National Security Brief: Netanyahu Seeks Reconciliation With Obama

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"National Security Brief: Netanyahu Seeks Reconciliation With Obama"


— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “rushed to repair” his relationship with Barack Obama after the president’s decisive victory on Tuesday night, calling “the American ambassador to his office for a ceremonial hug,” issuing “a damage-control statement declaring the bond between the two nations ‘rock solid,'” and putting out word “to leaders of his Likud Party whose congratulatory messages had included criticism of Mr. Obama that they should stop.”

— Obama’s victory also prompted speculation about who will replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Meanwhile, Foreign Policy reports: “You can’t find a single person from the E-Ring to the food court Popeye’s who thinks that Obama’s defense secretary, Leon Panetta, will still be at his desk next summer.”

— The Military Times reports: The Senate will have six fewer veterans and the House may see little or no change in veterans’ representation as a result of Tuesday’s election, a disappointing result for those hoping to see more veterans in Congress.

— The New York Times says that “Turkey raised publicly for the first time on Wednesday the idea of stationing Patriot missile batteries along its southern border with Syria. The move would effectively create a no-fly zone that could help safeguard refugees and give rebel fighters a portion of Syrian territory without fear of crippling airstrikes by Syrian forces.”

— Reuters reports that China appears to be within two years of deploying submarine-launched nuclear weapons, adding a new leg to its nuclear arsenal that should lead to arms-reduction talks

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