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CIA director Bill Burns and Israeli foreign minister Naftali Bennett.

So far we have mostly wire service coverage.

The situation: The United States is seeking to restart nuclear negotiations with Iran, while Israel seeks to disrupt those talks.

Israeli press offers unsubstantiated rumor while Iran reminds the United States it has escalatory powers with a barrage of Hezbollah rockets and Persian Gulf drone attack.

Bill Burns, who helped negotiate the 2015 nuclear agreement, always believed it was an off-ramp from a road that was otherwise leading to war. The logic behind the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action remains the same but Israeli and Iranian opposition complicate his plans. The public expressions of the everlasting U.S.-Israeli relationship paper over some fairly profound differences.