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“The operative word is ‘existential,’ ” he said. Mullen added that the U.S. has “got a problem now” because “the Iranians are on a path to building nuclear weapons.”

Creating a Palestinian state allied with Tehran will worsen an already worrisome Iranian presence in the Middle East, destabilize the region and inevitably threaten the national security interests of the Western world. And it will make Israel the 2009 Sudetenland in our dispute with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

About the Author: Sarah Stern is the founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, a Washington-based think tank and policy center.


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