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• Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia are receiving senior Israeli officials this week (Prime Minister Netanyahu is in Poland). Though the trips coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, they are really about strenghtening already-warm diplomatic ties. [JPost]
• Israel is likely to convene a panel of senior jurists to rigorously investigate its conduct during last January’s Gaza conflict. [Haaretz]
• Chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel is emerging as the left’s pre-eminent fall guy, the one blamed for President Obama’s political misfortunes and decision to move toward the center. [WSJ]
• An Israeli Foreign Ministry report alleged that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan “indirectly incites and encourages anti-Semitism” by associating Jews with his critical stance toward Israel as well as making stereotypical generalizations. [Haaretz]
• Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s chances of landing a second five-year term, which seemed bleak only last week, now look strong. [WP]





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