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Daybreak: Obama Reassures Jewish Donors

Plus, Abbas says he would skip U.N. push, and more in the news

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Obama leaves the Thomas Sweet ice cream parlor in Georgetown on June 19, 2011.(Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images)

• President Obama’s fundraising dinner for Jewish donors last night was sold out, with 80 tickets starting at $25,000. He privately told them “there may be tactical disagreements” over Israel-Palestine but not over the prime need to ensure Israel’s security. [Haaretz]

• “I don’t know if the U.S. has another option,” President Abbas said, “but if it does, we will not go to the U.N.” Something tells me the U.S. will find another option. [Ynet]

• Syria’s President Assad gave his first address in two months, offering “national dialogue.” [NYT]

• According to Egyptian reports, the investigation into Ilan Grapel’s alleged espionage continues. [JPost]

• The Holocaust memorial in Salonika, Greece—once home to a gigantic Jewish population—was vandalized with swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti. [JTA]

• Dylan plays Tel Aviv. And apparently not everyone had received the memo about how he totally, utterly lost his voice. [Haaretz]

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