Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) thinks the recent deal with Iran, in which Tehran has agreed to freeze aspects of its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions, is a lopsided deal, with Iran getting the better part of the bargain. The senator released a statement on Sunday, calling the agreement foolhardy due to its relaxing of sanctions, which Schumer notes were putting substantial pressure on Iran to avoid dabbling in nuclear weapons development.
Schumer, an important figure in Democratic leadership, is in the position of having to choose between supporting the president’s agenda and supporting Israel. The senator, a Jew, surely recognizes that the safety of Israel is an issue that will resonate with a large segment of his constituency. Schumer was joined in his opposition by Republican senators such as Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.). Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) suggested that the deal was a desperate attempt to take public attention away from Obamacare.