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Netanyahu Warns Iran

Netanyahu Warns Iran

Noa Shpigel writes in Haaretz that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that any attempt by Iran to block the Straits of Bab al-Mandab at the mouth of the Red Sea would be met by an international coalition that would include Israel.

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Russia: Iran pulled back from Golan Heights

Russia: Iran pulled back from Golan Heights

Reuters reports that Iranian forces have withdrawn their heavy weapons in Syria to a distance of 85 km (53 miles) from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, TASS quoted a Russian envoy as saying on Wednesday, but Israel deemed the pullback inadequate.

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Trump for cheap regime change in Iran

Trump for cheap regime change in Iran

Jonah Shepp writes in the New York Magazine that a week ago, President Donald Trump tweeted in all caps at the Iranian government, warning of “CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE” if Tehran ever dared threaten the United States. Predictably, this tweet set off a frenzy of speculation that the Trump administration was planning to declare war on Iran imminently — or even worse, that Trump was about do so impulsively.

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Two Scenarios for Dealing With Iran, Neither Good

Two Scenarios for Dealing With Iran, Neither Good

Ilan Goldenberg wrote in slate.com that who knows what was going through President Trump’s head when he tweeted out an all-caps threat at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earlier this week. Perhaps even the president himself doesn’t know. It is possible that Trump has visions of regime change in his mind. Or he may be looking to repeat his North Korea gambit: a self-inflicted crisis followed by a theatrical summit that allows him to assume the mantle of statesman . Either of these scenarios could come to pass. Both would leave the United States worse off than if Trump had instead stayed in the Iran nuclear agreement.

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Experts say Trump's Iran strategy incoherent

Experts say Trump's Iran strategy incoherent

Nick Robins-Early writes in the Huffington Post that when President Donald Trump sent off an all-caps tweet threatening Iran around midnight on Sunday, it set off a familiar cycle of aggressive remarks from Iranian officials, Republican lawmakers and others in the Trump administration.

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Netanyahu boasts Trump is his puppet

Netanyahu boasts Trump is his puppet

Alexander Fulbright writes in the Times of Israel that in a video clip aired Tuesday by Israeli television, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted that Israel was responsible for US President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal.  

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