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Neighborhood Watch

9:32 AM, Nov 18, 2009 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
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The president of the United States has expressed his displeasure with Israeli government plans to build 900 new housing units in Jerusalem's Jewish neighborhood of Gilo. Glad to know Mr. Obama, with all he has to occupy him, is able to maintain so deep an interest in city planning. But just how deep is it? And how wide? Does it extend to the Tehran neighborhoods of Naziabad, Niavaran, Farmanieh, Saadat, Abad, Shahrak, Gharb, and Vanak Square? Will he be demanding that the mullahs who send their Basij murderers into those areas to put down demonstrators discontinue doing so as a precondition for negotiations?