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  1. 1. GERMANY EDITIONJune 26 2012Dear Friends:With Germany’s attention so deeply entrenched in the future of the eurozone andAmerican Jewish attention so focused on our own economic situation, the upcomingNovember election and developments surrounding Egypt and the Middle East, noone in either country seems to have any energy to address American Jewish –German relations. With no major problems on the agenda or the horizon, I’mthankful. I love boring, peaceful times.The summer in the U.S. usually brings some modicum of rest, relaxation and a “getaway from it all” attitude. Believe me! It’s the calm before the storm and by the timeyou get around to reading this the American political scene may be turned on its ear.Any minute now the U.S. Supreme Court is to rule on the constitutionality of Pres.Obama’s major health care legislation, the Affordable Care Law – known to thosewho oppose the President as “Obamacare”. No matter how the ruling comes down,the political battle over universal health care coverage of Americans by law willbecome grist for the political warfare mills. It has become the Gettysburg of today’spolitical United States. (If you don’t know what the battle of Gettysburg was, Googleit.)Most Germans I speak to don’t understand how health care coverage can be apolitical football. To those I say – you don’t understand how split the Americanpolitical scene is. We are living in a difficult time in American life. There does notseem to be a “middle”. You’re either right or left, Republican or Democrat andcompromise seems to have been removed from the political lexicon. Many rationalAmericans don’t understand it either. However, we’re in the middle of it. (punintended)The political warfare has a Jewish component as well. The Republican – Democraticbattle over who is more sympathetic to and supportive of Israel rages within thegeneral political war. We need that, as my grandmother would say, like a “loch inKopf”.I think that’s enough complaining. Let’s get on with the news…IN THIS EDITIONEGYPT – How will it affect Israel?ISRAELIS & THE SETTLEMENTS – How the Israelis themselves feel about them. APoll. 1
  2. 2. A LONGER RANGE VIEW – Middle East peace down the road? Don’t count on it.SMALL CONGREGATIONS – Changing demographics. What plans do smallercommunities have to maintain a Jewish presence?GERMAN MILITARY IN ISRAEL – No! Not the Bundeswehr.NEW YORK JEWRY – An important demographic study.THE TURKISH FLOTILLA - WHERE THE FAULT LIES. – Only in a democracy!EGYPTSince Egypt is Israel’s largest, most populace and most important neighbor, whathappens there is always of primary importance, not only to Israelis, but to AmericanJews as well. Maybe everybody!The election of Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate forPresident, is a landmark event. Since, at this writing, he has been the President-elect for about 24 hours it’s difficult to know what the implications of his election are.However, we do know that he has (AP News) “a daunting struggle for power with thecountrys still-dominant military rulers who took over after Mubaraks ouster in theuprising.Just days before a winner was announced, the ruling generals made a series ofdecisions that gave them sweeping powers, undercutting the authorities of thepresident, including passing the state budget and granted military police broadpowers to detain civilians.Two days before the runoff, a decision by a top Egyptian court packed with formerregime appointees also dissolved the countrys first freely elected parliament,dominated by Islamists, including Morsis Muslim Brotherhood. This left the militarycouncil also in charge of legislating duties.So, what are the Israelis concerned about? Even with a weak president there arecurrent and down the road issues to be considered. First, Morsi has publicly reachedout to Iran, Israel’s sworn enemy. You already know about Iran’s threat to wipe Israelfrom the face of the earth. No further explanation is needed.Morsi has stated that Egypt will stick to the commitment it made in its peace treatywith Israel. At the moment the Egyptian military has more to say about this thanMorsi so it’s not an immediate problem. 2
  3. 3. However, violence and terrorism coming from Egyptian controlled Sinai has beenincreasing and that is a deep concern. Another terrorism problem concerns thenatural gas pipeline that runs from Egypt to Israel. That has been blown up severaltimes. It is definitely something to worry about.The Muslim Brotherhood connection to Hamas in Gaza is certainly another issuethat will have to be watched. Right now arms and explosives are being smuggledthrough Egypt to the Sinai and then on to Gaza. Might a more Islamic led Egyptmake the transit of such goods easier?Whatever else you want to say about Mubarak (and there is much to say) he keptthe Israel – Egypt border peaceful. Who knows whether Morsi will be able to do thesame?Everybody, including the editor of this newsletter, will be watching the situation inEgypt closely. The Morsi election result in no way solves the country’s problems.With only slightly more than a 50% majority in the voting, a