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Daybreak: Building and Talking?

Plus a murky West Bank killing, and more in the news

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Presidents Peres and Abbas in New York.(Thaer Ganaim/PPO via Getty Images)

• Resumed West Bank building may not end peace talks after all, President Abbas told dinner guests in New York last night. [Haaretz]

• In the midst of his usual grandiose rhetoric, President Ahmadinejad, also in New York (it’s U.N. General Assembly week), predicted that talks over Iran’s nuclear program would soon resume. [LAT]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu pledged to put any Palestinian peace deal up to a referendum. [WSJ]

• The assassination of a West Bank Hamas operative has raised questions about the extent of Palestinian Authority cooperation with Israel. [WP]

• In New York, Secretary of State Clinton tried to coax Arab nations to offer more financial support to the P.A. and more general support to the talks (even as her husband gave the talks an optimistic 50 percent chance). [WP]

• Some excellent reporting on how American Jews are actively helping to sponsor Israeli settlements, including those not right near the Green Line—in this case, L.A. Jews and the town of Ariel. [Jewish Journal]

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Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

When the Muslim-Arabs accept Israel’s very legitimacy, its right to be, to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people, based on historic, ethical and legal grounds, there will be a justification to talk about compromise.

But even yesterday, when Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the UN, he highlighted Obama’s speech but refused to go along with Obama’s words, diluted as they were, and to state that Israel is indeed the historic homeland of the Jewish people and there is no reason to try to delegitimize its existence.

And Abbas is considered a “moderate” among Muslim-Arabs… It is difficult to see why compromise with people who can’t bring themselves to make even the simplest declarative statement can be partners to an accommodation of peaceful COEXISTENCE between Arab and Jew, between the Muslim-Arab world and the nation-state of the Jewish people, something the Jews worldwide have been eager, very eager to achieve.

Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

Marriage is nature’s way of preventing people from fighting with strangers.


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