February 11, 2013
February 11, 2013
To Read: Fouad Ajami tells the story of how a liberal-minded orator began using drones, and wonders why his foreign-policy liberal mindedness at this point only seems to manifest itself as a reluctance to intervene-
Quote: “I’m afraid there are people who just don’t want to waste their time with U.S. intelligence any more. There have been a lot of broken promises…The levels of anger and mistrust are off the charts. And I’m not sure it’s redeemable”, Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center, talks about the growing disillusionment of Syrian rebels with the CIA.
Number: 1,700, the number of deployed nuclear weapons at the US military's disposal.
To Read: Itamar Marcus criticizes the recent textbook study and claims that a lot is on the line:
Only if the international community preconditions its political contacts and support for the PA on the PA’s compliance with demands to eliminate its culture of hate and violence will peace become possible.
While the Palestinian Authority is ultimately responsible for the hatred and terror it promotes, its defenders, especially Israelis like Bar-Tal, are ultimately enablers of this hatred. Such misleading reports could ease the international pressure that has been put on the Palestinians to replace their hate education with peace education.
Public rejection of this Bar- Tal/Adwan report by the US is not merely the right thing to do. People’s lives are depending on it.
Quote: "As things look now, he won’t have open access to the prime minister, and it’s doubtful that he’ll receive public support from him for the reforms he wants, or become a true ally of the incoming government”, a source close to the PM about Netanyahu's personal problems with Bennett.
Number: 90 the number of homes to be constructed in the Beit-El settlement.
The Middle East
Read: Ahram editor Hani Shukrallah believes that disorder is bound to keep on plaguing Egypt for quite a while-
Quote: “To openly challenge Khamenei publicly is unprecedented. It will have long-term repercussions. It shows that Khamenei does not have the authority he once did”, Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies program at Stanford University, about Ahmedinejad's recent scandalous radio performance.
Number: 160,000, the number of political prisoners which Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib demands Assad to free before the Syrian National Coalition - an alliance of opposition groups - would agree to meet Syrian officials.
The Jewish World
To Read: Algemeiner editor in chief contrasts the reactions to the Netanyahu caricature episode with those of the Brooklyn college one:
Quote: "And if you want to read something that is very, very enlightening, this guy he’s getting tremendous reviews on it. He’s Jewish. He worked in the State Department, worked for Baker, worked for Albright, I think he’s worked for four secretaries of state, different Democrats, Republicans", Chuck Hagel in a recently surfaced video in which he talks about Iran Israel.
Number: $50 million, the sum of the donation made by Sheldon Adelson to Jewish dayschools in Las Vegas.