parliament that is onhold, a military that has given itself ruling powers and an economic situation that isdire, Pres. Morsi will have his hands full. How will it all turn out? Stay tuned!ISRAELIS & THE SETTLEMENTSAs a good journalist I think it is required that I present all points of view on all issuesthat affect Jews so that you get a well rounded view of how both American Jews andIsraeli Jews look at them.Knowing the unhappiness many in Germany and Europe view the Settlementsituation I thought it important to give you some insight into how the Israelisthemselves view it.Israel Hayom, Israel’s largest newspaper recently published the results of a poll onthe subject. It reported, “A new poll suggests Israelis have shifted politicallyrightward, and have a more favorable view of the settlement enterprise and settlersin general compared with previous years.The full findings of the survey, conducted by the Maagar Mohot Institute for Dr.Miriam Billig and Dr. Udi Label of the Ariel University Center of Samaria, will bepublished on Thursday during a conference organized by the Samaria and theJordan Rift Regional R&D Center. The poll sampled 568 respondents who live withinthe Green Line.According to the poll, 64 percent of respondents said they support continuedsettlement activity in Judea and Samaria [Ed. Note: Known to most as the WestBank] . Only 15% said they would support a full moratorium on settlementconstruction, down 20% from the previous year. 3
  4. 4. A sizeable proportion still supports some kind of an Israeli pullout from Judea andSamaria and more than a third (36%) would support a partial or full annexation ofthe disputed areas, captured during the 1967 Six-Day War. Fourteen percent wouldlike to see the continuation of the current status quo in Judea and Samaria. Forty-two percent say the hilltop youth (who allegedly carry out vandalism against Arabsand IDF troops to protest terrorism and government policy on outposts) are aserious obstacle, with 22% saying settler leaders must have zero tolerance towardthat phenomenon and combat other forms of unlawful behavior.When asked if they would support a unilateral Israeli evacuation of the area withoutfirst reaching an agreement with the Palestinians, only 5% said they were in favor.The researchers note a marked shift in the publics willingness to see an Israeliwithdrawal in exchange for full peace compared to past surveys on this issue, with46% saying they would oppose any territorial concessions, up from 38% in 2009(the question did not refer to east Jerusalem). About 73% of those who gave ananswer said the two-state solution would not further peace or would at most onlyprevent a short term escalation (up from 64% in 2011).Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus popularity among non-settlers is also on therise. Last year less than half of respondents (49%) said they would prefer theincumbent premier to represent Israel at the negotiating table and sign a peaceagreement with the Palestinians, but this figure climbed to 58% in 2012.Asked if Netanyahu positively affected U.S. President Barack Obamas policy onsettlements, respondents were split down the middle.In reading and trying to understand the poll results one should keep in mind thatIsrael is democratic country with an open press. No government twisted results here.The results are the results whether one likes them or not.There is no question that the Jewish population of Israel (20% are Arabs) haspolitically moves right. However, several weeks ago P.M. Netanyahu welcomed theKadima, a center left party, and its leader former General Shaul Mofaz into the rulingcoalition. This move, in many ways, gave Israel a “grand coalition” and lessened theinfluence of the hard right and religious parties in government decision making.Many believe that the Settlement issue, while enormously important, isovershadowed currently by the perceived threat Israel is under from the possibility ofIran having a nuclear bomb. Some pundits believe that P.M. Netanyahu wouldwelcome a return to the bargaining table with the Palestinians but because of theweakness of Pres. Abbas and his Fatah faction Abbas cannot chance it. Abbas haschosen the path of trying to legitimate Palestine through the UN although that willprobably not get him anything except, perhaps, some sort of paper victory. This 4
  5. 5. strategy has not endeared him to the Israeli public and so there is more and morepositive backing to the strengthening and building of settlements.A LONGER RANGE VIEWElliot Abrams is a conservative commentator and former Republican governmentofficial. Some people like his political stance, some don’t. He is very critical of Pres.Obama and the Democrats. However, no matter how you look at him, no one canargue with the fact that he is a genuine authority on Israel and the Middle East.In a Foreign Policy article entitled “Processing Delay” he most interestingly looks atthe long range possibilities for the re-starting of the peace negotiations betweenIsrael and the Palestinians. In the piece he notes, “…the so-called "peace process"will enter its 46th year on June 10. For it was on that day in 1967 that a cease-fire inthe