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Abe Foxman Sang With the Maccabeats

An a cappella mash-up we didn’t need, but don’t entirely mind

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Will Leon Panetta Ever Get His Vacation?

Opponents of the Hagel nomination write President Obama a letter

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Daybreak: U.S. to Arm Syrian Rebels?

Plus Christine Quinn weighs the pros and cons of a Koch endorsement

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Sundown: Lapid Won’t Block Bibi Government

Plus the Pentagon reverses ban on women in combat

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Daybreak: U.S. Troops in Syria Unlikely

Plus the Treasury Department warns about Iran avoiding sanctions

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Imagining Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

How the role of defense secretary is being defined

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What More Can the U.S. Do to Stop Iran?

A question after Barak/Panetta, new sanctions, and Romney/Bibi

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Why the U.S. Could Bomb Iran

The White House’s line—that a strike can only delay the program—is an attempt to downplay our military capability

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Who Leaked Israeli Iran Plan?

Some analysts say the White House leaked details of Israel’s alleged attack plan to discourage the Jewish state. Others call the idea ‘absurd.’

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An Israeli Attack on Iran: Will It or Won’t It?

Weighing the evidence at the end of AIPAC week

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Panetta Gets the Administration the Last Word

Mixes technical military talk with light schtick

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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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Daybreak: Iran Thaw?

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

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The Iranian Tipping Point Approaches

A rickety economy and nuclear progress make war more likely

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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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Daybreak: Iran Embargo Seriously Contemplated

Plus Egyptian Salafists come out in favor of peace, and more in the news

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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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U.S. Prisoner Unsung Player in Shalit Affair

It seems likely that Egypt bargained Israeli-American away as well

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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.

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Daybreak: Ford Confirmed As Envoy

Plus Congress halts some aid to Palestinians, and more in the news

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Sundown: Grapel Still Detained

Plus when did *she* grow to be so tall? and more

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Daybreak: Israeli Mosque Vandalized

Plus SecDef warns of Israel’s isolation, and more in the news

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Daybreak: An Arming for An Arming

Plus Bibi wants a Gaza probe (really), and more in the news