The March 12 commentary by Walter Pincus titled “Israel also defied U.S. to get nukes” goes on to establish the datelines and the events that led to Israel developing a nuclear program and developing nuclear arms.

When you link the comments with Iran’s developing nuclear program only by mentioning it as an afterthought in the commentary, you do a terrible disservice to the incredible difference between the two programs.

Readers should know about the statements that each country has made about each other, and the historical background of each country vis a vis their violence-ridden past.

Pure and simple, Iran wants to destroy Israel and if it can develop a nuclear capability, there seems to be very little to back up that they intend it just for peaceful use. There is a great deal of evidence to suggest that a priority of that country is to destroy Israel.

Israel has always discussed its nuclear capability in terms of peaceful use and defensive capability and has never singled out any country in the area for “destruction.”

That Pincus can compare these countries’ methods for obtaining nuclear capability and ignore the more important “elephant in the room” is very disappointing.

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Seymour Rosenthal

Waterfront Drive

Mount Pleasant