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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 Nov. 19, 2013/ 16 Kislev, 5774

Bed time in the Middle East

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Politics makes strange bedfellows, as we all know, and sometimes it's a weird bed, indeed. You can bet that when Israel and Saudi Arabia snuggle under the covers together, it's a king-size bed and there's an enormous bundling log between them.

The governments in Jerusalem and Riyadh, each with a wary eye on Tehran, have separately concluded that Barack Obama and the Americans are unreliable partners in war and peace. This unlikely coalition of Arabs and Jews have begun, on their own, planning a realistic response to the Iranian bomb that portends only catastrophe for everyone in the Middle East.

Once enemies, Israel's Mossad intelligence agency and the Saudi military services are working on contingency plans for destroying Iran's nuclear-warfare facilities, if necessary, after the West - sans France - and Iran conclude a deal later this week in Geneva intended to curb the Iranian appetite for nuclear weapons.

"Both the Israeli and Saudi governments are convinced that the international talks to place limits on Tehran's military nuclear development amount to appeasement and will do little slow the development of a nuclear warhead," the London Sunday Times reported over the week end.

"As part of the growing co-operation, Riyadh is understood already to have given the go-ahead for Israeli planes to use its airspace in the event of an attack on Iran. Both sides are now prepared to go much farther. The Sunni kingdom is as alarmed as Israel by the nuclear ambitions of the Shiite-dominated Iran. Once the Geneva agreement is signed, the military option will be back on the table."



Everything was greased for the deal 10 days ago until the French, of all people, balked, and once exposed as customers for a sucker deal, Barack Obama and David Cameron scattered like cocker spaniels at the prospect of facing a long-tailed tabby with a hissing fit. They regrouped in Geneva. French President Francois Hollande arrived in Israel Sunday for a visit and received the kind of welcome once reserved for American presidents (before this one).

President Obama, in fact, is well on his way to disrupting old and useful friendships throughout the region. His treatment of Israel and Saudi Arabia will be read and analyzed and read again by allies throughout the world. Mr. Obama imagined that by bowing low enough to bump his head on the toe of the king's wingtips he could scuttle Arab fears. The thumb in the eyes of the Israelis could be always be solved by another speech. Or so he imagined.

But reality intrudes on the dreams of the innocent and the not so innocent alike. Neither the Israelis nor the Saudis can afford to humor the innocence of the blind leper wandering aimlessly without his warning bell. A nuclear weapon in the hands of the Iranians is a threat to the very existence of Israel, and the Saudi fears of Iranian troublemaking are real, exacerbated by the vivid religious divide between the Sunnis of Arabia and the Shia of Iran. Neither country can be comforted by the prospect of a treaty that satisfies only the self-satisfied powers of the West. When reality intrudes, innocence flees.

The proposed deal in Geneva requires Iran to freeze its nuclear-enrichment work and, above all, loosens the West's financial sanctions on Iran, but does not require Iran to dispense with its "enrichment capacity." It doesn't do anything to reduce Iran's nuclear capacity. It relies on Iran's good faith. It's the usual deal that satisfies easily satisfied diplomats, who are fearful only of someone rattling the teacups. Neither Israel nor Saudi Arabia can be satisfied with a tea party, however dainty the little cucumber sandwiches.

"I prefer a diplomatic solution, I prefer a peaceful solution," says Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister who has shown remarkable patience with Mr. Obama's appetite for waffles. "Israel has the most to gain from a peaceful solution. Israel has the most to gain from a diplomatic solution, because we're on the firing line. I don't think it's a good deal. It's a bad deal - an exceedingly bad deal."

Neither the Israelis nor the Saudis can take comfort in the history of how American governments have dealt with nuclear outlaw regimes they promised to get very, very tough with. Bill Clinton promised that North Korea wouldn't be allowed to have nuclear weapons, a vow similar to the promise Mr. Obama made to the world about a prospective Iranian bomb. North Korea and Iran weighed the words and continued on their way, unimpressed. They reckoned that words are cheap in the West. It's the costly deeds, of blowing away solemn promises, that wreak the misery.

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