October 30, 2013 3:11 pm -

A group led by billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, the Republican Jewish Coalition, is urging members to call Senators and urge them to impose more sanctions on Iran. This is the opposite of what President Obama wants to do as relations with that country are now thawing a bit.

The House passed a new sanctions bill in July that seeks to cut off all oil purchases from Iran, along with other punitive measures, and the Senate Banking Committee was poised to take up a similar bill this week. But the White House is asking Congress to hold off, at least temporarily. “We think that this is a time for a pause to see if these negotiations [with Iran] can gain traction,” U.S. lead negotiator with Iran Wendy Sherman said last week. Indeed, Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will head to Capitol Hill this week to make the case to skeptical senators.

Adelson favors dropping a nuclear missile on Iran to send them a message.