Did Netanyahu Rush to Blame Iran?

By Jeffrey Goldberg

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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