Iran's Nuclear Program

This letter appeared in The New York Times on November 21, 2013.

Letters to the Editor
The New York Times 

To the Editor:

Re “Let’s Make a Deal” (column, Nov. 20):

There are reasonable differences of opinion about the first-stage agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. Unfortunately, Thomas L. Friedman, while acknowledging the perfidiousness of Iran, attributes congressional resistance to the discussed proposal to Jewish money and power, playing into the worst of stereotypes about Jews.

There are many legitimate reasons that Congress is raising questions. The most significant, however, is that Israel and Saudi Arabia are the parties that have the most to worry about if Iran has a bomb. So when both shout out that the current approach has within it the seeds for disaster, it should not surprise anyone that profound concerns emerge.

The Iran nuclear issue is one of the most serious facing the world in decades. It is complex and full of pitfalls. It warrants discussion on the merits without impugning motives.

Abraham H. Foxman
National Director
Anti-Defamation League

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