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Daybreak: Iran Talks Resume

Plus Bibi delays vote on West Bank outposts, and more in the news

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The two main negotiators, the European Union's Catherine Ashton and Iran's Saeed Jalili.(Ali Al-Saadi/AFP/GettyImages)

• It’s a big day! In Baghdad, the P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran commenced with the group of nations presenting their deal for halting uranium enrichment to 20 percent … [WP]

• … While in Egypt, people voted in the first free elections anyone can remember. [WSJ]

• Iran recalled its ambassador from Azerbaijan. The pretext was an alleged religious insult, but tensions have long been high, never more so than the after the recent leak of (flimsy) reports suggesting Azerbaijan would aid an Israeli attack. [NYT]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu postponed by two weeks a vote over a bill to legalize West Bank outposts, during which he intends to craft a solution that abides by a High Court ruling ordering the evacuation of certain neighborhoods while avoiding the need to destroy homes. Something’s probably going to have to give, though, no? [Haaretz]

• A prominent Yemeni Jew was stabbed to death in the middle of Sana’a. [Times of Israel]

• Jewish communal leaders yesterday met at the White House with Vice President Biden and several top security officials. Message: we care that Iran not acquire nukes, and any deals struck will work toward, rather than preventing, that end. [JPost/Vos Iz Neias?]

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ginzy1 says:

Strongly suggest y’all read Amitai Etzioni’s piece in “The New Republic” on the extremely dangerous habit of the the USA & others to define down “weaponization”.

We Israelis do not find this very reassuring.

Even less reassuring is the readiness of ostensibly pro-Israel liberals to forgo going after Iran before its too late, so as not to endanger Obama’s re-election chances.  In other words, Obama’s re-election is of such supreme, transformational importance to the world that it is worth paying for it with Israeli’s security and maybe Israeli blood.

And no, promises that Obama will deal with Iran after the election do not ring true or believable.

Heresy! I suppose I will be burned at the stake for such blasphemy.


J’lem / Efrata


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Daybreak: Iran Talks Resume

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