Iranian Atomic Urgency
“Once the Geneva agreement is signed, the military option will be back on the table. The Saudis are furious and are willing to give Israel all the help it needs,” said a diplomatic source.
The source added that Saudi co-operation over the use of rescue helicopters, tanker planes and drones would greatly assist an Israeli raid.
• For more commentary/analysis, see staff-eds in the Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Financial Times (click via Google News). See also a real potpourri of takes from ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy, John Bolton, Douglas Feith (Wall St. Journal via Google News), Yossi Beilin, the NY Times, Boston Globe, Jonathan Spyer (pieces one, and two), Wesley Pruden, Simon Henderson, and Emily Landau.
Rest O’ the Roundup
• Pathetic. Not one European country volunteered to host the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. According to AP, the Europeans prefer that the estimated 1,300 ton stockpile, which includes mustard gas and sarin, be destroyed closer to Syria.
• AP: Egypt reportedly inked an agreement with Russia to purchase air defense missiles.
• Al Jazeera America ratings are collapsing since taking over Al Gore’s Current TV. How bad are the stats?
Al Jazeera America has averaged just 13,000 viewers a day since its Aug. 20 launch — on par with a public access channel. In the 25- to 54-year-old audience sought by advertisers, it drew 5,000 viewers.
The ratings are so low, they are considered a “scratch” and aren’t reported by Nielsen.
• Philadelphia is still fighting to save it’s Israeli consulate from being shut down. Officials in Jerusalem are considering closing it to free up money for a new consulate in Chengdu, China.
(Image of Haniyeh via YouTube/sHaDoWsOFisLaM)
For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.