Israel's Rabbi Ovadia Is Helping Stay Netanyahu's Hand on Iran

For now, those who fear a fundamentalist future for Israel can at least take comfort that the only rabbi with a say on affairs of state is trying to avert war.

August 2012 will be one of those periods that will be dissected by historians in generations to come, each day analyzed. Piecing together events in Jerusalem and Washington, Tel Aviv and Tehran, they will try to understand how Benjamin Netanyahu took his country to the brink of war, looked down into the abyss, took a deep breath and was yanked back. By then all the main players will have been judged by...