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Daybreak: Change Is Coming to Egypt

Plus CUNY trustee digs deeper, and more in the news

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Amr Moussa (R) with Hamas’s leader and deputy leader.(Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

• Amr Moussa, likely Egypt’s next president, predicted Muslim Brotherhood dominance of the parliament and pledged to move away from Hosni Mubarak’s cooperative stance toward Israel. [WSJ]

• Without actually changing all that much, the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal signed yesterday has made everything in the region feel a little more time-sensitive. [NYT]

• Syrian troops are removing the siege of the southern city of Daraa, but deploying to the northern city of Banias. [AP/WP]

• Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, the man who insisted Tony Kushner not be given a CUNY honorary doctorate, tries to explain himself. The results are predictably embarrassing. [NYT]

• Arthur Laurents, the man who wrote the books for (and at times directed) West Side Story and Gypsy, died at 93. [NYT]

• “Oy. Not good.” –neoconservative pundit John Podhoretz reacting to last night’s Republican presidential “debate.” Presumably he didn’t like Ron Paul’s call to end all foreign aid? [Commentary]

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George One says:

Amr Moussa. Pity he is adopting the tired and unsuccessful old Arab posture of considering Israel as an enemy and leaning towards the Muslim fundamentalist. If only for the good of his own people, the next Egyptian leader should be a man with courage enough to make a REAL peace with Israel and cooperate with it to improve the governance of his country as well as the education and living standards of his people instead of taking the easy old road of pandering to fundamentalist dogma.

Alter says:

By the same token I hope that Netanyahu wakes up to reality, sees the handwriting on the wall and faces the reality that seizing more Palestinian land will not work. The United States is growing weary of Israel’s unwillingness to stop treating the Palestinians like animals. Jeffrey Wiesenfeld did nothing to enhance Israel’s image when he suggested that Palestinians were not human. Israel needs to start winning friends around the world, and not by bribing government legislators as they do in the United States.

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