March 3, 2013
March 3, 2013
To Read: According to Peggy Noonan, Obama has no interest in engaging congress and reaching bipartisan agreements-
Quote: "It's not like your household. In your household, people are saying, 'Oh, you can't spend money you don't have.' That is true for your household because nobody is going to lend you an infinite amount of money. When it comes to the United States federal government, people do seem willing to lend us an infinite amount of money. ... Our debt is so big and so many people own it that it's preposterous to think that they would stop selling us more. It's the old story: If you owe the bank $50,000, you got a problem. If you owe the bank $50 million, they got a problem. And that's a problem for the lenders. They can't stop lending us more money", Mayor Bloomberg about US debt.
Number: 4, the number of points Obama's approval ratings dropped on Friday, following the sequestration, according to a Gallup poll.
To Read: Former chief negotiator Dennis Ross, offers a 14 point agenda to help Israel and Palestine overcome their current rut of distrust and stagnation:
Quote: “Without even addressing the issue of ‘Arab honor’ and basic manners, Liberman’s statements and Bibi’s silence expressed arrogance and a feeling of euphoria . Since when does the state of Israel talk this way to a leader? The attitude toward Abu Mazen was humiliating, I thought. What did they expect of him — that after the Foreign Minister says, authoritatively and with [Netanyahu’s tacit] permission, that Abu Mazen is not relevant and should be dumped — that Abu Mazen will enter the negotiating room with a smile on his face?”, former Shin Bet ex-deputy and Knesset member Israel Hasson about Netanyahu and Liberman's PA strategy.
Number: 18,000, the amount of tons of apples that will pass from Israel to Syria in the next three months.
The Middle East
Read: On the eve of Kerry's arrival to Egypt, Arab World specialist Nesreen Akhtarkhavari warns that the country's political climate and recently adopted constitution put it in danger of becoming a second Iran-
Quote: “We don’t expect an arsonist to be a firefighter”, Bashar Assad about the possibility of British intervention in Syria.
Number: $2.3 billion, the record amount of money a consortium of Gulf- investors may bid for full ownership of the Arsenal football club.
The Jewish World
Headline: The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking
To Read: Claudia Rossett describes how a group of Islamist regimes have been successfully leveraging the UN label for the promotion of anti-Semitism:
Quote: "This could prove a very risky strategy at a time when millions of Americans will be feeling the bite of the sequestration debacle, from the defense budget to the school lunch program. But not aid to Israel, which will be untouched if AIPAC gets its way. This resolution could easily backfire and damage Israel far more than any cuts in its very generous grant aid program", Douglas Bloomfield, former AIPAC lobbyist, about the dangers of lobbying for the protection for Israeli aid against the sequestration.
Number: 500, the number of brothels exploiting Jewish sex slaves under Nazi rule, according to the disturbing new study.