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Letters: Netanyahu dismissal of Iran deal is upsetting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on before

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on before praying at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City, Saturday Feb. 28, 2015. Credit: AP

I am a Jewish American with many relatives in Israel. Israel's safety and security are of great importance. So I was upset to read of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's immediate rejection of the Iranian nuclear framework agreement with the United States ["Iran deal watchwords: distrust and verify," Editorial, April 3].

Though Netanyahu's demands that Iran immediately recognize Israel's right to exist and cease all financing of terrorism are both desired and admirable, they are far outside parameters of the current framework.

Does anyone deny that even if Iran agreed to Israel's demands -- but only under the condition that Israel recognize the Palestinian Authority's demands for an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital -- that Netanyahu would loudly protest its inclusion in this agreement?

Clifford D. Glass, Rego Park


Diplomacy needs a chance

It is such a tragedy that Republicans in Congress do not wish to resolve differences through diplomacy.

When he was president, George W. Bush listened to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and refused to talk with Iran. He made it his policy to build walls against Iran and not try to work out differences.

Iran is a dangerous state suspected of exporting weapons and ideology. The negotiations that Secretary of State John Kerry held with Iran are not perfect for us, but they are a start. We are not getting all we want in the nuclear deal, and Iran is not getting all it wants. Hopefully, their talks are a start to knocking down walls and building a better relationship between our nations.

The Iraq War destabilized the Middle East. A new war would enlarge the region's vacuum of stability, plus we would be sacrificing more of our young soldiers. We need to give diplomacy a chance.

Roger Kaufmann, East Northport