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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was in Washington, DC yesterday, for a meeting with President Obama, in what was widely described as an opportunity to highlight the strong ties between the two countries, after a difficult meeting in March. But what's next? Netanyahu spoke out on Israeli concerns about Iran and also about peace talks with the Palestinians. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, what will Israel do about mending relations with Turkey, which have been strained over the Gaza humanitarian flotilla? Also, the latest Field Poll calls the governor's race a "virtual tie," and an independent inquiry responds to the controversy over the climate change research scandal. Guest host Sara Terry sits in for a vacationing Warren Olney.

Banner image: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and President Barack Obama meet in the Oval Office, July 6, 2010

The Much Too Promised Land

Aaron David Miller

Making News Field Poll Shows the Governor's Race a Tie 9 MIN, 35 SEC

With the California primary out of the way, the gubernatorial campaigns are full steam ahead -- or at least one of them is. Republican Meg Whitman continues to saturate the airwaves with campaign ads, but Democrat Jerry Brown, with far less money, is running a much less visible race. According to the most recent Field Poll, Brown’s lack of visibility is taking its toll. Whitman, 21 points behind in October, has drawn even, as we hear from Carla Marinucci, political writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Carla Marinucci, Politico (@cmarinucci)

Main Topic Back on Track: Israel and the US Mend Ties 34 MIN, 20 SEC

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu met at the White House yesterday. The two leaders spoke in positive terms about the strong ties between their two countries and posed for a pack of photographers, something that didn't happen when the two leaders met last March. What impact will yesterday's meeting have on the pressing issues Israel now faces – from peace talks with the Palestinians, to concern over Iran's nuclear program and fixing relations with Turkey?

Massimo Calabresi, Time
Yossi Melman, Commentator, Ha'aretz
Gerald Steinberg, Bar Ilan University (@GeraldNGOM)
Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center (@aarondmiller2)
Sari Bashi, Executive Director, GISHA

Reporter's Notebook Climategate Scientists Cleared, but Skepticism Remains 7 MIN, 57 SEC

Last year, just before the UN climate change meeting in Copenhagen, a hacker got into one of the world's leading climate change research centers and released a thousand emails. A scandal followed over the content of the emails – researchers speaking scathingly about their critics and about how to keep opponents out of peer-reviewed studies. The center's integrity was challenged and an independent inquiry was launched. The results of that review have just been released. Bryan Walsh is a staff writer at Time magazine, where he focuses on the environment.

Bryan Walsh, Time magazine (@bryanrwalsh)

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