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Daybreak: Annexation on the Table

Plus, Syria’s cabinet resigns, and more in the news

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And these are just the pro-Assad demonstrators today!(Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images)

• If the Palestinians move forward in seeking recognition of statehood without Israel, then Israel would consider annexing parts of the West Bank. [AP/WP]

• The Syrian cabinet resigned amid “the worst unrest in decades.” [AP/LAT]

• Fatah and Hamas plan to hold unity talks next month in Cairo. [JPost]

• Egypt’s military confirmed that it has banned former President Hosni Mubarak from leaving the country and that it will soon lift the decades-old emergency law. [NYT]

• Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren asks readers to imagine a nuclear-armed Gadhafi to underscore the importance of keeping Iran nukes-free. [WSJ]

• Bernard Avishai urges President Obama to submit a peace plan to both sides based on prior discussions. [IHT]

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Here’s a question for the Palestinians. If the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza was illegitimate because it was unilateral and done without the participation of the Palestinians, then how is it that a unilateral declaration of statehood on the part of the Palestinians is valid, when Israeli requests to negotiate are being rebuffed?

tillkan says:

The Palestinians would have been glad to participate in the Gaza withdrawal – it was Sharon who chose not to cooperate with them. “Israeli requests to negotiate” is funny – I eat the whole pizza while you sit there asking for a bite.


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