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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

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

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

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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

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

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Jewish World Review Feb. 22, 2011 / 18 Adar I, 5771

In Egypt, ‘pro-democracy’ leaders already seeking to ‘reassess’ peace with Israel

By Edmund Sanders and Batsheva Sobelman






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JERUSALEM — (MCT) Israel's so-called "cold peace" with Egypt is looking colder by the day.

As early as today, Egypt is expected to permit two Iranian warships to pass through the Suez Canal for the first time since the Iranian revolution in 1979, Israeli officials say.

During a mass prayer service Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, anti-Israel cleric Yusuf al-Qardawi — who returned to Egypt after years in exile — called for the "conquest" of Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third-holiest site, which was captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and is also a Jewish holy site, the Temple Mount.

As well, natural gas shipments to Israel, Jordan and Syria remain suspended after unknown assailants earlier this month tried to bomb the pipeline route in the Sinai Peninsula. An organizer of the protests that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said last week that his group opposes resumption of exports to the "Zionist entity."

Though Israelis have taken comfort in assurances from Egypt's military that international agreements such as the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty will be honored during its interim control of the country, opposition leaders in Egypt are talking about the need to "reassess" or "revise" the landmark pact.

Some Israelis fear they are already seeing signs of an anti-Israeli backlash stemming from decades of pent-up hostility on the Egyptian streets, where many still view Israel as an enemy.

"One must bear in mind that many of the young Egyptians who took to the streets demanding democracy and prosperity are anti-American and anti-Israel," said Michael Laskier, Mideast studies professor at Bar-Ilan University. "They may decide to settle a score with the two."


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Even if Egypt's next government opts to maintain the peace treaty, many Israelis are worried that a future democratic Egypt could follow the path of Turkey, a one-time Israeli ally that over the past year has come to breaking off diplomatic ties.

"Egypt is signaling that it is no longer committed to its strategic alliance with Israel against Iran, and that Cairo is now willing to do business with Tehran," Israeli newspaper columnist Aluf Benn wrote in Haaretz on Sunday, reacting to the Iranian war ships. "This is precisely what Turkey has done in recent years under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan."

Though the peace treaty requires Egypt to provide Israel with passage through the canal and make efforts to prevent hostile elements from attacking Israel from inside Egypt's borders, other forms of cooperation are not formally part of the agreement.

In addition to terminating natural-gas exports, which now account for about 40 percent of Israel's supply, a future Egyptian government might halt its assistance in stemming the flood of African immigrants through Egypt into Israel or weapons into Gaza Strip, without violating the terms of the treaty, experts say.

"Undoing the peace treaty entirely risks losing significant American aid," Laskier said. "So a new regime could do everything to avoid angering the Obama administration by not really breaking the peace, but not keeping it either. The peace treaty could be weakened and emptied of (meaning)."

The expected passage of Iran's naval vessels, which are reportedly heading to Syria, is another example of how a shift in Egypt's policies could impact Israel's security without violating the treaty, experts said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far directed his anger largely toward Iran, saying during a Cabinet meeting Sunday that Iran is "trying to take advantage of the situation that has arisen and broaden its influence."

Because the Iranian ships are reportedly not ferrying weapons, Egyptian officials have said they are unable to justify blocking them.

In 2009, the tables were turned when Israeli submarines were permitted through the canal and into the Red Sea in what was widely seen as a symbolic message to Iran about Israel's ability to strike. Israelis have said that they view Iran's nuclear program as a threat to their existence and have refused to rule out an airstrike — similar to ones Israel launched against Iraq in 1981 and Syria in 2007 — to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities.

By dispatching its own ships into the Mediterranean, Iran is sending its own message back to Israel, said Yoel Guzansky, a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.

"While the passage of the ships is not of extraordinary security consequence, it conveys a message to Israel," he said. "Egypt was the keystone in efforts to block Iran. I do not know if Iran would have dared to attempt this move with Mubarak in his prime."

Some Israeli commentators have argued that without Mubarak's help in organizing an Arab alliance against Iran, Israel's ability to launch a military strike against Iran is diminished, particularly if such a move endangered the 1979 peace treaty.

Former National Security Council head Ilan Mizrahi said recent regime change in Egypt was not a "barrier" to a military strike, but agreed it might increase the potential price tag for Israel.

"When someone in Israel is debating whether to strike, it will be taken into consideration how Arab states, especially Egypt, will react," he said. "It's going to depend on how fragile the peace is between Israel and Egypt."

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