Was the Iran Plot Real? It Barely Matters.

U.S., Saudi Arabia accuse Iran of trying to kill ambassadors

The Other Israeli Prison Swap

Bruce Riedel on the Grapel deal and whether the U.S. citizen is an Israeli spy

What the Iranian Plot Means

For starters, is it credible?

Shaken Up

Egypt’s politically expedient ban on the export of palm fronds has altered the lulav market in unexpected ways

Loner

Leon Panetta says Israel is increasingly isolated. But the big problem is that Washington is running away from its influence in the Middle East.

Sundown: Assad Threatens Israeli Cities

Plus, Iranian nukes, Noah Baumbach on Noah (as in Ark), and more

State of the Union

After Barack Obama’s rejection of the Palestinian U.N. statehood move last week, Israeli envoy Michael Oren sees the U.S.-Israel relationship as strong

Turkey Uses Israel As Springboard to Power

Can anything bring the two nations to détente?

Pilgrim’s Progress

Creating Jewishness in a post-religious age: Leon Uris’ Exodus and S.Y. Agnon’s Only Yesterday paint Israel’s history in broad and fine strokes

Talking Points

After the Arab Spring, a summer of Israeli protests, and the Palestinian bid for statehood, what will rabbis say in their High Holiday sermons?

On the Ground

Israelis are fixated on the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations. But Palestinians, inured to false hopes, are much less riled up.

Face the Nations

By asking the United Nations to fulfill their national aspirations, the Palestinians are following a script Israel’s founders wrote in the 1940s

Maybe Israel Won’t Matter in the Election

Charlie Cook weighs in with a counter-theory

Greetings, ‘Jewish News One’

‘Jewish al Jazeera’ set to launch, broadcasting in English to the Middle East

Anticipating Intifada

Across the West Bank, rallies are planned to support the Palestinian bid for statehood. Israelis fear what will happen if they turn violent.

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