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Daybreak: Conversions Bill Moves Closer to Law

Plus IDF cleared on flotilla, another boat approaches, and more in the news

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The Libyan-sponsored ship, docked in Greece.(Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

• The controversial conversion bill passed parliamentary committee yesterday. One American rabbi warned that it “delegitimizes most of American Jewry.” [WP]

• The IDF’s probe into the flotilla incident found several errors, notably of intelligence, but ultimately determined it was justified in killing the nine civilians under the circumstances. [NYT]

• Meanwhile, the IDF prepares for a Libyan-sponsored humanitarian boat, with the Foreign Ministry urging it to wait to interdict the boat until it reaches Gaza’s territorial waters. [Haaretz]

• An Iranian nuclear scientist who mysteriously disappeared from Saudi Arabia last year turned up last night at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, D.C., which houses the Iranian interests section. [Laura Rozen]

• Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania), Syrian-Israeli peace mediator? [JTA]

• Israel is on a record-setting tourism pace this year. [JTA]

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