January 24, 2013
January 24, 2013
To Read: According to Peter Beinhart, Obama can be relatively pleased by the results of the Israeli elections-
Quote: "Any reference to the 'State of Palestine' in the United Nations, including the use of the term 'State of Palestine' on the placard in the Security Council or the use of the term 'State of Palestine' in the invitation to this meeting or other arrangements for participation in this meeting, do not reflect acquiescence that Palestine is a state", US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice.
Number: 15%, the percent of republicans who are optimistic about the US’s future, according to a recent gallop poll.
To read: Aaron David Miller tries to explain why Netanyahu might be here to stay despite his party's poor results on Tuesday's elections-
Quote: "We're not going to form a bloc with Hanin Zoabi", Lapid firmly distancing himself from the far left and the Arabs parties.
Number: 7, the percentage of voters who voted for parties which didn’t pass the electoral threshold on Tuesday.
The Middle East
Headline: Winners and losers of Jordan’s elections
To Read: Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, opposes Assad in a decisive opinion piece in the Chicago Tribune
Quote: “This is the fastest-deteriorating humanitarian crisis on the planet . . . and it is deteriorating at a much, much faster pace than we had planned for. It’s dramatic, it’s explosive, and it’s dangerous”, Panos Moumtzis, regional coordinator for Syria at the UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, talking about the recent events in Syria.
Number: 20, 000, the number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Jordan in the last seven days.
The Jewish World
To Read: Jewish Ideas Daily’s Jonathan Sarna reflects about the absence of a chief rabbinate in the US-
Quote: "He was attempting to explain himself ... then he said, ‘Well, I think we all know that the media in the United States has made a big deal of this and we know the media of the United States is controlled by certain forces and they don't view me favorably”, Senator Chris Coons recalls his meeting with Egyptian president Morsi.
Number: ‘Less than one million’, the number of Jews killed by the Nazis in WW2, according to Mahmoud Abbas.