The big news today is the announcement of a deal between the P5+1 nations and Iran that would result in the easing of some of the tensions between Iran and the west, with the quid pro quo being restrictions imposed on Iran’s nuclear program in return for a lifting of sanctions. Julian Borger lists what he sees as the key points of the deal.
As is often the case, media coverage has focused on the reaction in the US and Israel and not much on what Iranians think. Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain have rounded up some of the reactions from the people of that country and the sentiment seems to be one of largely guarded optimism.
The optimistic Iranian view is grounded in the expectation that the deal will usher in a normalization of relations between Iran and the West, lifting both the sanctions regime and the threat of war.
But much Iranian public opinion, while positive, is more nuanced and guarded. Hooshang Amirahmadi, an Iranian-American professor of international relations at Rutgers University (who was one of the individuals targeted for NSA spying), has devoted most of his career to advocating for a normalization of U.S./Iran relations and the lifting of the sanctions regime. To the extent this deal accomplishes that, he said today in an interview with The Intercept, he supports it, though if it ends up confined only to nuclear issues, “then it will be very bad for both countries.” Amirahmadi added that the mood in Tehran is, in general, “very happy.” Ordinary Iranians, he said, “obviously like what has happened” primarily because “they expect money to arrive, which will help the economy and create jobs.”
Greenwald and Hussain conclude, “American journalists, who pride themselves on “neutrality” and “balance,” should spend some time considering how much of a platform they give to Israelis and how little they give to Iranians. Whatever one’s views, hearing from Iranians themselves about their own country – rather than relying on Israeli and American critics – is a prerequisite to journalistic fairness.”
Philip Weiss says that the deal has caused a bit of a crisis for the Israel lobby as they are not sure that they can defeat the deal despite the angry denunciations by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and some heated anti-deal rhetoric from the neoconservatives.