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Daybreak: Iron Dome Debuts

Plus Syria worsens, and more in the news

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An Iron Dome installment near Beersheva.(David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images)

• For the first time, Israel deployed a battery from its Iron Dome missile-defense system, in response to the past week of rocket attacks from Gaza. [NYT]

• Syrian President Bashar Assad set loose his army to tamp down anti-regime protests and related looting. The United States has emphasized it will not intervene. [WP]

• Assad himself stays silent, even as the crisis becomes undeniable. [NYT]

• Jackson Diehl polemicizes against the Obama administration’s continued focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process generally and the settlements specifically. [WP]

• Palestinian President Abbas met with Hamas officials in the West Bank—a rare sort of meeting—to plan a possible trip to Gaza (which would be even more rare). [Ynet]

• A bomb that would have blown up a natural gas pipeline from Egypt to Israel and Jordan failed and was defused. [JTA]

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I don’t think that’s calculated silence on the part of Assad: addressing the country would be his best, though likely unavailing, shot at calming things. I think he probably doesn’t know whom to trust among his security forces any more.

shushan says:

I saw an idf video on youtube. It shows a female leut general who is in charge of sending aid to japan. The israeli general dyes her hair purple. My questions are would a mentally stable person dye her hair purple, will the idf defeat any army if the idf is led by women with purple hair?

Maybe she was inspired by Braveheart.

Dan Klein says:

@fw You’re the best. FREEEEEDOM.

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