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Israel and Gaza: Edging closer to war | The Economist

The Obama victory and the Arab spring have ushered in a new era for the Middle East as the extremes write the next chapter …  What’s next?

“IF THE latest round of violence between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian Islamists who run Gaza, were to end this weekend, everyone involved—except for the families of the …”

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Israeli Strike Kills Hamas Commander – WSJ.com

The WSJ reports as Middle East geopolitics burns …

“Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with artillery shells and about 20 airstrikes on Wednesday, killing Hamas’s top military commander and at least seven other …”

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Iran Close to Making a Bomb, Netanyahu Says – NYTimes.com

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told the United Nations on Thursday that he believes Iran’s ability to make an atomic weapon will be irreversible by next spring or …

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Israel’s Fading Democracy – NYTimes.com

WHEN an American presidential candidate visits Israel and his key message is to encourage us to pursue a misguided war with Iran, declaring it “a solemn duty and …

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U.S. Agencies See No Move by Iran to Build a Bomb – NYTimes.com

Even as the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said in a new report Friday that Iran had accelerated its uranium enrichment program, American intelligence analysts continue to believe that there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear …

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Iran Raid Seen as Complex Task for Israeli Military – NYTimes.com

Should Israel decide to launch a strike on Iran, its pilots would have to fly more than 1,000 miles across unfriendly airspace, refuel in the air en route, fight off Iran’s …

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The Man Behind Gingrich’s Money – NYTimes.com

The trip to Jordan by a group of United States congressmen was supposed to be a chance for them to meet the newly crowned King Abdullah II. But their tour guide had a more …

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Face-Off With Iran Complicates Obama’s Re-election Campaign – NYTimes.com

The escalating American confrontation with Iran poses a major new political threat to President Obama as he heads into his campaign for re-election, presenting him with choices that could harm either the economic recovery or his image as a …

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Adversaries of Iran Said to Be Stepping Up Covert Actions – NYTimes.com

As arguments flare in Israel and the United States about a possible military strike to set back Iran’s nuclear program, an accelerating covert campaign of assassinations, bombings, cyberattacks and defections appears intended to make that debate irrelevant, according to current and former American officials and …

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Iran Will Soon Move Uranium Work Underground, Official Says – NYTimes.com

Iran will in the “near future” start enriching uranium deep inside a mountain, a senior Iranian official said Sunday, a move likely to further antagonize Western powers that suspect Tehran is …

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Israel Charges Five Settlers With Army Base Rampage – NYTimes.com

Israel charged five Jewish settlers on Sunday with orchestrating a riot in an army base in the West Bank in a bid to foil plans to dismantle illegal …

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