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One of the three legalized settlement-outposts.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

• In a move that critics saw as extralegal but the government defended as merely technical, Israel legalized what had been three West Bank outposts. N.B.: this appears to be Jodi Rudoren’s first dispatch from the Holy Land. Maybe read it once without questioning every comma placement. [NYT]

• The head of the IDF opined that he does not believe Iran will develop a nuclear weapon and that sanctions have significantly slowed the alleged weapons program. [Haaretz]

• The three front-runners for the Egyptian presidency are now set: Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood; Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, formerly of the Brotherhood but now more liberal; and Amr Moussa, of the establishment. [WT]

• Again, what is the deal with the Gulenists in Turkey? [NYT]

• Opposition leader Shaul Mofaz, of Kadima, warned that if Israel did not act, it would become a single binational state and thereby eliminate itself. [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]

• David Horovitz has a soulful call for Israel to keep itself going for another 64 years. [Times of Israel]





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