Daybreak: Decreased Support Stateside

Plus Khamanei nixes talks with sanctions, and more in the news

By Marc Tracy|August 19, 2010 9:00 AM


• According to a new Israel Project poll, fewer Americans than over the past few years believe Israeli is committed to peace and that the United States should support Israel. [WP [1]]

• Imam Abdul Feisal Rauf, the man behind the Cordoba Initiative, departs this week on his third-ever State Department-sponsored trip to spread a message of goodwill and tolerance to Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. [WP [2]]

• Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there will be no nuclear talks until sanctions are lifted and the military option taken off the table. [NYT [3]]

• The U.S. criticized a $23.1 billion contract inked between Iran and a Swiss gas giant. [JPost [5]]

• Park51 is probably not the perfect test case for religious tolerance or much else, because its developers are extremely disorganized, and highly unlikely to raise [6] the stated goal of $100 million. [Politico [7]]

• Amin al-Hindi, generally known to be a prime organizer of the attack on the Israeli Olympic team in Munich, 1972, and later the Palestinian intelligence chief and a Yasser Arafat aide, died at 70. [NYT [8]]

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