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Sundown: Tearing Down the Bil’in Wall

Plus, Sharansky on Bonner, Bachman on Benedikt, and more

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Removing the fence near Bil’in today.(Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

• The barrier near the West Bank village of Bil’in, a source of concentrated protest ever since the Israeli Supreme Court ordered it gone nearly four years ago, has begun to be removed. [Ynet]

• Prompted by Goldblog, Friend-of-The-Scroll Rabbi Andy Bachman pens the best response yet to the Awl essay. [Water Over Rocks]

• Speaking at Israel’s Presidential Conference, Dennis Ross—the adviser seen as the strongest pro-Israel voice within the White House—called on Israel to return to negotiations in order to forestall delegitimization. [Haaretz]

• Gal Beckerman talks to Natan Sharansky about the recently deceased Yelena Bonner. [Forward]

• Name Jewish celebrity baby children! [Kveller]

• Ron Kaplan profiles slugger Shawn Green. [NJ Jewish News]

Rebecca Goldstein, author of Nextbook Press’s Betraying Spinoza, advises that if philosophers were stocks in a market, you’d want to dump Descartes and go long on Spinoza. Somehow, that reminds me of this:

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Yisrael says:

Wait, Israel needs to “return to negotiations”? That’s a joke, right? When did they leave them? They’ve been begging for Abbas to return to them for 2 years, and offering unprecedented inducements to encourage him to.

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