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Sundown: Abbas Charms AIPAC

Plus Weiner gets into a fight with a goat, and more

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Yes, this is what it looks like.(WSJ)

• At a private gathering in Washington, D.C., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas won high marks from AIPAC, the ADL, and like-minded activists. [Foreign Policy]

• In what has become something of a counter-conventional wisdom view, two authors argue that U.S.-led energy sanctions against Iran (which are unlike the just-passed U.N. ones) could go a long way toward welcome regime change. [Slate]

• A profile of Drake, the rising Jewish Canadian hip-hop star. [NYT]

• Judith Shulevitz takes the measure of Henry Roth’s latest posthumous novel. [Slate]

• The Elvis Costello and now Pixies concert cancellations have many Israelis questioning whether their country has become too isolated. [NYT]

• Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-New York) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) brought two goats to a Capitol Hill press event in order to make a point against a mohair subsidy. The goats were named Lancelot and Arthur; at one point, Arthur farted. Loudly. (Video here.) Then Lancelot nicked Weiner on the hand, drawing blood. Write your own damn jousting joke. [Politico]

On last night’s show, after consulting his Mideast Tsuris Information Tcenter (“Where debate is never cut off—it’s circumcised”), Stephen Colbert sat down with Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren.

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Kudos to Abbas. And I knew Ramallah was doing well, but had no idea it had become a hot spot for tourism:


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Sundown: Abbas Charms AIPAC

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