Foreign Ministry releases report on website urging the international community to continue funding the Palestinian Authority • U.S. Congress threatens to review $500 million annual economic aid to Palestinians if they go ahead with statehood claim.FP: Is there anything the Palestinians can do to lose? And the world fails to understand what preserves and exacerbates the conflict? Until the West and Israel internalize the need to defeat enemies, not appease them, they are doomed.
Analysis: Obama can no longer count on Jewish support
The president has many reasons to fear losing his 2012 re-election bid, including the faltering economy, rampant unemployment and a crushing deficit. And now he's got the Jewish vote to worry about too.FP: My guess is that this is an exaggeration, particularly given the Republican choice and the fact that American Jews are less supportive of Israel electorally than some would like to think, but I shudder to think what will happen if this materializes and Obama is re-elected.
PMO floats shortening army service to pay for defense cuts
Prime Minister's Office head Eyal Gabbai says reducing military service by eight months would enable 1.5 billion shekels ($410 million) to be cut from defense • Defense Ministry: They are out of their minds; don't they see what's going on around us?FP: Israel suffers from the same dilemma as the West: coping with increasingly hostile and violent surroundings when the interrelated Western economies are self-bankrupted—a classical component of Western decline. Except in Israel’s case the problem is existential and immediate.
Egyptian PM says peace treaty with Israel 'not sacred'
Changes must be introduced to reflect the shifting reality in the region, Essam Sharaf tells Turkish television • Peace deal is a cornerstone of bilateral relations with Israel for the last 30 years.FP: By all means, let’s give more land for peace to the followers of Muhammad.