About: David Gerstman

David Gerstman blogged as Soccer Dad from 2003 to 2010. Formerly a computer programmer, he is now a blogger for The Israel Project’s The Tower blog.




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Iranian Pres Doesn’t Want Nuclear Deal Binding On Iran

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Posted by    Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 4:00pm 8/30/2015 at 4:00pm
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In a press conference yesterday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said that he didn’t want the Iranian legislature to approve the nuclear deal (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) the Associated Press reported Saturday.

Rouhani told a news conference that the deal was a political understanding reached with the...

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Why Did Obama Adopt Iran’s Nuclear Narratives?

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Posted by    Friday, August 28, 2015 at 2:30pm 8/28/2015 at 2:30pm
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One of the frustrating aspects of the nuclear deal with Iran is the degree to which the Obama administration, especially the President has adopted the premises of the Iranian regime.

It isn’t just off-putting to hear  Obama using the language of a regime that hates the United States, but it raises the...

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Brave: Two Freshmen Dems Will Oppose Iran Deal

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 8:30am 8/25/2015 at 8:30am
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Both Rep. Donald Norcross (D – N.J.) and Rep. Brendan Boyle (D – Pa.) have announced that they will stand on principle and oppose the nuclear deal with Iran (a/k/a, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA.) I know almost nothing about either of these legislators, but I have tremendous...

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Democrats, do you feel lucky (about the Iran deal)?

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Posted by    Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 6:00pm 8/23/2015 at 6:00pm
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A number of stories have been reported since the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the nuclear deal with Iran is known, that raise serious questions about its effectiveness to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and even about whether or not it will stop...

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How Kerry Demonstrated His Contempt For Congress

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 7:00am 8/19/2015 at 7:00am
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By now, Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R – Ariz.) announcement that he will oppose the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been overshadowed by Sen. Robert Menendez’ (D – N.J.) Tuesday announcement of his opposition.

Still, I’d like to revisit Flake’s announcement because he was viewed by the administration, in the words of ...

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Iran Deal – U.S. capitulation on enrichment even before negotiations

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 5:30pm 8/12/2015 at 5:30pm
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Following the nuclear negotiations with Iran, I am constantly amazed at the revelations that get reported (though often not widely enough) that document the administration’s systematic capitulation to every single Iranian demand.

Though it’s probably not the most shocking news I’ve heard, the news broken by MEMRI, that already in 2011 President...

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How does Obama Plan to Sell the Iran Nuclear Deal?

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Posted by    Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 6:40pm 8/9/2015 at 6:40pm
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The approach of the President Barack Obama and his administration to the nuclear deal with Iran has been one of knocking down straw men and vilifying opponents of the deal as beholden to lobbyists, following mindless partisanship, and working...

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Iran declares U.S. in material breach of nuke deal, but why?

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Posted by    Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 8:00pm 8/2/2015 at 8:00pm
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Late last week there was a significant event in the course of the nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Iran lodged a complaint with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) complaining that the United States was already in “material breach” of the agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive  Plan of Action (JCPOA) based on a statement by...

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Will Hillary and Schumer save Dems from themselves on Iran nuke deal?

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 8:30am 7/29/2015 at 8:30am
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In an essay for August issue of The Tower Magazine, former longtime editor of The New Republic, Martin Peretz calls on Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer to save the Democratic Party by leading the fight against the nuclear deal with Iran otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan...

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I’ve Read the Nuclear Deal, Mr. President, and It’s Awful

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Posted by    Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 9:30am 7/19/2015 at 9:30am
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In his combative press conference last week to defend the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama issued the following challenge:

So to go back to Congress, I challenge those who are objecting to this agreement, number one, to read the agreement before they comment on it; number two, to explain...

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Obama spikes Iran Nuke football

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 7:16am 7/15/2015 at 7:16am
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President Obama defended his deal to Iran to Thomas Friedman of The New York Times yesterday. It was a bad deal and it represented a retreat on nearly every single element of the deal.

In any case this is what Obama told Friedman:

“We are not measuring this deal by whether it is...

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Awaiting historic sellout of Israel by Obama-Kerry

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Posted by    Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 12:00pm 7/12/2015 at 12:00pm
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President Barack Obama has, at least since 2012, claimed that he has Israel’s back regarding his engagement with Iran.

But as the Iran nuke negotiations move closer to an agreement, with reports it could happen by tomorrow, it is clear that Obama’s words are empty rhetoric.

In M...

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Iran Lobby Targets Legislators Who Oppose Nuclear Deal

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Posted by    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 11:30am 7/6/2015 at 11:30am
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Adam Kredo of the Free Beacon obtained an e-mail threatening Democratic legislators who have doubts about the nuclear deal with Iran that the administration is negotiating.

“Democrats in Congress are the...

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Obama’s Strategy is Retreat In Iran Nuclear Negotiations

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 4:15pm 7/3/2015 at 4:15pm
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Two recent articles document the multiple American capitulations to Iran in pursuit of a nuclear deal.

One is Friday’s column by Charles Krauthammer, which showed the numerous retreats the administration has taken from ensuring that Iran will stick to an agreement. Another is by Lee Smith, who earlier this week covered a...

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Obama Admin obsessed with accommodating Iranian nuclear goals

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:02am 6/30/2015 at 10:02am
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Two stories reported yesterday raise questions whether the Obama administration is willing to devise a deal that will be comprehensive to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear device and even if it could, would it have the will to enforce it.

In the first case, Jay Solomon of The Wall Street Journal reported...

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Latest U.N. Gaza Report Fatally Flawed

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8:30am 6/23/2015 at 8:30am
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First the good news, the so-called Schabas report, the United Nations Human Rights Council inquiry into last year’s war between Hamas and Israel, isn’t as bad as its predecessor, the infamous, discredited Goldstone report. But it’s still pretty bad.

The Schabas report is named for the judge who originally headed it, William...

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Hillary 2016: Pit the voters against…each other

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Posted by    Monday, June 8, 2015 at 11:30am 6/8/2015 at 11:30am
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The New York Times yesterday featured an article on Hillary Clinton’s electoral strategy for 2016. In short, she apparently is mimicking President Barack Obama’s strategy for his second term.

Instead, she is poised to retrace Barack Obama’s far narrower path to the presidency: a campaign focused more on mobilizing supporters in the...

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