Sundown: Chuck Hagel Gets Some Insurance
Plus ahead of nuclear talks, Iran upgrades its nuclear equipment
• Less than a week before Iran meets with the P5+1 group for talks on its nuclear program, the nuclear watchdogs at the IAEA say that Iran has upgraded its machines for producing nuclear fuel. [NYT]
• Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama became the third Republican senator to declare that he would back Chuck Hagel in his nomination for defense secretary. [Reuters]
• British lawmaker George Galloway walked out of an Oxford University debate on the Middle East on Wednesday night after finding out his interlocutor was an Israeli. [Guardian]
• Almost 1,000 members of the Hungarian Jewish community are leaving the country every year as a result of a recession and less-than-pleasant social climate. [JTA]
• The Purim hour is drawing nigh and if you have not yet sent someone a hilarious Tablet Purim e-card, then you probably should. Check ‘em here.
Leib Tropper is teaching and lecturing in Staten Island