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Daybreak: Hard Not To Feel the Hope

Plus Israel’s Gorbachev, and more

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The leaders of the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and the United States last night.(NYT)

• Talks today at the State Department. Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas seemed equal parts insistent and conciliatory in speeches at last night’s banquet. [NYT]

• Obama, meanwhile, pledged his “full weight” behind the peace effort while asserting that the United States “cannot impose a solution.” [Politico]

• The figure driving much of the optimism and short timeframe is actually Netanyahu, who believes that he—with his hawkish bona fides back home—is the one who can actually get peace done. Columnist Aluf Benn compared him to Mikhail Gorbachev. [NYT]

• As the Palestinian Authority exerted great effort to find and arrest those behind the murder of four Israeli settlers, two Israelis were wounded in a shooting in Ramallah, in an attack also claimed by Hamas (which has accused the P.A. of overly harsh raids). [NYT]

• Former negotiators Hussein Agha and Robert Malley argue that Palestinian leadership is in an unfairly weaker position vis-à-vis Israel. [WP]

• Tom Segev’s new biography shows, with documents from his estate, that famed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal was a Mossad agent. [Haaretz]

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Doug Greener says:

Agha and Malley present a flawed argument. There is a kernel of truth there, but many inaccurate details get under the radar. The Palestinians, for example, could get along with the status quo as well as the Israelis. Many pundits opine that this may indeed be the best situation for both sides. If the entire article, though, is just one convoluted excuse why Israel should be the one making all the concessions, it deserves to be thrown under the bus.

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