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Kerry Says Peace is Close; Seinfeld Loves Zabar’s

Plus Egypt’s Gen. Sisi is Time readers’ Person of the Year, and more

Stephanie Butnick
December 06, 2013
Jerry Seinfeld. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SeriousFun Children's Network)

Jerry Seinfeld. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SeriousFun Children’s Network)

• Leaving Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry said an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal has never been closer. [Jerusalem Post]

• Paging Nora Ephron: The first time Jerry Seinfeld told his now-wife Jessica he loved her was in the fish section at Zabar’s. [Grubstreet]

• Tensions between Muslim and Jewish groups at the Temple Mount are escalating. [Times of Israel]

• A user on a Dutch eBay-style website is selling a letter supposedly written from Auschwitz and a prisoner’s identity card from Mauthausen—in addition to some other garden variety Nazi paraphernalia. [JTA]

• Egyptian Army Chief Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi won Time’s reader poll for 2013 Person of the Year. [Time]

• The Dutch government has announced that West Bank settlement firms are not invited to the upcoming Netherlands-Israel Cooperation Forum in Herzliya. [Haaretz]

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