Daybreak: State of Union Stays Local
Plus Lapid talks peace talks, but cautiously
● As expected, President Barack Obama went heavy on domestic issues during his State of the Union address last night, defending policies outlined throughout the campaign. The speech did make mention of stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and supporting Israel. The GOP rebuttal was similarly themed. [Politico]
● Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid called for peace talks, but sought to distinguish himself from former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, whose 2008 peace plan was generally thought to be too far-reaching. [TOI]
● Intrigue surrounding the case of Ben Zygier, who is suspected to be ‘Prisoner X’, grows as reporters were apparently hot on his trail in 2010. [Age]
● A thousand neo-Nazis are set to march today in Dresden on the anniversary of the Allied bombing of the city during World War II. 3,000 police officers have been dispatch to keep the marchers separate from 10,000 counter-protestors. [Local]
● Jewcy’s got the report on Bulletproof Stockings, an all-female Hasidic band that is making its way into the mainstream. [Jewcy]
Plus Obama’s Israel itinerary and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
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