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Daybreak: Silicon Valley, Israel

Plus we welcome our robotic Israeli overlords, and more in the news

by
Marc Tracy
January 12, 2010

• David Brooks sees Israel’s economic success and start-up culture as “the fruition of the Zionist dream,” which nonetheless threatens the long-term viability of the state’s secular, modern, and democratic character. [NYT]
• Israel will never give up control of united Jerusalem, including those areas on the Arab side of the Green Line, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted. [Haaretz]
• “Israel is developing an army of robotic fighting machines,” this article begins. [WSJ]
• U.S. National Security Adviser Jim Jones arrives in Jerusalem today for government and military talks. [JPost]
• Mina Bern, one of the major stars of the Yiddish stage in Poland, Russia, Israel, and New York City, died at 98. [Forward]
• And, as The Scroll noted last night, Miep Gies, who helped protect Anne Frank’s family and was the one who first recovered her diary, died at 100. [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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