US Senator Tom Carper has announced that he will support the historic nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers, including the United States.
“This is a good deal for America and our allies, including Israel, one of our closest allies. And, oh yes. It beats the likely alternative - war with Iran - hands down,” Carper wrote in an opinion piece published in The News Journal of Delaware on Friday.
Carper, a Democrat from Delaware, becomes the 30th US senator to announce that he would support the successful conclusion of nuclear talks reached last month between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries - the US, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany.
President Barack Obama needs 34 votes in the Senate, or 146 in the House of Representatives, to save the nuclear agreement in the Republican-controlled Congress, which is reviewing the accord and is scheduled to vote on it next month.
The Obama administration has said that it is confident it’s going to have enough votes to sustain a possible veto. White House spokesman Josh Earnest has said support for the agreement is growing.
The American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and other pro-Israel lobbying groups in the US have launched a massive campaign to defeat the historic agreement in Congress.
AIPAC has reportedly deployed about 300 lobbyists on Capitol Hill to try to convince lawmakers to vote against the nuclear agreement.
According to reports, the Israel lobby is spending up to $40 million on television commercials and other propaganda material to inform the public “about the dangers of the proposed Iran deal.”