Morning Brief, Thursday, July 20

Crisis in the Middle East Israeli soldiers fight Hezbollah militants inside the Lebanese border and rockets continue to rain down on northern Israel. Israel's defense minister hints at a larger ground war in Lebanon. Plans to disengage from the West Bank have been temporarily shelved; Gershom Gorenberg weighs in on the end to Israeli unilateralism ...

Crisis in the Middle East

Israeli soldiers fight Hezbollah militants inside the Lebanese border and rockets continue to rain down on northern Israel. Israel's defense minister hints at a larger ground war in Lebanon. Plans to disengage from the West Bank have been temporarily shelved; Gershom Gorenberg weighs in on the end to Israeli unilateralism in a new ForeignPolicy.com exclusive. 

Israel sends text messages to people in southern Lebanon telling them to evacuate. Abbas is still attempting to negotiate the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier abducted by Hamas several weeks ago, and trying to convince Hamas leaders to avoid a Hamas-Hezbollah front on the soldiers held hostage. Several Gazans die in Israeli raids. Iraqi PM Maliki condemns Israel's actions in Lebanon.

Crisis in the Middle East

Israeli soldiers fight Hezbollah militants inside the Lebanese border and rockets continue to rain down on northern Israel. Israel's defense minister hints at a larger ground war in Lebanon. Plans to disengage from the West Bank have been temporarily shelved; Gershom Gorenberg weighs in on the end to Israeli unilateralism in a new ForeignPolicy.com exclusive. 

Israel sends text messages to people in southern Lebanon telling them to evacuate. Abbas is still attempting to negotiate the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier abducted by Hamas several weeks ago, and trying to convince Hamas leaders to avoid a Hamas-Hezbollah front on the soldiers held hostage. Several Gazans die in Israeli raids. Iraqi PM Maliki condemns Israel's actions in Lebanon.

Everywhere else

Watch the Kashmir peace talks if you want to see the real effect of the Mumbai bombings. Iran continues to set the agenda, announcing it will respond to the nuclear incentives package on August 22. Ethiopia, worried about Somali Islamists near the border, sends troops into Somalia. An unlikely nation faces a rising tide of Islamic radicalism: Switzerland. China becomes the world's third largest food donor, thanks to shipments to North Korea. Yukos chief throws in the towel and the wolves circle. Robert Kaplan breaks down the tipping points to look for in the fight against the Taliban, and things aren't looking good. Bush exercises his first veto on federally-supported stem cell research.

Carolyn O'Hara is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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