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  1. Years of Secret Talks Led to Iran Breakthrough, but Israel Still Not Happy

    This week’s big news was a deal halting Iran’s nuclear development for six months, giving the world powers-that-be more time to craft a more permanent deal. But senior Obama administration officials quietly worked ties with Iran for years to get to this point, including Susan Rice, the National Security Advisor, while she was the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. The deal’s biggest detractor might be Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. His advisor, Yuval Steinitz, a former dove turned hawk, has shuttled to America and started making the press rounds detailing Israel’s concerns. Looks like Steinitz’s star is rising. Talks continue this weekend in Geneva.

    Sources: Tablet, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian

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