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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Israeli military's disarray adds to fears over Egyptian uprising

By Sheera Frenkel






JewishWorldReview.com |

JERUSALEM — (MCT) Israel's top military leadership was in turmoil Wednesday, lacking an army chief or even the prospect of an early appointment as the Arab world continued to erupt in upheaval around it.

Israelis awoke to discover that overnight, Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant, the incoming chief of staff, had been dismissed,and that feuding between various branches of government had led to an indefinite hiatus for the post. The impasse came as Israelis nervously watched events unfold in Egypt, their neighbor to the south.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Wednesday for "bolstering Israel's might" in response to the turmoil that's unfolding in Egypt. Speaking to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, he repeated Israel's concerns that Egypt could adopt an Islamist regime after President Hosni Mubarak leaves office.

"The basis of our stability, our future and for maintaining peace or widening it, particularly in unstable times, this basis lies in bolstering Israel's might," he added, in his toughest response yet to the week of protests in Egypt.

Netanyahu's speech appeared aimed at soothing worried Israelis, who have closely watched the unfolding events in Egypt.


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On Wednesday night, Israel's two leading television news broadcasts led their programming with images of protesters in Egypt chanting anti-Israel slogans. The four-minute segment highlighted anti-Israel fervor among some protesters; a second report showed the clashes Wednesday between Mubarak's backers and his opponents.

"It's frightening. They make us feel like Egyptians are going to come marching over the border and attack us as soon as they are done overthrowing Mubarak," said Dan Oved, a 25-year-old student in Tel Aviv. "Then I watched Al-Jazeera English and it was a very different picture."

Al-Jazeera is available in Israel for free, though viewers have to request it from their cable companies. An Israeli cable provider said there had been a huge surge in Israelis calling to request the channel since the upheaval in Egypt began.

"Other TV stations make it seem like the protests are mostly about Egyptians wanting a better life. In Israel, there is an undertone that they want to get us, too," Oved said.

The gap in the top military leadership added to Israel's concerns. .

Late Tuesday night, Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak surprised many in the security establishment by announcing they had canceled the appointment of Galant — who was to assume the post of Israel Defense Forces chief in about two weeks — after Galant was accused of misappropriating land to build his house.

The move has thrown the IDF into turmoil, as Barak also refused to extend the term of the current IDF chief, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi.

"There is no one to helm the ship," said one Foreign Ministry official, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he hadn't been authorized to talk to journalists.

He said Israel's political leaders were at odds with the Defense Ministry, and both were at odds with the IDF.

Since December, Israel has appointed new heads to the Mossad intelligence agency and military intelligence. The high turnover has made many military experts nervous, more so since events in Egypt sparked demonstrations in other Arab countries.

Compounding the nervousness was the revelation that the events in Egypt caught Israeli intelligence by surprise.

"The process of the last few months hurt the IDF, the chief of staff, General Galant, Chief of Staff Ashkenazi and the entire government's status," said Moshe Ya'alon, deputy prime minister and former IDF chief of staff. He said the decision had left the IDF in a "state of insanity."

That sentiment was echoed by Shaul Mofaz, a member of parliament and a former defense minister. In light of the "strategic changes taking place in the Middle East ... the government should have acted differently," Mofaz said.

"Ego and personal considerations made the decision not to extend the current chief of staff's term," added Mofaz, as a direct blow to Barak and Netanyahu.

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