Daybreak: U.S. Attempts to Restart Mideast Peace Talks
Plus, Israel and Syria dispute border clashes, and more in the news
• U.S. officials, hoping to restart peace negotiations based on President Obama’s May 19 speech, have met separately with Netanyahu’s special envoy and Abbas’ spokesman. [Haaretz]
• Isreal disputed Syria’s account of border clashes this weekend, arguing it was an attempt to divert attention from antigovernment uprisings in Syria [NYT]
• Speaking of which, the Syrian government’s claims of heavy attacks from “armed gangs” were disputed by the opposition, but signal a potentially violent escalation in the popular uprising [NYT]
• Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) drafted a resolution that calls for the U.S. to stop American funding of the U.N.’s General Assembly if the GA grants Palestinian statehood in September. So far, the bill has no co-sponsors. [Jerusalem Post]
• Democrats are distancing themselves from Anthony Weiner after he admitted yesterday to innappropriate communications with several woman online. [NYT]
• Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi visited Granada, the first such visit since Jews were expelled five centuries ago. It went well. [NYT]
• Coldplay removed the link to the song “Freedom for Palestine” from the band’s Facebook page, without explanation. [Ynet]
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.