April 12, 2024

Good afternoon. Today's newsletter, edited by Sam Baker, is 473 words, a 2-min. read. Thanks to Sheryl Miller for copy editing.

1 big thing: Israel braces for Iranian strike

Israeli forces raid the al-Faraa camp for Palestinian refugees in the occupied West Bank on April 12, 2024, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza. (Photo by Zain JAAFAR / AFP) (Photo by ZAIN JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Israeli forces raid a camp of Palestinian refugees in the occupied West Bank today. Photo: Zain Jaafar/AFP via Getty Images

Iran is expected to strike Israel in the next few days, but it has signaled that it doesn't want to escalate the war or provoke a direct conflict with the U.S.

  • Catch up quick: The U.S. expects Iran to strike Israel in retaliation for an Israeli bombing last week that killed a top Iranian general β€” prompting fears of a wider war in the Middle East.

Iran has threatened to attack American troops in the region if the U.S. gets involved in its fight with Israel β€” while also signaling that its strike will be limited and that it does not want to provoke a wider war, Axios' Barak Ravid reports.

"The Iranian message was, we will attack the forces that attack us, so don't f--k with us and we won't f--k with you," one U.S. official said.

  • Both American and Iranian officials told The New York Times that the forthcoming strike would avoid American targets.
  • And Iran's foreign minister has directly sought to reassure the U.S. that it would not act too quickly, because it does not want to escalate the war, per Reuters.

2. πŸ›¬ Battle of the Bay Area airports

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Pay close attention next time you're booking a flight to San Francisco β€” are you landing at San Francisco International Airport or the soon-to-be-renamed San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport?

  • Officials in San Francisco are decidedly unhappy about Oakland's plans to add "San Francisco Bay" to the name of its airport, The Wall Street Journal reports.
  • Oakland officials say the change will make it more obvious to travelers that Oakland is part of the Bay Area, while San Franciscans say the change will just confuse fliers.

πŸ“ The Oakland airport is actually closer to parts of San Francisco than SFO, when traveling by train.

3. Catch me up

Photo of O.J. Simpson
Photo: Ted Soqui/Sygma via Getty Images
  1. 🏦 O.J. Simpson never paid the lion's share of the $33.5 million he owed to the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. They may be able to collect some of it from his estate. Go deeper.
  2. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ China is helping Russia build bombs and drones for its war in Ukraine, Bloomberg reports.
  3. πŸ“Ί 576,000 Roku accounts were compromised in a newly discovered security breach. Go deeper.

4. πŸŽ₯ "Civil War" set to open big

A scene from the movie
Cailee Spaeny and Wagner Moura in "Civil War." Photo: A24 Films

"Civil War" is on track for a big opening weekend β€” maybe the best opening weekend its studio, A24, has ever had, Variety reports.

  • It pulled in about $3 million in preview showings yesterday, putting it on track for somewhere between $15 million and $24 million this weekend.

🎬 The film is set in the near future, where "rooftop snipers, suicide bombers and wild-eyed randos are in the fight while an opposition faction ... is leading the charge against what remains of the federal government," NYT film critic Manohla Dargis writes in her favorable review.