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Daybreak: Bibi Proposes Housing Solution

Plus, Abbas declares emergency, Beck goes really tasteless, and more in the news

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Prime Minister Netanyahu at his press conference this morning.(Moshe Milner/GPO via Getty Images)

• Prime Minister Netanyahu unveiled his plan to solve the housing crisis that has brought thousands of Israelis to the streets in recent days. [Ynet]

• President Abbas called for a meeting of the Arab League to address the Palestinian Authority’s emergency lack of funds. [JPost]

• Grand Ayatollah Khamanei appointed a mediator to help resolve all the disputes that have cropped up between himself and President Ahmadinejad. [AP/WP]

• Roger Cohen’s fairly standard column on suspected Oslo killer Anders Bering Breivik takes a big turn in the final paragraph that you’ll want to stick around for. [NYT]

• “Who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics?” Glenn Beck asked in reference to the young, innocent victims of Breivik’s massacre. “It sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler Youth.” Actually that thought only occurred to you. [Ynet]

• A group of former top Israeli military and diplomatic officials visited Washington, D.C., including the White House, pushing peace and insisting that the ’67 borders themselves are defensible. [Haaretz]

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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

Your ostensible mentor and Tablet blogger-to-be Jeff Goldberg doesn’t seem to be afraid confront some of the dubious aspects of the Norwegian Labor Party camp, at least for those of us (including Goldberg) who are not conditional Zionists, here: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/07/a-crazy-conclusion-out-of-norway/242478/. Allow me to quote:

From the JTA (see URL in original post). One hopes this isn’t true (h/t H.G)

“German journalist Ulrich Sahm reported on the pro-Israel Israelnetz.com website that many of the youths who survived the massacre said they thought the killer, dressed as a police officer, was simulating Israeli crimes against Palestinians in the occupied territories. They believed that “the cruelty of the Israeli occupation” was being demonstrated to them, Sahm wrote.”

UPDATE: Martin Kramer alerted me to these photos (Kramer Link 1), apparently from last year. Take a look. Here are some more (Kramer Link 2), of kids playing “flotilla.”

In order to avoid being tossed into the interminable “moderation” universe, I will provide the Kramer links in separate posts below.

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Marc R says:

Do you think the “former top Israeli military and diplomatic officials” will be condemned for speaking about their country’s foreign policy and going against their own elected prime minister on foreign soil?

Do you think those who criticized the U.S. Congress for applauding Netanyahu (like the execrable Andrew Sullivan) will be equally condemnatory of these officials? More likely he’ll cite them.

Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

“Do you think the “former top Israeli military and diplomatic officials” will be condemned for speaking about their country’s foreign policy and going against their own elected prime minister on foreign soil?”

Unfortunately, Israel does not have the equivalent of the US’ Logan Act which prohibits private individuals from carrying out unauthorized diplomacy. Will His O-ness and Foggy Bottom (a very appropriate nickname) be smart enough to smile politely at this delegation and ignore them? Somehow I doubt it.

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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

BTW MT, it would be quite easy to produce another group of “former top Israeli military and diplomatic officials” who would be equally insistent that the pre-’67 cease fire lines (you don’t seem to be aware that they were never “borders” in the legal sense of the term) are not defensible.

I might remind you that it was the late dovish foreign minister Abba Eban who coined the term “Auschwitz Borders” to describe the pre-’67 lines. Do you think he qualifies as a “former top diplomatic official”, albeit a deceased one?

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masortiman says:

“I might remind you that it was the late dovish foreign minister Abba Eban who coined the term “Auschwitz Borders” to describe the pre-’67 lines. Do you think he qualifies as a “former top diplomatic official”, albeit a deceased one?”

Its hard to know what he would think of territorial swaps and limitations on PA armaments as a solution. Or of the relative importance of the land threat from the east, vs the threat of Iranian nukes. Since he’s dead, as you point out.

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