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Daybreak: Relatively Quiet on the Western Bank

Plus more avian espionage, and more in the news

Marc Tracy
May 15, 2012
Nakba Day in Nablus.(Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/GettyImages)
Nakba Day in Nablus.(Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/GettyImages)

• It’s been a rather quiet Nakba Day, relatively. (Resolving the hunger-strike issue probably helped. [Haaretz]

• Iran is claiming that the series of P5+1 talks are a success, as they are buying Iran time to continue enriching. It makes you wonder why Iran is bragging about this, though. [NYT]

• The MEK, a controversial Iranian separatist group that has allegedly worked with Israel on nuclear-scientist assassinations and other operations, may soon be lifted from the State Department’s list of terrorist groups—a move that won’t endear the administration to Iran’s government. [WSJ]

• Meanwhile, Iran executed a man it said was a Mossad agent. [NYT]

• And Turkey captured its own Mossad operative: a, um, dead bird. [Elder of Ziyon]

• Cleveland’s Michael Siegal has been tapped for chairman of the board of Federation. [JTA]

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