Daybreak: Risky Business
Plus LeBron moves to Israeli-owned Heat, and more in the news
• While acknowledging skepticism, Prime Minister Netanayhu pledged “to take risks, political risks” in order to get direct peace talks underway. [NYT]
• President Obama predicted that Israel would not take military action against Iran behind his back. [JTA]
• Roger Cohen says he has never seen Israel more isolated. He also primarily blames its reaction to the flotilla for the fallout in Turkish relations, while acknowledging Turkish leaders’ pre-existent hostility. [NYT]
• Frederick M. Lawrence, the dean of George Washington University Law School who specializes in civil rights law, will be the new president of Brandeis University. [Boston Herald]
• LeBron James chose the Miami Heat, apparently unaware that no one will give him credit for winning a championship with Dwyane Wade. One author made the point yesterday that LeBron never seemed to have a real understanding of the way sports fandom works; growing up in Akron, Ohio, he rooted for the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees. Last night, he created the NBA equivalent. [NYT]
The Heat’s owner is Mickey Arison, an Israeli-born billionaire. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ owner, Dan Gilbert, is a Jewish-American mortgage magnate (he owns Quicken) who sent Cavs fans an epic letter last night promising to win a championship before LeBron does. He won’t, but you should be rooting for him to.
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