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The packed House during Bibi’s address Tuesday.(Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

• Republicans see President Obama’s Mideast maneuverings as an opening for them to turn Israel into a partisan issue and make advances in attracting Jewish voters. (More on this later. [NYT]

• Mideast envoy Tony Blair argued that Obama’s actions can be explained with reference to his concern for what will happen to Israel in September at the U.N. [AP/WP]

• Fareed Zakaria slams Bibi’s intransigence and notes that Obama’s main policy shift was to commit himself to trying to halt Palestinian statehood via the U.N. [WP]

• While Prime Minister Netanyahu received high grades for oratory back home, many Israelis were despondent that he failed to advance the peace process; yet he also surged in the polls. [NYT]

• Several officials attended the opening of a building complex for religious families in a disputed East Jerusalem neighborhood. [NYT]

• As the uprisings continue, the U.S. is trying to drive a wedge between Syria and its erstwhile, complicated ally, Lebanon. [LAT]





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