Sundown: Expanded Fasting Edition
Fayyad’s police, playing on Kol Nidre, and more
Closing up shop early today to put on our finest suits and our worst sneakers. Use the comments to tell everyone where you’ll be. I’ll start: I’ll be at NYU’s Bronfman Center. Have an easy fast, everyone.
• First off, if you haven’t yet, do consider reading two excellent book reviews we ran this week in the midst of the High Holiday hubbub: Columnist Lee Smith on a revelatory new memoir about Israeli prime ministers; and Itamar Rabinovitch on the Balfour Declaration.
• The West Bank is closed til Saturday night. [JTA]
• Martin Peretz apologies. [The Spine]
• Tablet Magazine contributing editor Nathan Thrall reports on U.S. efforts to buttress Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s security services. [NYRB]
• After having his mom tell him to do what’s right, rookie New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis has decided to play tonight against the Atlanta Braves. [ESPN]
• Leslie Gelb points out that the “nothing bad can come from talking” trope actually isn’t true: Frequently, failed Mideast negotiations have been followed by increased bloodshed. [Daily Beast]
• Somebody wrote a poem about Hank Greenberg playing and then not playing in 1934. [Kaplan’s Korner]
• Tablet Magazine contributing editor Michael Weiss says U.S. envoy George Mitchell’s preferred comparison of Hamas to the Irish Republican Army is facile. [Slate]
• J.J. Goldberg praises strange bedfellows. [Forward]
• And if you haven’t read enough about Paul Berman’s The Flight of the Intellectuals, here’s yet another take. [n1br]
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