Letters: Don't heed "red line" on Iran

A visitor looks at portraits of Iran's President

A visitor looks at portraits of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during the exhibition Faces of Power, by Greek photo artist Platon Antoniou, shown at the Photokina 2012, in Cologne, Germany. (Sept. 19, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's insistence on a "red line" on Iran's nuclear program is a classic tactic to divert the dialogue from the Palestinian territory issue ["Line in the sand," News, Sept. 28].

It is becoming quite clear that the Arab Spring, the rise of democracy in the Middle East, is an expression of anger at both the United States and Israel. Netanyahu, in an effort to delay any immediate concessions, such as a halt on settlements, places the ball in President Barack Obama's court by insisting that the United States take immediate action.

Why the media has not understood this ploy, but rather created another fear in the American public, is beyond comprehension.

Edward Boughal, Sayville

Benjamin Netanyahu wants President Barack Obama to draw a "red line" that would lead to a military attack on Iran, when it is believed that Iran is verging on constructing a nuclear weapon. Obama refuses to do so.

Netanyahu is aided in his quest by Republican politicians who are desperately trying to win the "Jewish vote," especially in Florida. GOP representatives in the House of Representatives have urged Obama to meet with Netanyahu.

Mitt Romney recently criticized the president for not using the United Nations General Assembly as an opportunity to meet with Israel's prime minister.

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Eugene J. Castellano, Rockville Centre

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