Netanyahu at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence last week.(Oded Balilty-Pool- Getty Images)
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Daybreak: The Big Meet

Plus Turkey may cut ties, Turkey maintains ties, and more in the news

by
Marc Tracy
July 06, 2010
Netanyahu at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence last week.(Oded Balilty-Pool- Getty Images)

• Today’s the day: Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama will meet at the White House; the ensuing discussion and, especially, photo-op are meant to reinforce the countries’ strong ties. [WP]

• U.S. tax law has exempted more than $200 million in donations to U.S. charities that fund Jewish settlements, including illegal outposts. Much more at 10 am. [NYT]

• In advance of the White House meeting, Israel published a list of items now banned from Gaza (before, it published a stricter list of items allowed), and Defense Minister Barak met with Prime Minister Fayyad. [NYT]

• Turkey’s foreign minister explicitly said his country would sever ties if Israel neither apologized for the flotilla raid nor accepted an international probe. [WP]

• Yet there is still substantial trade and even military cooperation between the two countries. [NYT]

• An Arabic daily reported that Palestinian President Abbas offered a land-swap deal to U.S. envoy George Mitchell under which Israel would keep sovereignty over Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter, including the Western Wall. [Haaretz]

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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