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Daybreak: Behind Freeing Pollard

Plus Turkish intransigence on Iran, and more in the news

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A pro-Pollard Israeli demonstrator.(Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

• How several somewhat influential Israelis and Americans have stirred the campaign to free Jonathan Pollard, the convicted Israeli spy, back to life. [LAT]

• Iran is trying to skirt sanctions by setting up secret banks around the world. [WP]

• In honor of Tablet Magazine’s Turkey Week, Turkey resisted U.S. entreaties to slow its trade with Iran. [LAT]

• Israel’s U.S. Embassy confirmed that a loyalty oath bill, if passed, wouldn’t threaten the U.S. citizenship of anyone seeking to become a dual American-Israeli. [JPost]

• A Hamas official alleged that Israel killed a deal over kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit by refusing to release the Palestinians’ 15 most desired prisoners. [Haaretz]

• The Rent Is Too Damn High Guy is still saying anti-Semitic things … . [Jewcy]

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Trying to get Turkey to conform to sanctions imposed by the USA and Europe on Iran is useless – it will not do so (it will be difficult enough to monitor Turkey complying with sanctions decided by the UN). Turkey under the AKP regime has chosen its camp (Iran, Syria, Hamas, Hizbulla), and it is only at the start of its journey down that road. Unless they’re voted out of office very soon, they will replicate Iran’s system – a theocracy with a religious police enforcing fundamentalist islamic behaviour on the population, financing anti-Western-democracies and anti-Israel terrorists. It is also a dangerous fifth column in NATO from which it should be expelled, and certainly no longer has a place in the EU.

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Daybreak: Behind Freeing Pollard

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