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Close readers of this New York Times article — in which a top U.S. official goes on the record to push back against reports suggesting that Israel is about to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities — noticed right away that the original title, "U.S. Persuades Israel That Iran’s Nuclear Threat Is Not Imminent," didn’t exactly match ...

Close readers of this New York Times article -- in which a top U.S. official goes on the record to push back against reports suggesting that Israel is about to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities -- noticed right away that the original title, "U.S. Persuades Israel That Iran's Nuclear Threat Is Not Imminent," didn't exactly match the reporting.

No Israeli officials were quoted or cited saying "We are reassured," and only later was the following line added, "In interviews, Israeli officials said their assessments were coming into line with the American view, but they remain suspicious that Iran has a secret enrichment site yet to be discovered."

Now, the headline reads, "U.S. Assures Israel That Iran Threat Is Not Imminent," (my emphasis), though the title at the top of the page hasn't changed. So, is Israel persuaded or not?

Close readers of this New York Times article — in which a top U.S. official goes on the record to push back against reports suggesting that Israel is about to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities — noticed right away that the original title, "U.S. Persuades Israel That Iran’s Nuclear Threat Is Not Imminent," didn’t exactly match the reporting.

No Israeli officials were quoted or cited saying "We are reassured," and only later was the following line added, "In interviews, Israeli officials said their assessments were coming into line with the American view, but they remain suspicious that Iran has a secret enrichment site yet to be discovered."

Now, the headline reads, "U.S. Assures Israel That Iran Threat Is Not Imminent," (my emphasis), though the title at the top of the page hasn’t changed. So, is Israel persuaded or not?

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