Ronen Zvulun/Reuters - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen delivering his speech to the U.S. Congress on television screens in an electronics store in a Jerusalem shopping mall on March 3, 2015.

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Bibi and the bogeyman: What drives opposition is not the details of a nuclear deal, but Iran’s rehabilitation

March 5, 2015, Suzanne Maloney

This week's controversial Congressional address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke little new ground on the bitter policy divide between Washington and its closest ally in the Middle East on the issue of a nuclear deal with Iran. While he delved into the terms of the emerging framework for a deal, Suzanne Maloney argues that Netanyahu’s broader focus underscored the fact that the debate is not really about the deal at all. What animates opposition to a nuclear agreement with Iran is the absolute resistance to Iran’s rehabilitation in spite of its continuing malfeasance at home and within the region.

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