Leon Hadar: A few Israeli and American military experts have warned, a military strike on Iranian facilities would not achieve the declared Israeli goal of ending Iran’s alleged nuclear military program and the expected costs in terms of Israeli casualties could be very high. Moreover, if Iran gives the green light to its Shiite Hezbollah allies in Lebanon to attack Israel and mobilize the Shiites in Iraq and the Persian Gulf to retaliate against American and Saudi targets, Tehran would be in a position to strengthen its regional power. The ayatollahs would also be able to exploit an Israeli attack to ignite Iranian nationalism and win support even from those Iranians who actually oppose the ruling clerics and would like to see them removed from power.
Daily Archives: 02/09/2012
Jweekly Reports: The question of whether Iran will respond to escalating international pressure over its nuclear program with terrorist attacks on overseas targets is a source of growing worry to Jewish communities, with security professionals warning of potential threats to Jewish institutions around the world.
Bussinessweek Reports: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper reached agreements with China to facilitate uranium exports and air travel as part of efforts to deepen ties.
Harper and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced a pact that will give Canadian uranium producers more access to China’s civilian nuclear power industry, according to a joint statement released by Harper’s office. Canada is home to the world’s largest uranium producer, Cameco Corp.
You remember when the action of one Marine Unit in an Iraqi prison warranted accountability of “all the way to the top”? Well, Dont expect any calls of this kind any time soon. The AP Via VIN Reports:
The Marine Corps confirmed Thursday that one of its scout sniper teams in Afghanistan posed for a photograph in front of a flag with a logo resembling that of the notorious Nazi SS.
Haaretz Reports: In a newly launched Facebook page, Israeli fans of U.S. pop megastar Madonna are pleading Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold off any such plans to strike Iran until the Queen of Pop’s planned show in Tel Aviv on May 29.
The group, simply and directly enough was named, “Bibi don’t start a war with Iran until after Madonna’s show on May 29.”
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to approve Southern Co.’s request to build two nuclear reactors in the southern state of Georgia.
If approved, the $14 billion reactors could begin operating as soon as 2016 and 2017.
The NRC last approved construction of a nuclear plant in 1978, a year before a partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania raised fears of a radiation release and brought new reactor orders nearly to a halt.
JTA Reports: Jona Rechnitz, 29, of New York, had wagered $1,000 on Super Sunday at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas that the New York Giants would score first — on a safety. With the odds at 50 to 1, Rechnitz earned a $50,000 payout.
Rechnitz, who is Orthodox, told TMZ that he would donate $5,000 to a charity chosen by New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, who was penalized for intentional grounding in the end zone, causing the safety call.
CNN MONEY REPORTS: group of state attorneys general claimed that banks lost important paperwork, cut corners and enlisted robo-signers to attest to facts they had no knowledge of on hundreds of documents a day.
What did the mortgage lenders and loan servicers agree to do? The banks and servicers have committed at least $17 billion to reduce principal for borrowers who 1) owe far more than their homes are worth 2) are behind on payments.
JTA Reports: Larry Greenfield was named national executive director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs in Washington.
JINSA President David Ganz made the announcement Thursday.
Greenfield, 50, a native of the Los Angeles area, has worked in the fields of law, business, philanthropy, politics, Jewish organizational life and academe.
Steven Kurlander Writes: A Jew changing affiliation to the Republican Party often faces the same stigma as one converting to another religion. So it’s not going to be anytime with the next decade, if ever, that a majority of American Jews who have liberal or independent leanings will switch allegiance to an uber conservative Republican Party.
This ingrained, almost religious loyalty by Jews to the Democratic Party remains so strong that if a Democratic president proclaimed he is anti-Semitic, I doubt whether a majority of Democratic Jews would switch and become Republican.
The Jerusalem Post Reports: Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger was among the six recipients of Israel’s first-ever President’s Prize, announced on Thursday at the home of President Shimon Peres.
The prize is awarded to remarkable individuals and organizations that contributed to Israeli society and its standing in the world.
The new White House budged projection that the Unemployment Rate will on average be 8.9% during 2012 is higher than the 8% Larry Summers projected in early 2009 we will have at this time in absence of a $600 billion Stimulus package, and it is higher than the below 7% UR Obama’s economic council projected in January 2009 we will have at this time if there is no Stimulus package of $1.2 trillion.
Over most of the past decade, budget deliberations in Michigan have taken on a glum and familiar monotony: What do we cut now?
But the state that experienced an economic downturn earlier, deeper and longer than most of the rest of the country has made an unlikely discovery as its officials closed out its latest financial books: Michigan has a $457 million surplus.
Even more surprising: Revenues, which had sunk or had been mostly flat for all but one year since 2000, have grown. Not a lot, but grown.
Yahoo News Reports: Mitt Romney seems to be finally paying attention to Rick Santorum, since the former Pennsylvania senator staged a three-state election sweep Tuesday. The Romney camp has designed a Santorum-specific banner graphic that will grace future anti-Santorum news releases issued from the campaign press shop.