Daybreak: Out-of-Town Previews

What Obama and Bibi will say (and what Abbas will be thinking), and more in the news

By Marc Tracy|May 17, 2011 9:05 AM

Yediot Ahronot reports that in his speech Thursday night on the Arab world, President Obama plans to repudiate the Palestinian plan to seek statehood at the United Nations, while urging talks around the ’67 borders and an end to settlements. [Ynet [1]]

• Palestinian President Abbas takes to the Times Op-Ed Page to justify the unilateral statehood route. Mentions of unity: 1. Mentions of Hamas (or Fatah): 0. [NYT [2]]

• In what looked to be a preview of what he will say next week to the U.S. Congress, Prime Minister Netanyahu told the Knesset he would give up most of the West Bank for a Palestinian state—but not to a group that included Hamas. [NYT [3]]

• We are likely to see more of things like Sunday’s “Nakba Day” protests in the lead-up to the September General Assembly. [AP/WP [5]]

• Iran denied U.N. allegations that it has violated sanctions by buying weapons and the like from North Korea. [AP/WP [6]]

• Deborah Lipstadt, author of Nextbook Press’s The Eichmann Trial [7], argues that the prosecution and conviction [8] of John Demjanjuk, 91, for crimes in connection with the Sobibor death camp he worked at, was just and important. [NYT [9]]

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