Sundown: Egypt’s Tantawi Addresses Unrest
Plus the Assad-Iran link, J Street controversy, and more
• In the face of massive protests, Field Marshal Tantawi, Egypt’s de facto ruler, pledged presidential elections by July 2012 and even hinted he would entertain a referendum on the current leadership sooner. [Haaretz]
• Obama’s national security adviser said that the fall of Syria’s Bashar Assad would also represent a strike against the Iranian regime. [Haaretz]
• A Democratic primary outside Chicago between two Jews is being seen as a broader bellwether. [JTA]
• A founder and former board member of J Street had nice things to say about the kind young men from Hamas she recently met in Gaza. (In response, J Street noted that the woman did not speak for it and that Hamas is “reprehensible.”) [Washington Jewish Week]
• The Nation calls New York “the greatest Jewish city in the world.” In 1923. [The Nation/Habitus]
• Shuster and Siegel created Superman; Alvin Schwartz created Bizarro. He died last month at 95. [JTA]
The Woody Allen documentary last weekend … the Muppets movie this weekend …
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