Sunday, August 21, 2011

Swoop Aug 22-28
In the Middle East, the strongly-worded statement criticizing the August 18th rocket attacks in Southern Israel and the mild reaction to renewed Israeli construction in East Jerusalem indicate that the US will give full support to any Israeli reaction. A State Department official commented to us, “we are stressing to the Egyptians not to take Hamas’ side.” With regard to Libya, White House officials believe they are in sight of forcing Gaddafi’s departure. There is much less clarity about how the steps to a new government will play out.

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