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Daybreak: All Quiet (Mostly) in Jordan

Plus, U.S. speaks softly on Syria, and more in the news

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Police beat protesters in Amman, Jordan, last Friday.(Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

• Anti-regime protests in Jordan are the Arab world’s dog that hasn’t barked (yet). [NYT]

• The values of the Arab Spring have even spread to Israel—to Israel’s Jews—who have taken to protesting housing prices. [NYT]

• As a matter of policy, the U.S. State Department is toning down its criticism of Syria’s regime, which continues its violent crackdown. [LAT]

• The New Zealand prime minister is now denying reports that an earthquake earlier this year, in killing one specific Israeli, uncovered a Mossad ring in the country. [JPost]

• From jail, Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti called for mass protests in September surrounding the U.N. vote. [Haaretz]

• According to Israeli reports, President Obama called the Kletzky family to offer his condolences. [Failed Messiah]

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Mossad agents in hot pursuit of New Zealand’s precious state secrets. That sounds entirely plausible. The Maori really ought to stage a revolution and take their island back from those colonial idiots.

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Daybreak: All Quiet (Mostly) in Jordan

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