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Beyond that, Mr. al-Omari said, the deal raises more questions than it answers.

Writing in the liberal Jewish Daily Forward newspaper, he questioned whether Iran can be trusted to honor its promise to curb its suspected nuclear weapons program.

“So, even this modest exchange of nuclear rollback and sanctions relief still relies on the old formula of ‘trust but verify’ and will be approached skeptically by regional actors,” he wrote Tuesday.

Mr. al-Omari also wondered whether Iran has a hidden agenda to use the deal as a smoke screen to extend its influence in the Middle East.

“Will it rein in its proxies or will it perceive the recent developments as affording wider operating space for its allies such as Hezbollah?” he said, referring to the Lebanese terrorist group siding with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Raising another question, Mr. al-Omari asked whether “regional powers” might try to derail the deal.

Both Israel and Saudi Arabia fear they could be targets of a nuclear-armed Iran.

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