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Daybreak: Gates Goes to Israel

A visit from the Defense secretary, and more in the news

Marc Tracy
July 20, 2009

• U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will visit Israel on July 27 to address the Iranian nuclear issue as well as, potentially, West Bank settlements. [JTA]
• In a statement, meantime, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected American calls to cease building settlements in East Jerusalem, asserting sovereignty over “united Jerusalem”. [NYT]
• In a skirmish, Gazans shot a rocket-propelled grenade at Israel soldiers over the border; the soldiers shot one unarmed Palestinian man, wounding him severely. [JTA]
• Last week, in the first-ever high-level meeting between the two governments, a senior Palestinian negotiator met with Iran’s foreign minister. [Arutz Sheva]
• And Jason Lezak set a new Maccabiah swimming record in the 100-meter freestyle: 47.78 seconds. [Haaretz]

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