"In what looks to be a clear victory – at least for now – for President
Barack Obama, a major effort by the Israel lobby and its most powerful constituent,
the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), to pass a new sanctions
bill against Iran has stalled in the U.S. Senate.
While the legislation, the “Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013,” had gathered
59 co-sponsors in the 100-member upper chamber by last week, opposition to it
among Democrats appears to have mounted in recent days.
That opposition apparently prompted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who
controls the floor calendar, to back away from a previous commitment to permit
a vote on the measure some time over the next few weeks. As a result, AIPAC
is now reportedly hoping to get the bill through the Republican-dominated House