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Sundown: Thank God Syria Has Russia

Plus more settlements prompt more U.S. words, and more

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Secretary of State Clinton at the U.N. Security Council today, listening to the Syrian ambassador.(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Right now, most of the world is confronting Russia for blocking meaningful U.N. Security Council action to save the people of Syria. [NYT]

• A State Department spokesperson criticized an Israeli announcement of new West Bank settlement-building. [Haaretz]

• The Mossad head has recently had secret meetings with top U.S. officials on Iran. It’s not clear if we are supposed to know this (though it’s not exactly shocking, either). [Haaretz]

• The story of Bernie Fine, the former Syracuse assistant basketball coach, takes a turn for the even-more-tawdry. [ESPN]

• Israel sent the Muslim Brotherhood a note of cautious congratulations on its success in Egypt’s parliamentary elections. [Arutz Sheva]

• Jewcy’s Jason Diamond reviews Ben Marcus’s new, super-Jewy novel, The Flame Alphabet. [NPR]

Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, whose The Law in These Parts, a documentary about the West Bank legal system, just won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in Documentary, made a short “Op-Doc” for the Times.

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Sundown: Thank God Syria Has Russia

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