January 28, 2013
January 28, 2013
To Read: Bob Woodward analyzes Obama's choice of Hagel and cites an interesting skepticism about the US military as a common ideological ground between the two-
Quote: "And as I wrestle with those decisions, I am more mindful probably than most of not only our incredible strengths and capabilities, but also our limitations. In a situation like Syria, I have to ask, can we make a difference in that situation? Would a military intervention have an impact? How would it affect our ability to support troops who are still in Afghanistan? What would be the aftermath of our involvement on the ground? Could it trigger even worse violence or the use of chemical weapons? What offers the best prospect of a stable post-Assad regime? And how do I weigh tens of thousands who've been killed in Syria versus the tens of thousands who are currently being killed in the Congo?", President Obama talking with the New Republic about Syria.
Number: 'nearly half', the amount of americans who are overqualified for their jobs according to a recent study.
To Read: Shai Hermesh and Josh Reinstein write about the great effectivity of interfaith political advocacy in Israel-
Quote: 'I read about the Iranian blast in the paper', strategic affairs minister and former army chief of staff Moshe Yaalon about the recent Iranian explosion.
Number: 30, the annual percent decrease in venture capital raised in Israel in 2012.
The Middle East
To Read: An interesting look at the perhaps over naive-western view of the 2011 revolution in Egypt:
Quote: “We don’t deny that our ties with Iran were negatively affected over the crisis in Syria, but we both are still interested in keeping the friendly atmosphere between us,”, Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, al-Monitor.
Number: 7, the number of people killed on Sunday at Port Said during the funerals of the 30 people killed the previous day
The Jewish World
To Read: University of Chicago Professor David Nirenberg examines how societies through the ages have dealt with social changes through the prism of anti-Semitism and believes we would do well to study the matter-
Quote: “This cartoon would be offensive at any time of the year, but to publish it on International Holocaust Remembrance Day is sickening and expresses a deeply troubling mindset,”, European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor responding to The Sunday Times' gory caricature of Netanyahu.
Number: $1.3b, the amount that has been paid to Holocaust survivors by Swiss banks in the 15 years following the 'Nazi Gold' controversy.