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Daybreak: Obama Pulls Military Ties Closer

Plus Parker favors Park51, and more in the news

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The two countries’ defense secretaries meeting last month.(Robert D. Ward/DoD via Getty Images)

• In terms of both aid and cooperation, the Obama administration has significantly bulked up the military relationship between the United States and Israel. [WSJ]

• Lebanon passed a law that will see the 400,000 Palestinian refugees in its borders treated like other foreigners (they previously were discriminated against), including allowing them to work non-menial jobs. [NYT]

• The former soldier who posed pictures of herself with bound Palestinian prisoners on Facebook said she did not “understand what’s wrong” with what she did; the IDF itself has condemened her. [NYT]

• Yesterday’s siege at the Turkish Embassy ended with no incident. [JTA]

• Hamas accused the Palestinian Authority of “waging war against Islam.” [JPost]

• Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist Kathleen Parker says Park51 must be built:

We teach tolerance by being tolerant. We can’t insist that our freedom of speech allows us to draw cartoons or produce plays that Muslims find offensive and then demand that they be more sensitive to our feelings.

More to the point, the tolerance we urge the Muslim world to embrace as we exercise our right to free expression, and revel in the glory and the gift of irreverence, is the same we must embrace when Muslims seek to express themselves peacefully.

Nobody ever said freedom would be easy.

[WP]

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David says:

Wow, Marc. You are really trying to out do yourself day after day. The only thing left now is to post Olby’s Special Komment in which he rants on about the potential new holocaust unless we build this Islamic Center.

David says:

But on that note, for the readers of Tablet I want to post Aaron David Miller’s piece on the mosque controversy in which our lovely blogger conveniently left out this morning.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/17/AR2010081704401.html

Ground Zero’s wounds are still too deep to build upon

“If there is one lesson to be learned from the controversy over the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, it is that messing with memory, particularly traumatic memory of the first order, is akin to messing with Mother Nature: It rarely ends well, no matter how good the intention.

I learned this the hard way 12 years ago, when my idea of inviting Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat to visit the Holocaust museum in Washington proved to be a disaster. There is great danger in misappropriating memory and attempting to link it to another agenda or to a tragic historical experience seared in the minds of millions.”

Fair, balanced and unafraid.

tillkan says:

Talk about another agenda. The growing anti-Muslim hate fest is in support of Israel’s stupid rightwing policies. As a Jew this nauseates me.

David says:

tillkan

What?

As a Jew, it nauseates me when self-righteous Jews say we shouldn’t butt into domestic affairs of other countries, unless its Israel.

I love how libs like yourself assume the worse in people when they don’t believe in your lockstep view of the world.

BH in Iowa says:

Excellent commentary from Pat Condell on the Cordoba Mosque:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjS0Novt3X4

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