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• After initially taking a neutral stance on yesterday’s skirmish, the U.S. State Department has condemned Lebanon’s “totally unjustified and deliberate” attack on Israeli soldiers. [Ynet]

• The Arab world’s opinion of President Obama has decreased sharply in the past year, according to a new Saban Center poll. [Laura Rozen]

• Why Israel was not behind the attempt on Ahmadinejad’s life: An argument for the Iranian president’s dialectical utility. [JPost]

• Tablet Magazine contributor Christopher Hitchens writes about his cancer and chemotherapy. [VF]

• The tastefully named Marc Jacobs is designing a new plus-size line, leading Margarita Korol to hope that “zaftig is the new black.” [Jewcy]

• James Besser reads the tea leaves and predicts that the American Jewish Congress truly is on its way out. [Political Insider]

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