January 22, 2013
January 22, 2013
To Read: Martin Indyk and Robert Kagan urge Obama to play a more active role in foreign affairs in his second term:
Quote: "We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully- not because we are naive about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear", one of president Obama's relatively few foreign policy remarks in his inauguration speech.
Number: 7, the number of times Obama used the word ‘together’ in his inaugural.
To Read: The editors of the WP believe that the Obama administration should downplay its recent tensions with Netanyahu and quietly promote its interests
Quote: “A Seinfeld election (about nothing)”, David Makovsky of the Washington Institute comments about Israel’s big day.
Number: 34, the number of parties Israeli voters will choose from today (the highest ever).
The Middle East
To Read: Aaron Zeilin of the Washington Institute suggests different ways in which the US could help Egypt counter its Jihadist extremists:
Quote: "The Turkish government plays a direct role in the massacre of the Syrian people” Bashar Assad in an interview for Iranian based Nassim International News Agency.
Number: $897m, The Hamas government budget for 2013
The Jewish World
Headline: Chuck Hagel meets with Jewish leaders
To Read: Abraham Foxman lauds the UN’s decision to honor the rescuers together with the holocaust victims in this year’s January 27th commemoration:
Quote: “I challenge anyone to deny the relationship between Zionism and Nazism before World War II”, PA president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday.
Number: 2, the percent drop in the number of Jews who made Aliyah last year
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