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Daybreak: Political Israel

Plus Bibi gains popularity at home, and more in the news

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The packed House during Bibi’s address Tuesday.(Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

• Republicans see President Obama’s Mideast maneuverings as an opening for them to turn Israel into a partisan issue and make advances in attracting Jewish voters. (More on this later. [NYT]

• Mideast envoy Tony Blair argued that Obama’s actions can be explained with reference to his concern for what will happen to Israel in September at the U.N. [AP/WP]

• Fareed Zakaria slams Bibi’s intransigence and notes that Obama’s main policy shift was to commit himself to trying to halt Palestinian statehood via the U.N. [WP]

• While Prime Minister Netanyahu received high grades for oratory back home, many Israelis were despondent that he failed to advance the peace process; yet he also surged in the polls. [NYT]

• Several officials attended the opening of a building complex for religious families in a disputed East Jerusalem neighborhood. [NYT]

• As the uprisings continue, the U.S. is trying to drive a wedge between Syria and its erstwhile, complicated ally, Lebanon. [LAT]

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Speaking of Lebanon, doesn’t Michael Totten have a new book out?

Review, anyone?

Carl says:

I get the feeling that the NYT lives in an alternative universe. I live in Israel and almost everything they write about public opinion in Israel is 100% completely wrong. No one in Israel was expecting Bibi to advance the peace process because there is no peace process. Furthermore not many people here are willing to trust the Palestinians after the intifada and the Gaza withdrawal and the continued demonization of Israel in Palestinian schools and media (Which is almost completely unreported in Western media). Bibi is not some right wing loony. He is very popular and speaks for most of the public opinion here. These are the facts.

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