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Daybreak: Abbas Would Deal With New Gov

Plus Bibi switches course on settlement neighborhood, and more in the news

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President Abbas in February.(Atef Safadi-Pool/Getty Images)

• Post-new coalition, President Abbas said he would still respond to any “positive” peace process overtures, and that if none were forthcoming, he hinted, he might go back to the United Nations. [Reuters/Haaretz]

• The Obama administration, meanwhile, pledged no change in policy toward Israel based on the new coalition. [JTA]

• The Netanyahu government, however, is changing its policy and now seeking ways to keep the Ulpana neighborhood in the Beit El settlement, despite a Supreme Court order to make it disappear. [Haaretz]

• U.N. envoy and noted peacemaker Kofi Annan noted that the ceasefire in Syria under his eponymous plan has not actually ceased the firing. [NYT]

• Sen. John Kerry, both influential in his own right and gunning for Secretary of State in a second Obama term, said it might be time for safe zones and directly arming the opposition there. [FP]

• A reminder that new coalition partner Shaul Mofaz, who is also a former IDF chief-of-staff, is seen as being less hawkish on Iran than his new boss, Bibi. [NYT]

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Royq says:

Abbas is going to return to the UN?  Sure.  What’s the UN exactly?  China, which doesn’t care.  Russia, which is propping up Assad.  Saudi Arabia, which urged Arafat to accept the Camp David proposal and which has bigger fish to fry now with Iran.  Egypt, wobbling ominously.  Europe, in it’s death throes right now-no exaggeration -about to split apart as Greece can’t repay its debt, Spain and Portugal not far behind and the northern countries unwilling to bail them out.  Maybe Abbas can get some traction with Turkey and Brazil.  India has always cultivated its non-aligned role, though I think sympathies in many parts of the country these days lean toward Israel.

This is why you don’t turn down offers of independence when they’re made, even when they fall short of your full expectations.

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