1. OPTIMISM

    Israeli Official: Iran Won’t Build Bomb

    A worker rides a bike in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. Iran began loading fuel into the core of its first atomic power plant on Tuesday, moving closer to the start up of a facility that leaders have touted as defying of international efforts to curtail the country's nuclear ambitions.  (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour)

    Majid Asgaripour, Mehr News Agency / AP Photo

    Even though many Israeli leaders believe Iran is racing towards building a nuclear bomb, Israel’s top military man is saying he doesn’t believe the regime in Tehran will choose to go down that path. Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said Wednesday that international sanctions are working and they could relieve some pressure on the Obama administration. His comments were in sharp contrast to those of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who have repeatedly said diplomacy will not stop Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons.

    Read it at The Washington Post