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Daybreak: After Hamas Attack, Massive Arrests

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Funeral for the four slain Jewish settlers.(Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

• After Hamas claimed responsibility for killing four Israelis (and promised further attacks), the Palestinian Authority proceeded on one of its largest-ever arrestings. [Haaretz]

• Thomas Friedman predicts that extremist efforts to thwart peace, from Rabbi Yosef’s comments about Palestinians to yesterday’s attack, are only going to get worse. [NYT]

• U.S. envoy George Mitchell spoke cryptically about the peace process last night but maintained the administration’s one-year goal. [Laura Rozen]

• President Obama is trying to deal with Iran, Iraq, and Israel-Palestine all at once, under the theory and hope that winning one will beget winning in the others. [NYT]

• Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who will be at the Washington, D.C., banquet tonight, laid out a vision of strong Egyptian participation in the upcoming series of talks. [NYT]

• Jeff Greene, the Jewish Florida Senate candidate who lost last week, is suing two local papers for libel relating to stories about his his wild life in L.A. [NYT]

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Frayed Knot says:

Only in Tom Friedman’s world is the murder of 55 Iraqis, the murder of 4 Israelis, including a pregnant woman, and a curse uttered by a 90 year old Rabbi equivalent.

Mark S. Devenow says:

Frayed has it exactly right. Wish I’d said that! However, since all of the nonsense coming from Tom Friedman consists in spurious equations and illusions, allusions and delusions, Planet Friedman remains, as always, a difficult place to even begin deconstructing.

David Jacobowitz says:

Mr. Friedman gives us another glimpse into his skewed worldview, which, in the interest of even-handedness,equates remarks made by an aged sage (much given to intemperate utterances in recent years) with cold-blooded murder. Tom, your moral sensibilities badly need refurbishing.


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