May 7, 2013
May 7, 2013
Headline: Kerry meeting with Putin on Syria
To Read: Foreign Relations Council fellow Ray Takeyh examines historical cases of successful US policy shifts and tries to understand what these usually entail-
In essence, for the United States to move from failure to success, three things must happen. Failure must be seen as posing a cataclysmic threat to both national security and the political fortunes of the incumbent party. A plausible alternative strategy must be evident. And a senior policy maker who enjoys presidential trust and confidence must embrace that alternative, convince the president of its viability and subtly impose it on the system.
Quote: “Those people making the argument that the Syrian air defense system is some kind of formidable barrier, their argument is weakened by the Israeli actions”, Jeffrey White, a former Defense Intelligence Agency official, about the possible effects of Israel's airstrikes on American policy.
Number: 26,000, the number of people who claim they were sexually assaulted in the US military in the past year but never reported the attack.
To Read: Eyal Zisser writes about Israel's considerable strategic gains from the Arab Spring and the Syrian crisis-
Quote: “Under Assad it takes 104 days to get a building permit. For us it’s 212. Listen, friends, if I were in your shoes, I’d consider moving my business to Damascus”, Israel's Economy and trade minister Naftali Bennett, discussing the bureaucracy facing Israel's small businesses.
Number: 40,000, the number of families which will be pushed under the poverty line if Israel's economic plan is implemented, according to Israel's head of national insurance, Prof. Shlomo Mor Yossef.
The Middle East
To Read: Bill Keller believes the US needs to remember that Syria is not 'another Iraq' and to stop treating it as such-
Quote: "The more unpopular we [Brotherhood] are in certain circles, the more radical we become. Prosecutions for defamation, insulting the president and offending religion come thick and fast", an imaginary first person account of the Muslim brotherhood's thoughts, created by 'reporters without borders'.
Number: 11, the number of ministerial shuffles taking place today in Egypt's government.
The Jewish World
To Read: Radiologist Daniel Eisenberg explores the Halacha's view of medicine, and the curious Talmudic saying 'the best of doctors are bound for hell'-
Quote: "This will be the first time this honour has been bestowed by our country, and I cannot imagine a more fitting individual upon whom to bestow it", Australian PM Jill Gillard, upon naming Raoul Wallenberg as the fist honorary Australian citizen.
Number: 90, the percentage of Hungary's 100,000 Jews who still refuse to publicly disclose their Jewishness.