July 26, 2013
July 26, 2013
To Read: Michael Young thinks that General Dempsey's recent Syria plan is just a another piece of evidence showing that the US isn't serious about intervening in Syria-
Quote: “He would sit with Abbas and Netanyahu, and he carried messages and received messages and conveyed different points. But it seemed more of a sideshow rather than the main event at the time. Now it seems as though he was preparing himself in Obama’s first term for this moment now that he is secretary of State”, Dan Arbell, who recently served as Israel's Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington, on John Kerry's years of quiet work on the peace process.
Number: 23, the percentage of 18-33 year olds who are religious progressives (according to the same poll, only 17 percent are religious conservatives)
To Read: Professor Aviad Kleinberg tries to understand why Bennett feels so strongly about a referendum-
Naftali Bennet wants a referendum. If the government will ask to withdraw from areas in Greater Israel, it will have to be put to a referendum. Why is this so important to him? I suppose it is not for the sake of democracy. Even Judaism (which in its current format advocates a process in which a small group of people who were not elected by the entire community make all the decisions) is not the issue. Bennett wants a referendum in order to add another obstacle on the way to a peace deal. That's all.
Quote: “All of a sudden he says the money is not the issue. Indeed, they want to bring us to our knees and read the text that they dictate to us”, an Israeli official responding to Turkey's recent rejection of Israel's compensation proposal for the flotilla incident.
Number: 140, the number of prominent American Jewish figures who have signed a letter applauding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s support of renewed peace talks with the Palestinians.
The Middle East
Headline: Morsi detained for 'spying for Hamas'
To Read: Barbara Slavin believes that Iran and Hezbollah might actually be part of a possible solution to the Syrian crisis-
Quote: “Iraq is a partner of the United States and we are in regular conversations with Iraqi officials about a full range of issues of mutual interest, including Iran”, Patrick Ventrell, a State Department spokesman, responding to reports on Iran making advances toward the US through Iraq.
Number: 2000, the number of people killed in Syria since the beginning of Ramadan.
The Jewish World
To Read: Nobel Prize winner YIsrael Aumann argues against divorcing religion and state in Israel-
Quote: “While we wish that Mr. Waters would have avoided using the Star of David, we believe there is no anti-Semitic intent here”, the ADL showing relative restraint after Roger Waters used a pig balloon with a Star of David in one of his concerts.
Number: 989, the number of kids who are expected to make Aliya in 2013.