On January 27, 2015, Iran Task Force Co-Chairman Amb. Eric Edelman and Task Force members John Hannah and Ray Takeyh testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the strategic implications of the of Administration's approach to negotiations with Iran. Click the video below to see footage of the hearing.
Michael Makovsky of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), a pro-Israel group, observes that Abbas "feels weak domestically versus Hamas and compelled to bolster his hardline creds."
Congress can do a lot to improve the U.S.-Israel relationship and our joint security interests. “With Republicans in majority of Congress, new Iran sanctions legislation will finally be allowed to come to the floor, and will pass, though unclear if it will have enough Democrats in favor to provide a veto-proof majority,” says Mike Makovsky, CEO of the pro-Israel JINSA.
We have already seen allegations that Iran was cheating on its existing commitments, although the administration continued to insist it was fully complying with the interim agreement. We knew Iran was still refusing to allow International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors full access to its facilities. And we knew Iran had categorically refused to disclose the contours of its previous alleged nuclear weapons program, making it impossible for us even to know where to send inspectors. Now, the Iranians may have been caught red-handed trying to buy parts for their reactor at Arak.