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Daybreak: Bibi Opposes Conversion Bill

Plus Mubarak backs direct talks, and more in the news

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Netanyahu and Mubarak yesterday.(Moshe Milner/GPO Via Getty Images)

• Prime Minister Netanyahu came out against the so-called Rotem Bill, which would place Israeli conversions in the power of a small coterie of ultra-Orthodox rabbis. [JTA]

• Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (who is probably dying) said he supports direct Israeli-Palestinian talks following his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu. [WP]

• Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s top foreign policy figure, visited Gaza and called for the territory to be opened further. [NYT]

• Thomas Friedman writes that the Mideast is a complicated place, in which the brief mourning of a figure with truly troubling ties is not necessarily a display of wrong-headedness. [NYT]

• Jean-Louis Bruguière, a world terrorism expert, reminded Israelis that back in 1996 he had reported that IHH, the charity behind the Gaza flotilla, was itself a terrorist organization. [Haaretz]

• Journalist David Twersky, who spent a good deal of his career at the Forward, died at 60. Tablet Magazine contributing editor Seth Lipsky’s New York Sun, which maintains a Website, has an obit worth reading. [JTA]

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rykart says:

How is the Israeli lunatic cult going to increase its membership, while making it more difficult to join? Of course Netanyahu opposes the bill. He’s having enough trouble luring young Jews into his Hebraic Scientology racket.

FlaGuy954 says:

The way Israel elects members of the Knesset MUST change. Presently, every Knesset member is “at large” and there is no districting. If Israel were to draw up fair election districts, the influence of the Haredi would become, more or less, equal to its population. The way it is now, Israel could be on its way to becoming “The Judaic Republic of Israel” ruled by Taliban-like rabbis!

Sentences that begin with “all women” are never, never true.

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