Jewish Journal


June 20, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

June 20, 2012 | 2:33 am

A protester shouts slogans during a demonstration outside the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo, June 14, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

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Syria Tests Russia’s Global Role

The United States should not be looking to Russia, with its limited influence and own ‎interests, for a solution to the crisis in Syria, writes Paul J. Saunders in the National ‎Interest. ‎

Russia has taken the same approach to Syria in attempting to defend its ‎less-than-advertised naval base in Tartus, its contacts and contracts with ‎the Syrian government, its role in Syria and the Middle East. Rather than ‎creating a leadership role for itself by developing and proposing a workable ‎plan that others can support, Moscow is insisting that others accommodate ‎its preferences—or Russia will veto UN resolutions and supply more arms to ‎the Syrian regime. ‎

The Egyptian military’s big mistakes

Writing in the Daily Star, Rami G. Khouri lambasts the Supreme Council of the Armed ‎Forces for its attempt to seize power, which he believes will only accelerate the ‎country’s political evolution. ‎

Egypt this week is a country in post-revolutionary turmoil and deep transition, without a governance ‎system. But it will be fine. It will emerge from this transitional moment in better shape than it has been ‎at any time in the past two generations – because the Egypt that will configure itself during the coming ‎phase will enjoy the unprecedented quality of being a country that has been defined and shaped by ‎its own people.

Media Digest

  • Times of Israel: Grad hits Beersheba outskirts as southern escalation ‎enters second day

  • Haaretz: Israel cannot allow MKs’ anti-gay remarks to pass quietly

  • The Jerusalem Post: Ulpana outpost residents agree to ‎voluntary evacuation

  • Ynet: Carmel fire report expected to target interior and finance ‎ministers

  • New York Times: Putin Rules Out ‎Intervention to Stop the Syrian ‎Rebellion

  • Washington Post: U.S., Israel ‎developed Flame ‎computer virus to slow ‎Iranian nuclear efforts, ‎officials say

  • Wall Street Journal: Mubarak Said To Be Critical After Stroke

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