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Daybreak: U.S. Hand Weak in Lebanon

Plus Medvedev gets warm welcome in Jericho, and more in the news

Marc Tracy
January 19, 2011
Presidents Medvedev and Abbas.(Thaer Ganaim/PPO via Getty Images)

• Turkey has taken a more active role mediating the current Lebanese mess than the United States: Such is the new global reality of U.S. limitation. [NYT]

• Russian President Medvedev visited the West Bank and expressed Russian support for a Palestinian state, and was eagerly cheered. [NYT]

• An appeals court may have saved one Satmar rabbi ten years in jail, ruling that one count of incest, involving an incident somewhere in Belgium, Israel, or points in between, could not be brought stateside. Ugh. [NY Post]

• Speaking of which, Brooklyn is a magical place—like Marrakesh!—where Jews and Muslims live side-by-side in peace. [Guardian/Le Monde/Vos Iz Neias?]

• Arab leaders look on Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution with fear even as duplicates in their countries seem unlikely, at least in the short-term. [NYT]

• Don Kirshner, who produced songs by Carole King and Phil Spector at the Brill Building, died at 76. [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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