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Daybreak: Obama Warns Time Running Out

Plus Israel severs relations with Human Rights Council, and more in the news

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• “That window is closing,” President Obama said regarding Iran. He’s in South Korea for a nuclear summit. [JTA]

• Israel has decided to cut all ties to the U.N. Human Rights Council (which sponsored the Goldstone Report) following the council’s establishment of a panel to investigate the settlements’ impact on Palestinians. [Haaretz]

• The Israeli Supreme Court overturned a government deal that would have kept settlers in Migron in their homes until sometime in 2015. Now, under the ruling, they all have to be gone by August 1. [NYT]

• Michael O’Hanlon and Bruce Riedel, two respected thinkers on this topic, propose something called “constriction” for Iran—essentially, what we’re currently doing, but doing it even if Iran goes (a little bit) nuclear. [WP]

• U.S. lawmakers have released some (about $89 million) but not all of the Palestinian development aid that was frozen last summer as punishment for going to the U.N. [Reuters/Haaretz]

• Turkey and the United States will work together to formally, directly supply Syrian rebels with “nonlethal” aid. I think we all know the direction in which this is heading. [NYT]

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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

“The Israeli Supreme Court overturned a government deal that would have kept settlers in Migron in their homes until sometime in 2015. Now, under the ruling, they all have to be gone by the end of the week, as was originally the plan”

Once again, not quite correct. The court did turn down the request to stay the uprooting of the community for 2015, but did set the new deadline for August 2012, not the “end of the week” as MT wrote (details, details).

Also the court said nothing, and implicitly accepted, the second part of the plan, to build a replacement community a couple of kilometers away on state land known as the Winery Hill (actually it’s more of a ridge, but why quibble).

Do try to get your facts right.

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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

“Michael O’Hanlon and Bruce Riedel, two respected thinkers on this topic, propose something called “constriction” for Iran—essentially, what we’re currently doing, but doing it even if Iran goes (a little bit) nuclear”

What makes these two writers “respected”, at least any more than the myriad of others who have written on the subject and lo disagree with these two? Who decides who is “respected”?

For a rather different analysis by someone who was “a former Iranian-targets officer in the CIA’s clandestine service” and I believe ran “assets” on the ground in Iran (doesn’t that make him “respected” or at least “respectable”?) see Reuel Marc Gerecht’s piece in today’s WSJ on how Washington’s Iran policy encourages Israel to bomb Iran. Pure heresy:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304636404577295463719676538.html

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