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Daybreak: Army May Take Stronger Hand

Plus Israeli optimism, American incoherence, and more in the news

Marc Tracy
February 10, 2011
Tahrir Square today.(Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images))

• Day 17: Egypt’s foreign minister warns the people that the army may take a stronger hand in cracking down if things get out of hand. [NYT]

• One thing the protesters have coalesced around is opposition to the so-called “emergency law” that has kept President Hosni Mubarak in power for three decades. [WP]

• Want to know just what the Muslim Brotherhood wants? Essam El-Errian, a top official with the group, does what any politician with a platform does: Writes a Times op-ed. Add however much salt you’d like. [NYT]

• Israeli consensus has it that a transition will lead to a new government with a heavy Islamist presence that will limit diplomatic and economic ties between Egypt and Israel. [WSJ]

• What’s the Obama administration’s position? If you can’t answer that question, it’s because there is large disagreement—particularly between the White House and players like Secretary of State Clinton, who wants Vice President Omar Suleiman to take over for a time—and no coherent message has truly emerged. [LAT]

• The Times treats the 11 Muslim students at University of California, Irvine, who are being prosecuted for disturbing a public meeting after repeatedly interrupting Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren last year. [NYT]

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