September 30, 2013
September 30, 2013
To Read: Brooking's Mike O'Hanlon tries to figure out whether there's a realistic way the US could stop the war in Syria and tries to imagine what an eventual peace plan might look like-
Quote: "They are going to be upset—we can live with that. We are learning from our enemies now how to treat the United States", Mustafa Alani, a veteran Saudi security analyst with the Geneva-based Gulf Research Center, commenting on Saudi Arabia's anger at Obama's Syria and Iran policies.
Number: 61, the percentage of Americans who 'trust the American People' to make judgments facing the country.
To Read: Tablet's Yair Rosenberg takes a look at four ways in which the UN has been unfair to Israel over the years-
Quote: “At a time when Iran is trying to get closer to the US, it sent an agent to try to gather intelligence in order to carry out a terror attack against the American Embassy in Israel. This is just one further example of Iran’s policy of doublespeak and further proof that Iran’s words do not match its actions”, A member of the prime minister’s delegation to New York commenting on the Iranian spy affair.
Number: 69, the Knesset is going to hold a special session at Auschwitz in January, exactly 69 years of the camp's liberation.
The Middle East
To Read: David Horovitz reminds us that Rouhani serves at the discretion of Iran's supreme leader Khamenei and that the President's agenda is the regime's agenda-
Quote: "Mr. Netanyahu and his colleagues have been saying since 1991, and you can check your records, that Iran is six months away from a nuclear weapon. We’re 22 years after that and they are still saying we’re six months away from a nuclear weapon", Iran's FM mocking Benjamin Netanyahu's warnings.
Number: $27b, a cargo of about $27 billion has sat unclaimed at a Moscow airport for over 5 years, with rumors circling that it could be the lost fortune of Saddam Hussein or Muammar Qaddafi.
The Jewish World
To Read: Malka Simkovich writes about traditional interpretations of the book of Genesis which question the idea that the first man was strictly male-
Quote: "[Rouhani] engaged in the more subtle form of Holocaust revisionism, minimizing it by accusing the Jewish survivors of taking vengeance on the Palestinians in fulfilling their 2,000-year-old dream of returning to their homeland, Israel. This was a gratuitous swipe at the survivors", Abraham Foxman rebuking the Iranian President's Holocaust comments.
Number: $5m, the amount of money William Rapfogel, former head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, is charged of stealing.