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Daybreak: Schalit Issue Broached Again

Plus ‘Free Pollard’ movement gains official steam, and more in the news

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From a pro-Schalit rally in June.(Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

• Israel has re-engaged the German mediator on the topic of freeing Gilad Schalit. [NYT]

• Talks have also initiated, at least among high-level Israelis, over how to free convicted spy Jonathan Pollard from the United States. [JPost]

• The Leviathan prospect, thought to be a major natural gas field off Israel’s northern coast, is about to be drilled. [WSJ]

• As it struggles for traction against the ruling, Islamist AKP, Turkey’s staunchly secularist opposition party revamped its platform, including calling for closer ties with Israel. [WSJ]

• Secretary of State Kissinger felt limited by Vietnam in how much support he could offer Israel during the Yom Kippur War, new documents show. [Haaretz]

• Novelist Belva Plain, famous for multigenerational epics about Jewish-Americans, died at 95. [NYT]

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Why are you spelling Shalit as “Schalit”? After four years in captivity and hundreds of news stories, there’s a clearly-established convention for transliterating his name, and it’s Shalit. Not only American papers but Israeli papers write Shalit’s name this way. Baffling.

Ah, Belva Plain — may her name be a blessing! I remember reading Evergreen at my Grandma’s when I was 10 or so. My first experience of the big sweeping romantic epic. I swooned.

He who has once invited the devil into his house, will never be rid of him. – German Proverb

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Daybreak: Schalit Issue Broached Again

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