President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal produced plenty of analysis and opinions. Some worth reading (with our apologies for those that require subscriptions):
- Former President Barack Obama takes to Facebook with a calm, measured argument for why the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was and is a good deal and why U.S. withdrawal is a mistake.
- Au contraire, argues David Horovitz, editor of our online partner The Times of Israel, who explains why the deal was a disastrously missed opportunity.
- Borzou Daragahi writes for The Atlantic that Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf allies got what they wanted but maybe not what they’re prepared for.
- The invaluable Michael Koplow of the Israel Policy Forum produces a good Twitter thread on what to expect from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Forward’s disdainful Peter Beinart segregates the West of Trump’s United States and Netanyahu’s Israel — one that scorns international law and democracy — from the virtuous, diplomatic West of Europe.
- JTA’s Ron Kampeas wonders what Trump’s Plan B is.
- Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) writes for JTA that although he opposed the deal in 2015, he sees withdrawal as a mistake.
You can get more analysis, and maybe ask a question, when Middle East expert Robert Satloff of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy presents a free online briefing organized by the Jewish Federations of North America at 2 p.m. Thursday. Register here.