November 22, 2013
November 22, 2013
To Read: Joe Lieberman and Vance Serchuk point out that a deal with Iran would mean that the US would have to monitor and check Iran's regional ambitions much more actively (which entails 'more involvement')-
Quote: "The Senate must be prepared to move forward with a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill when the Senate returns after Thanksgiving recess. And I am committed to do so", Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) showing resolve.
Number: 56, the percentage of Americans who support a deal with Iran, according to CNN.
To Read: BESA's Professor Efraim Inbar argues in favor of an Israeli attack in Iran-
Quote: “obviously we disagree with [Khamenei’s statements] profoundly", John Kerry's response to Khamenei's remarks about the Israeli officials not being human (we disagree as well).
Number: 58.5%, the percentage of the vote Herzog received in his landslide victory.
The Middle East
To Read: According to Professor Eyal Zisser, Iran and Hezbollah are beginning to question their Syria strategy-
Quote: "[Israel's position on Iran sanctions would] close the door on diplomacy and essentially lead to war”, a top White House official discussing Washington's perspective on Israel's Iran efforts.
Number: 'up to 4 million', the unofficial estimates of the number of hard core drug addicts in Iran, a country with a surprising problem.
The Jewish World
To Read: Yehuda Mirsky- next week's Torah Talk guest- writes about Ovadia Yosef, whom he describes as 'the most powerful Rabbi in History'-
Quote: “I tried to make changes in regular [Orthodox] shuls and didn’t succeed and said if they’re not changing then we must make something new. When I was thinking about it, many people said to me, ‘Nobody has a need for it… If they’d needed it, it would have started already.’ Or — that a great rabbi needs to do it or it will fail"”, Tova Hartman one of the founders of Jerusalem's landmark orthodox feminist congregation, Shira Hadasha.
Number: 40, the number of families in an extreme ultra-orthodox community which was caught making its way from Canada to Teheran.