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This week in power: Iran sanctions debate and Banksy’s latest message

by Danny Groner

October 30, 2013 | 8:08 pm

A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

A big meeting
White House national security advisor Susan Rice and others met with four American Jewish organizations on Tuesday to discuss how the U.S. government can keep them "from lobbying the Senate towards passing harsh new sanctions against Iran, just as bilateral negotiations have resumed between the two nations," reported The Jerusalem Post. But some wonder whether it may already be too late. "The last chance short of military action for dismantling what has already been achieved requires sanctions to be tightened, something the Obama team opposes. It is almost like they’ve resigned themselves to containment of a nuclear-armed Iran," wrote The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin. "Nothing can be done unless the U.S. settles accounts with Iran," said Dan Lieberman at Eurasia Review. Citing new surveys, The Jewish Journal's Shmuel Rosner noted that many Americans "choose the easier path of believing that the grave Iran issue can be solved by diplomacy and that other issues should not be of great concern to the administration."

Banksy's truck graffiti
One Jewish businessman in Brooklyn got lucky... when the elusive street artist Banksy scrawled graffiti on the rear door of a truck. It is just the latest of street art projects that Banksy has put up during a month-long stay in New York City. “After Shabbos I got a lot of phone calls,” the man said. “I googled Banksy and thought I would just leave the truck where it was until Monday, but a chasidishe guy called me and said ‘you better go move the truck before someone vandalizes it.’" So what's it worth now? “I have an offer of $75,000, just for the door,” he said. He added that since he "can't appreciate art," he doesn't fully understand the value in the work. "Although I don’t care much about Banksy, I run into moments like this where I see the genius in his work," wrote Hipster Jew.

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Danny Groner is a contributing writer to the Jewish Journal. He has worked in journalism since he was a teenager, starting off as an intern for a local publication. During his...

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