A very high-tension room yesterday.(Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)
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Daybreak: Security Council Showdown

Plus Iran feels threatened by Assad’s situation, and more in the news

Marc Tracy
February 01, 2012
A very high-tension room yesterday.(Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

• Russia stood up against the Arab League and much of the West in blocking meaningful action on Syria at the U.N. Security Council yesterday—though China and India tacitly back Russia in insisting that the international community not meddle in another country’s internal politics. [NYT]

• The emergent opposition claims President Assad no longer controls half of Syria. [Haaretz]

• Guess who the Syria issue’s really also about? Iran. [NYT]

• Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, of Gaza and Hamas, is visiting Tehran. Hamas and Iran have been on the outs recently due to Hamas’ abandonment of the Assad regime. [JTA]

• As predicted, Prime Minister Netanyhau cleaned up in the Likud primaries. [Ynet]

• The Orthodox Jewish Press responds to threats it has received over an op-ed it recently published by someone who identified as Orthodox and homosexual. [Jewish Press/Failed Messiah]

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