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• The European Union has agreed, though not yet formally, to impose an embargo on Iranian oil—a huge step. [NYT]

• Does Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan have cancer? The rumors are swirling. [JPost]

• Israeli security seems outmatched by the prevalence and volume of crimes committed by religious settlers in the West Bank. [Haaretz]

• An official report produced in the wake of the Gilad Shalit swap (for more than 1,000 men and women) suggests regulating and reining in future prisoner exchanges. [Ynet]

• Ex-President Ehud Olmert was indicted on bribery charges in connection with the infamous Holyland real estate scheme. Of course, Olmert has also already been convicted of rape. [Apologies: Pre-caffeine, we wrote this. It was ex-president Moshe Katsav who has been convicted of rape.] [NYT]

• Prominent pro-Israel donor Newton Becker—his beneficiaries included MEMRI and the Zionist Organization of America—died at 83. [Jewish Journal]





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