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Pro-Israeli senators are traitors to US: Scholar

Pro-Israeli senators "are essentially traitors, they are in the pay of" Israel, said Barrett.

US senators, who have expressed opposition to the recent conclusion of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group, are “slaves of Zionism” and “essentially traitors,” says American scholar Kevin Barrett.

According to Senator Mark Kirk, the Obama administration has “sold out” Israel on the nuclear agreement with Iran. Also, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has described the conclusion as "a possible death sentence for Israel" which will "make everything worse."

Such rhetoric is so extreme that “leads one to suspect that there is a sort of an unconscious reaction against the knowledge that these senators are absolutely complete salves of Zionism,” Barrett told Press TV on Thursday.

“These people are essentially traitors, they are in the pay of a foreign power, a hostile foreign power, a foreign power which has repeatedly attacked the United States,” he added.

He said “the Lavon Affair in 1954, when Israeli terrorists attacked US interest in Egypt and attempted to blame Egyptians and got caught ….to September 11, 2001, when the Zionists were the biggest force behind the attacks on America,” are all clear examples of Israeli enmity towards the US.

“They are America’s worst enemy and yet these senators are absolutely complete slaves of this foreign power making them the worst kinds of traitors imaginable,” he noted.

After 18 days of talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Tuesday, Iran and the P5+1 – the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – announced that they agreed on a text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which will put limits on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the removal of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The 159-page JCPOA document has been presented to the Republican-controlled Congress, which now has up to 60 days to review the text and vote to either approve or disapprove of it. 

President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he would veto any legislation from lawmakers that "prevents the successful implementation of the deal."

Most Republicans oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran, but they need a two-thirds vote in both chambers of Congress to override a possible presidential veto, and to reach that threshold, Republicans need Democratic support.

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