Six-Day War was declared, leaving Israel in possession of the West Bank, Gaza,Sinai, the Golan Heights, and Jerusalem but divided over what to do with itsnewfound gains.Israel withdrew from the Sinai in 1982 and from Gaza in 2007 and no one isdiscussing the Golan these days due to Syrias internal crisis. But the future ofJerusalem and the West Bank remains a matter of intense international -- includingAmerican -- diplomatic effort. While professional peacemakers may want to getnegotiations going again, the inconvenient truth is that none of the parties to thisconflict have adequate incentives to take serious political risks right now. Forgetabout reaching a final settlement for the next year and likely far longer -- neither thesituation on the ground nor the politics in Israel and among the Palestinians makes itat all likely.Abrams goes into the history of all the attempts to get a peace process going andwhy they failed. He then explains why, currently, in his opinion, the Palestinians arenot in any position to have internal elections or to partake in negotiations. He states,“Elections arent even the toughest challenge such a coalition [Hamas & Fatah]would face. Security tops the list. Who would lead the Palestinian Authoritys variousforces? Who can expect Hamas to disarm when it has never been defeated byFatah, either in combat or at the ballot box? Because "national unity" is widelypopular among Palestinians, Abbas and Hamas will keep at it and may even brieflyachieve a "unity government" -- but it wont last.Even a short-lived unity government with Hamas would doom any chance of anegotiation with Israel, but that doesnt bother Abbas. He cant see a way to climbdown from his demand for a construction freeze, and he doesnt have high hopes fornegotiations in the first place. Negotiations demand compromises, and he knowsthat any he makes will immediately be denounced by Hamas as treason.Meanwhile, hes not in a good position for serious talks with Israel anyway. Hisminister for negotiations, Saeb Erekat, had a heart attack this spring, and the other 5
  6. 6. old negotiating hands -- former Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei and PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo -- are out of favor.The EU does not fare well in Abrams’ opinion when it comes to their view of Israel.He writes, “The prevalence of anti-Israel views among the European left also helpsexplain why EU governments are increasingly critical of Israel. This is a dangerousdevelopment for Israel, but one over which it has little control. The Israelis cannotignore Europe because of its economic importance to them: 30 percent of Israeliexports go to the European Union. So they are condemned to fighting efforts atboycotts and divestment year after year, country by country, battle by battle, andone need only chat with any Israeli ambassador in Europe to discover how difficult,and how tinged with anti-Semitism, those battles now are.He concludes by saying, “Combine all these factors, and it becomes clear that thereare few reasons for Netanyahu or Abbas to take risks to revive the "peace process."If not dead, it is dormant, quiescent, moribund -- choose your synonym. Anyremotely likely change will leave Abbas worse off than he is today. Whatever actionNetanyahu might take would bring enormous political problems in Israel and fewgains outside it. Sooner or later Israelis will have to once again make decisionsabout their relations with the Palestinians, but not while the outcomes of the "ArabSpring," the Iranian nuclear program, and the U.S. presidential election remainunclear.While I am not usually in synch with Elliot Abrams” political views (You may haveguessed that) I think his article is one of the most perceptive and correct in thinkingthat, at least for the time being, the peace negotiations are not going anywhere.There is just no incentive for anyone to do anything until at least 2013 – if then. Thebest we can hope for is that there not be any violence or intimidation that makethings even more difficult than they already are. We have to continue to hope thatsomewhere down the road the situation will turn for the better.You can read the entire Abrams article by clicking herehttp://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/06/08/processing_delay?page=fullSMALL CONGREGATIONSChanging demographics and economic problems have caused great problems forJewish congregations and, I assume for churches as well, here in the U.S. In alllikelihood a similar situation occurs in Germany as well, at least as far as thedemographics are concerned. The difference between the situations of houses ofworship in Germany and the U.S. is that American congregations are on their ownas far as financial support is concerned unlike those in Germany which receivegovernment funding. Congregations must have a critical enough mass of membersto contribute enough financially for each American synagogue or church to survive. 6
