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• President Obama and Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu chatted on the phone for 20 minutes, updated each other on stuff everyone already knows. [JTA]
• And U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell promised Israel, once again, that the two nations are still BFFs. [WP]
• André Aciman bemoans the fact that Obama, in his Cairo speech, neglected to address the plight of Jews like himself, who were exiled from the Muslim world. [NYT]
• Human-rights group Jewish World Watch drew about 2,000 people to a march to raise money for Darfur in L.A. [LAT]
• Sammy Davis Jr.’s menorah didn’t sell at a Monday night Judaica auction. But a diamond-crusted Torah pointer, for sale because its Madoff-bilked owner needed cash—went for $23,000. [NYT]





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