June 13, 2013
June 13, 2013
Headline: Bill Clinton splits with Obama on Syria
To Read: FP's Gayle Tzemach Lemmon gives an update on the Syria intervention debate in Washington ('The Washington intervention war', as Foreign Policy call it)-
Quote: "I don’t mean that a leader should go out of his way or her way to do the unpopular thing, I simply mean when people are telling you ‘no’ in these situations, very often what they’re doing is flashing a giant yellow light and saying, ‘For God’s sakes, be careful, tell us what you’re doing, think this through, be careful. “But still they hire their president to look around the corner and down the street, and you just think - if you refuse to act and you cause a calamity, the one thing you cannot say when all the eggs have been broken, is that, ‘Oh my God, two years ago there was a poll that said 80 percent of you were against it.’ Right? You’d look like a total fool. So you really have to in the end trust the American people, tell them what you’re doing, and hope to God you can sell it”, Bill Clinton urging Obama to do more to help the Syrian people.
Number: 10, the percentage of Americans who have confidence in Congress (lowest on record).
To Read: Veteran Israeli Journalist Shimon Shiffer writes about Tzipi Livni's Dilemma now that it's becoming clearer that the ruling party of the coalition she is in is diametrically opposed to a 2- state solution-
Quote: " The occupation corrupts Israeli society, the IDF , Israeli justice, Israeli media, Israeli psyche and Israeli mode of speech. Thinking the world will get used to this situation is similar to what white people used to say in South Africa", Offer Shelach, one of Yesh Atid's most familiar faces, making the most left wing statement ever made by a member of Yair Lapid's party.
Number: 675, the number of housing units approved for the West Banks settlement of Itamar.
The Middle East
To Read: According to Henry J. Barkey, the Turkish protestors have managed to hit Erdogan where it hurts the most-
Quote: “Francis is a new pope. We are expecting a step forward from him. If in one of his addresses he were to declare that Islam is a peaceful religion, that Muslims are not looking for war or violence, that would be progress in itself… [Al Azhar] will not take part in any meeting with Israelis”, Mahmoud Abdel Gawad, an envoy from Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, one of the highest centers of learning in the Islamic world, calling Pope Francis to declare Islam as a “peaceful religion”.
Number: 55, the percentage of Palestinians who have a favorable view of Iran.
The Jewish World
To Read: An interesting interview with Professor Tamar Ross on the challenge bible criticism poses believers with-
Quote: “the Claims Conference has spent over $250m. of these funds for research, documentation, and education projects while tens of thousands of survivors have suffered... with many dying too early and in misery”, Samuel Dubbin, representative of the Holocaust Survivor Foundation, citing problems with the claims conference.
Number: 31, only 31 percent of Birthright participants marry before the age of 28.