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Daybreak: U.S. Tells Israel To Do As It Does

Plus navy makes contact with flotilla, and more in the news

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Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres.(Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

• U.S. envoys chastised Israel for freezing P.A. tax transfers following the UNESCO membership. It is much more logical and fair, they added, to instead cut off funding to U.N. agencies that help millions of people around the world. [Haaretz]

• It is looking more and more likely that the United States will not even need to exercise its Security Council veto to prevent full Palestinian membership in the United Nations. [NYT]

• Israeli naval ships have made contact with the two Gaza-bound flotilla-type boats and informed them the blockade will be enforced. As of early this morning, they were only about 50 miles from shore. Meanwhile, there will likely be more of these. [Haaretz]

• The United States is backing away from earlier plans, made in the wake of the uncovering of the alleged assassination plot, to impose stricter sanctions on Iran’s central bank. [LAT]

• A man (now in custody) threatened the wife and daughter of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]

• Gilad Shalit underwent surgery to remove shrapnel he got during his 2006 abduction. (Which means he’s needed it these past five-plus years.) [Haaretz]

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“It is much more logical and fair, they added, to instead cut off funding to U.N. agencies” – Marc Tracy implies that actions do not (and should not, because of his political biases) have consequences – and that US laws are not to be followed.

The US law has been and is that UN funding will be cut off – and UNESCO knew this – if UNESCO (or other UN bodies) unilaterally seated the Palestine as a state. Nevertheless, UNESCO members voted to do this, as if there would be no consequences. Well, despite wanting to have cake and to eat it as well, UNESCO will lose US funding.

UNESCO did not have to lose this funding – but the members wanted their political triumph against the US and Israel, wanted their triumph against negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians for a real peace. This is the position the Palestinians have developed, to keep refusing to negotiate, to keep adding preconditions that would vitiate negotiations, and to use any alternative rather than negotiate.

I’m glad the Palestinian people are getting proper recognition from the world community. It is a trend that will only increase.

Thank you for the great writeup. through the way, how could we talk?


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