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Sundown: Obama and Bibi, Together At Last?

Plus Tzipi Livni, two nations turn their frustrated eyes to you, and more

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• President Obama further postponed a trip to Asia, meaning he’ll be in town early next week, when Prime Minister Netanyahu is as well. Will they break bread? [Laura Rozen]

• Visiting Moscow, Secretary of State Clinton asked Russia to delay finishing a nuclear plant it’s building for Iran. [Haaretz]

• Jeffrey Goldberg points out that if Kadima leader Tzipi Livni had agreed to join Netanyahu’s coalition, this would be a much more moderate government and last week’s mess probably wouldn’t have happened. [Jeffrey Goldberg]

• One writer points out that Netanyahu has no back-channel point man for dealing with the American administration—which may sound ordinary, but is in fact unprecedented for an Israeli prime minister. [Haaretz]

• An interview with Tablet Magazine contributing editor Judith Shulevitz on her new book, The Sabbath World. [The Jewish Star]

• “I just flew back from the Middle East, and boy are my arms tired!” is not the joke Vice President Biden made last night. Instead he said, “I just got back from five days in the Middle East. I love to travel, but it’s great to be back to a place where a boom in housing construction is actually a good thing.” [Haaretz]

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Carlos says:

Note to the editors: Why all these quotes from Haaretz? Haaretz is a marginal newspaper who has seen its circulation drop over the past few years because of the openly anti-Israel views by many of their columnists. It reflects only a small percentage of Israeli public opinion. The Jerusalem Post although poorly written gives a much better picture of what the average Israeli is thinking.

kathymm says:

I think the editors and columnists do a great job with Haaretz, and I don’t if you’ve done much shopping around but they’re one of the biggest news medias that cover Israel and they do so in the most objective and un-biased manner that is an element of true and reliable reporting. I don’t know about their hard cover circulation but the online newsletter is growing. Also the average Israeli is being fed their news much like most Americans are….the Murdoch method.

Carlos says:

I live in Israel and read the Hebrew papers and I can tell you that Haaretz gives a very distorted picture of what is going on here and what the average Israeli thinks. Their coverage is far from unbiased.


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