A new unit of the IDF is taking on would-be hackers. (Photo: IDF Spokesperson)
Iran’s Last Chance?
Writing for Project Syndicate, former EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana makes the case for pursuing talks with Iran, albeit fraught and perilous ones.
If we want to ensure that Iran never has a nuclear weapon, the only guarantee is to change its desire to possess one. And the best way to do that is still by negotiating, rather than by using force. No one has calculated the consequences of a war. Everyone has good reason to sit down and talk.
Nasrallah, Assange and injustice in Syria
Michael Young of the Daily Star takes Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah to task for his hypocrisy in siding with Syrian President Bashar Assad against those seeking to bring down his regime.
By Nasrallah’s logic, domestic repression is tolerable if an Arab state upholds the proper kinds of struggles regionally – against Israel and the United States. For the Hezbollah leader, injustice, therefore, is a relative term, one tied to his party’s interests. This disqualifies Nasrallah from passing moral judgment on a variety of developments in the Middle East.
Zionism should not involve a blanket acceptance for Jews, but rather an active accountability for one’s own values, writes Yehudah Mirksy in the Daily Beast.
Being a Zionist in the diaspora means not only supporting the project of Israel, but also accepting responsibility for being a Diaspora Jew, and trying not to live vicarious Jewishness, as so many do, via Israel. There is, to be sure, something wonderful about the Jewish outsider-ness, the irony and the moralism. But in the end it can be a dodge, certainly in America.
Egypt: Pity the Winner
Writing in the National Review, Elliott Abrams takes a look at the quagmire of the Egyptian presidential elections, and the gargantuan task awaiting the victor.
Pity the poor guy who wins, for he will be president of an Egypt whose economy is simply collapsing. Since Hosni Mubarak left office last year, roughly 1.5 million additional Egyptians have been born, and the population is now heading toward 90 million. Foreign-exchange reserves are falling, the Egyptian pound is weakening, capital flight has replaced foreign investment, the critical tourism industry is down one-third in visitors, and unemployment is rising.
Meet the ‘Cyber Defenders’
Yaakov Katz of the Jerusalem Post goes inside the IDF’s newest line of defense – keeping out hackers trying to infiltrate Israel’s military networks.
Established a year ago, the division made history on Tuesday with the graduation of its first course of “Cyber Defenders,” the term the army has given to this new, revolutionary military role. The 30 soldiers who completed the 15-week course will be dispersed throughout the IDF’s branches where they will prowl computer networks in an effort to prevent and detect infiltrations.