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Daybreak: In D.C., Bibi Backs J’lem Building

But Obama is more powerful than ever; and more in the news

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Shalit’s father, Noam, yesterday.(Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Image)

• “Jerusalem is not a settlement,” Prime Minister Netanyahu declared to the AIPAC Conference, defending Israeli building; “it is our capital.” More on Bibi’s speech at 10 am. [NYT]

• An IDF soldier was killed in friendly fire. His fellow troops were engaged in halting three Palestinians trying to cross over the Gaza border. [NYT]

• The parents of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit begged the U.N. Human Rights Council to pressure Hamas to release their son. [JPost]

• President Obama is in a stronger position to negotiate with Netanyahu than he was even 48 hours ago, due to the passage of health care reform. They meet at the White House tonight. [Politico]

• Britain is expelling the Mossad’s representative there in protest of the forged British passports allegedly used in the (probably Mossad-backed) assassination of a Hamas weapons man in Dubai. [Haaretz]

• The mayor of Jerusalem helpfully noted that the 1600 announced homes in East Jerusalem is just the tip of the iceberg: there are, he said, plans to build 50,000 homes in a united city over the next two decades. [Arutz Sheva]

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Deborah says:

YEAH!!!!! Build the homes in J’lem! I am SO happy to see B.Netanyahu standing up to Obama. This is none of Obamas business. Stay strong! keep building!

Why are we not able to just go right in and snatch Gilad from Hamas? I want to hear more on Gilad. Are things developing under wraps? If so, maybe we should keep it that way! But keep working out the plan to rescue him. Don’t leave our brother there.

Celeste says:

Can you imagine Israel telling Government officials in Washington D.C. what they should build or how to govern their own capital. Well Jerusalem is the capital of Israel not a settlement. So as much as I like and admire both Secretary Hilary Clinton and President Barack Obama and agree with them on most policy issues this is none of their business.

I have always agreed with a two state solution but that means no terroism against Jewish people and Israel, an acceptance that Israel as a Jewish country has a right to exist, and that Jerusalem continue to be the capital of Israel. Our government needs to stipulate these as conditions for Peace and for a two State solution of Palestine and Israel.. With these assurances, I believe Israel would continue to give up any remaining settlements as they have already been doing. Only than can there be lasting peace in the Middle East.

By the way I am a Progressive person, I state this because there are Progressives continuously attacking Israel’s existence and or policies, and I believe there are a lot of people like me that support Israel. This is not a leftist or rightist issue. There are people on both sides and in the middle who either support or are against Israel’s right to exist. There are also shades of gray. That is people who believe Israel should exist but give up much of their land including the Capital of Jerusalem. This does not mean that I support everything that every government official does there. I am also concerned about the growing ultra Orthodox role of some religious parties in governing the country. I believe a more secular Israel is better.

Dorothy Wachsstock says:

Okay, here I go again. I pray the Israelis see that unfortunately, Americans have elected a man who went to a Black Theology church with Rev. Wright, a friend of Farrakhan, for 20 years. His beliefs are the beliefs of the above.

Each day, more and more americans realize that his policys are to destroy our economy as a capitolist country and change it to socialism if not communism. He admits his mentors in his book. Jimmy Carger is his advisor.

Be strong, we are trying to get republicans in office that support Israel. No pres. in the history of Israel’s creation has ever treated the head of state with such disdain. Obama opened the door to more anti-Israel and anti-semitism while Jewish elected officials, eg Sen Schumer is concerned about the charge of carry on bags.

Why oh Why do Jews keep voting democrat when they are the most anti-semitic and racist party and the republicans support Israel and speak out loudly on radio and televisio as to their support. Heard any democrat speak out against the treatment by Pres. Obama? No and they won’t as they are intimidated and need the minority vote.

Republicans have more principles. They spoke out loud and clear.

I am happy to say that I belong to the republican Jewish Coalition and as an American I apologize for the crude treatment of P.M. Netanyahu by our Pres.

One doesn’t have to agree with another to be civil. Pres. Obama lies as he looks right at you..the old story. “Do as I say but not as I do”.

He has shamed our great country as he traveled around the world apologizing for us saving Europe so they are not all speaking German plus never gave a care to the graves of our soldiers in Normandy.

I am very happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best doc.

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