The Iran deal, if and when it comes, may be a “hard sell” in the U.S. Congress, but Israelis should not put too much hope in the possibility of the deal not being approved at the end of the day, a top security official told Arutz Sheva Sunday.
The official was responding to comments made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday that the deal would be a “hard sell” in Congress. “It’s going to be a very hard sell, if it’s completed, in Congress,” McConnell told Fox News. “He can win on Iran and this deal with holding 34 Democrats because that’s the way the approval process is structured.”
Israeli officials expressed satisfaction at the comments, given that it was likely, according to diplomatic sources, that a deal to allow Iran to continue with its nuclear program was likely as early as Monday. According to the diplomats, the negotiating teams were set to issue a joint statement late Sunday or Monday.
A report by Iran's Fars news agency, quoting negotiators, said that Western countries had agreed to remove all economic sanctions from Iran, but that certain “limitations” would remain for the time being, to be removed later on when Iran verifies compliance with the deal.
In addition to Western sanctions, the report said, a UN embargo on Iran in place since 2006 on arms trading with the Islamic Republic would be removed as well, with temporary limitations placed on the arms trade to expire at some point in the future.
However, a member of the American diplomatic team said that he would not make any “commitments as to when and if the deal will be signed.” Over the weekend, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the negotiations were approaching “the moment of truth,” and that there were still a number of issues to be resolved.
Speaking on Fox News, McConnell said that “I know there will be a strong pull not to go against the president on something as important as this is to him, but I hope there will be enough Democrats willing to look at this objectively.”
Eventually, the Israeli official said, it was likely that President Obama would get his way and the deal would be approved. “There is no question that Congress sees this deal in a different light than the White House does. The question is what will happen when the voting takes place. Senators can expect a great deal of pressure to be placed on them.