American expats celebrate Thanksgiving in Israel

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25 נוב' 2011
American expats celebrate Thanksgiving in Israel

For the 10th year in a row, 30 ‘lone soldier’ in the IDF from the United States, who are serving in Israel despite the fact that their parents have not joined them in the Jewish State, were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal by the American Jewish Committee at its building in Jerusalem on Thursday. "These are young people who left behind college educations, careers that they were starting, they made a choice to come to Israel, make aliyah, and to put themselves on the line defending their new country," said Edward Rettig, the director of the American Jewish Committee in Israel. "We very much honor that decision they made. These are people whose parents and friends are 8,000 kilometers away, so especially on a holiday like Thanksgiving we want to be there for them, give them a really good meal and provide them with a little taste of America." The holiday was celebrated with a traditional meal by several other American families and groups around Israel on Thursday.

Khamenei’s website lays out war scenarios
The official website of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published an analysis written by Dr. Amir Mohebian, a senior political commentator, including dire warnings to Israel and the US of the consequences from a military attack on the Islamic Republic’s renegade nuclear program. The scenarios include; 1. An all out war of attrition that would combine aerial and ground forces attack 2. Limited war as a preparatory action for political proceedings. 3. A war on specific targets with the aim of destroying the regime's assault capabilities, especially against the "Zionist regime." Mohebian goes on to comment that the likelihood of a traditional attack is low because "the western countries' capabilities to carry out such a complex operation are very limited and nearly nonexistent." He also mentions the upcoming US presidential election and the fragility of the world economy as other reasons the West would hesitate to hit Iran at this time.

Arab League gives Assad one more ‘last chance’
The Arab League submitted an ultimatum to Syrian president Bashar Assad on Thursday, saying he had one more day to sign a protocol allowing human rights monitors into Syria or face sanctions over the brutal crackdown on protests against his continued rule, to include travel bans on regime officials and suspending transactions with the central bank, a move which would cripple Syria’s already weak economy. Assad has already violated past agreements to end the rampage of murder and destruction his security forces have unleashed on regime opponents, and most observers said the new Arab League measures would be unlikely to end the bloodshed. Meanwhile, several dozen more people were killed in violence throughout Syria on Thursday.

Sarkozy stresses his friendship with Israel
French President Nicolas Sarkozy recently hosted a dinner for several leaders of the French Jewish community to reassure them of his support for Israel. According to CRIF treasurer Francis Kalifat Sarkozy addressed many of the concerns currently held by Jews in France. On the question concerning the Palestinian statehood bid, Sarkozy confirmed that France is only willing to give Palestine a "non-member observer state status,” in the United Nations, but that in order to do so Palestine must acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state, return to bilateral negotiations, recognize Israeli security needs as well as promise not to take Israel to international courts.

New Egyptian Prime Minister named
Former Egyptian prime minister Kamal Ganzouri accepted a request from the ruling generals of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to form a new government on Thursday, although the move is unlikely to placate a small but growing protest movement which is demanding an immediate end to the SCAF’s administration of the country. The streets of Egyptian cities were quiet on Thursday as protesters and police agreed to a truce to allow both sides to rest and regroup, but opposition leaders threatened to hold their biggest rally yet on Friday after the noon prayers in mosques. Calling it “the Friday of the last chance” the opposition declared that they would not back down in their demands for an immediate transfer to civilian rule via a national salvation government. Credit ratings agency Standard and Poor’s downgraded Egypt’s long term credit rating from B+ to BB- on Thursday, saying a “weak political and economic profile” had worsened further.

 

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