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Ehud Barak (with Defense Secretary Robert Gates) on Monday.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

• Defense Secretary Ehud Barak, visiting Washington, D.C., criticized Jerusalem authorities for okaying the razing of 22 Palestinian homes. [NYT]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu’s national security adviser told a group of mostly American Jews that Israel’s endorsement of Palestinian statehood has decreased its own international standing. He also held out the possibility of preemptive military action against Iran. [WP]

• President Shimon Peres said the Gaza blockade is a necessary defense against terrorism. [LAT]

• Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak said Israel is shifting blockade maintenance. [Ynet]

• The IDF has altered strategy to dictate a slower move into Gaza, to make time for complete evacuations, should a future incursion be necessary. [JPost]

• Israel launched a new spy satellite. [NYT]





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