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Daybreak: Neighbors Back Abbas on Talks

Plus the Jordan River is gross, and more in the news

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A Christian pilgrim at the Jordan site.(Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

• The Arab League, which had said it would back direct talks if Palestinian President Abbas did, now says it is not backing direct talks because Abbas isn’t. [WP]

• Yet! Western officials believe Abbas will reverse his position and agree to direct talks in the next month. [Ynet]

• Syrian President Bashar Assad visits Lebanon today, for the first time in five years, to meet with Lebanon’s and Saudia Arabia’s leaders. The summit seems connected to the impending international indictments for the assassination of a former Lebanese leader, for which Syria was credited. [WSJ]

• Not wanting to fall behind the Western Joneses, Australian imposed its own sanctions on Iran. [Jewish Journal]

• Charles Krauthammer notes (as I did) the increasing pressure Iran apparently feels itself under. [WP]

• The Jordan River spot where John the Baptist is said to have baptized Jesus has become too polluted for use. [WP]

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This reminds me of Camp David, when it was said that Arafat turned down Clinton and Barak because he anticipated a George W. Bush White House that would be more favorably disposed to his agenda and congenitally cool to his nemeses, the Israelis, like Bush senior. Of course, he had a opportunity and squandered it, badly.

It will be interesting when the Palestinians get their revisionist historians. The reputations of Arafat, Erekat and Abbas will be demolished, and blame will be more equitably assigned, by the Palestinians themselves.

Incidentally, I suppose we’ll all have to walk across the Jordan now.

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