Jewish Journal


August 9, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

August 9, 2012 | 2:02 am

Militiamen from the Ansar Dine jihadist group, Al Qaeda's new partner in northern Mali, June 2012. (Photo: Reuters)


Sinai Attack Shows Egypt Needs Israel

New Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi may have to rethink his animosity to Israel in the face of a shared threat, writes Alan Elsner in the Algemeiner.

The situation in Sinai creates a dilemma for Egypt’s newly-elected President Mohamed Morsi. On one hand, Morsi comes out of a Muslim Brotherhood political tradition of deep hostility to Israel. He recently said he did not want there to be an impression of cooperation with Israel; nor did he want to strengthen security ties because Egyptian public opinion was opposed to this.

The New Al Qaeda Menace

The terrorist organization has established itself, and found a new partner, in northern Mali, writes Bruce Riedel in the National Interest.

Most of Mali’s neighbors are horrified at what is taking place in the North. Islamic extremists from across the region are finding a safe haven in Mali that allows them to train and operate. The Moroccans have said the jihadist emirate is the greatest threat to regional stability in over a decade. Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Morocco all have expressed concerns about the danger of an Al Qaeda safe haven in the region.

Daily Digest

  • Times of Israel: Official says Israel picked up phone chatter between Lebanon and Burgas before bombing

  • Haaretz: Israel needs a sports revolution

  • Jerusalem Post: ‘Sinai terrorists supported from Afghanistan, Iraq’

  • Ynet: Saudi Arabia: We’ll intercept any IAF aircraft en route to Iran

  • New York Times: Murky Plots Are Tied to Shadow War of Israel and Iran

  • Washington Post: Getting around a dead-end in Syria

  • Wall Street Journal: On Damascus Streets, Front Lines Multiply

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