February 15, 2013
February 15, 2013
To Read: Lee Smith believes that it may be too late to prevent Iran from reaching nuclear capability-
Quote: “It’s just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when I’m still presiding over a war in Afghanistan and I need a secretary of defense who is coordinating with our allies… What seems to be happening, and this has been growing over time, is the Republican minority in the Senate seems to think that the rule now is that you need to have 60 votes for everything. Well, that’s not the rule”, President Obama responding to the GOP filibustering of the Hagel nomination.
Number: 158, the number of US diplomatic posts around the world which do not meet security rules.
To Read: Elliot Abrams doesn't think that grand efforts and gestures towards the peace process are what Obama should focus on during his upcoming visit-
Quote: “I am not even considering entering a government with Shas. If I will be in the traditional photograph at the President’s Residence the day the government is sworn in standing next to a minister from Shas, my political career is over”, Yair Lapid stating his main reason for not joining a coalition with shas (according to Israeli channel 10).
Number: 51, the percentage of Israelis who decided which party to vote more mainly based domestic issues.
The Middle East
Read: According to FP's Marc Lynch, not arming the Syrian rebels was actually a good call made by President Obama amidst quite a lot of pressure-
Quote: "On behalf of the Iranian nation, I say that whoever thinks that the Iranian nation would surrender to pressure is making a huge mistake and will take his wish to the grave", Iranian President Ahmadinejad being loud and clear as usual.
Number: 90, 000, the death toll in Syria according to the Saudi foreign minister.
The Jewish World
To Read: Forward's Elana Sztokman writes about a new kind of Jewish female leadership that has arrived at the Israeli Parliament:
Dr. Ruth Calderon is starting a revolution in Israel.
The new Knesset member on Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party is a Talmudic scholar who built two secular batei midrash (houses of learning), Elul and Alma, both of which are among the most significant educational institutions at the center of the Jewish secular renewal in Israel. And this week, in her introductory speech at the Knesset, she did something astonishing: She taught a passage of Talmud.
Quote: “How do we persuade the non-Jewish world to see antisemitism not just as a Jewish problem, but as their problem? A civilisation or a country that has no room for Jews has no room for humanity”, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, talking about Rupert Murdoch and anti-Semitism in his last official trip to Israel as Chief Rabbi of the commonwealth.
Number: 3000, the real number of Jews turned away by Switzerland during WW2 (much lower than previously estimated).