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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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