Daybreak: Coalition Division?
Plus, China and Singapore dodge a bullet, and more in the news
• The religious right parties Shas and United Torah Judaism are threatening to break from the Likud government after the next election if the proposed alternative to the law allowing ultra-Orthodox exemption from national service is not changed. [JPost]
• The U.S. has exempted China and Singapore from penalties for their trade with Iran, because the two countries have reduced their use of Iranian oil. [NYT]
• Iranian press is reporting that seven months after Iranians raided the British Embassy the two nations are mending diplomatic ties. [NYT]
• 190 people died in Syria in a single day. Apparently they’re getting better at it. [JPost/Reuters]
• The British Secretary of State will not back the call for a moment of silent at the Olympics to commemorate the Munich Massacre. [JTA]
• Ivan Karp, Pop art dealer and macher, is dead. He was 86. [NYT]
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.