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This week in power: Ceasefire sets in and Obama reaction

by Danny Groner

August 6, 2014 | 8:24 pm

A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

72-hour ceasefire
Israel and Hamas agreed on Tuesday to 72-hour ceasefire that has brought back the possibility of negotiating a timely end to the month-long warfare. This came just days after a similar ceasefire fell through. "As for racism, people often point out how peculiar it is that the Jewish state seems to arouse a level of condemnation that never seems to apply equally elsewhere," said Bret Stephens in The Wall Street Journal. "But perhaps the real racism is the indifference to Muslim suffering around the world when the person dropping the bomb or pulling the trigger is another Muslim. A world that makes a fetish of the alleged guilt of Israel is also a world that holds too much Muslim life cheap."

Other wonder what this means for Palestinians. "What I question is the Israeli government's methods, used over and over, so far unsuccessfully, and at enormous cost to both its own people and the Palestinians. And I wonder if the world will ever get around to asking if maybe Palestinians have a right to self-defense, too," wrote Emily L. Hauser in The Week.

How's Obama doing?
Back in the United States, some people are evaluating how the President has fared so far during this Middle East conflict. "The bottom line is relations with Israel have never been so bad for so long," wrote Jennifer Rubin in The Washington Post. "The media’s pornographic, context-free reporting of the Gaza casualty count, US Secretary of State John Kerry’s Hamas-friendly cease-fire plan, US President Barack Obama’s weary impotence and various American Jewish mea culpas have stirred Israeli worries about losing American support. But don’t worry Israel: Americans (along with Canadians) remain our best friends," argued Gil Troy in The Jerusalem Post. Is this creating a possibility for Jewish voters to move toward the GOP? Stay tuned.

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Danny Groner is a contributing writer to the Jewish Journal. He has worked in journalism since he was a teenager, starting off as an intern for a local publication. During his...

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