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Daybreak: Bibi’s ‘Jewish’ Tactic Under Scrutiny

Plus the death of a ‘lexical supermaven,’ and more in the news

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Netanyahu presiding over his weekly cabinet meeting yesterday.(Sebastian Scheiner - Pool/Getty Images)

• Prime Minister Netanyahu’s demand that Israel be recognized as a Jewish state is being questioned as a tactic on the Israeli side. [NYT]

• “Halt To Palestinian Peace Talks Could Become Permanent.” We’ve noticed! [WP]

• A former nuclear inspector reports that Syria should be under a higher level of inspection and that many of Iran’s centrifuges are not working to full capacity. [Haaretz]

• Iran is sidestepping many international sanctions with Chinese help. [LAT]

• Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia)—due to become House Majority Leader if (when?) the Republicans take over the lower chamber—proposed separating Israeli aid from the foreign budget so that the budget could be opposed without threatening Israeli funds. [JTA]

• Sol Steinmetz, an etymologist whom William Safire once dubbed a “lexical supermaven,” died at 80. He edited an edition of Webster’s Dictionary, and his speciality was Yiddish; he was an ordained rabbi. [NYT]

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YES, ISRAEL IS A JEWISH STATE. BUT IF THE ARABS DO NOT RECOGNIZE IT AS SUCH IN ITS CURRENT LOCATION (ROUGHLY), THERE WILL ALWAYS BE THE PUSH TO RESETTLE MILLIONS OF ARABS. IF THAT HAPPENS, IT WILL NO LONGER BE A JEWISH STATE.
BIBI IS 100% RIGHT.

Dziadzius says:

Some 2000 years ago Rome conquered Palestine!. There were no massive deportations for it was not in Rome’s interest to denude the land> Their goal was to conquer and tax. So for the last 2000 the Palestinians of Jewish faith lived and prospered on their land. With Muslim invasion they were assimilated in the the Muslim religion but are still the same Palestinians of the Roman time – so Arafat could have been Moshe Dyan’s cousin. Historically present day people of Palestine are the rightful owners of their land and the Hasidim and Ashkenazim Jews are accessors and of their own cousins!

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Daybreak: Bibi’s ‘Jewish’ Tactic Under Scrutiny

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