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President Abbas and Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero yesterday.(Thaer Ganaim/PPO via Getty Images)

• The structure of the current situation—with the United States disengaged and the U.N. statehood vote being less about numbers than influential countries—means that this summer Europe has taken the lead in dealing with the Mideast peace process. [NYT]

• Levi Aron, Leiby Kletzky’s alleged killer, was indicted for two counts of first-degree murder. If convicted, he faces life without parole. [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]

• Iran may (or may not) slowly be coming back to international talks over its nuclear program. [AP/WP]

• The Obama administration is moving toward acceptance of a post-Assad Syria, David Ignatius reports, and is trying to make sure all minorities are included in the transition. [WP]

• Rabbi Yehuda Levin of the Rabbinic Alliance of America blamed Leiby Kletzky’s death on Jewish support for abortion and gay marriage. Schmuck. [Failed Messiah]

• Rep. Allen West, Republican of Florida, called Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrat of Florida and Democratic Party head, “vile, unprofessional, and despicable … a coward … not a Lady” (his caps). Schmuck. [Ben Smith]





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