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Daybreak: Le BHL

Plus Bibi warns he won’t negotiate with Hamas, and more

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• In 2011, Bernard-Henri Lévy finally got to be a part of history. [NY Mag]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu pledged that he would not negotiate with a Palestinian government that included Hamas, as Hamas and the Palestinian Authority currently plan. (Of course, he’s not negotiating with the Palestinian government that doesn’t include Hamas, either.) [Haaretz]

• Turkey may insist on poor relations with Israel as the Knesset debates whether to commemorate the Armenian genocide. (Of course, Turkey already insists on poor relations with Israel.) [NYT]

• Are policy-makers reckoning with the potential radioactive consequences of bombing Iranian reactors (and possibly seeing Israel’s bombed in retaliation)? [NYT]

• It’s being treated as a scoop, but it’s not really news that, as his former senior aide says, Rep. Ron Paul is genuinely anti-Israel. [Haaretz]

• Netanyahu appears to be forcing the closure of an independent television station that isn’t right-wing and has also reported embarrassing details about him and his family. [NYT]

• Do I need to tell you that Don Blanquito, Brazil’s newest funk sensation, is an L.A. Jewish kid named Alex Cutler? [NYT]

• Imagine if the White House had termites and no hot water. Israel is real estate. [JPost]

• A judge dismissed two students’ lawsuit alleging that Berkeley did not adequately protect them from anti-Semitism during a campus “Apartheid Week.” [JTA/Forward]

Matt Damon and (half-Jewish) Scarlett Johansson take a Hanukkah quiz. It gets very real a little after the two-minute mark.

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Bibi won’t negotiate with anybody. With Obama, with Cameron, with Sarkozy, with the Palestinians, with Santa Claus…you name it, he won’t negotiate with it. He only wants and intends to continue to build illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and fan the flames of a war he wants with Iran. That’s the big bright insanity Bibi has mapped out for Israel.

Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

“…[Bibbi’s} not negotiating with the Palestinian government that doesn’t include Hamas”

ummm maybe y’all didn’t get the memo but Bibbi has repeatedly offered to negotiate with the Pals without precondition. He also instigated an “unprecedented” (Hilary’s term) 10 month construction freeze in Judea & Samaria (a.k.a., the “West Bank”).

The problem has been Abu Mazen who repeatedly refuses to negotiate unless Israel capitulates a priori on all the issues to be negotiated. Of course that would obviate the need to negotiate which clearly is what Abu Mazen wants. In negotiations BOTH sides have to make concessions.

But hey, why let a few inconvenient facts get in the way of a central tenet of the standard progressobabbelian narrative.

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J’lem / Efrata

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Daybreak: Le BHL

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