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Daybreak: Russia Says Syria’s Losing Control

Riots continue after death of Palestinian teen

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• Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov gave an unusually candid and grim prognosis of Bashar Assad’s chances in the 21-month-long civil war. In announcing a plan for the evacuation of Russian citizens in Syria, Bogdanov signaled that the Assad regime, which it has supported against the rebels, will likely lose. [NYT]

• Rioting in Hebron continued into its second day following the shooting of a Palestinian teenager by an Israeli border guard. According to reports, the incident happened after the teen threatened the border guard and then brandished what was later found to be a toy gun. [JTA]

• A man was arrested for throwing a cup of bleach at Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg, who was believed to have helped the victim in the Satmar sexual abuse case come forward. [Daily Mail]

• David Harris has announced that he will step down as the president of the National Jewish Democratic Council. [WJT]

• Sarah Silverman has a hilarious new message for all the ‘bros’ about women’s reproductive rights. [Jewcy]

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“…teen threatened the border guard and then brandished what was later found to be a toy gun.”

As often is the wont around Tablet when it comes to reporting security incidents in Israel, your summary is missing a few details that are critical to understanding what happened.

(a) The “gun” was all metal and less a toy than it was a fake gun, like one that might be used as a prop in a play. In other words it looked real and under the circumstances there was no reason to assume that it wasn’t real. The teen did not volunteer that the gun was a fake.

(b) The teen pointed it at the head of the border policeman at close range and threatened to pull the trigger.

(c) Official Palestinian TV has increased its glorification of late of “armed struggle” and the glorification of “Shaheedim. (see e.g., here: http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=8157 and http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=8126). Ditto for Hamas TV (see e.g., here: http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=8094).

For the record, Hebron is a Hamas stronghold.

Combine these “minor details”, add a modicum of intellectual honesty (admittedly a scarce commodity when Israel bashing is on the table) and you could see why the border policewoman who shot the teen felt she had to act immediately to save the life of her buddy. BTW, the teen was reported to be about 17, a prime age for seeking to be a Shaheed.

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J’lem / Efrat

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