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Daybreak: Hamas to Join PLO

Plus tension in Lebanon, Iranian provocation, and more in the news

Marc Tracy
December 22, 2011

Hamas will join the Palestine Liberation Organization, the body that represents the Palestinian cause on the international stage. This could be a big deal. [AP/WP]

• Recent attacks against U.N. forces patrolling the Israel-Lebanon border came from Hezbollah, say Israel and France. Israel is concerned about the potential for escalation. [Haaretz]

• Iran plans to hold naval war games beyond the Strait of Hormuz, in international waters, not too far from U.S. ships. This’ll end well. [AP/WP]

• As the Arab League prepares its visit, 160 more were killed in Syria’s northwest. Or as Bashar Assad calls it, “Wednesday.” [NYT]

• In pleading the insanity defense, the lawyer for Levi Aron, accused killer of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky, suggested that the inbreeding in that Brooklyn Hasidic community may have led to his client’s mental deficiencies. [NY Daily News]

• Jordan Zane Weiner, meet the world. [Page Six]

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