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Daybreak: Israel Pledges to Halt Flotilla

Plus, September still looms, post-barrier Bil’in, and more in the news

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An Israeli bulldozer tears down the barrier at Bil’in.(Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

• 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]

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I have a sinking feeling that Netanyahu is just dumb enough to create another international incident with the flotilla. I hope they’ve taken measures to ensure that any interdiction is non-violent.

Yael Taubman says:

this is simply an extremely leftist provocation since, if you read real news, Gaza is thriving and the so called blockade is 3/4 over. Israel has a legal international right to keep any weapons away from the Gazans(Hamas) a terrorist organizations vowed to destroy Israel. they have enough, where has $4billion gone? Is there an accounting? plus everything else other countries send….in the foreign bank accounts, real estate, etc. that the “leaders” (including Mrs. Arafat) have sent away from their country and people.
If they really are only delivering love letters, send them through the channels from the legal
They are all really ignorant of the reality and truth of Israel. Let them read Joan Peters’ “from time immemorial” the clearest book ever, by a non Jew on the history of this land.
and by the way, screw them if they think they are going to break the blockade!!!!


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Daybreak: Israel Pledges to Halt Flotilla

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