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The Three Myths of the Iran Deal

Any solution to the current crisis will require a clear-eyed understanding of the challenges posed by the regime.
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The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—the nuclear deal with Iran—and its renewal of sanctions, the rise of Iran’s provocations in the Gulf and Iran’s enrichment of uranium have together reignited the debate over how best to meet the multiple threats posed by Iran. Once again, the proponents of using military force against Iran are squaring off against the advocates of diplomacy. Though the debate is primarily an internal American dispute, the people it will most profoundly affect are the Iranians, Arabs, and Israelis who will live with the consequences of any decision made by the United States.

The majority of Israelis and Arabs would agree that negotiations are preferable to war with Iran,

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