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Sundown: We Can Talk About It Now?

Plus, a dispatch from the flotilla, the properly sized bagel, and more

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Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday in Jerusalem.(Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

Tomorrow is the five-year anniversary of Gilad Shalit’s capture. “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms his continued detention,” the White House statement reads, “and joins other governments and international organizations around the world in calling on Hamas to release him immediately.”

• Ethan Bronner has the Israelis and the Palestinians tentatively tipping back toward U.S.-brokered talks in exchange for no statehood vote at the United Nations in September. [NYT]

• Tablet Magazine contributor Joseph Dana reports from Athens that Israel is exerting heavy pressure on the Greek government to stop the flotilla, which is scheduled to push off soon. [+972]

• Howard Jacobson weighs in on Alice Walker and the flotilla. [CNN]

• The Goodmans—Las Vegas Mayor Oscar and Mayor-elect Carolyn—updated. [NYT]

• Great profile of incoming New York Times editor Jill Abramson. Peter Kaplan: Whatta guy! [Forward]

• Elliott Abrams has a long, fair, excellent essay on Israeli settlements that is worth the time even for those who will disagree with it. [Foreign Affairs]

• Judaism is increasingly only for women. #slatepitches [Slate]

• Mimi Sheraton sez: Bagels are too big! [City Room]

• Harold Grinspoon and “the Jewish mind.” [NYT]

• The next Woody film will be set in Rome, star Alec Baldwin and Jesse Eisenberg, be called Bop Decameron, and not be at all didactic. Okay, one of those four statements is a lie; can you guess which? [Speakeasy]

• The lost Jews of … Argentinian cowboys! [WP via Goldblog]

• Two streets in Jerusalem are to be named for the Mizrahi Black Panthers. [Haaretz]

R.I.P. Peter Falk. Here he is in The In-Laws (the original, you doofuses).

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PA’s 4 Preconditions for Talks with Israel Include Support at UN (Jpost)

All the various parties have their plans and ideas. They all have “preconditions” to talks. They think they hold all the aces. They think they know what the correct vision is. Well I’m sorry to have to tell everyone that there is a divinely mandated vision for the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary, Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria/West Bank, the State of Israel, Gaza, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Egypt. It trumps all others. If the various parties do not come to their senses, or do not know what the correct plan is G-d is going to force the issue. Yesterday’s Parshah was about Korach’s rebellion. If you know your Tanach you know what happened to him and his followers for their impudence, conceit and mockery of the divinely mandated command structure. If you play poker with G-d you will lose.

Dani ben Leb says:

Tablet “contributor” Joseph Dana is a dedicated anti-Zionist who is looking forward to boarding the US ship in the Hate flotilla. In his latest blog post he admittedly post rumors about the far lefts doings in all things one state solution. This man is borderline and is clearly in the Palestinian camp. He works with ISM and JVP.

Gene says:

Regarding “flotilla” – there are many Americans who are taking part in this collective enterprise and I wonder why Tablet did not take interview from some of those “human rights activists”. Why are they going? If their reason is to help “people of Gaza” why they don’t want to help “people of Darfur” or “people of Syria” or “people of Tibet”? When did they last time protest atrocities in Syria or in Chechnya or in Somalia? Or even their own government which, according to the reports, is now in “secret peace negotiations” with Taliban, the same organization which just two days ago sent six years old girl to a suicide mission? Why is such selectivity (discrimination)? Why among hundreds and hundreds of different instances of “injustice” they choose (singled out) Jewish state? I bet readers of Tablet would be anxious to know what kind of people are their neighbors.

Argaman says:

Joseph Dana is not “reporting” anything – he’s spreading rumors and engaging in speculation without any firm basis. If he’s Tablet’s idea of a reporter, you need to reread the description.

brynababy says:

The article by Abrams is indeed excellent. Calm, reasoned and hopefully, paid attention to.

Jackie says:

Please edit Joseph Dana’s description to “former Tablet contributor.” Please don’t let a fine publication such as tablet become a forum for electronic intifada or ISM press releases


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