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Daybreak: Obama Picks Kagan

Plus habemus proximity talks! and more in the news

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Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

• We have new news, and so a new picture: Solicitor General Elena Kagan is President Obama’s nominee to replace John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. She would become the third current Jewish justice. She established her independence early on, we learn, when she disagreed with her rabbi over her bat mitzvah ceremony. [NYT]

• Proximity talks officially began yesterday, following Palestinian Authority approval. Expect at least four months of U.S. envoy George Mitchell’s shuttle diplomacy. [NYT]

• U.S. diplomats say that Prime Minister Netanyahu has quietly agreed not to build in the especially controversial East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo for two years. [Arutz Sheva]

• Hamas: Not a fan of the proximity talks. [Ynet]

• Over the Palestinian Authority’s objections, Israel was elected the 32nd member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. [JTA]

• Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed unconcern for the survival of Israel’s strategic nuclear “ambiguity” after several countries have questioned it in recent weeks. [Haaretz]

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Diana Kindzred says:

Yapee – I’m proud to be a Jewish girl from
Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood !!!

Diana Kindzred

Is this nomination telegraphing to American Jews the message that they are honored in America? They need feel no fear about their place in American society – they do not need Israel as a shelter, a second home, Obama knows what they are “worth.” Clever tactic in view of the current divisive atmosphere in the Jewish community.

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Daybreak: Obama Picks Kagan

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