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Daybreak: Hariri Indictments Revealed

Plus AJC controversy, movement (maybe) on Shalit, and more in the news

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Shalit, from a video released in October 2009.(Getty Images)

• The special U.N. court unsealed its four indictments in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. They contain much circumstantial evidence but no smoking gun, and target four Hezbollah members who cannot be located. [AP/NYT]

• Trouble at the American Jewish Committee, with executive director David Harris forced to repudiate its director on anti-Semitism and extremism’s statement that use of federal law to combat anti-Israel activism on campuses is wrong. [Jewish Journal/JTA]

• Hamas leader Khaled Meshal met yesterday in Cairo with officials from the Palestinian Authority and Egyptian intelligence. Is Gilad Shalit involved? [Haaretz]

• Iran expressed openness to a Russian proposal to restart nuclear negotiations through a series of small concessions on each side. [AP/NYT]

• Syria is using diplomats to harass and intimidate anti-regime protesters in other countries, including the United States, because they are charming that way. [WSJ]

• A bill proposed by Sen. Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, could withhold U.S. funding from certain Israeli military units if they are found to engage in human rights violations. [Ben Smith]

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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

“A bill proposed by Sen. Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, could withhold U.S. funding from certain Israeli military units if they are found to engage in human rights violations.”

a) Who is going to judge? Goldstone? The UN Human Rights Council? The ICC in the Hague? Human Rights Watch, B’Tzelem, Amnesty Int’l, or other so-called human rights NGSOs? Not exactly models of impartiality and fairness. Or competence for that matter,

b) I guess Leahy didn’t get the memo that these units that he is targeting at the behest of pro-Palestinian groups in Vermont are the same units that for a number of years have been quietly training US special units who come to Israel to learn the ins and outs of urban warfare and anti-terrorist tactics that have been used with a fair amount of success in Iraq & Afghanistan. Maybe someone in the Pentagon could bring him up to date.

c) Assuming this is indicative of the path down which the Democratic party is headed, it will provide yet another cogent reason to ensure that Obama is defeated and that the Senate join the House in getting a Republican majority.

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Jerusalem / Efrata

Ruth Gutmann says:

How to tell Mr. Ginsburg without being impolite that I sincerely hope he does not vote in the US?

Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

Hate to break this to you Ms. Gutmann, but I get to vote both in the USA and in Israel. And I used to be a die hard Democrat. But as Yitzhak Rabin observed, only donkeys don’t change their minds.

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Ms. Gutman, I will also pledge to vote against the Democrats and Obama because of their policies on Israel, the various wars in the middle east and asia, and the terrible economic policies they have pursued. And to encourage others to do the same.

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