November 14, 2013
November 14, 2013
To Read: Seth Mandel tries to understand how 'the war on terror' has become such a bipartisan consensus-
Quote: "Well it's not done, so by definition it's premature to judge it because the outlines have yet to be finalized", National Security Advosor, Susan Rice, commenting on Benjamin Netanyahu's staunch opposition to the proposed deal with Iran.
Number: 9%, the current Congressional approval rate, the lowest in the 39 years Gallup has been asking this question.
To Read: Brad Rothschild points out that any support Israel gets from US Jews needs to be earned not given-
Quote: “It was fairly anti-Israeli. I was supposed to disbelieve everything the Israelis had just told me, and I think the Israelis probably have a pretty good intelligence service.” He said the Israelis had told him that the “total changes proposed set back the program by 24 days", Republican Senator Mark Kirk sharing his impressions of the Kerry hearing about the proposed Iranian deal.
Number: 5, the number of Palestinians who suffered from smoke inhalation after an attack in which (what appear to be) far right activists set fire to a Palestinian home in the Ramallah area.
The Middle East
Headline: Russia and Egypt in key Cairo talks
To Read: Jonathan Spyer writes about Bashar Assad's successful year and about Iran's crucial role in it-
Quote: “It’s not right to say that Israel and Saudi Arabia didn’t want a deal for the same reason. The Saudis’ main reason was Syria. They don’t want US-Iranian talks on Syria, because they know this will affect their vision there. They wanted to please Israel, and now they could please the Saudis too, and the latter aren’t pleased for free. So they did whatever they could to [ensure] a deadlock, but this is temporary. Things will not continue this way", an Iranian official talks to al-monitor's Ali Hashem about the Geneva conference(s).
Number: 3, the number of public appearances Hassan Nasrallah has made this year.
The Jewish World
To Read: According to Yoaz Hendel, Israel needs to do its best to try to help US Jewry-
Quote: “This is not due to any lack of understanding of minorities or religious traditions, but because the procedure is irreversible, painful and risky”, Norway's Children’s Ombudswoman Anne Lindboe commenting on Norway's decision to promote legislation banning non-medical circumcision of minors without their consent.
Number: 1, the number of Jews in Afghanistan (not including the US soldiers, of course).
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