June 24, 2013
June 24, 2013
To Read: Leon Hadar criticizes the Obama administration's murky representation of its motives in Syria-
Quote: "The bottom line is very simple. Allies are supposed to treat each other in decent ways, and Putin always seems almost eager to put a finger in the eye of the United States.”Chuck Schumer commenting on Russia's President Putin.
Number: 67, the percentage point divide between Israelis who have a favorable view of the U.S. and Palestinians.
To Read: A new JPPI report on European Jewry reminds Israel that it should be extra sensitive when promoting Aliya and dealing with Antisemetism in European countries-
Quote: “Israel will have to seriously consider the option of conquering all of Gaza and really cleaning it out. I’m not sure we want to live with that situation, but in the long term it’s inevitable”, former Israeli FM, MK Avigdor Liberman in an interview for Israeli radio.
Number: 6, the number of rockets fired from Gaza to the south of Israel, prompting this response.
The Middle East
Headline: Deadly fighting rages in Lebanon
To Read: Jonathan Schanzer writes about the (surprisingly negative) effect the 'Arab Spring' has had on Hamas-
Quote: “For Nasrallah, there is some good news from his involvement in Syria. Hezbollah is gaining battle experience. But this is smaller in significance than the price Nasrallah is paying, politically and operationally. There is an erosion of Hezbollah’s fighting forces and its resources. The organization is suffering a loss of personnel. And of course, politically, this is increasingly chipping away at Hezbollah’s image as the resistance party that fights the common enemy [Israel]”, Yoram Schweitzer, Israeli terrorism expert, on Hezbollah's crisis.
Number: 8 million, the number of votes the 1.7 million inhabitants of Gaza sent for the Palestinian contender who eventually won the 'Arab Idol' competition.
The Jewish World
To Read: Professor Aryeh Cohen doesn't like the overbroad (mis-)use of the term 'Tikun Olam'-
Quote: “This [the current tension facing European Jews] is a unique opportunity for Israel to make clear that it is a viable option for European Jewry to live here a very attractive option for them to have a safe, economically stable life”, JPPI co-chairman Stuart Eizenstat presenting the new JPPI report to the Israeli government.
Number: 50,000, the number of Jews murdered in the Babi Yar forest, where a new memorial is finally being built.