Ex-Arafat Apologist Gets Key White House Post

Iranian Atomic Urgency

According to the Wall St. Journal (via Google News), the US is seeking a cap on the number of Iran’s ballistic missiles as part of a comprehensive agreeement. But Tehran says that’s beyond the scope of the talks.

• Worth reading: Gary Samore, the Obama administration’s former top expert on weapons of mass destruction, discussed the nuclear talks and Iranian sincerity with Jeffrey Goldberg. (See also Boaz Bismuth‘s response.)

The Iran I saw — in 781 days in Evin Prison

For commentary/analysis, see Ray Takeyh (how US undercuts itself) and Jonathan Tobin (Iranian stalling tactics).

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Arab Spring Winter

A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up in Beirut near an Iranian cultural center. According to  the Daily Star say an Al-Qaida linked group called the Abdullah Azzam Brigades has claimed responsibility for the attack. Last I saw, the Star reported seven dead and 128 injured.

 Thumbs up to Time for calling terror, terror.


For more commentary/analysis, see Smadar Perry (Egypt primitively plays down Israel ties),

(Image of Haick via YouTube/Technion, Malley via YouTube/IDRCCRDI)

For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.

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