National Security Brief: World Leaders Gather For U.N. General Assembly Meetings

— World leaders are in New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly annual meetings. Brookings has a preview here and U.N. Dispatch’s Mark Leon Goldberg has the top stories to follow during U.N. week.

— The Hill reports that “[t]op Jewish Democrats are squarely standing by President Obama’s decision not to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and warning Israel to butt out of the U.S. presidential race.”

— Syrian rebel leaders based in Turkey said they will now begin using territory under their control inside Syria “into a logistics and training base for fighters across the country.” Meanwhile, protesters gathered in Damascus to call for President Bashar al-Assad ouster “in a rare instance of officially tolerated dissent.”

— Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said in an interview with the New York Times that the United States needed to fundamentally change its approach to the Arab world, showing greater respect for its values and helping build a Palestinian state, if it hoped to overcome decades of pent-up anger.

— The Justice Department on Friday released the names of 55 detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison who have been cleared for release.