Daybreak: Unity 2.0
Plus Bibi in the States, Iran talk for real, and more in the news
• From Qatar, Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas’ Khaled Meshaal announced they had achieved the second plan for Palestinian unity in the past 12 months. Abbas will be president of the joint government. More later. [NYT]
• Prime Minister Netanyahu will address the AIPAC conference next month in Washington, D.C. It is not yet known whether he’ll meet with President Obama, though chances are good. [JTA]
• While we don’t know whether Israel will attack Iran, it seems clear that all the chatter is not merely idle (and not merely intended to bluff). It is on the table in even the most private discussions. [NYT]
• New York police have upped security at prominent Jewish sites in Manhattan, such as synagogues and the Israeli consulate, for fears of Iran’s retaliating for scientist assassinations and other covert actions. [CBS NY/Vos Iz Neias?]
• The special “shomer Shabbos” Nevada caucus turned controversial when participants had to sign something about their religious observance and when Ron Paul supporters flooded it and won. (Mitt Romney won most of the state easily.) [NYT]
• The Egyptian gas pipeline. It was bombed. For the 12th time in the past year. [Arutz Sheva]
Congratulations to the New York Giants on their fourth Super Bowl win—all of which have come in the past 25 years. They beat the Patriots 21-17. An even bigger congratulations to those who bet the prop that the first score of the game would be a Giants safety at 60:1 odds or better.
Obama stresses diplomacy, insists all options left on the table
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