Street was Paid by Obama Administration to Promote Iran Deal
By Ari Soffer
May 21, 2016
J-Street received more than half a million dollars to
advocate for the Obama administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran, it
has been revealed.
The liberal Jewish group, which bills itself as
"pro-Israel and pro-peace" but which critics say takes solely
anti-Israel stances, was paid the money by the White House's main surrogate
organization for selling the deal.
The Ploughshares Fund was named in an explosive New York
Times profile of Obama aid Ben
Rhodes, in which the President's chief spin doctor listed the
central groups responsible for creating an "echo chamber" in order to
promote the deal, even when the White House's official line didn't jibe
with the facts.
According to Associated Press, the group's 2015 annual
report details several organizations which received substantial funds to peddle
the official White House line on the nuclear deal. Among them was National
Public Radio (NPR), which received a $100,000 grant to promote "national
security reporting that emphasizes the themes of U.S. nuclear weapons policy and
budgets, Iran's nuclear program, international nuclear security topics and U.S.
policy toward nuclear security."
Other grantees included: The Arms Control Association
($282,500); the Brookings Institution ($225,000); and the Atlantic Council
($182,500), who "received money for Iran-related analysis, briefings and
media outreach, and non-Iran nuclear work," according to AP.
The National Iranian American Council received more than
$281,000, while Princeton University received a $70,000 grant to support former
Iranian ambassador and nuclear spokesman Seyed Hossein Mousavian's
"analysis, publications and policymaker engagement on the range of elements
involved with the negotiated settlement of Iran's nuclear program."
But the largest recipient of Obama administration funding
was J-Street, a group which has been closely cultivated by the current White
House and is viewed by many as its mouthpiece in the American Jewish community.
According to The Ploughshares Fund's annual report,
J-Street was paid $576,500 to advocate for the deal - something it did
ferociously, in spite of the opposition from the majority of the pro-Israel
community in the US.
J-Street's dogged support for the Iran deal came despite
the fact that the vast majority of Israelis, including those on the left
with whom J-Street claims to align, were strongly opposed - a fact seized
upon by the group's critics as proof it consistently acts against the State of