  7. 7. Given the situation in Jewish America, the congregational umbrella organizations aretrying to find new modes of operation to keep the smaller synagogues and templesoperational. JTA reports, “Sinai Synagogue in South Bend, Ind., has been strugglingwith issues facing many small congregations in an era of dwindling budgets andshifting demographics. In particular, with only 150 families, until recently it wasincreasingly difficult to find enough people for Shabbat services and Sunday schoolclasses.So Rabbi Michael Friedland found a solution that’s helping to reenergize theConservative congregation — stop doing what’s always been done.In part, that meant moving weekday afternoon and Sunday Hebrew school classesto Shabbat morning, with the students and adults brought together for a communallunch. Congregants with and without children saw something interesting happening,and participation soared from about 50 members on a typical Shabbat morning to90.Friedland’s is one of numerous approaches that congregations in small communitiesare employing to stay relevant and vibrant. Likewise, the initiatives are gaining thebacking of national congregational arms, which in the past have been accused ofhaving a big-city bias.In fact, in early June the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism hosted aconference outside of Chicago for communal rabbis and lay leaders ofcongregations with fewer than 250 members. The goal was to provide strategies forthe communities to increase engagement and facilitate communication betweenclergy and members.“Approximately 40 percent of our congregations are what we consider small,” saidRabbi Charles Savenor, director of kehilla enrichment at the United Synagogue ofConservative Judaism, which says it has some 600 congregations in the UnitedStates. “This conference represents us putting more institutional effort into thisarea.”The Union for Reform Judaism, realizing that nearly 400 of its 900 congregationshave 250 families or less, has started the Small Congregations Network aimed atincreasing support to these communities and encouraging them to communicateamong themselves about what strategies have been helpful. The network hasstarted to look outside the URJ for effective strategies, taking good ideas whereverthey can find them.Likewise, the Orthodox Union has been running periodic Emerging JewishCommunities Fair since 2006 highlighting various small communities. The fairencourages people to move to the communities by discussing the advantages ofbeing part of a small congregation. 7
  8. 8. I sympathize completely with those congregants who are trying to hold on to theirown house of worship. For many in small communities where there is only onetemple or synagogue. The closing of it means the end of Jewish education for theirchildren and an end of a central address for Jewish social as well as religious life.This is not a small matter for those that value Jewish life. It’s great that the umbrellaorganizations are doing something about it rather than just letting nature take itscourse. The small communities deserve the help. Let’s hope it continues and newmethods are found to assist them in hanging on.GERMAN MILITARY IN ISRAELNo! We’re not talking about the Bundeswehr setting up a military presence inJerusalem or Tel Aviv. However, that is not to say that there was not a time whenthe German army had forces in the “Holy Land”.In fact, as Yoav Zitun in Y-Net News recently reported, “[A] Perfectly preservedGerman bunker [was] uncovered by IDF [Israel Defense Forces].[A] Massive weapons reservoir believed to belong to [the] German imperial armyfrom WWI [was] discovered in [the] Dead Sea due to receding waterline; preservedin near perfect condition thanks to high salt content.The Dead Seas receding waterline led to the exposure of a massive weaponsreservoir with thousands of artillery shells, bullets, rifles, guns, mines, explosivesand even ancient walkie-talkies which were preserved in near perfect conditionthanks to the high salt content in the water.Colonel Yaron Beit-On of the Engineering Corps recently completed an investigationinto the origins of the weapons and he discovered that they most likely belong to aregiment from the Imperial German army which fought in Israel during WWIalongside the Turks against the British. "Our inquiries revealed that during that period, a German regiment was stationed inthe northern Dead Sea and we believe that after they lost and were forced to returnto Europe, they left their weapons behind in the Dead Sea," Beit-On told YnetThey most likely sailed boats into the Dead Sea and flung the shells, rifles and allthe rest of the weapons into the sea at equal distances in a uniform manner. Someof the weapons, German Mauser rifles of the kind used by the IDF in the 50s, had astamp stating they were manufactured in 1895, which strengthened the hypothesisthat they were used here in WWI."Central Command took a small number of pieces as souvenirs, including a rifle andgun which were cleaned, but the rest were blown up or sent for destruction. 8
