September 29, 2013
September 29, 2013
To Read: Doyle McManus urges the US to do its best to (quickly) figure out what lies behind Rouhani's charm-
Quote: "In the coming days, we will be outspoken in our support for furthering sanctions against Iran, requiring countries to again reduce their purchases of Iranian petroleum and imposing further prohibitions on strategic sectors of the Iranian economy. We proceed with an open hand, but there can be a deal only when Iran’s actions align with its rhetoric", Senators Robert Menendez and Lindsey Graham promising to promote tough measures against Iran in an Op-Ed for the Post.
Number: 1,131, the number of American citizens abroad who gave up their US citizenship in the first quarter of 2013 (up from 189 last year).
To Read: Daniel Levy wrote an interesting piece on the tough decisions Netanyahu faces amid the possibility of US-Iran negotiations-
Quote: "Israel shouldn't be portrayed as a serial objector to negotiations uninterested in peaceful solutions. We must make the Iranians be peace objectors. Leaving the UN Assembly is reminiscent of the ways Arab states behaved towards Israel", Yair Lapid criticizing the Israeli UN delegation's decision to boycott Rouhani's speech.
Number: NIS 1.5, the amount of bribe money former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert is accused of receiving to authorize the infamous Holyland project.
The Middle East
To Read: TNR's Julia Ioffe believes that despite the US' attempt to sell it as a success, the Syria deal reached on Friday might be quite a step back-
Quote: “Work is under way, in line with the roadmap, on several tracks. It has so far succeeded in establishing the principles of justice, freedom and democracy, as a basis for governance. This will be followed by parliamentary elections, then presidential elections, so that the transitional phase ends by next spring”, Egypt's interim FM, Nabil Fahmy, announcing the deadline for the end of the interim government phase.
Number: 50%, nearly half of the children in Syria are not in school, according to the UN agency for children.
The Jewish World
Headline: Greece arrests leaders of neo-Nazi party
To Read: According to Rabbi David Wolpe, Malcolm Gladwell has misrepresented the message behind the David and Goliath story in his new book-
Quote: “Among the great painters, I admire Caravaggio; his paintings speak to me. But also Chagall, with his ‘White Crucifixion’, Pope Francis endorsing Chagall's painting of Jesus as a Jew at a time of pogroms.
Number: £150million, the estimated value of the legendary 'Amber Room of the tsars', which people are digging into holocaust victims' graves to search for.