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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

Putin's Middle East maneuvering continues to be shrewd

By Nancy A. Youssef


Hajo de Reijger, The Netherlands




Russia's Syria move was not his first play. It won't be his last, either


JewishWorldReview.com |

mAIRO— (MCT) Whether a proposed Russian deal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons as an alternative to a U.S. missile strike actually works or not, Russia already has emerged as a winner among many Egyptians.

For them, the deal is a reminder that there's a former ally that can solve the region's problems peacefully without the tarnish of a failed intervention in Iraq, failed Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, reviled alliances with fallen regimes or the perception that it has treated the region as its lapdog.

Even before the proposed chemical weapons deal, Egypt, the Arab world's most populous nation, was seeking to build stronger relations with Russia — and move away from the United States. While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested in his congressional testimony earlier this month that the Arab world is watching what the United States does in Syria, it's what Russia is doing that's shifting alliances in the region.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy visited Russia this week, in part to thank Russians for their intervention in Syria and to discuss new ways to expand Egyptian-Russian relations. Fahmy said he hoped the Russian deal would eventually lead to ridding the world of chemical and nuclear "without exception or discrimination," a clear reference to Israel, the United States' most important Middle East ally and a country suspected of having both chemical and nuclear weapons.

The Egyptian government's moves to bolster relations with Russia have the backing of a majority of Egyptians, who are angry over the United States' perceived support for ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, its threats to cut off $1.5 billion in military aid and the instability that U.S. military intervention — and threats of intervention — have had in the region, of which neighboring Libya is the nearest example.



Nearly every day, newspaper columns outline the many ways the United States has failed the region and how Russia, China and India could offer a new economic breakthrough. The United States is weaker, they argue, Russia is more aligned with Egypt and willing to help finance much-needed economic projects.

"Egypt should end the shame of the toxic American and European aid, and declare once and for all that it does not need it. It should focus on financial and economic cooperation with sister Arab countries and with friends with which it has already cooperated unconditionally — Russia, China, India and others — since political, economic and national independence are more valuable than any aid," columnist Ahmad el-Sayed el-Nagger wrote Aug. 27 in the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper.

Earlier this month, Egyptian President Adly Mansour told state television in his first interview that Russia and China "can offer a lot to Egypt in the next phase, not only politically, but economically."

He added that he and Foreign Minister Fahmy are "strategically reviewing our foreign relations to differentiate between our real friends and those who should not be classified in that category anymore."

As the United States makes threats to cut off funds, Egyptians are hopeful Russian money will return. Russian investment in 2010 reached $2.1 billion a year, and Russians account for 2.85 million tourists annually, making the nation a key part of reviving Egypt's moribund economy. On Sept. 10, amid news of a possible deal, Egyptian stocks rose 3.11 percent.

Intertwined in the latest move toward Russia is Egypt's own history. With the country now guided by a military leader, Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sissi, there is a renewed love of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, a former Army colonel who helped liberate Egypt from British rule and who at the height of the Cold War aligned himself with the Soviet Union, skillfully playing the two Cold War rivals off each other.

In 1973, then-President Anwar Sadat expelled Russian advisers in the face of a military defeat in the Yom Kippur war against Israel and moved toward a peace deal and a renewed American alliance.

More recently, Morsi's July 3 ouster and the return of a military-led government have resurrected Egypt's alliance with rulers such as Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is largely propped up by Russia.


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Still, there is much doubt that a military-led government would break with the United States openly. The United States is a source of weapons and military training for Egyptian army commanders, and there is nothing in the latest rhetoric that suggests Russia would do a better job than the United States at solving the region's most intractable problems, such as the Israeli-Palestinian standoff, the post-Arab Spring instability or the region's economic decline.

The establishment "is keen to maintain the relationship" with the United States," said Abdel Raouf el-Reedy, a former Egyptian ambassador to the United States who is in close contact with the current Egyptian government. "Whoever counts in national security decision-making believes that maintaining the relationship is very important."

At the same time, however, "there is a sense of disappointment with the United States," he said. "The threat of cutting off military aid is a sensitive point within the Egyptian society because they are a very proud people. When I was in Washington, I always advised my friends to not use the aid as a means of leverage. It is counterproductive."

William B. Quandt, who served on the National Security Council during the 1970s and the Camp David Accords, the apex of U.S.-Egyptian relations, said he believes U.S. influence in the region has been fading for at least 20 years, beginning with the end of the first Gulf War and the 1991 Madrid conference, which failed to bring about major changes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

U.S. relations fell again in 2000 when then-President Bill Clinton failed to seal a deal between the Israelis and Palestinians, sparking a Palestinian uprising. Two years later, the United States prepared to enter Iraq.

While U.S. intervention in Libya in the form of airstrikes was once celebrated, the region blames the United States for the instability that has defined the period since the fall of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The latest move toward Russia is one of many new alliances emerging in a rapidly evolving post-Arab Spring Middle East, Quandt said. That move is based on immediate interests, and can seem perplexing. Iraq's two best allies, for example, are the United States and Iran. In Syria, the two biggest opponents of an expanding al-Qaida influence are the United States and Assad — who two years ago President Barack Obama said "must go."

For an Egypt looking to assert its independence from the United States, to find new economic partners and to establish itself again as a key player in the region, aligning itself with Russia now makes sense.

"There is no ideological lineup," Quandt said. "You are going to see some very odd, very odd alignments in the next few years."

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