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Daybreak: Arms Sales Come Under Review

Plus Iran boasts about ships, ‘Isratine,’ and more in the news

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One of the Iranian ships.(-/AFP/Getty Images)

• The United States is reviewing the billions of dollars in annual arms sales it makes to Arab countries now caught up in various forms of internal upheaval. [WSJ]

• The Islamic Republic took great pains to convince the world that Israel was correct to describe its sending of two ships through the Suez Canal as a “provocation.” Israel hasn’t bitten, though. [WP]

• In one diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks, we learn that Libya dictator Muammar Gaddafi—still clinging to power—had a plan to bring peace to the Mideast that involved a single state called “Isratine.” [NYT]

• In recent weeks, Hamas, emboldened and enabled by the Egyptian uprising, has upped its rate of smuggling arms and people. [WSJ]

• Guess who looks dumb and ineffective now? Al Qaeda. [WSJ]

• Rahm. [NYT]

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You know who else looks dumb and ineffective now? Yasir Arafat.

Ira M. Salwen says:

Not sure if you heard, fw, but Arafat’s dead.

As to dumb and ineffective, his widow lives in luxury on the millions (or billions?) of aid dollars he stole, he was welcomed all over the world as a Head of State while he managed to avoid the responsibilities that go with being a head of state. If you recall, when the Israelis offered a deal that gave him far more than his own people were ready to demand, he left Camp David and launched a new Intifada.

If you think Arafat was really struggling to establish a homeland for his people, you’ve been reading too much PLO propaganda.

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