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Letter: America should ignore Netanyahu’s demands

America should ignore Netanyahu’s demands

It’s extremely unlikely that Iran will relinquish its legal right to enrich uranium, no matter what economic pressure is exerted. Therefore, there’ll be no agreement with Iran that meets the demands of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Failing to reach an agreement, and with Iran accumulating weapons-grade uranium, the United States would have three options: bomb Iran; threaten nuclear retaliation if Iran ever uses nuclear weapons; or use ours as bargaining chips to negotiate mutual demilitarization.

These are the same options Netanyahu already possesses; they are the only uses to which Israel’s nuclear weapons could plausibly be put. So why should the United States do for the prime minister what he can do for himself? Which option is favored by Republican senators who parrot his demands? Whom do they serve?

Sam Beer