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5 Ben and Jerry’s Flavors to Sweeten the Iran Deal

While we wait for senators to make up their minds on the Iran Deal, two important Jews have announced their opinion on it.

, have announced their support for the controversial deal. The two ice cream mavens wrote in an email newsletter from the liberal nonprofit policy group MoveOn last Wednesday:

“This agreement is the only peaceful way to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. And it’s a critical test for what sort of nation we’re going to be. As Senator Bernie Sanders says, ‘the test of a great nation is not how many wars it can engage in, it is how it can resolve international conflicts in a peaceful manner.’”

The two have launched a “donor strike” against Democratic lawmakers who have come out against the deal, urging the subscribers of MoveOn to withhold funds from Democratic candidates who don’t support the deal (like Senator Chuck Schumer). According to Cohen and Greenfield, 25,000 MoveOn members have signed the pledge and agreed to withhold a collective $11 million.

So when it comes to convincing lawmakers to change their minds about the deal, Cohen and Greenfield are choosing the stick instead of the carrot. Or rather, the stick instead of the sweet, sweet ice cream. Yet, perhaps there is a better way to (literally) sweeten this Iran deal?

As the Forward’s ice cream correspondent (and great-granddaughter of the woman who brought ice cream to the Israeli desert and started Be’er Sheva Ice Cream six decades ago), I decided to go ahead and invent some delicious Iranian ice cream flavors, while channeling the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream school of thought:


Pistachio ice cream with sugared kumquats and chocolate chunks

Shiraz Dreams

Shiraz wine with raisin, walnuts and white chocolate chips

Isfahan in the Sun

Saffron ice cream with sesame and candied orange

Sweet on Rou-Honey

Vanilla ice cream with honey, pistachio and bits of zoolbia

Cho-Khomenei Therapy

Rich belgian chocolate ice cream with chunks of dark chocolate, chocolate covered pomegranate seeds and pistachio

Got any other ideas? Let us know in the comments.

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