June 10, 2013 | 3:39 am
To Read: Could Susan Rice's vow to 'never let there be another Rwanda' be a problematic one? Paul Pillar believes it is-
A contrast to such careful lesson-drawing is the never-again, I'll-go-down-in-flames way of reacting to a past episode. If we are to take Rice and Power at their word, this approach is not a straw man. And it is a really bad way to apply history to current policy issues. It ignores or discounts the aforementioned complexities about mixtures of good and bad and the trade-offs among different interests. It overstates the similarity between the historical episode that has had the searing effect and whatever is the policy problem of today. Swearing in advance to take a particular side in a future policy debate without knowing the details of the problem that will be debated is a very bad way to make policy. To the extent that emotion and guilt over some past horror come into play, this gets even farther away from careful examination of policy options and makes bad policy even more likely.
Quote: "The firm has a number of Israel-based clients with significant business interests in the US. I believe that I will be of assistance to these clients and others in Israel in advising them with respect to their expansion initiatives and business plans for the US", former VP nominee Joseph Lieberman, promoting his new law firm among Israeli clients.
Number: 33, the percentage of Americans under 30 who view the GOP favorably.
To Read: Joshua Muravchik comes down pretty hard on Ha'aretz, Israel's leading left leaning paper-
America’s adversary culture has mostly wafted off into the ether, and with the last existential threat to America having disappeared with the Cold War, who knows or cares whether traces of it are still to be found? Israel, on the other hand, is, alas, not yet beyond existential threats. And for those who wish its destruction, Haaretz has made itself a source not only of ready ammunition but also of encouragement and even justification.
Quote: “This government promised to lower the cost of housing but it’s stopping us from marketing low-cost apartments in Gilo, Ramot and Har Homa”, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Yoseph Deich, claiming that there's a de facto building freeze in Eastern Jerusalem.
Number: $1.3bln, the amount of money Google is going to pay for the Israeli Waze application.
The Middle East
To Read: Turkish journalist Tolin Daloglu writes about Erdogan's shocking diatribe against the Turkish protestors-
The prime minister should know well how this accusation could escalate the current crisis. His decade-long policies, and the weak opposition, are responsible for the unrest on Turkey’s streets. But with this speech, Erdogan made it clear that he wants to pick a fight with those who disagree with him — probably even including those in his party. He is doing his best to divide the nation between his supporters and the others, and increasing the risks of clashes between those groups. Turkey has turned a corner to a dangerous path.
Quote: "We hope that we can go through the relevant phases and carry out the necessary tests to make sure of the proper operation of this reactor and start its full launch next year", Fereidoun Abbasi, head OF Iran's nuclear agency, commenting on Iran's strides toward opening its new nuclear reactor.
Number: 1.7, the percentage of Jews among the Middle East's residents.
The Jewish World
To Read: Historan Jay Winter takes a look at the sad and powerful life of Rafael Lempkin, the man who coined the term 'genocide'-
We all live within the constraints of our times, and while we are alive, we know them only vaguely. Lemkin operated at a unique moment, when the Allies stood back and saw the extent of Nazi crimes. He wanted the Genocide Convention to be a monument to the dead and an instrument for the living. His achievements were real, and yet the Genocide Convention looked back to the murders that swept away the world in which he was born more effectively than it prepared the ground to stop genocide from happening again.
Reading Lemkin's autobiography helps us acknowledge both the significance and the limits of his work. Naming a crime is not the same as eliminating it. That he did not launch a new era immediately, one in which human dignity comes before state sovereignty, is hardly a criticism. The times and the odds were against him. What he offered was a possibility, one to be taken up today or tomorrow, and who can do more than that?
Quote: “I also give the rabbi of the Kotel [Shmuel Rabinovitch] and ultra-Orthodox leaders a lot of credit for handling it. Their direction was to try to discourage some of the more aggressive people from coming to the Kotel”, Jerry Silverman, President of the Jewish Federations of North America, commending the Kotel's Rabbi for yesterday's quiet.
Number: 7, a 7-foot kosher sandwich is going to be constructed today in Budapest.
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