Lew On Iran


The story, “U.S. General’s Iran Comments Sharpen Rift With Israel” (Feb. 24), inaccurately conveyed the tenor of White House chief of staff Jack Lew’s remarks.

Our notes reflect that he said, “At the core, there is no difference [between the U.S. and Israel] on Iran. Iran cannot and should not develop a nuclear capacity. I hope that no difference exists [regarding a timetable]. If we did not believe there was time we would not be waiting.”

He continued, “We intend to push sanctions as hard as we can. We think that sanctions will work. Sanctions are having an effect. No one expected them to work overnight. The president said that he is not taking any option off the table.”

Past President, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York