US Pulls Back Israel, Pushes for Diplomacy on Iran

Maria A. Ressa

Tough talk from the US on Iran coupled with a highly anticipated Oval office meeting helped pull back Israel from any immediate military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.  US President Barack Obama urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to give diplomacy and economic sanctions a chance to work.  Netanyahu praised US willlingness to use military might to counter the growing threat of Iran.  There are still substantive differences between the two countries, but each believes they got some movement from the other. 

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Maria A. Ressa

Maria Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for nearly 35 years. As Rappler's co-founder, executive editor and CEO, she has endured constant political harassment and arrests by the Duterte government. For her courage and work on disinformation and 'fake news,' Maria was named Time Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year, was among its 100 Most Influential People of 2019, and has also been named one of Time's Most Influential Women of the Century. She was also part of BBC's 100 most inspiring and influential women of 2019 and Prospect magazine's world's top 50 thinkers, and has won many awards for her contributions to journalism and human rights. Before founding Rappler, Maria focused on investigating terrorism in Southeast Asia. She opened and ran CNN's Manila Bureau for nearly a decade before opening the network's Jakarta Bureau, which she ran from 1995 to 2005. She wrote Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia and From Bin Laden to Facebook: 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terrorism.