The Iran deal that President Barack Obama is promoting seems to be a danger to the United States and its Middle East allies, including Israel (“What Happens Next?” Aug. 21). This deal only lasts 10 to 15 years regarding Iran’s obligation to stop working on nuclear weapons capabilities when the breakout time would be near zero, In the short term, Iran would receive $100 billion, which it is going to be able to use to send missiles and other aid to Hamas, the Islamic Jihad movement and Hezbollah and to strengthen its own military might; $100 billion is more than 33 times the annual military aid Israel receives from the United States.
In a few years, ballistic missile work would be permitted as well, so by a decade under this deal Iran may have missiles armed with nuclear warheads aimed at the United States. And Iran may have international legitimacy to be a nuclear and conventional military power.
Sen. Cardin, please follow the brave example of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to stand up to the pressure from the president and be as Queen Esther, who stood up to protect her people against Haman’s plot. This is a clear threat to millions in Israel and indeed the world. Sen. Cardin, please oppose this deal as it is a dangerously bad one.
Editor’s Note: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) serves as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.