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Daybreak: Abbas Just Drops Netanyahu a Note

Plus commander who attacked soldier is dismissed, and more in the news

by
Marc Tracy
April 18, 2012
Prime Minister Netanyahu meets with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and other delegates.(Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images)

• The Palestinians delivered President Abbas’ letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Literally nobody expects anything to come of it. The only intrigue is that Prime Minister Fayyad withdrew from the delegation at the last minute. [WP]

• The IDF head dismissed Lt. Col. Eisner, who rifle-butted a protester (which was captured on video), and barred him from serving in a command position for two years. [Haaretz]

• In Paris, the Friends of Syria gathered to try to raise more money for the opposition as the five-day “ceasefire” teeters. [NYT]

• Iranian nuclear scientist Fereydoon Abbasi is a man to watch. A new appointment this week could indicate regime support for compromise. [NYT]

• Ted Nugent, the crazy rocker who is supporting Mitt Romney, compared himself to a “black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally.” Let the umbrage begin! [Atlantic Wire]

• “Hope is like a faithful dog,” the activist Bono, of U2, wrote in the King David Hotel guestbook. Then he drew a picture of a dog. [Buzzfeed]

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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