors in American politics, those for and against the accord, tried to get a word in with Mr. Schumer. Now, approaching a vote on President Obama’s most important international priority, the fight is expanding, with tens of millions of dollars flowing into ad campaigns, and contributors leveraging access to undecided Democrats.

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Give Bibi the Nobel Peace Prize – Aaron David Miller/Foreign Policy

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When it comes time to award the peace prizes for the Iran nuclear deal, the Norwegian Nobel Committee ought to at least consider an honorable mention for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He certainly won’t accept, long having been as staunchly opposed to an agreement as one can be. But in one of the crueler ironies of Middle East politics, there’s no denying that Netanyahu’s fixation on the Iranian nuclear threat actually helped engender the circumstances that produced the very accord he opposes today. And here’s why.
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Mondoweiss Breaks Silence Over The Alison Weir/JVP Controversy – Or Does It?

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Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir – Adam Horowitz/Mondoweiss 

This summer some in the Palestinian solidarity community have been involved in a debate over Alison Weir of If Americans Knew following Jewish Voice for Peace’s decision to not work with her and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation’s decision to ask her organization to leave its coalition due to violation of its anti-racism principles. Several readers have asked why we haven’t covered it and the simple answer is that we have devoted our time and resources to other important news stories which we have viewed as a greater priority, the Iran deal and increase in settler violence to name a few. However, we understand that this site plays a role in the Palestine solidarity movement as a place to reflect and debate, not only on the news of the day but on the movement itself. For that reason we are publishing the following three submissions we received on the division within the movement.

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