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Daybreak: Iran Thaw?

Plus Meshaal in Amman, elections in Israel, and more in the news

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• Iran reportedly offered to extend a three-day visit by international nuclear inspectors, in what would be seen as an effort to calm recent tensions. [NYT]

• Defense Secretary Leon Panetta acknowledged that it would take Iran about a year to actually develop a nuclear weapon—if it decided to. That decision, he added, is the United States’ red line. [Haaretz]

• Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, having effectively abandoned Damascus, visited King Abdullah II in Amman, in a sign of reconciliation between estranged allies who both have reasons to be friends (but not too good friends) again. [NYT]

• The chatter in Israel is of early elections. The thinking is that Prime Minister Netanyahu will call them while his popularity is high and before the U.S. elections. [LAT]

• Russia is, like, absurdly good to the Assad regime. [NYT]

• An Israeli documentary about the legal system in the West Bank won the prize for best documentary at Sundance. [Haaretz]

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George One says:

Iran: It makes lots of offers and encourages the Western democracies to talk – and all the time while the others talk and procrastinate, it adavnces its nuclear projects.

tillkan says:

How you defenders of Israel’s hypocritical and deceitful stance on its own nuclear weapons can talk about anyone’s nuclear program with a straight face is beyond me.

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