Obama Singles Out Israel Again While Talking Up Iran Nuclear Deal

• August 5, 2015 2:02 pm


President Obama singled out Israel again Wednesday while pushing for support of the Iran nuclear deal during his address at American University, saying it was the sole government that had publicly voiced opposition to the agreement.

"This deal is not just the best choice among alternatives," he said. "This is the strongest non-proliferation agreement ever negotiated, and because this is such a strong deal, every nation in the world that has commented publicly, with the exception of the Israeli government, has expressed support."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fiercely criticized the agreement, remarking it is a "dream deal" for Iran that would "bring war" to the region and trigger a nuclear arms race. Obama has steadfastly maintained the deal was the best one possible for the U.S. and its allies, in spite of numerous concessions made by the administration to Tehran.

"I've had to make a lot of tough calls as president," Obama said. "But whether or not this deal is good for American security is not one of those calls."

Obama is facing opposition on the home front, with a recent poll showing Americans are against it by a 2-to-1 margin, and numerous Democrats either being against it or undecided.