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Schumer puts Israel's interests first [Letter]

The column "Schumer's Iran-deal criticism is rare break with Obama" (Jan.19) by former Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. ignores the real reason why U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer opposes the nuclear peace deal between the West and Iran. Mr. Schumer has always had dual loyalty between the U.S. and Israel and was referred to by former Sen. Ernest Hollings as "the senator from Israel." Mr. Schumer also stated that his name in Hebrew meant gatekeeper, and he prides himself on being Israel's gatekeeper in the Senate.

The legislation that Mr. Ehrlich refers to in the Senate, which was drafted at the headquarters of the pro-Israel group AIPAC, attempts to destroy the nuclear deal with Iran and, even worse, would allow the foreign nation of Israel to drag us into a disastrous war in Iran, which is not in our national interest. Those who support this legislation favor war over peace and Israel over America. Instead, we need to dialogue and trade with Iran, while ending all U.S. aid to Israel.

Ray Gordon, Bel Air

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