February 12, 2013
February 12, 2013
To Read: Thomas Wright discerns between two opposing cross-partisan views at the center of the current American Foreign Policy debate-
Quote: "And I remember as I watched him breathe out the last part of air, I thought: Is this the best thing I've ever done, or the worst thing I've ever done? This is real and that's him. Holy shit", the Navy Seal soldier who shot Osama Bin Laden, recalling his experience.
Number: $700m, the sum of the US aid John Kerry is trying to unblock for the Palestinian authority.
Headline: Netanyahu stands by 2-state solution
To Read: Ben Dror-Yemini offers his harsh criticism of Ido Bartal's textbook study-
Quote: “About 99.9 percent of what you read in the papers about the negotiations is not actually happening. There are no discussions on portfolios. No one spoke to our negotiating team on that. Whatever you are reading is mere speculation that is not connected to us”, Yair Lapid to his Knesset faction.
Number: NIS 4 million, the sum of the fine the environmental protection ministry imposed on the IDF for failing to clear asbestos.
The Middle East
Read: The Atlantic's Armin Rosen visits the first Palestinian-designed planned city of Rawabi and ponders about the promises and possibilities it signifies-
Quote: "Syria will remain the beating heart of the Arab world and will not give up its principles despite the intensifying pressure and diversifying plots not only targeting Syria, but all Arabs" Bashar al-Assad refusing to give up.
Number: 13, the number of people who died in a car-explosion on the Turkish-Syrian border.
The Jewish World
To Read: A JPost editorial pays respect to the life and intellect of David Hartman-
Quote: “When I listen to the very partial presentation, I am fully with them — when I listen to the other side, I have to accept that they also have logic. We do have to find a solution in which nobody will feel discriminated against, and at the same time we don’t see the pictures every day of hundreds of people fighting in the most ugly way. Is it easy? Not. But we Jews chose to be [a] not-easy people, and to live in a not-easy place, and to ‘do’ [a] not-easy religion”, Jewish Agency head chairman Sharasky about the Women of the Wall phenomenon.
Number: 107,000-120,000, the estimated number of Jews in Austalia, which has decided to hold its elections on Yom Kippur this year.
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