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Daybreak: U.S. Tells Israel To Do As It Does

Plus navy makes contact with flotilla, and more in the news

Marc Tracy
November 04, 2011
Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres.(Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

• U.S. envoys chastised Israel for freezing P.A. tax transfers following the UNESCO membership. It is much more logical and fair, they added, to instead cut off funding to U.N. agencies that help millions of people around the world. [Haaretz]

• It is looking more and more likely that the United States will not even need to exercise its Security Council veto to prevent full Palestinian membership in the United Nations. [NYT]

• Israeli naval ships have made contact with the two Gaza-bound flotilla-type boats and informed them the blockade will be enforced. As of early this morning, they were only about 50 miles from shore. Meanwhile, there will likely be more of these. [Haaretz]

• The United States is backing away from earlier plans, made in the wake of the uncovering of the alleged assassination plot, to impose stricter sanctions on Iran’s central bank. [LAT]

• A man (now in custody) threatened the wife and daughter of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]

• Gilad Shalit underwent surgery to remove shrapnel he got during his 2006 abduction. (Which means he’s needed it these past five-plus years.) [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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