After four rabbis were killed in gruesome attacks at a synagogue in Jerusalem earlier this week, a former Israeli Defense Forces military attaché to Washington warns that the hard-hitting steps now being taken by Israel will not be enough to stop future attacks.
Financial sanctions against Iran hit the country's economy hard, forcing Tehran to negotiate rolling back its nuclear program with the West. But they've also kept Iranians from buying medicine, paying tuition for students studying abroad, and making other purchases -- all activities still allowed.
U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken said that he thinks negotiators will have a hard time reaching a nuclear deal with Iran by their self-imposed Nov. 24 deadline, further lowering expectations of what will come out of the talks.
Before they hand over control of the Senate to Republicans, Democrats are rushing through a long list of backlogged diplomatic nominees, some of whom have been waiting for than a year. On Monday and Tuesday, the Senate confirmed nine career diplomats as ambassadors, and on Wednesday it's expected to confirm another five along with a nominee for deputy representative to the United Nations.
The White House is fiercely resisting the release of an executive summary of a 6,300-page Senate report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program, Senate aides tell Foreign Policy, raising fears that the public will never receive a full accounting of the Bush administration's post-9/11 torture practices.