March 18, 2013
March 18, 2013
To Read: According to Eli Lake, while Obama is going to face a lot of angry people, he does have a surprising beacon of hope in Netanyahu:
Quote: "We couldn’t keep them in office, but we should, we owed them more dignity”, Henry Kissinger about deposed Arab leaders 'that for 30 years were US allies'.
Number: 41, the percentage of Americans who believe that the US is putting the right amount of pressure on the Israeli government.
To Read: Aluf Ben thinks that the Israeli left needs to stop fantasizing about an American President coming to save the day and find itself its own Naftali Bennett-
Quote: “Naftali knows Bibi’s weak spots, but even he couldn’t believe how quickly Bibi folded. He didn’t actually want to ‘kill him’ for tactical reasons, because he realized that in the end, they will have to work together”, 'someone close to Bennett' talking to almonitor' Mazal mualam.
Number: 15,000, the number of police officers who are going to protect Obama in his visit.
The Middle East
To Read: Vali Nasr believes that at this point the US can and should make gains in the Iran negotiations by slowly relieving sanctions rather than adding new ones and raising suspicions:
Quote: “This fabric could be used in children’s clothing, and you know children tend to wear such [military] clothing in festivities”, Taher al-Nounou, a spokesman for the Hamas government, denying that the military uniforms smuggled from Egypt to Gaza are used for infiltrations of Sinai.
Number: 41, the annual percentage increase in foreign tourism to Iran in 2012, at least according to the FARS agency.
The Jewish World
To Read: Biblical scholar Leonard Greenspoon criticizes the tendency of psychoanalysts to superficially deconstruct and diagnose biblical figures:
…I modestly suggest that this psychoanalysis-at-a-great-distance should be characterized, in large measure, as cruelty to serious readers of the Biblical text. To which I might add reckless disregard for millennia of careful exegesis of the text on the part of literally hundreds of Biblical scholars applying approaches from the historical-critical to the synchronic. Perforce, these medical researches take the Biblical text just as it is and take no account of historical, literary or textual concerns. I only hope they are more fully prepared in their interpretation of medical data.
Quote: “in France, the killer is much more admired than the victims”, Samuel Sandler, father of one of the victims of the Toulouse massacre, in an interview.
Number: 9,000, the number of athletes participating in the Maccabiah games next July.
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