  9. 9. "We may send pictures of the weapons stash to the German military attaché inIsrael to confirm our hypothesis," Beit-On noted.So you can stop worrying. The Imperial Army got out in 1918 and hasn’t returned.However, given the German vow to defend Israel’s security maybe the Bundeswehrwill return some day. Maybe they could even use the old rifles - but they’re longgone. I hope the commitment isn’t.NEW YORK JEWRYMaybe it’s that I live in the New York area but it does not come as a surprise to methat the Jewish community of New York City and its most closely connected suburbs(Westchester, Nassau & Suffolk Counties) are growing in population because of thebirthrate of Orthodox Jews. If Rockland County (where I live), which is just acrossthe Hudson River from Westchester, was included, the percentage of Orthodoxgrowth would be even greater as the County has two large enclaves that are almosttotally Orthodox. Incidentally, my home county has the largest Jewish population percapita of any county in the country, with 31.4%, or 90,000 residents, being Jewish.According to JTA, “There are 1.54 million Jews living in 694,000 Jewish householdsin New York City and three suburban counties, an increase of 9 percent between2002 and 2011, according to the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011. Thefigures in the study, released Tuesday morning, show the New York area with thelargest Jewish population anywhere outside of Israel.The study, sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York, was conducted from Feb. 8,2011, to July 10, 2011 by Jewish Policy & Action Research, led by Dr. StevenCohen. Some 5,993 self-identifying Jewish adults from New York City and suburbanNassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties were interviewed by telephone. The pollsmargin of error is plus or minus 2 percent.According to the study, 40 percent of the New York areas Jews are Orthodox, upfrom 33 percent in the last study in 2002. The Orthodox households are home to 64percent of all Jewish children in the New York area.The total number of Jewish children and young adults under the age of 25 hasgrown by 66,000 since 2002. Meanwhile, the number of Jewish senior citizens alsohas risen since 2002, with 45,000 more Jews age 75 and above.According to the study, more than half a million people live in 361,000 poor andnear-poor Jewish households. Poverty affects 71 percent of Russian speakers witha senior in the household, 43 percent of Chasidic households, 28 percent of seniorsliving alone and 24 percent of single-parent households.On the subject of Jewish engagement, the number of Orthodox and 9
  10. 10. nondenominational Jews each increased by more than 100,000 over the pastdecade, while the number of Conservative and Reform Jews each decreased byabout 40,000. Twenty-two percent of married couples are intermarried, and some 40percent of non-Orthodox married couples are intermarried. Of the non-Orthodoxcouples married in the past five years, 50 percent are intermarried.Meanwhile, according to the study, nearly half of those ages 18 to 34 attendedJewish day school, compared with 16 percent of those ages 55 to 69; while some 60percent of those ages 18 to 34 went to Jewish overnight camp, compared with just37percent of those ages 55 to 69.The 2002 study had found the New York areas Jewish population had fallen below1 million for the first time in a century. The population peaked at 2 million in the1950s, according to The New York Times.What are the implications of the growth of the Orthodox community? There is noquestion that since, by and large, the Orthodox community is more conservative intheir lifestyle the politics of the NY Jewish community will also become moreconservative. Though it has happened yet, the Republican Party will gain greaterstrength and begin to give the Democrats real competition. That has alreadyhappened in spots but New York City (and State) remains a Democratic stronghold.Since most (at least I think most) of the children of Orthodox are sent to religiousschools, there will be a greater emphasis by the parents of those children to supportprivate education with an obvious diminution of funds available for public education.We already have that situation in the parts of Rockland County which areoverwhelmingly Orthodox.As far as commitment to Israel is concerned, the Orthodox are much more firmlycommitted especially to the more conservative elements on the Israeli politicalspectrum. Many see “The West Bank” one of the birth places of Judaism and refer toit as Judea & Samaria. One might guess that they would not be counted amongthose who wish to give large portions of it to a Palestinian nation.And what about poverty? Many of the ultra Orthodox families with many children donot have a breadwinner who earns enough to fully support them particularly if themale head of the family spends most of his time studying Torah. The result isgovernment assistance which is very costly to the taxpayers.I am not an expert when it comes to population growth but it seems that the NewYork situation is probably being replicated in other large cities in the U.S. such asChicago and LA.There is no question that the face of American Jewry is becoming more conservativeand Orthodox. It’s too early to have a realistic picture of how that will play out inpolitics and international relations. Stay tuned! 10
