Daybreak: Ten Hours of ‘Peace’ in Syria
Plus Judah Maccabee movie derailed, nuke talks tomorrow and more in the news
• A truce in Syria seems to have held for its first ten hours—but government troops have still not returned to their barracks and there are reports of raids on government opponents in Damascus. So both ‘truce’ and ‘holding’ might be an exaggeration. More at 10. [NYT]
• Iran claims it will offer proposals hitherto unknown to the likes of man when nuclear talks begin tomorrow in Istanbul. [NYT]
• Tiny violins time. Mel Gibson’s Judah Maccabee movie won’t be happening and the script writer wrote a letter suggesting that Mel might be an anti-Semite. More on this later. [Goldblog]
• As Romney cleans up the primary, an op-ed reminds U.S. voters (well, maybe tells us in the first place) about the influential role of two Zionist Mormon Senators who among other things fought to have Alaska opened to Jewish refugees (Sitka!) and were friends with Benzion Netanyahu. [Haaretz]
• A circus in Modi’in is under fire after it replaced a female volunteer on stage with a male to accommodate an ultra-Orthodox audience member’s request. [Haaretz]
Plus re-arranging kosher certification on the Titanic and more
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