Did Netanyahu Rush to Blame Iran?

Reports, all deeply speculative, are coming in that the Bulgarian suicide bomber is a Swedish citizen of Algerian extraction who is affiliated with al Qaeda. Al Qaeda, and like-minded Sunni organizations, have obviously targeted Israel in the past, so this is highly plausible. Which raises a question about Bibi Netanyahu's rush to blame Hezbollah and Iran for the attack. Of course, al Qaeda-like groups do have a presence in Iran, though the relationship between the regime and al Qaeda has been fractious and uncomfortable and most of all mysterious, as Bruce Riedel wrote not long ago. These reports can all wind-up being erroneous, and unfortunately, I'm about to be traveling for the next day so I won't have access to the Interwebs to try and understand what is happening. In the meantime, I'm going to post my interview with Kurt Andersen about his new book, "True Believers," which you should read, because Kurt says interesting things about everything.

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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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