Right to Exist

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late last week that any deal with Iran regarding its nuclear weapons program must contain Iran’s explicit guarantee that Israel has the right to exist.

Our State Department has rejected that out of hand.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, in a terse response to a question about Netanyahu’s concerns, told reporters, “This is an agreement that is only about the nuclear issue”—a comment that indicates the Obama administration is not looking to enshrine Israel’s security into a final agreement.

“This is an agreement that doesn’t deal with any other issues, nor should it,”

How is a commitment to not use arms to destroy a nation not relevant to an arms control agreement?

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