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Daybreak: Israel Preps for Assad Regime’s Fall

Plus, Claude Lanzmann detained, Assad’s emails, and more in the news

by
Stephanie Butnick
February 08, 2012

• Israeli officials say they are preparing for the end of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, as well as the possibility Syrian weapons could be transferred to Hezbollah in Lebanon. [Reuters]

• The appointment of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as prime minister of the interim government, following the unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah, has drawn criticism from Palestinians. [Jerusalem Post]

Shoah director Claude Lanzmann was detained at Ben Gurion airport after a female security worker filed a complaint that he hugged and kissed her against her will. He was released and boarded a flight to France. [Haaretz]

• One of the emails leaked from Assad’s office after the group Anonymous hacked the mail server offers tips in advance of Assad’s December interview with Barbara Walters. [Haaretz]

• Mossad agents codenamed Eichmann “Dybbuk,” and other things you’ll learn at the Eichmann exhibit in Tel Aviv. [AP]

Middle-finger giving singer M.I.A. has split from her fiancee Benjamin Bronfman (son of philanthropists Sherry and Edgar Bronfman), with whom she has a two-year-old child. [NY Daily News]

Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.

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