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Iran back in Capitol Hill’s cross hairs

A look at the Middle East issues Congress will be addressing the week of July 14.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) walks next to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) before pre-bipartisan meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington March 3, 2014. Netanyahu bluntly told Barack Obama on Monday that Israelis expected their leader not to compromise on their security even as the U.S. president sought to reassure him on Iran diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks. In White House talks overshadowed by the Ukraine crisis, the two leaders tried to avoid any direct clash

Iran is back in Capitol Hill’s cross hairs as the July 20 deadline for a nuclear deal approaches and Israel blames Tehran for arming Hamas with long-range missiles in the latest flare-up with Gaza.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday dedicated to “Iran’s destabilizing role in the Middle East.” And on Thursday, the conservative Foreign Policy Institute and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies will partner with the Bipartisan Policy Center to host a panel on the expectations for an Iran deal with some of the leading Iran critics on Capitol Hill: Sens. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Dan Coats, R-Ind., and Reps. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Brad Sherman, D-Calif.

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