Muslim Brotherhood set to dominate parliament after Egypt's first elections since ouster of Mubarak • Group vows to respect civil rights and international treaties, perhaps to allay fears that it may re-examine peace with Israel.
FP: Here it comes, like clockwork. What did I tell you? The Islamists play the West like a violin, telling them what they want to hear.
Nadav Shragai: Water under the Mughrabi Bridge
Why is Israel still tip-toeing around the Temple Mount?
FP: If Israel does not really believe Jerusalem is its capital, why should the West and the Palestinians? Weakness invites pressure.
Prof. Abraham Ben-Zvi: Obama and the Jewish vote
Will Obama get less of the Jewish vote than Carter did?
FP: If Obama loses the election, it won’t be due to the loss of Jews. If he is re-elected with the Jewish vote, it won’t help Israel. And if he is re-elected without the Jewish vote, God help Israel (and I am an atheist).
Turkish President Abdullah Gul decides at last minute to skip luncheon during World Policy Conference due to attendance of Defense Minister Ehud Barak • Gul also boycotts collective photo of leaders • Turkish media: Israelis snubbed Gul as well.
After snubbing Barak at Vienna conference, Turkish president Gul praises Hamas leader for willingness to make peace.
FP: I would like to hope Israel snubbed him, but somehow I doubt it. Israel must stop the pathetic delusion that Turkey will normalize relations. It signals weakness to Islamists.