Commentary: On the Iran nuclear deal, Israel gets a vote


When asked when the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan might end, retired Gen. David Petraeus would deploy a useful quip. “The enemy gets a vote,” he would say, meaning that both sides need to agree to stop fighting.

Caretakers from the Imam Reza holy shrine carry the coffin of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the country’s top nuclear weapons scientist, who was killed last Friday, during a funeral ceremony in Mashhad last Saturday. The assassination has not destroyed Iran’s nuclear program, but it has set it back. Iranian Defense Ministry via AP

There is a corollary to Petraeus’ adage that is relevant not to war but to peace agreements: The allies get a vote, too. In the context of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, the allies include Israel, which was not a party to the deal but is almost certainly responsible for last weekend’s assassination of Iran’s top nuclear weapons scientist,…

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