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Daybreak: Nuke Summit Comes to NYC

Plus proximity talks to begin this week, and more in the news

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last year.(Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

• A month-long nonproliferation summit in New York City kicks off today. Expect Iran to take center stage—but, behind the scenes, the U.S. has long been working to ensure that an Iranian bomb doesn’t set off a proliferation chain reaction in the region. [NYT]

• U.S. envoy George Mitchell arrives in the Mideast today, and proximity talks will likely begin later this week, now that the Arab League has endorsed them (again). [NYT]

• America reportedly leveraged a major threat in order to bring Israel to the table: It pledged to abstain from—which is to say, allow—a hypothetical U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli building in East Jerusalem. [WSJ]

• Even as most American Jewish institutions feel President Obama has been too harsh on Israel, continued support among the overall American Jewish population has lent him political wiggle room. [LAT]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu and Egyptian President Mubarak met today to discuss the peace process. [JTA]

• Neteurei Karta Rabbi Moshe Hirsch, who infamously worked in Yasser Arafat’s government, died at 86. [JPost]

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Shalom Freedman says:

There is at least one poll which indicates that President Obama has lost considerable support among Jewish voters. The seventy-eight percent who voted for him become in this poll fifty- eight percent. Moreover there is a general dissatisfaction with the Obama Administration’s attitude toward Israel. A majority of Americans do not approve of his relation to Israel.
I would caution against falling for ‘spin’. All these words about Israel’s security being ‘inviolable’ cannot counter the negative effect of the Obama Administration on other countries’ relation to Israel.
The reassuring words do not counter the tremendous one- sided pressure that has been placed on the Israeli government. They do not counter the humiliating treatment given the Israeli Prime – Minister. And they do not change the totally mistaken narrative and conception regarding the creation of modern Israel which President Obama presented in his Cairo speech and apparently still believes. The words do not hide the fact the the Obama Administration has been totally ineffective in its effort to prevent Iran from going nuclear.
American Jews who really care for Israel should be pressuring the Obama Administration to mend its ways.

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