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Defense Secretary Robert Gates yesterday.(Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

• Court depositions reveal two things about AIPAC: That it only recently stopped accepting classified information; and that pornography was viewed on office computers. [JTA]

• Israeli officials warn that without an imminent peace deal, the Palestinian Authority could be replaced as the West Bank government by Hamas or other Iranian proxies. [WP]

• Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates argued that sanctions are working—dividing Iran’s leadership—and therefore military action is unnecessary. [WP]

• Where U.S. military aid to Lebanon has been notably controversial, Russia announced it would give an unconditional gift of helicopters, tanks, and more to strenghten the Lebanese army. [Haaretz]

Times Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner chats with novelist David Grossman. [NYT]

• Former George W. Bush adviser Dan Senor is rumored to be mulling a run for Kirsten Gillibrand’s Senate seat for New York in 2012. [Page Six]





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