Ahead of Iran nuke deadline, U.S. lawmakers issue statements calling for congressional oversight over a deal


Lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday issued statements indicating broad bipartisan support for congressional oversight of any potential deal with Iran, amid reports that negotiations this week in Vienna may not produce a final deal by the November 24th deadline. On Wednesday, Rep. Ed Royce (R-Ca.), who had earlier in the day been chosen by the House Republican Conference to continue to serve as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released a statement in which he stressed that the “Committee will continue its efforts to stop Iran’s march toward nuclear weapons, which threatens to undermine fundamentally the security of us and our critical allies.” Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) on Tuesday called for “the dismantling—not freezing—of Iran’s illegal nuclear weapons program,” as well as “congressional review of any agreement to assure legitimacy and longevity of the decision.” Warner’s call for dismantlement has been repeatedly emphasized as a critical prerequisite by huge majorities of both the Senate and the House. A letter authored by Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) earlier this month had emphasized that Tehran should be forced to meet long-standing international demands regarding its atomic program, and that a final deal would have to "dismantle, not just stall, Iran’s illicit nuclear program." Al Monitor’s insidery Congress Pulse had last week conveyed comments from National Iranian American Council (NIAC) Founder and President Trita Parsi, whose organization was in 2013 accused by sitting members of Congress of peddling Iranian propaganda, to the effect that "the [insistence] on dismantlement continues to put Kirk and Menendez in the camp of those pushing for unrealistic demands." Dismantlement had been a condition laid down by the Obama administration last year during talks between the P5+1 and the Islamic republic.


Wix.com, a globally successful DIY web-development platform recently named “hottest Middle Eastern startup” by Inc. magazine, will air its first-ever Super Bowl spot during NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1. The Israeli company has run direct-response TV advertising campaigns for the past two years in the US, Europe and Latin America. Now it is spending $4 million for a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl – the most coveted and therefore expensive TV advertising spot — as part of a wide-scale cross-platform branding campaign. “The Super Bowl is not only the most watched broadcast event of the year, it’s the most fun. We’re excited that we can expose our brand in an event with such massive reach, but it’s actually this embodiment of fun that fits Wix so well,” said Omer Shai, Wix.com’s CMO. “Tens of millions of people use Wix to tackle what was once a complicated and expensive task – taking their businesses online.” Last year, Israel-based SodaStream hired actress Scarlett Johansson as its “brand ambassador” for a Super Bowl commercial that went viral. Wix claims more than 55 million users worldwide for its unique drag-and-drop website creation platform. It also enables management of additional aspects of business or brand via the Wix Cloud. Famously operating without a sales team, Wix maintains its massive international growth through varied online and offline marketing and advertising initiatives. Wix.com’s headquarters are in Tel Aviv with offices in San Francisco, New York, Vilnius and Dnepropetrovsk. (via Israel21c)

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