Middle East Goldblogging Update

By Jeffrey Goldberg

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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