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Daybreak: Iranian Missiles Aren’t All That

Plus Howard Jacobson’s must-read on Hanukkah, and more in the news

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Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen with a differnt type of long-range missile.(Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)

• The long-range North Korean missiles that Iran obtained (according to WikiLeaks) may not be operational or all that effective. One could almost certainly not hit Western Europe from Tehran. [WP]

• Man Booker winner Howard Jacobson has written a mini-masterpiece on Hanukkah’s fundamental inferiority. [NYT]

• Egypt’s head of intelligence alleged that Iran tried to smuggle arms into Gaza via Bedouins and asked the United States to attack Iran, according to WikiLeaks. [Ynet, Arutz Sheva]

• The United States accompanied the announcement of new talks with Iran with new sanctions against Iran’s shipping lines. [LAT]

• Following the Obama administration’s condemnation, the Palestinian Authority removed from its Website an assertion that the Western Wall is not connected to Judaism. [AP/Haaretz]

• A leader of Egypt’s Jewish community had her sentence regarding an allegedly fraudulent land sale cancelled. Tablet Magazine told her story a couple months ago. [JPost]

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Howard Jacobson’s whining piece in today’s New York Times is hardly a “mini-masterpiece”; it completely misses the point about Hanukkah. Cutting through the irrelevancies that Jacobson describes and centers on, the primary reason that Hanukkah is noteworthy is that it celebrates the most basic right of religious freedom and the fundamental significance of a people’s taking action to regain that right. What other holiday does that? And why isn’t it worth celebrating?

Deborah Harris says:

I agree with Dick. Thought the piece in the NY Times was pathetic. Aside from religious freedom, the Chanukah story has alot to say about Jews fighting among themselves and how we must always see ourselves in “it” together whether or not be are assimilationists or not.

Deborah Harris says:

I agree with Dick. Thought the piece in the NY Times was pathetic. Aside from religious freedom, the Chanukah story has alot to say about Jews fighting among themselves and how we must always see ourselves in “it” together whether or not we are assimilationists or not.

Steven Siegel says:

I agree with the previous correspondents. The piece was not only pathetic, but tired and boring. Nothing new at all in it…a real disappointment.

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