Your recent article on U.S. relations with Iran highlights the sensible advice given by former American ambassador Ryan Crocker, who is part of the Iran Project ("Ex-ambassador: Soften approach toward Iran," May 27).

This group includes three dozen respected former foreign policy and intelligence veterans who have called for less pressure and more diplomacy with Iran.

Hopefully, President Obama will listen to Mr. Crocker and his associates and have the backbone to stand up to Israel and its lackeys in Congress, whose real goal in Iran is regime change through military force.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz got it right when it titled an editorial "Israel uses Iran to sidestep Mideast peace talks."

We cannot allow Israel and its powerful lobby to drag us into another disastrous war in Iran the same way that they did in Iraq.

Ray Gordon, Bel Air