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Daybreak: Oh, Canada

Plus Egypt’s Second Revolution, and more

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Silvio Berlusconi of Italy (L) says something no doubt file to Stephen Harper of Canada (R).(Chris Ratcliffe - Pool/Getty Images)

• The G-8 did not release a statement calling for negotiations predicated on the 1967 borders (with mutually agreed swaps yada yada) because perky Canada would not go along. [Reuters/Haaretz]

• Egyptian pro-democracy activists, impatient with the slow pace of reform, have been organizing and calling for a “Second Revolution,” and it begins today. [LAT]

• The U.S. Senate confirmed Dan Shapiro as America’s next ambassador to Israel. [All Headline News]

• In a new poll, 40 percent of Israelis said they thought the Obama administration was pro-Palestinian; only 12 percent thought it pro-Israel. [JPost]

• Columnist Charles Krauthammer is with the 40 percent. [WP]

• The State Department expressed cautious optimism that Egypt’s opening the Rafah Crossing into Gaza, tomorrow, would ease the humanitarian situation but would not allow for additional weapons to get in (they’re already mostly smuggled in I guess?). [DPA/Haaretz]

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Yair says:

Wait, Marc did you read the headline for the Shapiro article? “Jewish lobby rejoices as Senate confirms Shapiro as top diplomat to Tel Aviv”.


Isidor Wolfe says:

Wow! Am I ever happy that I voted for Harper’s party at the recent election. I am proud of the leadership taken by Harper-he gets it.

Jerome says:

The Israel perception is Obama is just plain incorrect.

Obama’s policies towards Israel are not appreciably different from those of GW Bush or Clinton. I wonder if Obama’s race and rumors that he is a secret Muslim have influenced Israelis. If this is the case, its too bad.

Obama had the temerity to tell Israel, as a friend, what it needs to hear and he is repaid with distrust. It seems as though many in Israel have abandoned the “fact-based” community, and have instead chosen to stick their heads in the sand. Netanyahu’s “celebrated” speech was really just an elaborate way of saying, the status quo is fine by me.


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