Daybreak: Polish ‘Friend of Israel’ Mourned

Plus Iran’s maybe-never nuke, Obama’s nuke summit today, and more in the news

By Marc Tracy|April 12, 2010 9:05 AM

• Prime Minister Netanyahu mourned Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and others aboard the plane that crashed in western Russia over the weekend. He called the late Polish president “a great friend of Israel.” [Haaretz/Forward [1]]

• Accused leaker [2] Anat Kamm said she would waive journalistic immunity, and urged Uri Blau—the Haaretz reporter who wrote the article allegedly based on her documents—to return from Britain. [Haaretz [3]]

• Defense Secretary Robert Gates disclosed that the U.S. government does not believe that an Iranian nuclear bomb is inevitable. [Ynet [4]]

• An amended military order enables the expulsion of West Bank residents who lack an unspecified “permit.” A human rights group worries it could pave the way to thousands of Palestinians being kicked out. [NYT [6]]

• An Iran expert argues that extra U.S. pressure on Israel over settlements won’t help make the Arab world come around to the U.S. side vis-à-vis Iran. In fact, a U.S.-Israel divide may further harden the stance of Iran itself. [WP [7]]

• President Obama’s nuclear summit begins today. Administration officials are seeking to emphasize common ground and downplay controversial issues, most notably the Mideast conflict. [LAT [8]]

Find this story online: