August 2, 2013
August 2. 2013
To Read: Robert Kaplan writes an interesting piece on the many moral compromises the US has to make in its foreign policy-
Quote: “The mere fact that such leaks happen often indicates that the Pentagon leadership does not have Israel’s interests at heart”, Prof. Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, commenting on the recent US leaks about Israel's future activity in Syria
Number: 46, the number of House Representatives who signed a letter urging Turkish President Abdullah Gul to condemn anti-Semitic remarks made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other Turkish officials.
To Read: Gordon Lubold writes about how Chuck Hagel "went from 'Jewish Lobby' to Israel's buddy"-
Quote: “Following the Iranian elections, the House of Representatives has sent a clear message to the Iranian regime that international pressure will increase until Iran meets its obligations and ceases its pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability. We will judge Iran by its actions alone”, PM Benjamin Netanyahu commenting on the Iranian Sanctions bill approved by the US House.
Number: 3000, the number of participants in the Jerusalem pride parade.
The Middle East
To Read: Vali Nasr points out that at the moment, at least as far as the west is concerned, containing Islamism is more urgent than promoting democracy-
Quote: “But unity can’t be achieved without ending the split [between Hamas and Fatah]. Hence it is a duty to end the split. But ending the split can’t be achieved without ending Hamas’s control over the Gaza Strip. Hence, it is a duty to end the Hamas control over the Gaza Strip", PA Minister for Wakf Affairs Mahmoud Habbash, issuing a Fatwa against the rule of Hamas.
Number: 40, the number of people killed by a deadly explosion in the Syrian city of Homs.
The Jewish World
To Read: Rabbi Gideon Rothstein discusses the relevance of deep theological thinking to modern practices among orthodox Jews-
Quote: "Even Neturei Karta members, who support meetings with the enemies of the State of Israel, do so in order to show that we are not interested in provoking them and can live with them in peace", Yaakov Gutfarb, a resident of Mea Shearim (the most extremely Ultra Orthodox neighborhood in Israel), denouncing the Hassidic man who allegedly spied for Iran.
Number: 250, the number of Jews Berthold Beitz extricated from the transport train to the Belzec extermination camp by claiming he needed them as “professional workers”.
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