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Daybreak: Assad Insists He Will Stay

Plus, to the shores of Tripoli, pressure to escalate in Gaza, and more in the news

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Libyan rebels celebrating outside Tripoli this morning.(-/AFP/Getty Images)

• As the week began, Israel was settling the weekend’s crises with Egypt and with Gaza. More at 10. [NYT/NYT]

• In a television interview yesterday, Syrian President Bashar Assad was defiant about U.S. and European calls for him to relinquish power. [NYT]

• Rebel fighters took Tripoli, though Col. Muammar Gaddafi remains at large. [WP]

• The United Nations report on the Gaza flotilla will be delayed yet again in the absence of an Israeli-Turkish rapprochement, this time primarily at Turkey’s request. [Haaretz]

• Several Israeli politicians, including in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s cabinet, called for an escalation of the weekend’s Gaza conflict, but Israel here is hemmed in by the Egyptian regime as it was not before. [LAT]

• The two remaining American hikers (“hikers”?) in Iran were each sentenced to eight years in prison, unexpectedly harsh terms. [AP/WP]

• The weekend’s violence proved a major distraction (a welcome one, for Bibi, one imagines) from the domestic social-justice protests that have roiled Israel over the past few weeks. [AP/WP]

• Will Syria allow U.N. inspectors an unadulterated look at the shelled Palestinian refugee camp in Latakia? [LAT]

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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

“Several Israeli politicians, including in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s cabinet, called for an escalation of the weekend’s Gaza conflict”

Gaza “conflict”? What sort of P.C. euphemism is that? 8 Israelis are dead, 6 of which are civilians, and several times that wounded in an unprovoked terrorist attack on Thursday and you call this a “conflict”? Have you been reading the NY Times (with its infamous story “frames”) again?

Actually some of the more strident statements for dealing with terrorist & rocket attacks from Gaza have come from Kadima bigwig & great white hope (pun intended) Tzippy Livni as well as her rival for the Kadima throne (such that it is) Sha’ul Mofaz.


Jerusalem / Efrata

Marc R says:

So Netanyahu welcomed the violence? If he welcomed the distraction that came from the violence, you’re necessarily saying he welcomed the violence.

Just as if you were saying that an orphan welcomed the absence of nagging that came with having his parents killed.

Syria is a different kettle of fish than Libya. President Assad is also quite a different character to Colonel Gaddafi. Syria’s strategic position in the Middle East positioned between Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq is crucial. It is a vital part of the geo-political jigsaw puzzle. The various Syrian parties must do everything in their power to mitigate the violence and although it may seem impossible they must do a complete U-Turn down the road of violence and enmity. It is very difficult to just shift from a position of hatred for someone that may have killed someone close to you but it is possible. The problem with Syria now is that if violence takes a hold everyone will be sucked into the downwardly spiralling vortex of evil. The path must be the one of vision, courage and trust building. The GDP of Syria can grow by at least 5% p.a. over the coming years. G-d wants the Middle East to be a platform of peace for the entire world. A centre of unfolding potential.

I repeat…Outside military intervention is the wrong choice.

Prayers for the Syrian people !

@Hershel It would seem Marc Tracy is referring to the rockets and Israel airstrikes in Gaza. “Gaza conflict” probably was short-hand for conflict with Gaza. Sloppy wording, but not ill-intentioned.

Marc Tracy, please keep reporting on the two Americans detained in Iran. There is hope that they may be pardoned during Ramadan. May it be so.


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