Hurricane Sandy’s Ripple Effects on Israel

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1. Hurricane Sandy’s ripple effects were felt in Israel: particularly by stranded travelers and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

In the US, quite a few news sites went down. But credit, the fourth estate for soldiering on in difficult circumstances:

2. Experts are divided on the number of Syrian refugees, according to McClatchy News. A by-the-numbers look at the diverse figures:

  • 280,000: Syrians registered with the UNHCR
  • 360,000: The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees’ estimate.
  • 700,000: A UNHCR official to McClatchy.
  • 1.2 million: UN estimate of displaced Syrians in Syria.
  • 3 million: Assad regime estimate of displaced Syrians in Syria.
  • 10 million: Opposition estimate of displaced Syrians in Syria.

3. Days after an (Israeli?) airstrike destroyed a Khartoum munitions factory, two Iranian warships were dispatched to the Red Sea, docking at Port Sudan. BBC coverage.

Israel and the Palestinians

After Gideon Levy’s apartheid survey slander, it’s time for him to go: Haaretz’s “clarification” is too little too late.

Ugly AFP headline:

• Israeli security busted a group of 30 Hamasniks trying to establish a branch of their organization in Ramallah. The Jerusalem Post writes:

The recruitment drive involved the establishment of student cells at West Bank universities in the Ramallah and Abu Dis areas. Hamas transferred large funds through student bodies, and some of the money was earmarked for Hamas prisoners and their families, according to the Shin Bet.

Hamas released footage of its people firing rockets at Israel — from a civilian area of Gaza. Call it collateral damage waiting to happen.

Rest O’ the Roundup

The (Israeli?) airstrike on Khartoum makes sense, argues Asharq al-Awsat editor Tariq Alhomayed.

When a Tel Aviv-based think tank simulated a war game between Israel and Iran, New Statesman‘s David Patrikarakos was a fly on the wall. Spoiler alert: Israel absorbed some Shahab 3 ballistic missiles, but Iran failed to internationalize the conflict. Isn’t this a wishful outcome?

The Iranians, meanwhile, were not able to use their status as victims of an attack to have the sanctions on the country lifted, nor were they successful in lobbying to have sanctions placed on Israel; and with their nuclear programme devastated, were the clear losers.

According to AP, Syrian rebels and government forces are fighting it out in the Yarmouk refugee camp, home of more than 148,000 Palestinians.

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