August 29, 2013
August 29, 2013
To Read: Conor Friedersdorf points out that media reports have been over-emphasizing the pressure on President Obama to intervene while the pressure to stay out of the conflict is unjustly ignored-
(The New Republic's Isaac Chotiner disagrees)
Quote: "I have no earthly idea why they're talking so much. It's not leaking out; it's coming out through a hose. It's just a complete head-scratcher", Admiral William Fallon, the former head of the military's Central Command, cannot understand why the Obama administration is talking so much about the upcoming intervention.
Number: 92, the number of congressmen who have signed a letter calling President Obama to consult with congress before intervening in Syria.
To Read: Veteran Israeli journalist Dan Margalit imagines what would happen if Assad decides to attack Israel-
Quote: “They cannot play the game that Hezbollah is somehow an independent actor. We have seen over the last few months that Hezbollah is coordinated very closely with the Assad regime, and it is the Iranians that have orchestrated that close cooperation. [If Israel is attacked by Hezbollah] we will respond forcefully, and we won’t hold by artificial differentiations”, an Israeli official commenting on the Syria- Hezbollah alliance.
Number: 70, the number of border policemen who were sent by the IDF to accompany a bus filled with Israeli-Arab workers to the settlement of Yitzhar (it wasn't enough, though, and they had to call for reinforcement once things got rough).
The Middle East
To Read: Brookings' Daniel Byman and Khaled Elgindy take a look at the growing tension in the Sinai Peninsula-
Quote: "We are fighting America's war on terror right here on the ground. Our enemies are those al Qaeda fighters who want to destroy our 4,000-year-old Kurdish culture. These jihadists come from Belgium, Holland, Morocco, Libya, and other countries. Unfortunately, the U.S. and Turkey are on the side of al Qaeda, just like the U.S. was on al Qaeda's side in Afghanistan during the '80's", Dijwar Osman, a female Kurdish fighter fighting against Jihadists in Syria.
Number: 4, the number of U.S. guided-missile destroyers which are currently in the Mediterranean (each carrying around 90 missiles).
The Jewish World
Headline: Ukraine divided over WWII legacy
To Read: Rabbi Julie Schonfeld gives her perspective on the recent western wall proposal in this JPost op-ed-
Quote: “The Jewish community has a long-standing record against the use of nonconventional weapons. But just because we may think it is a moral issue to use force to curtail the use of nonconventional weapons, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is always the wise thing to do”, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, commenting on the American Jewish community's cautious reaction to the Syria affair.
Number: 10, here's JTA's list of the top 10 viral Jewish videos of 5773.