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Journal, May 10 2010

Interesting weather today. Started hot, went up to the mid-30s, then dropped down to being almost chilly in late afternoon.

The volcanic ash cloud is wafting through the middle-east, but not grounding flights.

Israel, with a quarter of its citizens below the poverty line, was admitted to the OECD. . Le Monde points out that the admission was despite the complaints of many Palestinian organizations that "estimant que la politique de ce pays à l'égard des Palestiniens était en contradiction avec les principes de l'OCDE. "

The Makhoul case broke in the Israeli news - gag order lifted. But the Channel 1 news reportage - particularly that of their military correspondent who was called in for the story, revealed the way that the average Israeli understands these things.