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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, dULY 12, 2013 PAGE 15A Egypt From page 4A therewould be amplewarning for Israeli forces to organize non-lethal crowd control with even more forceful responses in reserve. Take your pick from the above, and keep your eye on the news. The most recent reports are of mass demon- strations by Morsi support- ers against the military and demanding a return of the Morsi government, along with mass demonstrations against Morsi supporters, with numerous deaths. It is not the same story as in Syria, where there are ethnic as well as religious motivations, heavy weapons used against civilian concentrations, and numerous outsiders involved in an all out civil war where some anti-regime forces are fighting among themselves. Yet it is not a time to be certain about what has hap- pened or what is happening, much less what will happen in Egypt. It is difficult to name the good guys, or even who is on top, in what has developed to date from Arab spring. One might see recent events in Egypt as the onset of a counter revolution against the ascendance of Muslim extremism, but there remains some doubtas to how extreme was the Morsi government. The army has moved against the Muslim Broth- erhood, but is still a long way from pacifying the country and addressing popular de- mands. Could such a counter revolution spread to Turkey, where the military has a his- tory of being the guardians of a secular state, but where secular officers have been neutralized by the current Islamic government? Morsi seems to have tried the same in Egypt, with the results we are not seeing. Russia has been the cham- pion of the status quo in Syria, where the Assads have a history of opposing Islamic extremists, but the current Assad is getting considerable aid from the Islamic extrem- ists of Iran and Hezbollah. The US government ap- pears to be at sea, torn between praiseworthy senti- ments in support of democra- cy, an insistence that Islam is not a problem, action against figures who themselves op- posed Islamic extremism (Saddam Hussein, Muammar Qaddafi, Hosni Mubarak), and its own crusade against Islamic extremism. A leaked document pur- porting to explain John Ker- ry's persistence in pushing the Palestinians and Israelis toward discussions concedes the lack of American leader- ship in the mostly chaotic Middle East. Kerry's purpose is to assert American leader- ship in the one place where it may produce something. The report indicates Amer- ican pressure on Israel to release prisoners, and to freeze settlements outside of the major blocs and per- haps elsewhere. It promises considerable financial aid to Palestine, but may not demand anything of the Palestinians other than to participate in talks. If Kerry succeeds, it may be good for his place in history, as well as adding a feather to the cap of Barack Obama. But will it also be good for Israel? The Israeli Prime Minister appears to be responding with "yes, but." He is going along with the American initiative, but insisting on conditions that the Palestinian leadership will have difficulty accepting. If there is anyone out there still kvelling over Barack Obama's Cairo speech, insist- ing that he has no responsi- bility for the nastiness that came after it, and believing that Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and the Gulf States are on the road to democracy, I can recommend looking at this example of how others see the Nobel laureate. com/v/erYpXzE9Pxs%26 The clip is more funny than profound, but raises as clear as anything the question about the emperor's clothes. Ira Sharkansky isprofessor emeritus in the Department of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Preserved From page 5A dan over the past decade, as a result of regional conflicts, is another source of tension. The 2003 war in Iraq that unseated Saddam Hussein's regime brought thousands of Iraqi refugees into Jor- dan. Many of them remain, unable or unwilling to return to Iraq, and living in abject poverty. To their number we can now add the approximately 450,000 Syrians who have arrived in Jordan fleeing Assad's mas- sacres. Around one-third of these refugees are living in the squalid conditions of Zaatari, a makeshift refugee camp close to the Syrian border that didn't even exist one year ago. From the Jordanian point of view, the worst aspect of the refugee crisis is that there is no end in sight. The bloodbath in Syria persists. And no one can rule out the possibility that worsening political conditions in