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Daybreak: Protesters Call for ‘Millions’

Plus Israel’s response, U.S. demands for ‘orderly transition,’ and more in the news

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Protestors pray in Tahrir Square, Cairo, today.(Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

• The revolution of the young in Egypt gathered momentum today, with calls for a “march of millions” tomorrow. [NYT]

• The Muslim Brotherhood, which has insisted it is purposefully playing a minor role, backed moderate pro-democracy activist Mohammed ElBaradei, in a sign of its increasing moderation (or at least desire to appear as much). [WSJ]

• Israel’s government has officially entered radio silence on the events but is extremely worried about what they mean for its bilateral relationship and stability in the region. [NYT]

• Secretary of State Clinton called for “real democracy” but did not explicitly call for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down. “Orderly transition” is a key administration byphrase. [WP]

• The events have sent U.S. policy and interests in the region into a state of uncertainty. [WSJ]

• Egypt dispatched troops to the Gaza border to prevent Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, from sending terrorists and arms from Gaza into Egypt (and vice-versa). This is a big deal because the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty was supposed to largely demilitarize Sinai; the troop deployment was coordinated with Israel’s Defense Ministry. [JPost]

• With turmoil additionally having racked Tunisia (where the main Islamist leader has returned), Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and even Jordan, Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a rare Western interview, pledged to pursue reforms. [WSJ]

• Yesterday, state television reported, Mubarak ordered his new cabinet and new prime minister to improve economic conditions. Oh, buddy, I don’t know if that’s going to cut it anymore. [Haaretz]

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Daybreak: Protesters Call for ‘Millions’

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