January 21, 2013
January 21, 2013
Headline: ‘I did it’: Obama takes oath
To Read: Fouad Ajami believes that the world cannot expect to see a lot of military assistance from the Obama-Kerry-Hagel triumvirate-
Quote: “This position has perhaps cost him more on a personal, and even energic, level than most of his predecessors, because he was most entirely an outsider”, Playwright Tony Kushner, who has recently dined with President Obama at the white house, quoted in a piece about the personal changes the Obamas have gone through in the past 4 years.
Number: $5.8 trillion, the increase in the national debt during Obama’s first term.
To Read: Nadav Shragai is disappointed by the superficial public debate surrounding the Israeli elections-
Quote: "The radical Right in Israel is striving to pass anti-Arab laws whose aim is to ethnically cleanse the Arabs", a special statement by the Arab league urging Arab-Israelis to exercise their voting rights in the upcoming elections.
Number: 67 (or maybe 66) the number of right wing/religious- bloc parliament members in the next Knesset according to our latest Israel poll trends post.
The Middle East
To Read: Bruce Reidel reflects on the possibility of a game changing revolution in Saudia Arabia and its consequences for Obama’s second administration-
Quote: "If the Syrian President Bashar Assad is toppled, the line of resistance in the face of Israel will be broken", Iranian presidential contender Ali Akbar Velayati discusses Iran’s position on Syria.
Number: 100,000 the number of new refugees in Syria in the past month alone.
The Jewish World
To Read: Reform Rabbi Uri Regev contends that the two leading candidates for Israel’s chief Rabbinate positions will not do much to solve the country’s pressing religion and state problems-
Quote: “The Jewish home is a party of Goyim”, the spiritual leader of Shas, Rabbi Ovadya Yosef accuses Naftali Bennett’s the Jewish home party of not being Jewish enough.
Number: 33- the percent decrease of enrollment in American conservative- affiliated day schools in the past 15 years.