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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fury about the Iranian nuclear accord has exposed Israel's limited reach on the international stage and has coincided with growing frustration abroad over its flailing peace talks with the Palestinians.
The fact that Netanyahu describes these advances as a "mistake" is a reflection of how isolated he's made Israel on the Iran issue. No one – not even Israel's new bestie, France – is going to stand on that wall for the complete removal of Iran's nuclear program.
Getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan; resisting intervention in Syria; seeking to end the Arab-Israeli conflict and making a deal with Iran are the actions of a nation finally waking up to – and executing on – the fact that US engagement in the Middle East brings with it more costs than benefits.
This isn't a blip; it's the new reality in the Middle East and Netanyahu's harsh condemnation of the deal made in Geneva – a deal made in large measure to safeguard Israel's security – will only serve to reinforce the view among US policymakers and in particular President Obama that they're on the right path.
It is not to say that Netanyahu shouldn't do what he thinks is best for his nation, and if he thinks the deal is a bad one, he's well within his rights to say so.
However, if Netanyahu continues to be committed to this aggression, to this hostility, he is going to be further isolated around the world because what he wants is diametrically opposed to what the people of the world are striving for.
Police found the bodies of 13 people around Baghdad on Wednesday, the apparent victims of execution-style shootings that recalled the height of Iraq's sectarian slaughter.
Police retrieved the corpses of eight men, blindfolded and handcuffed, in the mainly Sunni Muslim area of Arab Jubbor, south of Baghdad, A total of 33 people were killed and 76 wounded in bomb attacks and separate shootings across Iraq on Wednesday.
In the northwest of the capital, five bodies were found in the mostly Shi'ite Shu'ala district, also handcuffed and blindfolded and executed, police said.
Two fatal attacks on relief workers in Afghanistan in the past two days have raised concerns that insurgents are now deliberately targeting them, after years in which aid groups working independently of the military have been considered off limits.
Six Afghan workers employed to carry out a literacy project by the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development, a French charity known by its French acronym, Acted, were killed in an ambush in northern Faryab Province on Wednesday by men who appeared to be insurgents
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“brought back respect of international laws and peoples’ right to self-determination, ending decades of having certain countries control the region and the world,”