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November 30, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Iran should grant more rights to its citizens

Israel should have the right to exist on the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people

Your recent editorial calling on the West to give peace a chance with Iran is dangerously naive and misguided [“Give peace a chance in Iran, Opinion, Nov. 27].

The deal violates at least six Security Council resolutions calling on Iran to close down its nuclear activities. Not slow them down; close them down.

The deal, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rightly criticized, grants Iran the right to continue enriching uranium. It would be more beneficial for the world if Iran granted to its own citizens the rights Americans enjoy.

They should grant Israel the right to exist on the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people, a right that was recognized and ratified by the League of Nations in 1922, instead of calling for a new holocaust to wipe Israel and the Jewish people off the face of the earth. Iran is a rogue nation, in conflict with every other country except those ruled by Shiite Islam, with a bad human-rights record. Iran is now correctly calling it a victory, and a defeat for the West, which is led by the United States.

Iran is getting relief from economic sanctions, which were so effective that it drove them into a negotiation it was trying to avoid. And once in Geneva, the West surrendered.

— Robert G. Kaufman, Seattle

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