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Sundown: Palestine Can Be Vetoed

Plus, Winehouse’s life imitates her art, and more

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Amy Winehouse last August.(Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

• No matter what the United Nations General Assembly does, an independent Palestine could not actually become a member state without Security Council approval—according to the General Assembly president. [Ynet]

• Some Israeli officials see Egypt’s opening of the Rafah Crossing as a boon: It will ease international pressure on Israel’s blockade of Gaza (with the flotilla sailing next month), and the weapons are getting in anyway. [NYT]

• Word is Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have been talking secretly. [Telegraph/Vos Iz Neias?]

• Amy Winehouse has gone back to rehab. I wish there were an adequate song lyric that I could utilize to cleverly summarize this. [Page Six]

• President Obama visited the memorial of the Warsaw Ghetto today. [AP/Haaretz]

• Iran’s atomic envoy insisted sanctions have had no effect on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. So then they won’t mind the yet tougher ones that were proposed in the U.S. Senate? [AP/WP]

• U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon—Italian troops— sustained injuries in a bomb attack, the first since 2008. [AP/WP]

• Amazing story about IDF paramedics, and their treatment of, among others, injured Palestinians. [JTA/Jewish Journal]

• Robert Satloff wrote the most cogent objection to President Obama’s mentioning the ’67 borders. [Washington Institute]

• Howard Jacbson’s Jewiest interview yet! (Which is saying something!) [KCRW]

•For your weekend viewing, a Charlie Rose roundtable on Mideast peace, starring (among others) contributing editor Jeffrey Goldberg. [Charlie Rose]

• Not all Democrats have sold Obama out on Israel. [The Plum Line]

Happy Memorial Day.

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Yisrael says:

Ah, so this is the post where Marc oh so subtly accuses Democratic MOC’s of opposing Obama’s borders prescriptions in exchange for Jewish political donations? Hello, Walt and Meirsheimer thesis!

Or am I reading “sold Obama out” too harshly? I suppose it’s possible since it’s a fairly common expression, though one can only imagine Michelle Goldberg’s and Marc’s reactions were this uttered by anybody on the political right.

Hasn’t Peres been having secret negotiations, fruitlessly, for decades?

Dave says:

Yes, Marc! It only took you six days (!) to acknowledge that reasonable minds (and in my opinion, correct ones) see a profound policy change in Obama’s ‘1967 borders plus swaps’ language. Satloff’s article is cogent, indeed.


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