Israel Welcomes Compromise on Congressional Review of Iran Deal

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters/Hamodia) -

Israel is pleased at a compromise deal on Iran achieved between the U.S. Congress and the administration of President Barack Obama, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Wednesday.

In what was seen as a setback for Obama, the U.S. president agreed on Tuesday for Congress to have the power to review a nuclear deal with Iran, giving in to pressure from Republicans and some in his own party over the barbed issue.

“We are certainly happy this morning. This is an achievement for Israeli policy,” Steinitz told Israel Radio, citing a March 3 speech by Netanyahu to Congress in which he argued against the then-emerging framework agreement with Tehran.

Steinitz said the compromise bill would be “a very important element in preventing a bad deal,” or at least in improving the April 2 blueprint that world powers charted with Iran.