Daybreak: The Big Meet
Plus Turkey may cut ties, Turkey maintains ties, and more in the news
• Today’s the day: Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama will meet at the White House; the ensuing discussion and, especially, photo-op are meant to reinforce the countries’ strong ties. [WP]
• U.S. tax law has exempted more than $200 million in donations to U.S. charities that fund Jewish settlements, including illegal outposts. Much more at 10 am. [NYT]
• In advance of the White House meeting, Israel published a list of items now banned from Gaza (before, it published a stricter list of items allowed), and Defense Minister Barak met with Prime Minister Fayyad. [NYT]
• Turkey’s foreign minister explicitly said his country would sever ties if Israel neither apologized for the flotilla raid nor accepted an international probe. [WP]
• Yet there is still substantial trade and even military cooperation between the two countries. [NYT]
• An Arabic daily reported that Palestinian President Abbas offered a land-swap deal to U.S. envoy George Mitchell under which Israel would keep sovereignty over Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter, including the Western Wall. [Haaretz]
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