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Friends of Israel should support the Iran deal

I have recently called and written and sent emails to both my Maryland senators to urge them to support the negotiated deal with Iran ("Obama presses critics on Iran nuclear deal," Aug. 5). Both senators at this time say they have not made their decision on the matter. They are, in other words, sitting on the fence, though I hope it is not that they are waiting to see which way lies the greatest damage to them politically.

I can understand that Sen. Ben Cardin may hesitate to place Israel at risk, but I urge him and Sen. Barbara Mikulski to consider seriously how much at risk Israel could be if this deal is rejected. It is not only the United States that has used years of negotiations to reach the best possible deal, but five other major nations of the world have also signed this agreement, meaning they also believe it is the best possible agreement that could have been reached. Negotiations cannot be all one-sided and succeed.

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None of us, not even the senators, has the technical know-how to assess every aspect of the agreement, but U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz does have that expertise and has soundly endorsed the technical aspects of the agreement.

I remember when, some 35 years or so ago, we considered the risks involved in trusting the Soviets. An argument made at that time is still a valid comment today: we trust every day that others won't kill us whenever we get in our cars and expect others to stop at red lights as we cross an intersection on green. It is in our mutual interest to obey traffic signals. And it is in our mutual interest that the Iranians and we, the other six signatories of this agreement, keep to its terms. There are of course risks to be taken in any agreement like this, but the world will be a safer place if the terms of this agreement are met. And we are assured that it is not only trust we are depending upon, but verification. The Iranians will not be able to "cheat" without suffering the consequences.

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Both Senators need to know they can be good friends of Israel and still support this nuclear agreement with Iran, and I urge them to do so. I also urge other concerned Marylanders to let them know their views in support of the Iran deal.

Sylvia J. Eastman, Baltimore


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