The head of the probe, Yaakov Turkel.(Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)
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Daybreak: Israeli Probe Clears IDF in Flotilla

Plus Iran talks fizzle, an end to U.S. engagement, and more in the news

Marc Tracy
January 24, 2011
The head of the probe, Yaakov Turkel.(Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

• The Israeli commission concluded that the navy acted legally when it halted the Gaza-bound flotilla in international waters last May. [WP]

• Two-day international talks over Iran’s nuclear program were essentially over before they began, with the Islamic Republic insisting on the right to enrich uranium from the outset. [LAT]

• Introducting “The Palestine Papers”: Secret documents from Palestinian negotiators that show them offering Israel a great deal. Much more at 10 am. [NYT]

• The new composition of President Obama’s top advisers means the administration is likely to no longer engage the Mideast peace process as much as it has, in part because it will no longer trust Prime Minister Netanyahu as a good-faith peace-maker. [Politico]

• As negotiations over Lebanon’s next government begin, Hezbollah’s leader pledged his group, which has the power to craft a parliamentary majority, would follow state rules and would seek a national unity cabinet. [NYT]

• Egypt’s interior minister pinned the New Year’s day church bombing that killed 21 Coptic Christians on a Gaza-based group linked to Al Qaeda. [WSJ]

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