Iran never threatened to 'wipe Israel off the map'

Tehran surely knows that a nuclear attack against the Jewish state would be madness

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel will not accept any agreement that allows a country that vows to annihilate his nation to develop nuclear weapons.

Yet while the claim that Iran has vowed to annihilate Israel gets a lot of play, it is false. What Iran actually has said is that Israel will disintegrate on its own because of its racist policies — not at all the same thing.

Iran surely knows that if it attacked Israel with nuclear weapons it would be destroyed, either by Israel's hundreds of bombs or by the U.S., or both. This should be clear.

Alireza Nader, a senior Rand Corp. policy analyst, says 'there's a perception that Israel isn't only against a nuclear deal for Iran but against Iran as a regional power." This is of course the real reason that Israel is against Iran getting a nuclear deterrent. It would shift the balance of power in the region.

But would that be such a bad thing? Israel has shown itself to be far more belligerent than Iran, having attacked at one time or another all of its neighbors, while Iran has a long history of not attacking any of its neighbors.

Why not accept Iran's proposal for a nuclear-free Middle East?

Doris Rausch, Columbia

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