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A pro-Erdogan rally in Gaza yesterday.(Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

• Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey kicked off his Arab Spring tour—it’s really being called that—with a visit to Cairo, where he again called Israel “spoiled.” He is planning a big speech today. [NYT]

• President Obama confirmed that the United States would veto Palestinian statehood in the U.N. Security Council; he called statehood now “counterproductive.” [Haaretz]

• Election day in New York’s ninth district. [WP]

• If the Palestinians receive some sort of status upgrade, will Israel begin to face viable international prosecution? [Foreign Policy Turtle Bay]

• The U.N. Human Rights Council now officially estimates that 2600 protesters have been killed in the course of Syria’s months-long crackdown. [NYT]

• Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he plans to release the two American hikers still in his custody, right before the U.N.’s Opening Session, conveniently enough. [WP]





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