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August 23, 2012

August 23, 2012

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama meeting in New York, September 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

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US-Israeli Relationship Should Transcend Partisan Politics

Writing in the Daily Beast, former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni makes an impassioned plea to American politicians this election season.

Keeping Israel above partisan politics is particularly important for both our states when the Middle East faces unprecedented turmoil. Iran continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons unabated, Syria’s president continues to slaughter his own people, and whether the Arab Spring is destined to give rise to an Islamic winter remains unclear.


U.S. has plans in place to secure Syria chemical arms

David S. Cloud and Shashank Bengali of the Los Angeles Times quote officials as saying that the contingency plans call for sending U.S. special forces into Syria to protect or destroy any unguarded stockpiles to keep them from militants.

Securing the sites would probably involve stealthy raids by special operations teams trained to handle such weapons, and precision airstrikes to incinerate the chemicals without dispersing them in the air, the officials said. U.S. satellites and drone aircraft already maintain partial surveillance of the sites.


Daily Digest

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  • Jerusalem Post:‎ PM tells ministers early elections still an option

  • Ynet:‎ Report: Hezbollah exercise includes 10,000 operatives

  • New York Times:‎ U.N. Visit Will Set Back a Push to Isolate Iran

  • Washington Post:‎ Commando’s book on bin Laden raid ‘due next month’

  • Wall Street Journal:‎ Near Damascus, a Rebel Riddle

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