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US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter (L) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of their meeting in Jerusalem Al-Quds, on July 21, 2015. (AFP)
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter (L) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of their meeting in Jerusalem Al-Quds, on July 21, 2015. (AFP)
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The UN Security Council has unanimously endorsed a draft resolution of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Tehran and the P5+1 nations.

The understanding with the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany limits Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the removal of sanctions. Already, it had received strong praise around the globe.

However, the leading pro-Israel lobbying group, the ‘American Israel Public Affairs Committee’ - known as AIPAC - has allocated tens of millions of dollars for a campaign to encourage Congress to block the agreement between Iran and the world powers. 

To ease concerns, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has visited Israel, and the Obama administration has been selling the accord to allies in the Middle East - as WELL as to a sceptical Congress. But it is clear the Israel lobby is exerting great pressure on American politicians to reject the nuclear settlement.