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Today’s Top Stories:
1. Gazans fire rockets at Israel. IDF strikes back, killing two. Details at YNet. Hamas can’t afford an escalation — the Emir of Qatar confirmed his plans to visit Gaza in the coming days. AP has more information about that.
It seems mortar bombs were being sourced from Syria, technical bomb-making expertise from al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq, and detailed on-the-ground reconnaissance of the targets to hit gathered in the Jordanian capital, Amman. The range of those targets is both ambitious and terrifying, from shopping malls, to embassies, foreign tourists and hotels.
3. A day after the funeral of Lebanon’s assassinate intelligence chief, the country’s still on edge. Judging from Reuters, you can cut the tension with a knife.
Rest O’ the Roundup
• YNet: Are the PA and Israeli Arab crime families in cahoots to launder money?
• One letter to the editor drawing a lot of attention online. Thomas C. Reed, a former secretary of the Air Force, who designed thermonuclear devices, wrote to the Wall St. Journal:
Once any nuclear wannabe gets 160 pounds of uranium enriched to 80% U-235 (the enrichment level of the Hiroshima bomb and of South Africa’s Melba) he has a weapon. “Little Boy,” the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, did not need to be tested; we knew it would work. The design is now in the open literature: It is 1940s technology, easy to build.
Iran’s first nuke will not be fired at a target, any more than was India’s, Pakistan’s or North Korea’s. A confirmed Iranian nuclear detonation within a mountain or in the desert will let the world know the game has changed.
• Daily Telegraph: A senior aid to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is laundering money in Austria to help Tehran evade sanctions.
• Thumbs up to CNN for a handy who’s who of key players in the Lebanese crisis.
• NPR looks at the latest in the Israeli newspaper wars.
• The BBC aired the second part of its look at Jewish refugees from Arab countries.
• Heh: Iran’s judiciary blocked Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from visiting his own aid in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. The Atlantic Wire rounds up all you need to know.
(Image of Little Boy via Wikimedia Commons)
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