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High Noon: Egypt and Israel Nailing It Down

Plus U.S. pledges Iran attack past ‘red lines,’ and more

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• Israel and Egypt have been holding high-level, secret talks aimed at insuring that the democratically elected (and likely Islamist) future Egyptian government upholds the peace treaty. We know this from prime opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei; it isn’t clear why he decided to disclose this besides wanting attention. [Haaretz]

• The United States is trying to articulate exactly which “red lines” would prompt a U.S. attack on Iran’s nuclear weapons program, in an effort to dissuade Israel from acting on its own. [The Daily Beast]

• A prominent Syrian activist in exile has called for humanitarian intervention. His request won’t be the last. [Yahoo! The Envoy]

• Photographer Lynsey Addario, who while pregnant was harassed at a Gaza checkpoint, gave birth this morning. [Twitter]

• Now we have the head of Iran’s navy mentioning that it would be really easy to close the Strait of Hormuz. Gulp. [AP/WP]

• In Brooklyn’s Hasidic enclaves, the Beit Shemesh conflict with the anti-women ultra-Orthodox is seen primarily as a shanda fur die Goyim. [Haaretz]

• The prominent Abstract Expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler died at 83. [NYT]

• Hamas and Fatah are best friends again, unless you want to celebrate Fatah’s anniversary in Gaza, and then Hamas won’t let you. [JPost]

• A Tunisian-French Jew lobbies for Yad Vashem to include her savior as the first “righteous” person who is Arab. [NYT]

• Paul Berger continues his reporting on George Washington’s letter to the Rhode Island synagogue with a profile of the document’s reclusive owner, Richard Morgenstern. [Forward]

• Former yeshiva kid Brett Ratner led Hanukkah services for all the rich celebrities on St. Barts. [Page Six]

Maybe the most cogent explanation Matisyahu has offered yet for his sudden, recent change from being Hasidic. Hint: still a little confusing.

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Threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz sounds like a bluff to me. That said, I hope we resolve this with sanctions and diplomatic pressure.

This will be the dumbest (if it happens) conflagration in all the annals of the early 21st century, and one man’s name will rise in infamy above the top…Bibi wants a war wherever he can find one Binyamin Netanyahu.

Disgusting.

Alisa Anthony says:

Sanctions just make pressure on people of a country not the government. China and Russia deal with Iran Governors after all.I think sanctions are human rights violations some kind. This problem should be solved only in a diplomatic way… and for sure threatening is not diplomatic!… But why should US make pressure on Iran at all? They are in different regions and Historically Iran had never started a war in its 3000 years history! Why should US think that Iran would start a war this time while we know that Iran has no Nukes yet?

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