Iraq or Lebanon will propel another desperate flood of refugees seeking a modicum of respite in the relative calm of Jordan. More pressing than even the refugees, though, is the future of the Syrian conflict. Over the last few weeks, the Arab press has reported extensively on how the out- come of the civil war there will impact Jordan. Writing in the Arab News, Osama al Sharif portrayed Jordan as being caught between a rock and a hard place. "If the Syrian regime manages to quell the op- position and wins, it will seek reprisals against states that stood against it. Jordan, which shares hundreds of kilometers with Syria, is the most vulnerable among Damascus' neighbors," al Sharif wrote, referring to Assad's ire against the jihadi fighters who have passed through Jordan on their way to Syria. He added, "If the [Syrian] regime falls, Jordan will worry about geo- political, demographic and economic changes. The fact that there are many radical Islamists associated with the [Syrian] opposition, such as Al-Nusra Front, may bring sectarian violence closer to home." Jordan, then, is an emerg- ing front in the epic struggle between Sunni and Shi'a Islam that has engulfed the Middle East. But rather than despair at the raucous un- predictability of the region, American policymakers should feel a certain relief that there is one tangible goal to pursue, in the shape of keeping Jordan alive and intact. After all, this is one matter upon which both Israel and the Palestinian Authority can agree. More importantly, Jordan at pres- ent is neither a prisoner of the Shi'a mullahs nor of the Sunni Muslim Brother- hood, and there is a press- ing need--perhaps now more than ever, given the grim outlook for Egypt and Syria--to keep it that way. Ben Cohen is the Shill- man Analyst for His writings on Jewish af- fairs and Middle Eastern politics have been published in Commentary, the New York Post, Ha'aretz, Jewish Ideas Daily and many other publications. Sudoku solution from page 7 365274918 812369457 497851326 Pelli 259418763 From page 7A title implied the intention to renew the now demised Bikurei Ha'itim of the 1820s. The editor initiated a new editorial policy, transcrib- ing in German all titles of articles, authors' names, as well as the editor's opening article, table of contents, and list of subscribers. It was an attempt to make the new journal more appealing to a wider readership. A year later, in 1845- 46, the Italian Hebrew scholar Yitzhak Shmuel Reggio and Israel Busch issued a one-time periodi- cal titled Bikurei Ha'itim Hahadashim (The New First Fruits of the Times). This periodical, too, was intended by its editors to continue the old journal Bikurei Ha'itim. To make the journal at- tractive to more readers, the editors included a prac- tical calendar in German, printed in Hebrew script, which contained historical dates, listings of Jewish and non-Jewish holidays, weather forecasts, and other such practical items that were common to simi- lar calendars. The editor opened the issue with an article on the history of the Hebrew language and its survival as a non-spoken language, citing its unique role in Jewish heritage. While he admitted that Hebrew had its limitations in philosoph- ical terminology, he argued that it should be used in all studies on Judaic subjects. Hebrew should continue to be cultivated so that future scholars will be trained to study and explore difficult Hebrew texts. This book is the fourth volume in the series of monographs and anno- tated indices of Hebrew Haskalah periodicals. It follows the publication of the monographs and annotated indices on Ker- em Hemed, titled Kerem Hemed: 'Hochmat Israel' [The Scholarly Study of Ju- daism] As the 'NewYavneh,' the Hebrew Journal of the Haskalah in Galicia and Italy (1833-1856), in 2009, and previously on Bikurei Ha'itim, titled Bikurei Ha'itim - Bikurei Hahaskalah [The First Fruits of Haskalah], the Hebrew Journal of the Haskalah in Galicia (in 2005), and the publica- tion of Hame'asef Index and monograph--Sha'ar Lahaskalah [The Gate to Haskalah]: An Annotated Index to Hame'asef, the First Hebrew Periodical (1783-1811), in 2000, by Magnes Press. The annotated indices should serve as a reliable ref- erence tool for viewing and reviewing the major topics and issues that occupied the minds of the editors and the writers of these journals. Readers may now examine the scope and the character of the material published in these eight journals in several Haskalah centers in Europe in the first half of the 19th century. 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