"In the following months, Israel will likely channel its strategic energy in two directions. First, it will continue to promote international pressure on Iran and work with other world powers to include in the final agreement the parts missing from the interim deal. An ideal comprehensive agreement will nix any military dimensions of Iran's nuclear project, curtail its plutonium enrichment, and remove a significant number of centrifuges and enriched uranium from Iran. All these will further lengthen the Iranian dash toward a bomb. Second, Israel will promote the military option to signal its resolve," writes Dmitry Adamsky in Foreign Affairs.
"What increases the sense of optimism is another positive development. The day after [Israeli defense minister Moshe] Ya'alon sat on the front row at [Javad] Zarif's session, in an interview with German TV, Iran's foreign minister recognized the Holocaust and called it a 'horrifying tragedy.' He then went on to say that if a peace agreement with the Palestinians was reached, Iran will make the sovereign decision regarding the possible recognition of Israel. Meaning it may or it may not decide to do so. This in itself is a notable sign of change," writes Meir Javedanfar for Al-Monitor.
"Now the administration is pressing for an agreement with Iran based on the conceit that the intelligence community will give policy makers ample warning before the mullahs sprint for a nuclear weapon. That is not true. Iran could surprise the world with a nuclear test at least as easily as India did in 1998, when the intelligence community gave the Clinton administration zero warning that New Delhi was about to set off a bomb—and a South Asian arms race," writes Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal.
U.S. Blames China for Rising Tensions in South China Sea
Hundreds Leave Besieged Syrian City as Geneva Talks Resume
Hundreds of sick and starving Syrians left a besieged rebel-controlled area in Homs under a United Nations humanitarian operation this weekend that was marred by deadly attacks on the convoy. Meanwhile, Syria's government and opposition representatives resume talks in Geneva (WSJ).
This CFR Backgrounder explains the Syrian conflict and the global response to the crisis.
Violence May Force Muslims Out of the Central African Republic
A senior director at Human Rights Watch said that religious violence between Christians and Muslims could force the entire Muslim population out of the Central African Republic, where tens of thousands have already fled to neighboring Chad and Cameroon (BBC).