Your article, "Obama presses critics on Iran deal" (Aug. 5), describes the president's efforts to gain support for the nuclear agreement between us, our allies and Iran.
I have always been an ardent supporter of Israel and have been an active member of the Baltimore Jewish Council and a Director of the American Jewish Committee. It is for these reasons that I support the current agreement.
Admittedly it is not what we had wished it to be, but it is clearly the best we could achieve given the position of our allies in the negotiations. Without support of our allies, our sanctions alone would not be very effective. The alternative, rejecting the agreement, would be far worse for us, Israel and the world. Were the treaty rejected, Iran would be free to renege on its commitments and proceed full speed with development of a nuclear bomb. Also sanctions will have been lifted by the UN and our negotiating partners, leaving us with little leverage on Iran. A scary scenario. The path forward is clear. Approving the treaty is risky but rejection could be calamitous.
Jack Kinstlinger, Towson