July 24, 2013
July 24, 2013
To Read: Former Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill believes that the Syrian situation exposes deeper issues in American foreign policy (namely, that it doesn't have a foreign policy)-
Quote: “The president, I think, has the right to choose the team around him, particularly as far as military advisers are concerned, but this assessment that General Dempsey gave of how to address the challenges in Syria are beyond anything that any rational military thinker that I know would ever contemplate”, Senator John McCain announcing that he won't delay General Dempsey's nomination for a second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Number: 16-2, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's vote in favor of Samantha Power.
To Read: Paul Morland takes a look at some curious demographic trends in Israeli society (it appears that the fertility rate among Arabs and Jews is surprisingly close)-
Quote: “There is no need to have this type of engagement with the British, who were pushing this matter and are well aware of the intelligence. But with countries like Germany, France and Spain, who are new at this, all types of information will have to be shared”, Israeli diplomatic officials commenting on Israel's decision to share intel on Hezbollah with EU members following the EU's decision to label it as a terrorist organization.
Number: $7.4b, Israel's record breaking arms export revenue.
The Middle East
To Read: Jonathan Schanzer argues that this is a great time to effectively cripple Hamas and that this could be a great thing for the peace process-
Quote: “At this point, we can say that Khan al-Assal has been liberated entirely and is in our control, which means that Aleppo’s countryside is in our control”, Syrian rebels claiming they have conquered the entire western area of Aleppo, Syria's second largest city.
Number: 40, the percentage of Egyptians who live on less than 2$ a day.
The Jewish World
To Read: Rabbi Josh Yuter examines Jewish tradition's theological problems with the idea of 'soul mates' ('Bashert')-
Quote: "Mr. Weiner says he is staying in the mayoral race. To those who know his arrogance and have grown tired of the tawdry saga he has dragged the city into, this is not surprising", a NYT editorial calling Anthony Weiner to leave the NY Mayorial race after the recent debacle.
Number: 550 the number of chapters of the Hillel organization.
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