Daybreak: U.S. Steps Up Gulf Presence
Plus Israelis killing Iranian scientists? and more in the news
• There was a fire in a Jerusalem apartment housing Eritreans, which injured two. Signs point to arson. [Ynet]
• The new book by Yossi Melman and Dan Raviv—yes, those guys from yesterday!—is causing a ton of buzz, primarily for its reporting that actual Israeli agents are responsible for the string of Iranian scientist assassinations. [NYT]
• Recently acquitted former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert denied rumors that he would re-join politics, and 70 percent of the country doesn’t want him to. So he should be announcing his return in another few months or so. [JPost]
• Israel is deploying Iron Dome, its missile defense system currently used to shoot down rockets from Gaza, along the Sinai border. [Reuters/Haaretz]
• Some donor must’ve been unhappy? The National Jewish Democratic Council backs down from the anti-Sheldon Adelson campaign. [JTA]
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