Daniel Mandel of Algemeiner argues that Israel should take dramatic action in Sinai to stem the wave of violence emanating from there.
[T]he case is strong: without having to clash with an internationally recognized regime holding authority in Gaza by treaty, without resuming control of Palestinian civilians, and to the mutual benefit of Israel and Egypt – admittedly a benefit Mohamed Morsy and the Brotherhood would rather forfeit – Israel can reoccupy the Philadelphi Corridor. It would then be able, as it once was, to reduce drastically the traffic of men and arms into Gaza.
Understanding Iran’s motivation would help ease the stand-off over its nuclear program, writes David Patrikarakos in The Diplomat.
The Islamic Republic bases its legitimacy on the need to protect Iran from a hostile world that has ill-used it for two centuries. Because of its oil, because of its geostrategic location between two of the world’s great energy sources, the Caspian Basin and the Persian Gulf, Tehran believes the country will always be a target for more powerful nations; but the shameful capitulations of history will be consigned to history if Iran possesses the necessary means to defend itself. This impulse – prominent within Iranian decision-making circles – is the great danger the world faces; and it is this that must be addressed.
Times of Israel: In the Golan Heights, Syrian politics are tearing a small community apart
Jerusalem Post: Panetta: No Israeli decision yet on attacking Iran
New York Times: Enlisting From Afar for the Love of Israel
Washington Post: U.N. chief should boycott Tehran conference
Wall Street Journal: Ex-Syria PM Urges Defection