August 27, 2013
August 27, 2013
To Read: Robert W Merry examines the 'default foreign policy position' behind Obama's decision to do something in Syria-
Quote: “The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity,” Kerry said. “By any standard, it is inexcusable. And despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable”, John Kerry discussing Syria at yesterday's press conference.
Number: 11,660, with personnel reductions underway, the Pentagon at the end of fiscal 2013 will have 11,660 fewer civilian employees than it had planned.
To Read: Emily Hauser writes about how small things like joint Israeli-Palestinian police patrols are vital for the Peace process-
Quote: “Let’s say this is the reality. Then I think that if the city does this well and invests the resources needed, these children can benefit from this, because they’ll be in a place they’re wanted, where their needs are met”, Yael Gvirtz, from the Eliphelet Association – Citizens for Refugee Children, which assists the children of asylum-seekers in Israel, actually welcoming the controversial reports about segregated schools for African immigrants and refugees in Tel-Aviv.
Number: 150,000, the number of Israeli first graders who are starting school today.
The Middle East
To Read: Ayaan Hirsi Ali lists several genuine changes in the Middle East which give reason for optimism about the Arab Spring-
Quote: "There will definitely be perilous consequences for the region", Abbas Araqchi, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, commenting on a possible US intervention in Syria.
Number: 70, citizen journalists account for over 70% of media related deaths in Syria.
The Jewish World
To Read: A JPost article takes a look at the discrepancy between Bar Kokhba's symbolic role in modern Israeli public life and between what is actually known about the historical figure-
Quote: “I had to deal with anti-Semitism because at that time a lot of the trust departments I dealt with didn’t have Jews. I would take clients out to lunch, and after a drink they would start on the Jews. I would say nothing, because I learned that from my mother. But that afternoon, by runner, I would send them a greeting card that said, ‘Roses are red, violets are bluish, in case you don’t know, I am Jewish.’ I would sign it, ‘Enjoyed lunch, Mickie.’ I never lost a client and I never took any nonsense. I made a point and did it nicely”, a nice quote by Muriel “Mickie” Siebert, the first woman to become a member of the New York Stock Exchange, who has passed away at the age of 80.
Number: 50, According to the head of the special German prosecutors’ office that investigates Nazi crimes, a probe of 50 suspected former Auschwitz guards is near complete and may result in charges against many of them.
To Watch: If you're interested in the Western Wall story, don't miss the sales pitch by Minister Naftali Bennet, attempting to promote his newly created plaza-