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Talking Nukes With Iran

The world powers will try to persuade Iran to halt its nuclear program in talks set for this weekend. A look at what to expect from the Istanbul confab.

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On Iran, Obama’s Leaky Ship Prompts Response

Report on Azerbaijan makes further election-year hay out of debate

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Daybreak: Two For War

Plus new talks, Mofaz beats Livni, and more in the news

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Israel-U.S. Mistrust on Iran Paves Way to Attack

As U.S. drops signals of dissuasion, Netanyahu, Israeli leaders press on

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In the Reactor’s Shadow

If Israel decides to carry out a strike against Iran, the desert town of Dimona could be a likely target for retaliation. Are its residents worried?

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A Few Notes on the Obama Interview

On Barak, the Palestinians, non-proliferation, and politics

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Dennis Ross on Iran: The Message Is the Medium

Advocacy of diplomacy signals U.S. willingness to use war

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How Immediate is Iran’s Nuclear Threat?

U.S. and Israeli officials disagree over timeline, responses

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Face Off

The Israeli leadership is at war with itself over Iran: In one corner, Bibi Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. In the other, former Mossad chief Meir Dagan.

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Deciphering the Iran Chatter

How much of the bluster is just rhetoric?

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United Jewish Appeal

Support for President Obama is sagging among a key Democratic voting bloc. Now his campaign has 11 months to win back Jewish voters.

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Meir Dagan, For The Opposition

Former Mossad head continues new job as thorn in Israeli government’s side

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Will They?

Israel and Iran are fighting a not-so-secret clandestine war. But Israel is likely to attack Iran’s nuclear program this spring, making it official.

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Daybreak: Report Reax

Plus P.A. FM admits they don’t have the votes, and more in the news

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The Iran Bluster Is All Talk … Right?

Trying to divine Israeli motives

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Daybreak: Bibi, Barak Pushing Iran Attack

Plus Arab League/Syria communication breakdown, and more in the news

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Sundown: Is Grapel the New Shalit?

Plus all apologies to Egypt, Schultz backs OWS, and more

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Israel and Egypt’s Deeper Ties

Recent tensions only reveal fundamental shared interests. Hopefully.

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Daybreak: Sinai To Be Remilitarized

Plus A’jad being A’jad, China picks a side, and more in the news

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Details on the Israel Attack and Syria Statements

Was Hamas involved? And what happens to Syria next?

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Sundown: Iran and Qaeda in Cahoots?

Plus, Keret’s thin abode, Facebook won’t delete denial pages, and more

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Left For Dead

The Israeli left has collapsed in the last decade. But the right, despite its successes, is dying, too, brought down by Russian-imported maximalism and American-imported political consultants.

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Unruly

The anti-boycott bill that passed the Knesset yesterday—which makes it illegal to call for severed economic ties with Israel or its West Bank settlements—is a reprehensible criminalization of dissent

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Daybreak: Abbas Lukewarm on Unity Pre-U.N.

Plus Hariri indictments handed down, and more in the news

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Sundown: Barak Predicts Assad’s Demise

Plus, Israeli envoy enlists American Jews, Lieberman the shanda, and more

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Why They Listen to Dagan

Former Mossad chief is Netanyahu’s new unofficial domestic opponent

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Disasters

This week in Israel: borders are breached, a truck runs amok, Netanyahu tests the waters, Barak stands accused, and rabbis fireproof the Sabbath

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Daybreak: All Eyes on Him

Plus, sanctioned Assad blames Israel, and more in the news

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Daybreak: Clinton Open to Hamas

Plus Barak unafraid, Turkey down, and more in the news

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News of a Kidnapping

Israelis are clamoring for the release of Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier abducted nearly five years ago, but is the prisoner swap demanded by his Hamas captors too high a price to pay?