FROM Alan Elsner
US-Israeli Relations and Political Damage Control Benjamin Netanyahu's latest visit to Washington may or may not lead to better relations during and after the presidency of Barack Obama. After yesterday's closed-door White House meeting, the Prime Minister got an award from a neoconservative group critical of the President. Today, he'll take questions at a liberal think-tank with ties to the White House and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It's a delicate moment, with the US considering increased aid to the Jewish state while a "two-state solution" with the Palestinians appears less likely than ever.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.