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High noon in the middle east

Israel's once-legendary army has grown weaker, and its newly emboldened enemies are allying against it. It may not be long until full-scale war breaks out

Grenades seized by the Israelis last November aboard MV Francop, a container ship on course from Iran to Syria

“Netanyahu thinks he is the superpower,” remarked Bill Clinton bitterly in 1996, “and we are here to do whatever he requires.” Today, as the Americans and the Israelis refuse to budge on the fraught issue of settlements in East Jerusalem, this statement rings truer than ever. US-Israeli relations are at a historic low. But the current standoff is about much more than settlement-building. Underlying it is Washington’s concern that Netanyahu’s repeated gestures of provocation—like the establishment of Jewish heritage sites in…

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