April 30, 2013
April 30, 2013
To Read: The New Yorker's Steve Coll discusses the resemblances between Obama's drone policy and Eisenhower's problematic low key political coups-
Quote: "they are going to litigate hard against the death penalty. They are not going to put on a Jihadi defense", Alan Dershowitz about the implications of the appointment of death penalty attorney Judy Clarke to the defense team of the Boston bomber.
Number: $300,000, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's monthly payment from the CIA.
To Read: An Ultra-Orthodox educator raises a possible problem concerning Yair Lapid's policy toward Haredi education-
Quote: “We are not at war with Israel. [But] if the Arab countries are at war with them, we’ll help them”, influential Iranian leader and former President Akhbar Hashemi Rsfanjani, about Israel-Iran relations.
Number: NIS 250 billion, the cost of evacuating isolated West Bank Jewish communities outside of the settlement blocs, at least according to the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.
The Middle East
To Read: The Telegraph's Phoebe Greenwood reports from Gaza about its increasingly harsh modesty patrol-
Quote: "We have been hearing appeals to us to change our position. All the time the official representatives of the State Department or the White House will be saying, "We call on Russia and China to change their position," which meant the conviction of Washington that their position was right. And I'm gratified to note some positive change which occurred on the part of those who have been denying any possibility for a dialogue as long as President Assad is in Syria. We have been consistent. We have been saying that for us priority No. 1 is to stop the bloodshed and to save lives, and therefore cessation of hostilities and dialogue without any preconditions is the best way to achieve this desired goal. And when people were telling us, "Well, we can support you only if President Assad disappears," that meant one very simple thing: that for them priority No. 1 was not saving lives but removing the president and changing the regime", Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, discussing Russia's position on the Syria crisis in an interesting FP interview.
Number: $3b, the worth of the Egyptian bonds the Qatari government is going to buy at 5% interest.
The Jewish World
To Read: Judaism scholar Zach Mann claims that today's important Rabbis are unfortunately less scholarly than the important rabbis of yore (mid 20th century America)-
Quote: “What you’re doing to the survivors is a crime and a disgrace. Ben-Gurion made a pact, promising we would receive money for the rest of our lives”, Holocaust survivor Dora Roth's high profile diatribe against the Israeli government yesterday at the Knesset.
Number: 843, the number of holocaust survivors who attended the 20th anniversary of the DC Holocaust museum yesterday.
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