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Daybreak: Bibi Moving To Halt Conversion Bill

Plus the non-freeze, the non-talks, and more in the news

by
Marc Tracy
July 15, 2010
Netanyahu at this week’s Cabinet meeting.(Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Netanyahu at this week’s Cabinet meeting.(Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

• Prime Minister Netanyahu is feuding with his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, over the conversion bill Lieberman wants the Knesset to consider by the end of next week (and which today Jeffrey Goldberg describes as an assault on the Diaspora). [JPost]

• For practical purposes, the West Bank construction freeze has not, strictly speaking, involved a total moratorium on building. [NYT]

• The “proximity talks” do not appear to be accomplishing much; Palestinians accuse Netanyahu of playing for time. [NYT]

• This morning, the Libyan-sponsored ship that had been heading for Gaza but then agreed to divert to Egypt was waiting off the dock of El Arish, in the Sinai. [NYT]

• Keeps getting weirder: The CIA says it paid $5 million to the alleged Iranian nuclear scientist who has just returned home after showing up at the Pakistani Embassy, and who has claimed U.S. agents abducted him. [WP]

• U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked Jewish groups to make Alan Gross, an American Jew imprisoned in Cuba for helping Cuban Jews connect to the Internet, a cause of theirs. [JTA]

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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