Iran has not been in the news for some time, which is a good thing. Reports are coming out of Israel that suggest that the impetus for a military strike against that country is waning.
One reason given for this lessening of war rhetoric is that Israeli prime minister Netanyahu has overplayed his hand in trying to pressure Barack Obama to attack Iran by exploiting the election season, and since the re-election of Obama seems increasingly likely, now seeks to try and mend those fences by toning down the war rhetoric.
Meanwhile, Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a public statement warning Israel it was on its own if it attacked Iran. Israel knows it cannot go it alone and wants the US to take the lead. France is also issuing similar warnings to Israel, and there are reports (denied by the Obama administration) of the US striking secret deals with Iran.
This does not mean that there is going to be a US-Iran rapprochement. The US is still issuing threats.
According to the New York Times, Washington has also sent Iran a back-channel deal suggesting they curb their nuclear ambitions, but Tehran rejected the deal, saying no agreement is possible sans lifting all West-imposed sanctions.
According to the report, the Obama administration is exploring the possibility of mounting a covert operation, as well as waging a “quiet” cyber war against Iran.
President Obama had previously rejected the notion, fearing such cyber assaults would wreak havoc on Iranian civilian life.
(Thanks to reader Dave for some of the above links.)