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Daybreak: Israel Long Ago Accepted Shalit Deal

Plus Iranian war games, and more in the news

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• Germany acknowledged that Israel accepted a prisoner-swap deal, likely of hundreds of prisoners, for Gilad Shalit nearly five years ago, but Hamas rejected it. [Ynet]

• At a tense meeting, a U.S. envoy informed Palestinian negotiators that America prefers talks and opposes the U.N. path to statehood. [JPost]

• Iran conducted war games that included firing missiles capable of reaching Israel. [Haaretz]

• Disparate groups from Syria’s opposition were able to send delegates to the first officially sanctioned meeting in Damascus. [NYT]

• Six more liberal congressmen, including one Jew, wrote a letter to Secretary of State Clinton asking her to protect U.S. citizens aboard the Flotilla 2. [JTA]

• The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case about California’s power to enact restitution to Holocaust victims, in a victory for a museum there and a defeat for the dispossessed heirs of artworks and the like. [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]

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George One says:

FLOTILLA. If US congressmen really want to protect US citizens, and not just participate in a publicity stunt, then they should direct their action towards preventing US citizens from becoming involved in a provocation against a country, Israel, that is at war with its neighbours (Hamas, Hezbulla, Syria, Lebanon etc..) and justifiably has set up a naval blocade to prevent weapons from reaching its enemies. Any citizen, US or otherwise, who participates in such provocation knowingly takes risks and should bear the consequences.

Barry says:

“liberal” congressman? Huh? How can you be liberal and support the Mohammedans?

Why would a “liberal” support assisting fascistic Shari’ah rats like the men, women and children of Gaza?

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