WASHINGTON — Selling nuclear diplomacy with Iran was perhaps the toughest job at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference this year — second only to shepherding teenage attendees to the AIPAC selfie wall. Still, one gutsy former adviser to President Barack Obama decided to give it a shot — and soon realized he might have been better off handing out selfie sticks.
As one of the few speakers at the conference to defend the administration’s approach to Iran, former top State Department official Robert Einhorn told attendees at a Monday afternoon panel discussion that the deal the U.S. and five other world powers hope to strike with Iran likely won’t be ideal for the United States or for Israel. But an agreement, he said, would be the best option for restraining Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Einhorn called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence on a nuclear deal that prevents Iran from enriching uranium unrealistic. “I would agree that if you could get this kind of agreement, that would be the best possible negotiating outcome,” he said. “The problem, in my view, is that it’s simply not achievable.
Rogovin said he believes the Iranians are lying and it doesn’t matter whether Secretary of State John Kerry, who resumed nuclear talks in Geneva on Monday, recognizes that.
Rogovin added that his top priority is finding a presidential candidate willing to bomb Iran. He said he’s not sure who will “have the testosterone” to do so.