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Middle East Goldblogging Update

Apologies for neglecting my Goldblog responsibilities, but I've been traveling through Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Israel, and conducting what feels like a thousand interviews, many, though not all, on the dominant question of the moment, Iran's nuclear program, and the possible Israeli and/or American responses to it. In the coming days, I will post interviews with Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister, and Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, that I conducted together with David Bradley, the chairman and owner of the Atlantic Media Company, with whom I've been traveling this past week. (David is a fine traveling companion and questioner and, by the way, the only person in Israel currently wearing a suit.)

Lately, I've liked to come to Israel once every three months or so to try to figure out how the country's leadership and defense establishment are thinking about the question of a possible Israeli preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, and I'll have a lot more on that later as well, once David and I have had the chance to think about what we've been hearing. The short answer: It's not entirely clear what's going to happen in the next six months. I know -- not very helpful. I'll come up with something better as soon as I can.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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