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Daybreak: All Eyes on Him

Plus, sanctioned Assad blames Israel, and more in the news

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President Obama yesterday.(Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

• The whole wide world—but especially the Mideast—will be watching President Obama’s speech this morning. [NYT]

• Obama has been warned that his tough stance on Israel from the outset could very well hurt him with important Jewish donors. Reportedly, one thing that would be a nice salve is a trip to Israel. [WSJ]

• Defense Minister Ehud Barak publicly urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to offer a “daring” peace plan and admitted Israel lacks a “sense of direction.” [LAT]

• The Obama administration finally levied (mostly symbolic) sanctions on President Assad and six other senior Syrian officials. Assad claimed it was doing this to serve the interests of … Israel. So yes it’s possible Israel is being scapegoated. [AP/WP]

• Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigns as head of the IMF. Wait—he hadn’t already?! [NYT]

• Jackson Diehl comes down hard on President Abbas for allying with Hamas—“Abbas blew up four years of U.S.-sponsored institution building, relative peace and growing prosperity in the West Bank”—and says we are too hard on Bibi. [WP]

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George One says:

Obama’s tough stance on Israel. The result could in fact be to make any peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians harder to achieve by raising the expectations of the Palestinians to even more impossible levels.

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