No nukes for Israel or Iran

Can anyone explain to me why it is OK for Israel to have a nuclear capability and not Iran ("Iran nuclear advances seen," Aug. 24)?

Iran has never attacked its neighbors (other than the US-fostered war with Iraq); Israel has attacked all its neighbors and still illegally holds territory in Syria and Lebanon, not to mention Palestine. Israel has actually threatened to use its nuclear power, in its 1973 war with Egypt. Israel admits that Iran, even if it had a nuclear bomb, would not be foolish enough to use it against Israel. The only benefit for Iran of a nuclear bomb is defensive.

A simple solution to this situation: Accept Iran's proposal for a nuclear-free Middle East.

Doris Rausch, Columbia

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