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U.S., allies must strictly police Iran’s nuclear-deal compliance

ROBERT JASTROW | Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 10:00 am

In “Failure of American Jewry” (Jewish News, Oct. 2), Chaim Jablonowski expressed the opinion that Jewish Americans who support the nuclear agreement with Iran (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) or who failed to either oppose or support it were failing in their duty to Israel and the Jewish people. I honestly cannot support such a conclusion. However, that isn’t the point. The problem with all the arguments is that neither the proponents nor the opponents of the agreement have thoroughly raised and openly discussed any other options or alternatives.

A number of alternatives are obvious. Rather than make a deal, we could have simply continued the sanctions or increased them. However, sanctions so far have not stopped the Iranians from moving forward with their nuclear program. The Iranian leadership seems perfectly content to allow their economy and their people to suffer in pursuit of a nuclear capability. The consensus among experts seems to be that, absent any deal, Iran would have a working bomb in about a year and would have the capability of putting it in a functioning warhead within three years. This course of action would obviously not solve the problem.

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