Israel Daily News Stream 04/15/2012

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Iranian Atomic Urgency

Dore Gold asks: Iraq’s being pulled into Iran’s sphere of influence, so why is the US providing Baghdad with arms?

 Ronen Bergman frets: Beware faulty intelligence.

• Ari Shavit warns: US leaders had better heed Israel’s warnings on Iran.

Arab Spring Winter

Egyptian elections in disarray after three leading candidates were disqualified from running. The NY Times writes:

The High Election Commission struck down 10 candidates in all, including the three who have generated the most passion in this polarized nation: Khairat el-Shater, the leading strategist of the Muslim Brotherhood; Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, an ultraconservative Islamist; and Omar Suleiman, Mr. Mubarak’s former vice president and intelligence chief.

A little more than a month before the vote begins, the ruling raised new doubts about the credibility of the election, which is supposed to inaugurate a new democracy after decades of authoritarian rule.

Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, Khairet El Shater and Omar Suleiman

 Josh Landis: The West needs a new calculus for dealing with Syria.

 How many refugees from Assad are there? Try 500,000.

Syria War Triggers Rifts in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon

Rest O’ the Roundup

 Why are Arab countries so eager to restore synagogues for non-existent Jewish communities? Because it pays:

Excuse my cynicism, but how is it that these countries can get away with ethnically cleansing their Jewish communities yet reap the PR benefits of restoring Jewish buildings?

The Magen Avraham Synagogue, Beirut

Mark Lewis, a lawyer representing several phone hacking victims, warns that the scandal could spread to the US.

“The cases I am pursuing were by the News of the World against people who were in the U.S. at the time they were hacked or were U.S. citizens,” he said in a email to The Times . . .

(Image of Ibish via YouTube/worldsecuritynetwork, Abu Ismail via YouTube/heweny100, Shater via YouTube/hhms2011, Suleiman via YouTube/ABCNews, synagogue via Flickr/Petteri Sulonen)

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