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Daybreak: In Egypt, Rage at Shafik’s Inclusion

Plus the Iran talks are stalled, and more in the news

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A demonstration in Cairo last night against Ahmed Shafik.(Khaled Desouki/AFP/GettyImage)

• Egyptian officials confirmed that Mohammed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, will face Ahmed Shafik, formerly of the Mubarak regime, in the second and final round of presidential elections. Last night, Shafik’s office was torched and vandalized, and thousands marched on Tahrir Square to protest his inclusion. [WP]

• As the reality of last week’s P5+1 talks in Baghdad sinks in, observers grow more despondent about the possibility of a negotiated resolution with Iran. [WSJ]

• In Azerbaijan, Iran had targeted officials from Israel, Saudi Arabia … and the United States. [WP]

• Turkey indicted four former senior Israeli military men, including the ex-heads of the navy and the IDF itself, for their alleged roles in the 2010 Gaza flotilla interception, which killed nine. It’s unclear yet just how much (or little) this will affect currently strained Israel-Turkey relations. [NYT]

• France, Britain, and Germany expelled their Syrian ambassadors. More at 10. [AP/Haaretz]

• It’s my job to note that Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, of Hamas, met with an elections council appointed by President Mahmoud Abbas, of Fatah to discuss joint ballots. [NYT]

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ginzy1 says:

For an intelligent, realistic, non-ostrichsist analysis of the Iranian situation and the West’s repeated useful idiocy in dealing with Iran, I strongly recommend Bret Stephens’ column in today’s WSJ, here:

And before y’all reflexively boo him as a Neanderthal Neocon, keep in mind that his views on Iran have consistently been borne out by events, as opposed to those Fareed Zakaria, MT, Jeff Goldberg, Tom Friedman, Dennis Ross, Andrew Sullivan, LL, Martin Indyk, Juan Cole, Roger Cohen, etc., etc., etc., etc….


J’lem / Efrata


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Daybreak: In Egypt, Rage at Shafik’s Inclusion

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