Supporting the Peace Negotiations with Iran is Supporting Israel


I sent the following letter to the editor in response to a recent New York Times front page article:



The headline, “G.O.P.’s Israel Support Deepens As Political Contributions Shift” and accompanying article (front page, April 5), wrongly conflate pro-Israel sentiment and opposition to the current multi-lateral negotiations with Iran.  In fact, lifting the harsh economic sanctions in return for verification that Iran has abandoned its nuclear weapons program will reduce tensions throughout the Middle East and the impetus towards violence against Jews in Israel and around the world.  Republican hostility to the peace talks is motivated by partisan animus and a desire to distract attention from Israel’s human rights violations in Gaza and the West Bank not by deep-seated affection for the Jewish State.  Support for Israel means supporting the peace process for Israel and her neighbors.

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3 Responses to Supporting the Peace Negotiations with Iran is Supporting Israel

  1. Shade says:

    The best Republican argument I have heard against this agreement goes something like this: If you remove sanctions in exchange for allowing the world to monitor Iran for nuclear weapon development, this will free Iran’s economic engine & they will then once again be able able to use their oil-fueled economic power to successfully export terrorism & wars elsewhere. This is a powerful argument to me, though I don’t like the source. (Even a broken clock is right twice a day, LOL.)

    I think both issues must be included in whatever agreement is hammered out. I don’t give much hope for this happening though, as Iran is already balking at the idea that the sanctions would not be lifted on day one of any agreement. I suspect Iran is playing us, reluctantly giving up something in negotiations that they don’t care that much about in exchange for renewing their ability to be a powerful regional influence against American & Israeli interests. Iran, like most countries, understands MAD, and I doubt they would care to have their nuclear fuel’s fingerprint get identified as the source of a nuclear attack against anyone, including an indirect one by terrorists.

  2. halginsberg says:

    Terrorism is rife in the world right now including much that is allegedly sourced from Iran – Hezbollah and Hamas. I am more optimistic that a peace accord with Iran would reduce its support for these organizations. Iran views ISIS, perhaps the most dangerous of the terror networks, as an enemy. If lifting the sanctions allows Iran to be more effective in its combat with ISIS, that would obviously be a positive outcome.

  3. Shade says:

    Your statement: ” I am more optimistic that a peace accord with Iran would reduce its support for these organizations.”
    I would agree that a comprehensive peace accord would reduce tensions, but I’m not sure this agreement is sufficiently comprehensive. The problem is that this agreement is only about nuclear. However, Obama is no fool; he may have some other aces up his sleeves to deal with the terrorist issue at the sites where this occurs instead of dealing with the financial backer. I just don’t know, but I have real concerns that I’d like to hear adequately addressed.

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