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Sundown: Bibi Vows No Settlement Demolitions

Plus debt ceiling issue likely to get kicked down the road three months

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• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hoping to staunch a final slide before elections, vowed on Friday that he wouldn’t demolish any West Bank settlements if re-elected. [Times of Israel]

• House Republicans have agreed to raise the debt ceiling limit for three months after a series of intra-party negotiations. [NYT]

• Disgraced Dior designer John Galliano has reemerged! He will be working for a stint in Oscar de la Renta’s studio, which the ADL has signed off on. [Jewcy]

• Anne Cohen reports on the tribulations of Gene Rosen, a Jewish resident of Newtown, Connecticut, who took in students who fled the school shooting at Sandy Hook elementary and has been targeted by conspiracy theorists. [Forward]

• Check out (Tablet contributor) Etgar Keret’s new project “Storyvid”–which combines text and video. The project will be competing in Sundance and it’s pretty sweet. [Facebook]

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JehudahBenIsrael says:

If Mr. Yitzhaq Rabin were alive today, no doubt he too would vote for Likud. The reasons are fairly simple: Mr. Rabin, the chairman of the social democratic movement, Labor, promoted the idea of a free economy, welfare state, and an accommodation of peaceful coexistence between Arab and Jew, between Israel and the Arab world, local and regional. The Likud, the national liberal party of Israel, promotes the very same ideas of liberal economy, welfare society, and a peaceful accommodation with the Arabs.
The following four points that Mr. Rabin expressed in his last speech at the Knesset, 5 Oct. 1995, would be adopted by the Likud members and leadership as well:

1) Jerusalem will remain united under Israel’s sovereignty and will also include the suburbs of Giv’at Zeev and Ma’aleh Adumim (including area E1!!)

2) All major Jewish settlement blocs of settlements will be incorporated into the sovereign state of Israel, e.g. Gush Etzion settlements, BeitEl/P’sagot area, Ariel, Gush Qatif (in Gaza)

3) The Jordan Valley ought to be viewed in the widest sense of the term and it too will continue to be ruled by Israel

4) The future Palestinian state will be totally demilitarized, its airspace will be fully controlled by Israel, as will its boundaries and all of its border passes: land, sea and air

Mr. Rabin would feel comfortable with today’s Likud, as he did with Labor in the past.

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