Daybreak: Meeting, Cell Phones, and Lords
Exceptions for settlers, child labor, and more in the news
• In his meeting with American Jewish leaders yesterday, President Obama reiterated his commitment to Israel, which includes his position that the government there must make compromises, as well his disappointment with the press for focusing on the negative. (Tablet will have a comprehensive summary of reactions to the meeting later today.) [AP]
• On the heels of a ruling calling for the destruction of two West Bank outposts, the chief rabbi of Israeli settlement Kiryat Arba has given permission to settlers to use their mobile phones on the Sabbath to report “suspicious” movements by the IDF. [JPost]
• Meanwhile, Jonathan Sacks, the chief rabbi of Britain, has been appointed to the House of Lords, here he looks forward to providing “objective, independent, considered thought to debate.” [JPost]
• A new study shows that more than half the people who work smuggling supplies through the tunnels to Gaza are under 18. [AFP]
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