Jewish Journal


August 13, 2012

August 13, 2012



Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and former military chief Mohamed Hussein Tantawi. (Photo: Reuters)


Obama Must Act on New Iran Intelligence

A new report puts US estimates on Iran in line with those of Israel, and the president must respond accordingly, writes Jonathan S. Tobin in Commentary Magazine.

The failure of the P5+1 negotiations have exposed the foolishness of the administration’s reliance on a diplomatic process that only serves to buy Tehran more time to work on a bomb. Similarly, the president’s claim that the sanctions he belatedly and only under great pressure adopted on Iran will convince the ayatollahs to give in is undermined by the waivers granted to the restrictions that have enabled the Iranian economy to keep functioning.

Has Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Staged a Coup Against the Military?

Abigail Hauslohner of TIME examines the significance of the new Egyptian president’s decision to fire the entire leadership of the country’s powerful military.

Sunday’s shift marks Morsy’s boldest move yet to reclaim power from the country’s powerful military council. But it follows a similar reshuffle last week in Egypt’s security sector, which included the ousting of an old regime ally, Mourad Mwafi, from the head of the country’s General Intelligence Service. The replacements in the security sector, and indeed in the military, all serve a purpose in the broader scheme of things, analysts say. “The Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t do anything off the cuff. Everything is according to plan and may be known for a few months before,” [prominent businessman and pro-democracy advocate Mamdouh] Hamza says.

Daily Digest

  • Times of Israel:‎ ‘US would actively support Israel if it attacks Iran’

  • Haaretz:‎ NATO official: Israel won’t have unanimous support for Iran strike any time soon

  • Jerusalem Post:‎ Talk of military strike ‘makes Tehran nervous’

  • Ynet:‎ Olmert: No reason to attack Iran now

  • New York Times:‎ Syrian Jets Pound Rebel Positions as Opposition Presses for No-Fly Zone

  • Washington Post:‎ U.S. officials warily endorse new Egyptian defense minister

  • Wall Street Journal:‎ Lebanon Charges Politician With Syria-Linked Plot

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