Letters October 20, 2016


Iran deal offers durable security through diplomatic agreement
When Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he has no regrets about opposing the Iran nuclear deal (“Tough talk for Israeli-Americans,” Sept. 29), his rejection of diplomacy was at odds with the majority of Jewish Americans.

I am one of them.

As a Jewish American who grew up in Silver Spring and recently returned to the area after college as a lobbyist for peace with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, I hope my community can see the success of the Iran deal as reason to support diplomatic solutions, not U.S. militarism, in the Middle East. The Iran deal ended decades of American threats to rain down bombs on the Iranian people for U.S. grievances with their government. Americans, Iranians and Israelis now live more free from the threat of war. I thank Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) for supporting this incredible diplomatic settlement, which illuminates a promising alternative to hawkish politics: a durable security won through diplomacy, based on a just peace for all.

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