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Today’s Top Stories
1. What’s the state of the peace process? Martin Indyk’s taking another shot of salvaging the peace process by meeting (again) with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post or Haaretz coverage.
3. Is the Obama administration reining in John Kerry and re-evaluating its efforts to mediate the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks? See the Wall St. Journal (via Google News) and the Washington Post on the White House’s “reality check time.” If the chatter was meant to be taken as a threat to Jerusalem and Ramallah to break the impasse, it failed, according to the Times of Israel.
4. Two-Faced Tutu and the Fight for Free Speech: When it comes to an academic boycott of Israel, archbishop says free speech is for me, not for thee.
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Israel and the Palestinians
• The Israeli government’s mulling sanctions against the PA, including withholding tax revenue.
• Get ready for Palestinian prisoners to launch another hunger strike.
• MEMRI: When it comes to the “right” of return and recognizing Israel, Abbas has different messages for Palestinians and Israelis.
• No surprise here: Amnesty International gave a thumbs up to Palestinian unilateralism, and is even encouraging the PA to join the International Criminal Court.
• For more commentary/analysis, see the Jerusalem Report (PA doesn’t have a realistic Plan B), Raphael Ahren (how the blame game might play out), The Tower (the PA’s already in violation of 11 treaties Abbas just signed), Jodi Rudoren (peace outweighed by “process”), and Palestinian tycoon Munib al-Masri (Israel as a Jewish state).
See also Khaled Abu Toameh, Charles Krauthammer, Barak Ravid, Yoram Ettinger, Boaz Bismuth, Peter Beaumont, AFP, and the Financial Times (click via Google News). Last but not least, cartoonist Jimmy Margulies weighs in.
Rest O’ the Roundup
• Iran’s reformers include more than one former hostage-taker. The Lede rounds up the links.
• Former MK convicted of contacting foreign agents. While serving in the Knesset with the Balad party, Said Nafa met in Syria with the secretary general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC). YNet coverage.
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