November 26, 2013
Letters to the Editor
The New York Times
To the Editor:
Re “Israel’s Iran Dilemma” (Nov. 26)
Whatever one thinks of the interim agreement between the P5+1 and Iran on the nuclear issue, Roger Cohen's assessment and assumptions justifying the deal are so full of holes it's ludicrous.
He cites an Iranian commitment that "under no circumstances” will it "ever seek or develop any nuclear weapons.” Considering the fact that for years, even through the current negotiations, Iran has consistently denied it was ever moving toward a bomb despite international sanctions based on that reality, shows how meaningless that promise is. It should never be cited.
Similarly, Cohen's portrayal of Israeli opposition as due to its fear of competition from a stronger Iran, completely misses the point. There is nothing inherently bad for Israel about a strong Iran. Indeed, before the extremist Iranian Islamic revolution, Israel and Iran had good relations. The problem for Israel is the Islamic regime's overwhelming hostility to the Jewish state and her very existence. It is such hostility that makes a bomb even more dangerous than it might be otherwise.
Finally, Cohen shamelessly justifies allowing Iran to some uranium enrichment program by comparing Iran to two other would-be nuclear powers - Germany and Japan. These are two countries that are strong democracies, allies of the United States and responsible international actors. Suggesting that Iran can be viewed on the same plane exposes the bankruptcy of Cohen's position.
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