January 14, 2013
January 14, 2013
Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times writes that Hagel faces a grilling on Iran and Israel from the most influential Jewish member of the Senate, Democrat Charles Schumer.
Mr. Hagel’s nomination has been met with suspicion, and even outright hostility, among Republicans and Democrats who are strongly aligned with Jewish groups.
Quote: Washington is letting the bad guys shoot our police officers, our children, our neighbors. That has to stop right now. And there are immediate steps our legislators can take right now NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg takes on the gun lobby
Number: 3 The number of Golden Globes awarded to Homeland, the political thriller based on an Israeli TV drama
Israel's parties are deploying native English speakers to actively court the Anglo population, writes Ben Sales of JTA.
Quote: "America's ties with Israel are so strong that they will remain that way even with the Obama administration not seeming to be going out to dinner with Netanyahu, or playing bridge, or whatever you do with your friends" Rand Paul discusses the relationship between Israel and its greatest ally
Number: NIS 39 billion The treasury reveals Israel's 2012 budget deficit, which is significantly higher than expected
The conflict in Syria is having a direct bearing on sectarian tensions across the region, writes Fouad Aami for the Wall Street Journal.
Quote: "Many of these women have experienced rape and torture in Syria, but as refugees [they] can't find the support they need to heal their physical and emotional scars – let alone provide food and shelter for their families" Sanj Srikanthan of the International Rescue Committee says sexual violence is playing a large role in the atrocities in Syria
Number: 300 The number of prisoners held under anti-terrorism laws released by the Iraqi government Monday as a goodwill gesture to Sunni Muslim demonstrators staging protests against Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki
To Read: A Mobster in the Family
Naomi Sandweiss of Tablet takes a look at the life of a Jewish gangster, through the eyes of her husband's notorious Detroit uncle.
Quote: "If the sequester were to go into effect in two months from now, that could affect our ability to serve residents we already have as well as bring new residents" Rachel Goldberg, B'nai B'rith's director of aging policy, worries about looming financial difficulties for Jewish charities
Number: Five years The length of time it took Florida Department of Corrections to agree to serve kosher food to Jewish inmates