February 10, 2013
February 10, 2013
To Read: A WSJ editorial suggests that the Obama administration should start reading Khamenei's refusals to negotiate at face level:
Quote: "Barack Obama does not want to be the American president on whose watch Iran acquires a nuclear weapon or be accused of presiding over the demise of what’s left of the two-state solution", Aaron David Miller, advisor to six US secretaries of state, about the president's priorities.
Number: 6, the number of minutes Obama spent on foreign policy in his last 65 minute- State of the Union speech.
Headline: PM names main topics for Obama visit
To Read: Our Israel factor panelist Alon Pinkas has justifiably low expectations of the Obama visit:
Quote: "He spent much of the election campaign saying 'follow the money' – so he should do just that. The 'money' is at the Finance Ministry, not the Foreign Ministry", Avigdor Lieberman trying to keep Lapid away from the Foreign portfolio.
Number: 19, the surprisingly low percentage of votes Netanyahu's Likud-Beiteinu received in the settlements.
The Middle East
To Read: Jonathan Tobin believes that the worrying ties between Morsi's Egypt and the Hamas should make the US rethink its military support for Egypt:
Quote: "When you speak of dialogue, it means dialogue without conditions, which excludes no one. But if someone comes to me and says 'I want to talk about this issue or I'll kill you', that's not a dialogue", Syrian information minister, Omran al-Zoubi, about the prospects of negotiations.
Number: 10,000, the amount of Euros Yasser Arafat's widow receives every month from the financially ailing Palestinian Authority.
The Jewish World
To Read: Rabbi Jason Miller contends that Rabbis should and inevitably will become more entrepreneurial in order to supply future Americans with their much needed spiritual support:
Quote: "In light of many cases in the past year in which policemen physically grabbed female worshippers and led them forcibly to the police station, I turn to you with an urgent request to order the Jerusalem Police commander to instruct the forces stationed in the Western Wall area to avoid physical contact between policemen and female worshippers", Anat Hoffman in a letter to the Israeli police commissioner.
Number: 200,000, the number of Jewish American kids with disabilities.
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