Daybreak: How Jim DeMint Is Like a Jew
A South Carolina GOP gaffe, plus olives, espionage, and more in the news
• Two South Carolina Republican officials defended U.S. Senator Jim DeMint against the accusation that he hasn’t directed enough money to public projects: “There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies.… DeMint is watching our nation’s pennies.” [JTA]
• Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu will convene his security cabinet to discuss how to handle the Goldstone Report; some say an internal investigation into its findings would be a “way to remove the threat of Israel being hauled before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.” [JPost]
• A former NASA scientist who helped discover evidence of water on the moon has been arrested for agreeing to give secrets to an FBI agent passing as Israeli intelligence. [Haaretz]
• A cooperative of Palestinian olive farmers is learning to make use of the fact that “The same olives whose oil sells for a few dollars a quart locally can be … put in a bottle with an organic and fair-trade certified label, and sold for upwards of $50 a quart at retail stores in the United States.” [WP]
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