Wednesday Headlines

Turkey Asks Germany For Help With Syrian Refugees
Deutsche Welle reports Syria’s neighbors, including Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, have asked the German government for additional financial assistance to cope with 619,000 Syrian refugees. To date, Germany has committed half a billion euros to Syrian refugee relief. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier wouldn’t commit to spending more without proof that the money was being spent “effectively and more sustainably.”

Der Spiegel Interviews An ISIS Recruiter
Der Spiegel features and insightful interview with an Islamic State recruiter, who maintains that democracy is for infidels.

“We are following Allah’s word. We believe that humanity’s only duty is to honor Allah and his prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. We are implementing what is written in the Koran.”

US-Israel Relationship Hits Another Rough Spot
An anonymous quote from an Obama administration official has further complicated the relationship between the United States and Israel.

In an article detailing the present crisis in the US-Israeli alliance, Atlantic reporter Jeffrey Goldberg details a conservation he had with an official Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname, recounts Goldberg.

The dismissive comment, he writes, “is representative of the gloves-off manner in which American and Israeli officials now talk about each other behind closed doors, and is yet another sign that relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments have moved toward a full-blown crisis.”

In fact, relations are at such a low point that they could lead to a showdown over Iran. The question is how much impact the latest gaffe will have on long-term relations.

“Already, western Europe is beginning to treat Israel as an international pariah state. Whether a similar movement would take place in the United States, however, is an open question. Netanyahu is likely banking on a Republican House and Senate with a Republican president as his trifecta. It’s also the case that Hillary Clinton is unlikely to repeat Obama’s tough love act with Israel should she become president in 2014,” says Jacob Heilbrunn of the National Interest.

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