Jewish Journal


June 13, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

June 13, 2012 | 4:05 am

Israeli troops intercepting one of the ships in a flotilla that headed for Gaza from Turkey, May 31, 2010. (Photo: Reuters)


Russia Sets Out Tough Terms for ‎Resolving Syria’s Civil War

Moscow wants Iran in on any Syria talks, ‎and is taking advantage of the turmoil to ‎advance its own agenda, writes Tony ‎Karon in Time. ‎

Moscow is pressing its own ideas on how to deal with the failure of the Annan plan to ‎gain traction. It believes the fighting can only be stopped by a consensus of all ‎external parties who are backing the various combatants. Annan concurs, having ‎asked all governments with influence to “twist arms” to achieve a cease-fire. To that ‎end, Moscow has proposed holding an international conference on Syria of the ‎Western powers, Russia and China, Arab League countries, Turkey and Iran. ‎

The Beginning of the End for Liberal Jewry

Jonathan S. Tobin of Commentary Magazine takes a look at a significant demographic ‎shift illustrated in the new report on the New York Jewish community, and what it means for American Jewry. ‎

If, as the survey tells us, 40 percent of Jews in New York City and 74 percent of all Jewish ‎children are Orthodox, then this must inform our conclusions not only about what ‎American Jews believe but also about its future. When combined with the nearly one-‎third of Jews who are abandoning Jewish identity altogether, this paints a picture of an ‎American Jewish population that is comprised of two ships passing each other in the night ‎‎— one becoming increasingly Orthodox and the other on the brink of not being Jewish at ‎all. ‎

Media Digest

  • Times of Israel: Gilad ‎Shalit becomes ‎sports columnist

  • Haaretz: State Comptroller report: Netanyahu inadequately ‎heeded IDF warnings ahead of Gaza flotilla raid

  • The Jerusalem Post: ‘Hezbollah may move ‎Syrian arms to Lebanon’

  • Ynet: NATO chief: Intervention ‘not right path’ in Syria

  • New York Times: Heavier Weapons ‎Push Syrian Crisis Toward Civil ‎War

  • Washington Post: Egypt forms ‎constitutional body after ‎lengthy battle

  • Wall Street Journal: Iran Says It ‎Plans Nuclear Submarine

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