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Daybreak: Can Abbas Get What He Wants?

Plus White House backs ambassador, and more in the news

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President Abbas in October.(Mufeed Abu Hasnah/PPO via Getty Images)

• President Abbas informed a U.S. diplomat he is all set to resume direct talks … once Israel halts settlement construction. [JPost]

• Over the next two weeks, watch closely as Israel releases the remaining 550 Palestinian prisoners as part of the Gilad Shalit deal. If it throws in some Fatah people, it is trying to boost Abbas’ negotiating position. [Ynet]

• While not endorsing what he said, the White House is standing by Howard Gutman, the ambassador to Belgium, following his controversial remarks about anti-Semitism. I’ll admit I’m surprised. [BBC]

• Syria said it will agree to Arab League monitors pending the cancellation of economic sanctions. That wasn’t part of the deal. [LAT]

• With the crashed drone, Iran may now have access to certain cutting-edge U.S. military technology. [LAT]

• Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has raised its alert level in recent days. Hrmm. [Haaretz]

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The White House really doesn’t know how to pick its battles. Gutman is a harebrained clown who doesn’t have to be jettisoned necessarily, just asked to issue some kind of ‘clarification’ so he can backtrack in semi-graceful fashion. Allowing him to be intransigent gives them nothing, but alienates constituents.

You would think that after the Cairo speech, Obama’s people would understand that respect for the truth of our history is a paramount value of ours, not least because infringing it is always a prelude to something more sinister.

But no, they allow some patently unqualified seat warmer to sabotage whatever progress they may have made in other respects in earning Israeli trust. Again.

for Zlota says:

You’re surprised?

Geoff M says:

Why am I not surprised that you’re surprised? You never learn, do you.

Since he says they are blaming the problem on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, why isn’t it more logical to blame both combatants? It does seem to be that they have a Jewish problem and isn’t that actually Anti-Semitism.

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