Syrian Chemical Attack Kills HundredsAugust 21, 2013 17:39 by Pesach Benson
• The White House denies it suspended aid to Egypt.
• Arab perceptions of US weakness may lead to unlikely Arab alliances with Israel. Haaretz‘s Chemi Shalev points out:
Gulf states are increasingly concerned about America’s diminishing power of deterrence toward Iran, discouraged about the prospects of U.S. military action against Tehran’s nuclear facilities, and worried about a U.S. deal with the new Iranian President Hassan Rohani that would allow Washington to declare victory and disengage from the issue.
These countries increasingly view credible Israeli threats of military action – which may drag Washington to war against its will – as the last bulwark against an inevitable Tehran triumph.
• In case anyone’s wondering, Egyptian Jews support the army’s crackdown. JTA coverage.
• With much of its leadership in prison or on the run, who’s running the Muslim Brotherhood now?
• For more commentary/analysis, see the Times of London, Christian Science Monitor, Jonathan Tobin, Dan Margalit, Tom Friedman, Israel HaYom, Shmuel Rosner, Aluf Benn, Leslie Gelb, and a Chicago Tribune staff-ed.
For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.