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Daybreak: Iran Rising

Plus Kerry and Assad’s secret plan for peace, and more in the news

Marc Tracy
February 24, 2011
Sen. John Kerry last year.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Sen. John Kerry last year.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

• Despite limited domestic dissent, Iran is taking advantage of the upheavals throughout the Arab world to project its power and increase its influence. [NYT]

• Sen. John Kerry and Syrian President Assad have been secretly working on a paper that would outline where peace talks with Israel would begin. [Haaretz]

• New satellite photos show what appears to be a second Syrian nuclear installation (the first being the one Israel bombed a few years ago), which could up the ante when international inspectors decide what to do about the country next month. [WSJ]

• An attempt was made on the life of Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman, the longtime intelligence head who is seen as the official closest to Israel. He was unhurt. [Arutz Sheva]

• A federal judge granted AIPAC summary judgment in former employee Steve Rosen’s defamation case. [Ben Smith]

• Conversions performed under some American Orthodox rabbis’ supervision are reportedly not being accepted as legitimate by Israel’s chief rabbinate, thereby affecting the ability of those converted to immigrate. [JTA]

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