Daybreak: U.S. Tells Israel To Do As It Does
Plus navy makes contact with flotilla, and more in the news
• 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]
Plus what’s next after UNESCO, Gilad Shalit tsk-tsked, and more
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.