Jewish Journal


July 16, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

July 16, 2012 | 3:04 am

Hillary Clinton and Shimon Peres meeting in Jerusalem, July 16, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)


Libya’s Militia Menace

Frederic Wehrey of Foreign Affairs looks at the new challenge facing post-revolution Libya - unifying the local militias who fought Gadhafi’s regime.

The strategy of trying to dismantle the regional militias while simultaneously making use of them as hired guns might be sowing the seeds for the country’s descent into warlordism. It has also given local brigades and their political patrons leverage over the central government. Emboldened by the writ of state authority, brigade commanders have been free to carry out vendettas against rival towns and tribes, particularly those favored by former leader Muammar al-Qaddafi.

Why I defected from Bashar al-‎Assad’s regime

Bashar Assad’s former ambassador to Iraq tells Ruth Sherlock of the Daily Telegraph how ‎the Syrian regime’s brutal actions led to his decision to defect.

At the beginning of the revolution, the state tried to convince people that reforms would ‎be enacted very soon,” he said. “We lived on that hope for a while. We gave them the ‎benefit of the doubt, but after many months it became clear to me that the promises of ‎reform were lies. That was when I made my decision. I was seeing the massacres ‎perpetrated – no man would be able to live with himself, seeing what I saw and knowing ‎what I know, to stay in the position.‎


Daily Digest

  • Times of Israel: Clinton meets with Liberman and Peres at start of two-day state visit focusing on Iran

  • Haaretz: Tycoons turning Israeli media into hasbara tools

  • Jerusalem Post: ‘Israel being excluded from counterterrorism parley’

  • Ynet: Obama says he failed to push Mideast peace

  • New York Times: After Meeting With Clinton, Egypt’s Military Chief Steps Up Political Feud

  • Washington Post: In Syria, a wealthy oasis from the war

  • Wall Street Journal: New Account of Syria Killings

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