Obama Re-Elected as Mideast Watches

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Irking human rights groups, Prime Minister David Cameron suggested safe passage and immunity from prosecution for Bashar Assad. From The Independent:

Asked by Al Arabiya television what he would say if the Syrian President asked for asylum, Mr Cameron replied: “Done. Anything, anything to get that man out of the country and to have a safe transition in Syria.” He added: ”Of course, I would favour him facing the full force of international law and justice for what he’s done. I am certainly not offering him an exit plan to Britain but if wants to leave, he could leave, that could be arranged.“

Tonight Downing Street said Mr Cameron has not discussed the idea with other United Nations Security Council members.

A Syrian air force general who defected says only one-third of the fighter pilots are actually flying missions against rebel positions “because President Bashar Assad’s regime cannot count on the loyalty of the rest.” Details at AP.

What took so long? Syria shut down Hamas’ Damascus office.

Rest O’ the Roundup

Don’t look for a print edition of Maariv or updates to its web site today. Workers at Israel’s second-largest daily are on strike. More at the Times of Israel.

• Bnai Menashe immigration from India to resume. According to the Jerusalem Post, “The first group of 275 individuals is expected to arrive to Israel next month.” About 7,000 Bnai Menashe are still in India waiting to make aliyah.

Last but not least, Jeff Sonderman rounds up  Big Media’s 5 really cool things you might have missed on election night. (Diane Sawyer drunk on air wasn’t one of ‘em.)

(Image of Herland via WikimediaCommons/Paul Bernhard, Cameron via Flickr/DFID-UK)

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