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Daybreak: New Unity Government in Israel

Plus Israel’s northern border tense due to Syria, and more in the news

Marc Tracy
May 08, 2012
U.N. soldiers in the Golan Heights.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. soldiers in the Golan Heights.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

• Prime Minister Netanyahu and opposition leader Shaul Mofaz cut a deal and both are now in the government. Early elections have been tossed aside. Much more at 10. [NYT]

• The unrest in Syria has led Israel to toughen up the border, and things are tense up there. There are also potential implications for the disputed Golan Heights. [WP]

• The United States and Europe dropped the pretense of good will, insisting to Iran that it get serious or even halt enrichment in advance of the Baghdad talks later this month. Negotiations suddenly seem less rosy. [NYT]

• While on a mission in central Iran, two international nuclear inspectors were in a car accident, and one was killed. [Fars News Service]

• Israel’s Supreme Court upheld the “administrative detention”—which is to say, without charges—of two alleged Palestinian terrorists who are each on months-long hunger strikes. [NYT]

• Maurice Sendak died at 83. [NYT]

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