Daybreak: Israel Pledges to Halt Flotilla
Plus, September still looms, post-barrier Bil’in, and more in the news
• Prime Minister Netanyahu and his cabinet, which have been informed by intelligence that there is likely no terrorist presence aboard, have vowed not to permit the soon-to-launch flotilla to run the Gaza blockade. [Haaretz]
• Israel threatened journalists aboard the boats with a ten-year ban on visiting Israel. The Israel Press Association called for this to be retracted. [NYT]
• According to a spokesperson, the Palestinians are still planning on seeking statehood at the United Nations in September. [Haaretz]
• Bil’in, now that the barrier is gone. [NYT]
• Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood continues to fracture, with a senior official bolting with several others to form his own party. [AP/WP]
• A battle is joined over a long-abandoned Palestinian town in Israel proper: Developers want the land for housing; activists and former residents want the village preserved. [WP]
Plus, a dispatch from the flotilla, the properly sized bagel, and more
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