Minnesota state Rep. Mary Franson received a note from a friend last year urging her to draft stricter legislation against female genital mutilation. The state already had banned the practice in 1994, so the Republican worried that a new law would seem “Islamophobic,” given its target audience. Federal prosecutors last month charged three Michigan doctors with putting two Minnesota girls under the knife.
Officially, it's just business, a regrettable development that in a mafia movie would be explained with an elaborate shrug: A company in Egypt cancelled a contract to supply natural gas to a company in Israel because the latter was not paying its bills. It happens. But no one's shrugging on the increasingly tense border between Israel and Egypt. The cancellation of the gas deal is viewed as catastrophic for the fundamental security paradigm of the Jewish state.