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Daybreak: Bibi Agrees to Freeze Deal

Plus preparing for the worst in Lebanon, and more in the news

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Prime Minister Netanyahu presents the deal to his cabinet.(Uriel Sinai/AFP/Getty Images)

• The seven-hour conversation between Secretary of State Clinton and Prime Minister Netanyahu led to something after all: Bibi presented a new, 90-day West Bank freeze deal to his cabinet Sunday (which still must approve it). President Obama praised him; the Palestinians remained skeptical. [NYT]

• Thomas Friedman accuses Bibi of incredible hubris (chutzpah?). [NYT]

• A rundown of just how slippery Iran has proved when it comes to pinning down details of nuclear talks. Seems like they’re stalling. [WP]

• Lebanese residents are securing second passports and making plans should the country devolve into chaos following a U.N. tribunal’s indictments related to Rafik Hariri’s assassination. [WP]

• Outgoing Democratic Rep. Howard Berman lifted the hold on $100 million in military aid to Lebanon. [Laura Rozen]

• An anonymous donor stepped forward with $20 million to help the Lincoln Center Synagogue construct its new building—provided the shul raise $3 million on its own. Get to work, guys! [Vos Iz Neias?/DNAInfo]

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Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

Expecting Jews, only because they are Jewish, to refrain from residing, anywhere, on earth is a form of racism, anti-Jewish racism. To expect Jews to refrain from moving into and build their homes in certain villages, towns and even city neighborhoods of the Jewish historic homeland is a form of applied anti-Jewish racism with an added insult.

Yet, the “progressive” President of the US, assisted by his “liberal” Secretary of State are the ones involved in the practice of this applied anti-Jewish racism. This is exactly what they do when they demand of Jews to cease moving into and build their homes in parts of the Jewish people’s homeland.

And, they do so with regard to territories that are in dispute. It would be one thing to say: since the territories are in dispute, no one builds there, Jew as well as Arab, until the dispute is resolved.

But the Obama/Clinton team has singled out Jews and only Jews for this treatment.

No Charm Offensives could cover anymore the built-in hostility Obama has towards the nation-state of the Jewish people and by extension, towards the people whose nation-state Israel is.

I’ll remember it in two years time, won’t you…??


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Daybreak: Bibi Agrees to Freeze Deal

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