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If the former Mossad head thinks the Iran deal is good...

As an ordinary citizen, member of the Jewish community with deep ties to Israel and someone with considerable international experience, I must say I am disappointed with the position taken by Sen. Chuck Schumer over the proposed Iranian agreement ("Iran deal's critics offer no credible alternative," Aug. 3). He had made a statement that he would think deeply before making up his mind, but it seems that he was influenced by political action committees, Republican intransigence, and the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee, which is itself a political group much influenced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his policies. Should we heed politicians who argue for short term gains, or should we listen to more seasoned persons with considerable international experience?

Two weeks ago the previous head of Mossad gave a talk about the Iranian deal on National Public Radio. It was a thoughtful appraisal of the dangers and concerns of the agreement, but clearly he came out in favor of the agreement. He said that it was the best option for Israel and also for global peace. If this is what he understands with the basis of his experience and knowledge, we should take heed. This dilemma needs to be resolved, not by politics but by rational thinking, and who better than a previous leader of Israel's highly effective secret service to provide dispassionate advice? Incidentally he was appointed to the position by Mr. Netanyahu, so cannot be considered a political adversary.

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Please Mr. Schumer, rethink your negativity and take heed of real experience. Your position is important to us, and I would like to see that you too would help the president and Secretary of State John Kerry in this battle which has such a great potential for international peace.

Clive Shiff, Baltimore

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