Egypt

Watchful Waiting At The Border

The jury is still out on how Egypt and the broader
Arab world’s upheavals will affect Israel.

03/01/2011
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — One month after democracy protests in Egypt touched off a wave of popular upheaval around the Middle East, Israeli officials and analysts are cautioning that regional instability is so high and so fluid that it’s too early to say how it will affect the Jewish state.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman left,  Strategic Affairs Minister Dan Meridor .

Israel Can Help Egypt, After Peace With PA

03/01/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

After Egypt’s wondrous revolution the Middle East will never be the same again. Egypt is so large and so consequential that such profound political change there is bound to impact everything, including the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Is it a threat to peacemaking or an opportunity?

Ross to J Street: More Time Needed for Bridging Peace Proposals

02/28/2011

In a speech Monday to the J Street conference in Washington, the senior White House adviser on Middle East peace issues said the current process of the United States working with both sides on bridging proposals needs more time.

“That process hasn't played out yet,” Ross said. “We'll make a judgment on where the process is, where the two sides are and what we think the most appropriate steps are on where we'll have the most impact.

Media Watch: The Lara Logan Cover-Up?

Were her attackers shouting ‘Jew, Jew,’ or not?

02/22/2011
Associate Editor

‘You almost never hear the word ‘Israel,’” wrote Thomas Friedman in The New York Times (Feb. 8) of the recent Cairo demonstrations.

CBS correspondent Lara Logan.

To the End of Haaretz? David Remnick Reports

The New Yorker does a fine job, usually, of deciding which feature articles to give out free on its website.  Their logic seems obvious enough: if the story is of broad political or social importance, make it free.  Keep all the other stuff--about the arts, food, sports, or other "soft" stories--behind the pay wall.

Back to Israel in Troubled Times

02/18/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

In just a few hours, I’ll be leaving for ten days in Israel, bringing with me fifty members of my congregation, as well as my wife and the Educational Director of our synagogue’s Religious School. I can no longer remember how many of these trips I’ve led during the past thirty years, and that is a very good thing indeed. One of the things I’m proudest of in my rabbinate is having introduced many members of my community to Israel for the first time. There is a special joy in that for me, and the feeling never grows old.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Syria-Bound Iranian Warships Stop in Red Sea

02/17/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Two Iranian warships bound for Syria withdrew a request to sail through the Suez Canal. 

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced Wednesday night that the ships were en route to Syria via the Suez Canal.

But Thursday the ships stopped in an area near the Saudi Arabian Red Sea port city of Jiddah after reportedly withdrawing a request to traverse the canal. Other reports suggest that the ships never requested permission to cross through the canal.

Post-Mubarak, Obama Embraces Middle East Reform

02/16/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) – A combination of calculation, luck and principles are steering the Obama administration to emphasize democracy and human rights in the Middle East in the post-Mubarak era.

On Tuesday, President Obama laid out a revamped strategy that takes into account U.S. strategic interests in the region while also emphasizing the need to accommodate uprisings that have swept away governments in Egypt and Tunisia, as well as protests nipping at U.S. allies in Barhain, Jordan and Yemen.

Egypt, Iran Top Pols’ Concerns At JCRC Event

Reason for optimism in post-Mubarak era, says Schumer, at congressional breakfast; Tehran nuclear ambitions worry N.Y. delegation.

02/15/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

 The uncertain future of Israel’s powerful neighbor dominated the speeches at Sunday’s annual congressional breakfast sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council, held less than 48 hours after the demise of Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade reign over Egypt.

“Being Jewish, I worry,” said Sen. Charles Schumer at the JCRC congressional breakfast Sunday, addressing the changing Middle Ea

With Egypt in Turmoil, Israel Rethinks Readiness for Multi-front War

02/15/2011
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Although it’s still far from clear how the uprising in Egypt is going to play out, the volatility there is already raising questions in Israel about the Jewish state’s readiness for a war on several fronts.

The optimistic view in Israel is that a wave of democracy will sweep the Middle East from Cairo to Tehran, making war in any form less likely.

The pessimists -- there are many here -- see an ascendant Islamic radicalism taking hold in Egypt and elsewhere, thus compounding the military threats facing Israel.

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