July 9, 2013
July 9, 2013
To Read: Political scientist Eric Grynaviski takes a look at some evidence from the Nixon era which makes him reconsider the 'Israel Lobby influence' theory-
Quote: “I think it would not be in the best interest of the United States to immediately change our assistance programs to Egypt. We are reviewing our obligations under the law, and we will be consulting with Congress about the way forward”, White House press secretary Jay Carney voicing the White House's decision not to call the coup in Egypt a coup (at least at this point).
Number: $8b, the amount of assistance in loans and investments which Qatar has provided the Morsi government with (putting the US' $1.5b in perspective)
To Read: TNR's Ben Birenbaum writes about PM Netanyahu's radical change of mind-
Quote: “NSA and Israel co-wrote it”, Edward Snowden telling Der Spiegel that the US and Israel cooperated to create the Stuxnet computer virus that destroyed nuclear centrifuges in Iran.
Number: 8, the number of months in prison one of the teens who attacked an east Jerusalem Palestinian received.
The Middle East
Headline: Car bomb rocks Shia suburb in Beirut
To Read: According to Bruce Riedel, Saudi Arabia hopes to see a strong autocratic leader in Egypt-
Quote: "There has been a lot of criticism from within the base towards the leadership, which has been accused of being inflexible, both before and since the crisis", Bassam Abu Abdullah, director of the Damascus Centre for Strategic Studies, commenting on the Syrian government's shuffle.
Number: 51, Yesterday's death-toll in Egypt.
The Jewish World
To Read: History professor Kenneth Sacks tells the story of Ralph Waldo Emerson's trip to London, in which he fell in love with the Jewish people-
Quote: “France is not an anti-Semitic country”, Richard Prasquier, the outgoing political chief of French Jewish community, in an interview.
Number: 9,000, the number of athletes who are going to participate in the Maccabiah games, starting next week in Jerusalem.