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26. Israel's Declining Popularity

This issue examines Israel's declining standing in the world, Turkey's new political leaning, and answers the “different from” or different than” question.¬†

OUR ISRAELI CONNECTION

The Israel Project reports
On the fifteenth anniversary of peace between Israel and Jordan, a new poll commissioned by The Israel Project (TIP) shows intense Jordanian hostility toward the Jewish state. The poll, face-to-face interviews of 250 Jordanians, was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQRR) as part of a larger study for TIP that included interviews with 250 Gazans, 250 people in the West Bank and 500 Egyptians.

The poll found that the Jordanian public, comprised largely of Palestinians, is opposed to accepting and engaging Israel. Not a single respondent gives Israel a favorable rating, a level of rejection that GQRR has never seen toward anyone or any entity in its 29-year history as a firm. In Jordan, Israel gets 99 percent very cool ratings (ratings between 0-25 on a scale that ranges from 0 to 100). Less than a quarter of respondents in Jordan think Israel has the right to exist, and three-quarters think Israel is “not necessarily here to stay as a permanent Jewish state.” It is not surprising, therefore, to find that most Jordanians also oppose the country's diplomatic relations with Israel.

Earl Cox reports
Israel today is beset by many challenges. In the international community, many countries no longer accept Israel's right to exist as a sovereign state. Closer to home, many Arab leaders continue to call for its destruction. And even inside its borders, Israel's own Arab population grows ever more hostile. Still, the greatest threat to Israel may come from within the Jewish people themselves. Jews both in Israel and around the world have begun to lose faith in the very idea of a Jewish state. It was meant to be a safe haven for endangered Jews, but Israel's

actions to defend itself has sparked violence against Jews abroad and wearied those at home. So can Israel survive these challenges?

IT’S NEWS TO ME

According to Reuters News Service, Syria said on Tuesday it would hold military exercises with Turkey, shortly after Turkey cancelled maneuvers with Israel. Ankara's decision, which was commended by Syria, revived fears of cooler relations between Israel and NATO member Turkey.

Turkey, a secular Muslim country, has been a key ally of Israel, but ties have been strained over Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's harsh criticism of Israel's three-week offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in December and January. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem commended Ankara's canceling of the exercises in comments made during a high-level meeting of Turkish and Syrian ministers.

“We extremely welcome that decision. This decision is based on Turkey's approach towards Israel and reflects the way Turkey regards the Israeli attack in Gaza,” Moualem told reporters in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

European Union candidate Turkey, under Erdogan's Islamist-rooted AK party, has deepened its ties and influence in the Middle East, expanding Ankara's foreign policy beyond its traditional Western-oriented focus and strengthening ties with countries such as Syria and Iran.

WRITING TIPS

Different from or different than   
Since things differ from one another, the following sentences are correct:
 
Your answer is different from what you said yesterday.
Conditions are now very different from what they were when the Constitution was adopted.
 
 Using the word than is proper when the object is a clause and using  
 from would make the sentence too wordy:
 
Cotton and linen are known as vegetable fibers and have different reactions than the animal fibers known as silk and wool (have).

Two church mice stand before a mouse hole, telling the occupant, “We'd like to talk to you about cheeses.”

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