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Back in the news: Iran and Israel

written by Matt Elliott
on August 12, 2010

With all the attention paid to the rise in violence in Afghanistan and the ongoing troop withdrawals in Iraq, news of a potentially nuclear-capable Iran has been pushed to the back pages in recent weeks. Not so this week. As this PBS NewsHour blog post points out, there were two articles published in national magazines this week on the rising tensions between Iran and Israel.

In The Atlantic, Jeffery Goldberg spoke with more than 40 current and former Israeli military and civilian officials and came away with this shocking conclusion: there is better than a 50 percent chance that Israel will strike Iran by next July.

In contrast, Jon Lee Anderson of The New Yorker ventured to Tehran and spoke with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad along with members of Iran's reformist Green Movement. The article talks about the current regime's dismissal of a possible attack by the West as well as the effects of the failed reformist movement.

Both are great reads on a looming threat in the Middle East.

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