  11. 11. THE TURKISH FLOTILLA - WHERE THE FAULT LIES.Two years ago there was much written (even by me) about the Turkish Flotilla ofPalestinian sympathizers that tried to run the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Eight Turksand a Turkish-American were killed after Israeli commandos stormed the MaviMarmara.The event caused a deep rift between Turkey and Israel which has not as yethealed. Many fingers were pointed at many people (Mostly Turkish ones at Israelisand Israeli ones at Turks) assigning blame for this very tragic event.And that is where the matter stood until earlier this month. If you were expectingmore accusations by Turks against Israelis and vice versa, that’s not whathappened. According to DW, “Israels state watchdog has slammed Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu for his handling of a 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.The operation left nine Turks dead and severely damaged Israeli-Turkish ties.In a 153-page report issued Wednesday, State Comptroller Micha Lindenstraussfound there had been "significant shortcomings" in the decision-making process thatled to the botched raid on May 31, 2010.It said Netanyahu had not held formal discussions with top ministers about theflotilla, only holding separate, inadequately documented talks on the issue withDefense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minster Avidgor Liebermann."The process of decision-making was done without orderly, agreed-upon,coordinated and documented staff work," the report said.Among other things, the report claimed, no plans had been made for a suitableresponse in case activists on board the flotilla were armed, despite warnings fromBarak and the then chief-of-staff Gabi Ashkenazi.Eight Turks and a Turkish-American were killed after Israeli commandos stormedthe Mavi Marmara, which was heading a six-ship flotilla trying to breach Israelsblockade on the Gaza Strip.The flotilla had continued to sail towards Gaza, despite Israeli warnings that it wouldnot be allowed through. The commandos opened fire after being attacked with clubsand metal rods when they stormed the ship.The incident triggered a diplomatic crisis with Turkey, with Ankara threatening war-crimes suits against Israel. 11
  12. 12. Israel imposed a land and sea blockade on Gaza in 2007 after Hamas militantsseized control of the territory, saying it was to prevent weapons from reaching theradical Islamists.The naval blockade is still in place, although the land embargo has beensignificantly eased amid international condemnation of the plight of the Palestiniansunder the restrictions.Netanyahu has defended the military action, calling it "a direct result of responsibleadministration and resolute policy.""Israeli citizens enjoy a level of security they have not had for many years," he saidin response to the report.The report is unlikely to damage the domestic standing of Netanyahu, who is thepopular leader of a coalition that holds three-quarters of the seats in parliament.I have not read the 153 page report. However, it appears to be critical of the decisionmaking, the way the raid was handled and the failure of the Prime Minister to planfor the Turkish and world reaction. However, it does not contain what I consider tobe important - the need to have some sort of critique of the Turkish and Pro-Palestinian blockade runners. I think it’s pretty clear that Israel had to react in someway but the way it was handled was (according to the report) quite disastrous.I decided to include this piece in this edition for two reasons. First, as noted in theopening article, as a good journalist, I should report the bad as well as the good. Mysecond reason has to do with Israel being a democracy. The Jewish State isfrequently bludgeoned as being some kind of racist & fascist country. No nationunless it has a strong democracy can stomach a report that is highly critical of itsown political leadership and have that sort of criticism accepted by the populace asthe norm. The report wasn’t vetoed or hidden. It was widely reported in the press –in Israel and worldwide.My conclusion is that Israel’s democracy remains strong. Somehow that seems tome more important than who should be pointed to as the guilty party.HOWEVER…I don’t think it’s good to end on such a positive note. Military decisionmaking in the small intense area that the Middle East is, especially when we aretalking about nuclear weapons, can make the difference between a good andrational outcome and total disaster.Ron Ben-Yishai, a noted Israeli journalist raises the question of what Israel might doif the chemical and biological arsenal of Syria, where a civil war is underway, mightfall into the hands of terrorists. He analyses the Israeli decision making processwhich might have dramatic implications for the entire region and, perhaps the world. 12
  13. 13. You can read it by clicking here.http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4242345,00.html************************************************************************************************That’s it! See you again in July.DuBow Digest is written and published by Eugene DuBow who can be contacted byclicking hereBoth the American and Germany editions are posted atwww.dubowdigest.typepad.comClick here to connect 13