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Daybreak: More Building Announced

Plus Sharon to be moved home, and more in the news

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Ariel Sharon lighting Hannukah candles, 2005.(Kevin Frayer-Pool/Getty Images)

• Shorty after it was chided by the U.S. for announcing new East Jeruslaem settlement construction, Israel announced even more, and even more controversial, long-in-the-works building in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. [Haaretz]

• Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), who heads the Foreign Relations Committee, is traveling through the region to reaffirm U.S. support for Lebanese autonomy. [Laura Rozen]

• Lori Berenson, the left-wing activist who had been jailed for two decades in Peru before being released and then briefly jailed again, was released again. [AP/NYT]

• Iran denied that it had failed to cooperate with U.N. nuclear inspectors. [NYT]

• Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will be moved from the hospital where he has spent the past five years in a coma to his home. [Ynet]

• Michael Seifert, 86, called the “Butcher of Bolzano” for his deeds at a north Italian concentration camp, died in an Italian prison, where he was serving a life sentence. [NYT]

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n.zuckerman says:

Bibi et al seem to delight in announcing plans to construct still more homes for settlers just when he is to meet with President Obama. Clearly, now that GOP has made strong gains in Congress, the right in Israel believes they can ignore calls for a halt in building so peace negotiations can proceed. Alas, these moves are turning a number of strong supporters of Israel against the current govt and what it is doing. Number me among those.

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