October 28, 2013
October 28, 2013
To Read: Walter Russell Mead thinks that the US' new 'modest plan for the Middle East' which the NYT reported about yesterday is actually quite ambitious-
Quote: “They're going to find other friends. I argue that's not good for the United States”, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, one of several Republican Lawmakers who are calling for the mending of relations with Saudi Arabia.
Number: 10, the number of Presidential elections influential Pentagon guru Andrew W. Marshall has survived in his position (which is now threatened by the sequester).
To Read: Former Palestinian negotiator Nabeel Kassis argues that recognizing Israel as a Jewish State is not a basic demand that the Palestinians must cede to-
Quote: “This is the best security cooperation we’ve had in years. The Palestinian security forces are much more professional than in the past and they are not political”, Shlomo Brom, a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies and a retired brigadier general in the Israeli army, commenting on the current state of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation.
Number: 26, Israel has released the names of the 26 Palestinian prisoners who are to be released.
The Middle East
Headline: Brahimi arrives in Damascus amid clashes
To Read: Marwan Bishara analyzes the possible effects of a US-Iran détente on the Arab world-
Quote: "closure of the tunnels caused heavy losses to the industry, commerce, agriculture, transport and construction sectors", Hatem Oweida, deputy economy minister for Hamas, describing the effects of the closing of the tunnels to Gaza on the strip's economy (a drawback of $230m a month, according to Hamas)
Number: 80, the number of lashes which 4 Iranian men were reportedly sentenced to for drinking communion wine and owning a satellite.
The Jewish World
Headline: Musician Lou Reed dies at 71
To Read: Jonathan Tobin believes that (what he sees as) American Jewry's existential crisis is the direct result of the warm embrace they have received from American society-
Quote: “Of course, aren’t all the best people?”, Lou Reed's response when asked if he was Jewish.
Number: 360, Congregation Nidhe Israel in Barbados is turning 360, making it the oldest Jewish community in the Western Hemisphere.