August 11, 2013
August 11, 2013
To Read: Doyle McManus examines the reasons for the US' lack of leverage in the Arab world-
Quote: “I think we saw more rhetoric on the Russian side that was anti-American, that played into some of the old stereotypes about the Cold War contest between the United States and Russia”, President Obama commenting on the recent tensions between the US and Russia and on President Putin's role in them.
Number: 68, the percentage of Americans who believe that the media 'keeps political leaders from doing things that should not be done'.
Headline: PM Netanyahu recovering after surgery
To Read: Mira Sucharov writes about a provocative Israeli mayor who excuses his public exclusionary attitude toward Arabs by claiming that 'If I'm racist then so is Israel'-
Quote: “That means that we’ll never be neutral and that Israel can be sure of our support when it comes to ensuring its security. That’s why I also said that Germany’s support for Israel’s security is part of our national ethos, our raison d’être”, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, talking to a Jewish Newspaper about Israel.
Number: 1,187, the Israeli government anounced it will issue tenders 1,187 Jewish homes behind the 1967 lines.
The Middle East
To Read: David Ignatius is still optimistic about democracy in the Middle East-
Quote: "We estimate that the real figure... is double the figure documented by the Observatory due to extreme secrecy that both sides in the conflict maintain on their casualties", the Britain based watchdog organization, 'The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights', claiming that the death toll in Syria might be closer to 200,000 than to the standard estimations of around 100,000.
Number: $80-100m, the amount of Money which Bayti Real Estate Investment Company, the firm which is building the new Palestinian city of Rawabi, spends annually in Israel.
The Jewish World
To Read: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks explains the reason why real prophecies made by legitimate prophets don't necessarily come true in the bible-
Quote: "Had to get some challah bread so you can holla back and holla that/My Jewish lawyer too enjoyed the fruit of letting my cash stack", a quote by Rapper Jay-Z, one of many quotes featured in a crazy compilation of rappers shouting out to their Jewish lawyers.
Number: 78,000, the number of Ethiopian Falasha Jews who have immigrated to Israel since 1980.