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Daybreak: Egypt To Honor Peace Treaty

Plus P.A. upheaval, Iran redux?, and more in the news

by
Marc Tracy
February 14, 2011
Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday.(Gali Tibbon - Pool/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday.(Gali Tibbon - Pool/Getty Images)

• Prime Minister Netanyahu accepted and welcomed the promise of the military council running Egypt, ostensibly as part of a democratic transition, to honor the 1979 peace treaty with Israel. [WP]

• Big news in the West Bank: Chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat resigned; Prime Minister Salam Fayyad disbanded the cabinet and planned to form a new one; and new presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in September, in a response to calls in the wider Arab world for more democracy. [NYT]

• A new report, conducted and released by Symantec, found that the computer virus Stuxnet, widely believed to be Israel’s handiwork, infected Iranian nuclear facilities at just five initial points. [NYT]

• President Obama reiterated his support for the U.N.’s probe into former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination as the sixth anniversary of the event approaches. [Ynet]

• The top U.S. general and a top U.S. diplomat were in Jordan this weekend to reassure (and be reassured by) King Abdullah II, whose reign has been unprecedentedly challenged in recent weeks. [WP]

• One of the most significant consequences of the events in Egypt for the U.S. and Israel could be the subsequent decline in counterterrorism cooperation. [WP]

• Very good analysis: Why Egypt 2011 is not Iran 1979. [NYT]

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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