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August 12, 2012

August 12, 2012

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Egyptian soldiers stand guard near the Rafah border in Sinai, August 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

In-depth

Egypt, Israel and Sinai: The need for triangular co-operation

The terrorist attack on Egyptian and Israeli troops illustrates the need for co-operation between the two countries, as well as Gaza’s rulers Hamas, argues the Economist

The three governments also need to agree on new economic arrangements. For the past five years, the joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza that fostered smuggling through the tunnels has hugely benefited people in Sinai who are beyond the law—of any country. Opening the borders to legal traffic and trade should lessen the power of jihadists and smugglers in Sinai and Gaza, and thus strengthen the arm of the governments in Cairo and Jerusalem.

Can Romney break the Democrats’ lock on the Jewish vote?

The Republican candidate believes that there are enough Jewish voters disillusioned with Obama’s stance on Israel to make a difference in key states, writes Dan Schnur in the Los Angeles Times.

Many U.S. Jews were troubled by Obama’s early insistence on a settlement freeze. They also took umbrage at his use of the emotionally charged term “occupation” in reference to the Israeli military presence in Palestinian territory in a seminal speech in Cairo during his first months in office. The ongoing coolness between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not helped matters, nor has the administration’s emphasis on diplomacy over military engagement when it comes to Iran’s nuclear facilities. It was these issues that Mitt Romney felt opened a small but important window of opportunity that made it worth his going to Israel at the end of July.

Daily Digest

  • Times of Israel:‎ Cabinet to vote on greater powers for the prime minister

  • Haaretz:‎ Israeli official: Iran has made progress toward developing nuclear warhead

  • Jerusalem Post:‎ Home Front Command begins SMS alert experiment

  • Ynet:‎ US, Egypt negotiating Sinai security aid package

  • New York Times:‎ U.S. and Turkey to Tighten Coordination on Syria

  • Washington Post:‎ How, when and whether to end the war in Syria

  • Wall Street Journal:‎ Can Syria’s Christians Survive?

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