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• Russia was unusually prominent among those who condemned Iran’s latest nuclear provocations. However, China, the final U.N. Security Council veto, remains reluctant to criticize Iran or seem to support sanctions. [LAT]
• Meanwhile, U.S. officials revealed plans to devise a new, harsher sanctions regime specifically designed to put Iran’s Revolutionary Guards at odds with its broader population. [NYT]
• Israel launched an air strike in southern Gaza last night in response to rockets fired over the last several days. No injuries reported. [Haaretz]
• Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed to stand with Hezbollah should violence erupt between it and Israel. [JPost]
• Money disputes between the Palestinian Authority (in the West Bank) and the Gaza electric utility could lead to increased power outages in the Strip. This could be read as subtle leverage Fatah has over Hamas. [LAT]
• Celebrated left-wing Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua pens an op-ed arguing that peace with the Palestinians would actually go a long way toward tempering Iran’s hatred of Israel, and therefore of neutralizing the Iranian nuclear threat. [Haaretz]





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