Agrees With Everett

Agrees With Everett

Edith Everett’s recent Opinion column, “Why The Iran Deal Makes Sense”
(April 17), is a levelheaded perspective on the Iran nuclear deal and an
all-too-rare exposition of the prevailing opinion within the American Jewish

I am dismayed to read slanderous online comments about her essay that unfairly attacked Ms. Everett as anti-Israel for writing in support of the
framework agreement. Ms. Everett’s critics seem to base their accusations
on the premise that all Israelis have one opinion on the issue — Prime
Minister Netanyahu’s opinion — despite the fact that Netanyahu’s party
received fewer than a quarter of the votes in the recent election. While
prevailing Israeli public opinion might incline toward the hawkish, many of
Israel’s most influential security, intelligence, and military officials
have positions more closely resembling Ms. Everett’s than those of the
prime minister.

The chief architect of Israel’s Iran policy, former Mossad director Meir
Dagan, has publicly denounced the bellicose content of Prime Minister
Netanyahu’s speech to the U.S. Congress. Likewise, Amos Yadlin, the former
head of Israeli military intelligence, says the proposed nuclear deal isn’t
a bad one. They and others, including former Mossad director Efraim Halevy, 
have pleaded openly to give U.S. diplomatic efforts a reasonable chance to
curb Iran’s nuclear aspirations.

So thank you, Ms. Everett, for making the persuasive pro-Israel case for
supporting President Obama, whose record as a champion of Israel’s true
security is unsurpassed.

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