March 24, 2013
March 24, 2013
To Read: Alon Pinkas thinks that an Israel-obsessed Israeli public got Obama’s take on Israel all wrong:
Quote: “Today’s phone call between PM Netanyahu & PM Erdogan is a positive step that we hope leads to lasting cooperation on many important issues”, Ambassador Susan Rice, implying that the reconciliation phone call between Netanyahu and Erdogan might be the beginning of a more serious cooperation between the US and Turkey.
Number: 18, the percentage difference between Democrats and Republicans in their support for Israel, according to Gallup.
Headline: IDF fires at Syrian military post
To Read: According to Amos Harel, while the reconciliation attempt with Turkey is an important one, the tension between Israel and Turkey runs deeper than the flotilla accident:
Quote: "We did not agree to promise that under any condition we would continue to transfer all the things into Gaza and ease up on the residents of Gaza if there is shooting from there. We do not intend to give up on our right to respond to what happens in Gaza because of the agreement with the Turks", National security advisor Yacov Amidror about the reconciliation with Turkey
Number: $500m, the amount of Palestinian authority aid unblocked by the US.
The Middle East
Headline: CIA Expands Role in Syria Fight
To Read: Jeffrey Goldberg recounts Jordanian King Abdullah’s skeptical remarks about the Muslim brotherhood and about the US trusting them too much:
Quote: “Personally, I think that’s a complete misreading of what’s going on in Iran. They’re not in a hurry to build that first nuclear weapon because they’re not intimidated by the United States. Iran is building a very broad and deep nuclear weapons program that, as time goes on, will put them in a position to build many, many nuclear weapons – dozens and dozens in a relatively brief period of time. That’s capacity they want to have, not one or two nuclear weapons but a whole arsenal of them”, former US ambassador John Bolton about Iran’s nuclear program.
Number: $200m, the amount of additional aid money President Obama announced he will offer Jordan in effort of assisting its Syrian refugee crisis.
The Jewish World
To Read: Stephen Kellman gives his well written account of Phillip Roth’s monumental 80th birthday celebration:
Quote: "It just can't be that the German government gives out several billion to rescue Greece and other crisis-struck countries but is stingy with ghetto pensions”, Israeli MK Elazar Stern protesting the German parliament’s decision to block a measure to resolve the amount German pension funds must pay to former laborers in Nazi-era ghettos
Number: $1m, the sum of the money to be awarded to the recipient of the new Genesis Prize for Jewish achievement.
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