November 11, 2013
November 11, 2013
To Read: Mark Dubowitz and Reuel Marc Gerecht believe that this is the time for more US pressure and sanctions on Iran-
Quote: "On this crucial issue the US and Israel share an identical agenda", US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro trying to reassure Israelis about Iran.
Number: 55, the number of metric tons of emergency food USAID is dispatching in the Philippines, enough to feed 20,000 children and 15,000 adults for up to five days.
To Read: Steven Strauss argues in favor of ending US aid to Israel-
Quote: "Israel is using negotiations only as a tool to avoid international pressure while on the ground it continues its colonization plans rather than peace plans… We are not looking for an extension of the interim period or any other kind of interim agreement", top Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayyeh saying some harsh words about Israel and the negotiations.
Number: 40%, apparently, Israelis throw out 40% of their food.
The Middle East
To Read: Iranian journalist and dissident Akbar Ganji takes a look at the pragmatist elements in Iran's Revolutionary Guard and at their important role in a future détente-
Quote: “All we can do is hope is that these (Geneva) talks will end with the departure of Bashar al-Assad", Adib Shishakly, a member of the Syrian National Coalition, commenting on the organizations decision to join the Geneva peace talks.
Number: 63, the estimated number of rebels who have been killed since Friday in a gruesome battle in which a strategic Syrian military base has changed hands 3 times.
The Jewish World
To Read: Micah Goodman doesn't agree with the idea (presented by Hillel Halkin) that Jewish life in Israel is fuller and more meaningful than Jewish life in the Diaspora-
For 2,000 years, almost every significant work of the Jewish mind was produced without the advantage of the conditions that according to Halkin form the sine qua non of a full Jewish life and authentic Jewish culture. Indeed, the great achievement of the Diaspora was precisely the formation of a living, meaningful Judaism in the absence of a political or territorial base. To deny the worth of Jewish life outside the land of Israel is thus essentially to deny millennia of Jewish creativity.
Quote: “We renew our closeness and solidarity with the Jewish people, our older big brothers. And we pray to God that the memory of the past, the memory of past sins, helps us to be ever vigilant against any form of hate and intolerance", Pope Francis marking the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
Number: 900, a new website features 900 Holocaust-related recordings and transcripts made available for the first time
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