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Daybreak: Four Killed at France Jewish School

Plus Israeli, U.S. intel find no Iranian bomb program, and more in the news

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Several eminences, including President Sarkozy and Toulouse Mayor Pierre Cohen, outside the high school today.(Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images)

• Four Jews, including a teacher and his two children, were killed in an early-morning shooting outside and then inside the Jewish high school that serves as the center of the 25,000-strong Jewish community of Toulouse, France. The gunman, who hopped off a motorcycle and entered the school and kept shooting, is at large. Nationwide, France has closed all streets with Jewish institutions on them. [Haaretz]

• Amir Mizroch situates the shooting in the context of the failed recent attacks in Georgia, Thailand, and elsewhere. “We must look after each other,” he says. “All Jews are responsible for each other. We are our brothers’ keepers.” [Forecast Highs]

• Israeli and U.S. intelligence reportedly agree that Iran has most likely not fully restarted its actual nuclear weaponization program. [NYT]

• It seems unclear whether Israel’s homeland is secure in the event of retaliation for an attack on Iran. Nearly half the Israeli population lacks gas masks, for one thing. [WP]

• Hawkish pro-Israel groups like the Emergency Committee for Israel and AIPAC have had an outsize effect on the Iran debate in the United States, driving it rightward so that even President Obama has moved nearer their positions. [NYT]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu was honored in Jerusalem by Christians United for Israel, now the world’s largest pro-Israel group. [Haaretz/Forward]

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Carl says:

In other words the NYT says that the CIA says that the Mossad says. Yeah right.

I’ve only glanced at it, but the interview that someone unearthed that Jeffrey Goldberg linked to in which Obama discusses the possibility of the use of force against Iran as far back as when he was a senator suggests that his instincts, like his rhetoric, are more hawkish than a lot of liberals have been willing to acknowledge. Again, he’s the president of the United States, and is perfectly capable of framing his own opinions without succumbing to the undue influence of Jews.

Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

See Goldberg’s piece on Obama & Iran here:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/03/obama-in-2004-military-strike-preferable-to-a-nuclear-armed-iran/254703/

As Goldberg notes, as far back as 2004 US senate candidate Obama was considering the conundrum of how to deal with Iranian nukes, and noted that for all the undesirability of bombing Iranian nuclear sites (and this was before the alarming IAEA reports of neutron trigger R&D and the like) the military option was the lesser of two evils. So to say, or even link-to reports, that AIPAC and ECI are responsible for shifting the big O’s position on Iran is nonsense and / or intellectual dishonesty.

I hope that MT issues a correction on this (believe it or else it is permissible to contradict the NY Times; you won’t get struck by lightening).

And while he is at it, he should correct the nonsense he wrote on Friday that Shimon Peres was a strong supporter of the Israeli attack on the Osirak reactor in 1981. Had read the article he linked-to, he would have discovered that it basically said the exact opposite, and even there the article left out some critical info.

This is the same MT who periodically uses the phrase “Israel should be made to…”. A bit of humility would behoove him.

hg

J’lem / Efrata

Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

“A bit of humility would behoove him.”

Correction: A bit of humility would BECOME him.

hg

Phil N says:

Re: Attack in France

So much for the distinction between anti Zionism and anti-Semitism. The left wing Jewish groups which try to differentiate between the two are living in a dream world.

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