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Make Israel a member of NATO

I read with interest Robert O. Freedman's op-ed column discussing the possibility of Israel bombing Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons ("Is reelection driving Obama's Israel policy?, March 6).

Critics of that policy have advocated stricter economic sanctions to prevent Iran from getting a bomb. However, there is a third choice of action which hasn't been discussed: Making Israel the 29th member of NATO.

Article 5 of the NATO Charter reads: "The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them ... will assist the Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain security of the North Atlantic area."

This would truly deter Iran from attacking Israel with conventional or nuclear weapons and give Israel the security and piece of mind it needs.

Leon Reinstein, Baltimore

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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