Tehran Hold Em

After 17 days of heavy negotiations, and years of failed attempts to reach common ground, U.S. and Iranian leaders pushed all their chips on the table to reach a historic accord in which Iran will give up efforts to gain nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. President Obama praised the progress: “This deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction. We should seize it.” And Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the outcome a “win-win solution.” While there are already plenty of snap judgments, the merit of the deal can only truly be measured when the dealin’s done.

+ WaPo: How the deal works.

+ Netanyahu: “A historic mistake for the world.” What key players are saying about the deal.

+ LA Times: The key secret concessions that paved the way for the deal.

+ “I wish I could believe what Obama seems to suspect: that this deal will set in motion a virtuous cycle in which moderates gain power in a liberalizing Iran.” Jeffrey Goldberg on the single most important question to ask about the Iran deal.

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