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Sundown: U.S. Bearish on French Talk

Plus, Bibi still rides by the J Street stop, and more

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French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé and his counterpart, Hillary Clinton, in Washington, D.C., today.(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

• Secretary of State Clinton expressed deep ambivalence about proposed French peace talks—which the Palestinians tentatively agreed to, and which Israel said it would consult the United States on. [Ynet]

• This is probably partly because both sides are independently, secretly talking to the Americans. [Haaretz]

• The Turkish foreign minister advised the flotilla organizers to hold off until they see the situation in Gaza. This may be what the U.S. gets in exchange for giving Turkey a role in the peace process. [Haaretz]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu refused to meet with a J Street delegation of Democratic congressmen. [Ynet/Vos Iz Neias?]

• In the strangest press conference like, ever, Rep. Anthony Weiner admitted to communicating innappropriately with six women over Facebook and Twitter over the past three years. And then he took a lot of questions. #TMI [CNN]

• Gus Tyler, longtime author of the Forward’s Der Yiddish Vinkl column, died at 99. May his memory be for a blessing. [Forward]

• Nextbook Press author Deborah Lipstadt spoke last week about the importance of “contemporary Jewish creativity” on the occasion of the awarding of the Sami Rohr Prize. [Jewish Book Council Blog]

Leonard Nimoy writes a letter for Americans for Peace Now in support of a two-state solution. His work here is done.

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Next stop for Anthony Weiner: a page from the McGreevey playbook and an announcement that he’s training to be a rabbi.

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