October 30, 2013
October 30, 2013
To Read: Doyle McManus believes that Obama's new policy shift in the Middle East could cause some problematic consequences-
Quote: “We had a constructive and open exchange and agreed to continue the consultation to enhance the prospect of achieving a transparent and effective diplomatic resolution. We welcome the reaffirmation of the President’s commitment to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear capability and that all options remain viable to assure that end”, a statement made by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations following the briefing which the Jewish leaders received at the White House.
Number: $1.3b, White House officials are trying to save the US' $1.3b Egyptian aid program.
To Read: The Hoover institute's Peter Berkowitz thinks that Middle East negotiators should be more aware to the great political diversity that can be found in Israeli society (and he suggests that they read Yossi Klein Halevi's new book as a start) –
Quote: "If the French president had canceled the speech altogether, that's his prerogative. But once he decided that the Knesset, which represents the people, is not respectable enough for him and that he'd rather do the speech outside, that's an insult to Israeli democracy and the Israeli people", A Knesset official explaining Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein's decision to publicly shun the President of France for not speaking at the Israeli parliament.
Number: 4,500, Finance Ministry is demanding a personnel cut of 4,500 IDF officers (and the IDF Chief of staff is displeased about it).
The Middle East
To Read: FP's Michael Weiss reports on the nature and the magnitude of Iran's assistance to President Assad's forces in Syria-
Quote: "Yes, he's been arrested and details will soon be released", an Egyptian Interior Ministry source confirming the arrest of senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam el-Arian.
Number: 26, thousands of Palestinians celebrated the release of the 26 Prisoners from Israeli jails yesterday.
The Jewish World
Headline: Jewish groups mourn Polish ex-PM
To Read: Tom Gross points out that Judaism and defending Israel were actually quite important to rock icon Lou Reed-
Quote: "It's clearly exploded in the last 10, 20 years, I think mostly through the number of people involved in the daf yomi project", Rabbi Dov Linzer, of the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah School in New York, about the rising popularity of the Talmud.
Number: $900,000, a NYC delivery man won $900,000 in court for enduring 16 years of anti-semitic remarks from his supervisors.