August 17, 2019

April 3, 2012

The Very Model of a ‎Modern Muslim Brother

Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal takes a look at Khairat Al Shater, the Muslim ‎Brotherhood’s candidate for president, who he says has been embraced by the Obama ‎administration. ‎

Mr. Shater noted that the killing of Hamas’s Ahmed Yassin was “a heinous crime ‎corresponding to the perfidious nature of the Zionist enemy.” As for negotiating with ‎Israel, he called it “mindless”: “The only way” to deal with the Jewish state, he insisted, ‎‎“is jihad.” He faulted “the enemies of Islam” for trying to “distort and remove [jihad] from ‎the hearts and minds and souls of Muslims.” He blasted the U.S. for preventing “the ‎Islamic nation in its entirety” from eliminating “the usurper Zionist enemy.”‎

Don’t Fear a Nuclear Arms Race in ‎the Middle East

For all the bluster by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt, it is unlikely that Iran’s atomic ‎aspirations will trigger a regional rush to get the bomb, writes Steven A. Cook in Foreign ‎Policy. ‎

Most important to understanding why the Middle East will not be a zone of unrestrained ‎proliferation is the significant difference between desiring nukes and the actual capacity ‎to acquire them. ‎

Comes the Comer

Writing for the Jewish Review of Books, Leon Wieseltier offers a less than favorable review ‎of the New American Haggadah, translated and edited by Nathan Englander and Jonathan ‎Safran Foer.‎

If there is anything innovative about the New American Haggadah, it is the introduction ‎into the Passover literature of this voice—puerile, trivializing, supercilious, calculatingly ‎quirky, painfully unhilarious—a punk in a yarmulke.‎

Mofaz’s Kadima win signals end of the land for peace era

The change of leadership in Kadima illustrates Israelis’ disillusionment with a peace process ‎that went nowhere, writes Moshe Arens in Haaretz. ‎

The Oslo Accords had the support of the majority of the Israeli public but are now ‎considered to have been an abject failure, Yasir Arafat’s Nobel Peace Prize having become ‎an object of ridicule. Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s unilateral withdrawal from the south ‎Lebanon security zone in 2000 had the support of most Israelis at the time. But when ‎Hezbollah, in the wake of the withdrawal, assumed a dominant role in Lebanon and ‎amassed tens of thousands of rockets, bringing on the Second Lebanon War, many Israelis ‎began having second thoughts.‎

A Quiet Transformation in China’s Approach to Israel

‎Carice Witte of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs examines the evolution in ties ‎between the two countries, driven by China’s growing admiration for Israel’s technological ‎achievements and despite pressure from Arab nations. ‎

Demands and expectations internally and externally will continue to grow and to some extent, ‎China will be seeking out Israel, its scholars, and experts as a trusted source of information and ‎greater understanding in order to meet the responsibilities brought by its economic success. ‎

Some Hope for the American Jewish Future

In a sea of trials and tribulations, writes Matthew Ackerman in Commentary Magazine, there are ‎signs that all is not lost for the Jewish community of the United States. ‎

‎[A]n American Jewry with even a small portion of its young people both deeply interested ‎in public affairs and capable of hearing about them in its people’s language is one with at ‎least some cause for pride. May there be many more similar signs of American Jewish ‎hope in the future.‎