April 17, 2013
April 17, 2013
To Read: Aaron David Miller writes about the effects that the US’ convenient geographical location has always had on its attitude toward foreign policy:
Quote: ““We have confidence in our country, the United States of America, to maintain its tradition of protecting minorities and all people subjected to hate or persecution”, Salam Al-Marayati, Head of the LA-based Muslim Public Affairs Council, addressing fears about the possible backlash if it is found out that the Boston bombings were perpetrated by Islamists.
Number: 30, the percentage of Americans who said they are ‘satisfied with the way things are going in the United State at this time’, in a poll taken right before the Boston bombings.
To Read: The Washington Institute’s David Pollock believes that Israel and the Syrian rebel army have a lot to gain from each other and should therefore cooperate:
Quote: “It is anomalous that world opinion should only criticize Israel’s response to hostility and should not actively seek to bring an end to the Arab hostility which is the root cause of the tension”, Albert Einstein’s undelivered Israeli Independence day speech, 1955.
Number: $220m, the amount of money the Pentagon has requested for additional Iron Dome defense batteries for Israel in 2014.
The Middle East
To Read: A JPost editorial claims that Fayyad’s alternative vision for Palestine was destined to fail because his public hatred of Israel was never on par with what is expected from a Palestinian leader:
Quote: “But Syria continues to be the most difficult, the most troubling crisis we face today. I have been a commissioner more than three years. This is the crisis that makes me lose my sleep”, Kristalina Georgieva, European commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response, in an interview for Al-Monitor.
Number: $4.8b, the size of the IMF loan to Egypt which might be stalled because of lack of agreement between the Egyptian government and its opposition.
The Jewish World
To Read: Political Scientist and historian Richard Wolin criticizes the world’s foremost Egyptologist for blaming modern anti-semitism (and even the holocaust) on the Jews-
Quote: "These communities were dispersed in the aftermath of the Second World War, and as the older generation passes away these stories will be lost", Fiyaz Mughal, director of the charity Faith Matters and co-author of the accompanying booklet to a new exhibition about Muslims who saved Jews during WW2.
Number: 40, the percent decrease of North-American Jews aged 13-18 who travel to Israel.
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