January 29, 2013
January 29, 2013
Headline: US to expand role in Africa
To Read: Former US ambassador to the United Nations urges the senate to get as many answers from Hagel about Iran in his upcoming confirmation hearing-
Quote: "President Obama is feeling quite frustrated because he rightly feels that he has done the right thing by Israel, but Israel is not responsive.", Martin Indyk, in an interview for Israeli radio, talking about Obama and Netanyahu's 'bad chemistry'.
Number: $50.5 billion, the sum of the Sandy-relief aid package cleared by the senate.
To Read: Moshe Arens describes some of the more 'rational' decisions Israeli voters made in recent elections-
Quote: “We will deal with that too, but my first commitment is to the Israeli middle class,” Lapid about the peace process.
Number: 4.7, the percent increase in the number of divorces in Israel in the past year.
The Middle East
To Read: Fouad Ajami contends that, despite all the chaos facing the Arab world, the west should not lament or fear the fall of dictatorships-
Quote: "Agitation against the Israelis is in keeping with the way Morsi thinks. For the Morsi I know, any cooperation with Israel is a serious sin, a crime.", former Muslim Brotherhood insider Abdel-Jalil el-Sharnoubi,, talks about Morsi in an intriguing interview for Der Spiegel.
Number: 705,000, the number of registered Syrian refugees, according to the UN.
The Jewish World
To Read: Eliyahu Stern writes about the heritage of one of Judaism's greatest scholars in this interesting piece in Slate-
No one person can be said to have inspired millions of Jewish students to overcome the roadblocks put before them. Still, it’s telling that Jewish parents of the generations following the Gaon thought otherwise. Playing on the Yiddish vocalization of his name, they bade their children, “Vil-nor Goen:” “If you will it, you too can be a genius.”
Quote: "The racial laws were the worst fault of Mussolini as a leader, who in so many other ways did well", former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi praising Mussolini on international holocaust memorial day, just before falling asleep at an official ceremony.
Number: $6 billion, the shared fortune of the four step- grandchildren of Joseph Goebbels, according to Bloomberg.