October 31, 2013
October 31, 2013
To Read: According to Max Fisher, there might be a lesson to learn from AIPAC's recent failure and from (the much less influential) Invisible Children's success-
Quote: "It's incumbent upon them over the next 24 to 48 hours to persuade folks like me and others that the course of action they want to follow is a sound one. I think ... because Congress had to push the administration into the sanctions regime in the first place, there is a degree of skepticism. But from my standpoint I'm certainly open to listening", Senator Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate's, Foreign Relations Committee, on the White House's campaign against new Iran sanctions
Number: 51, the record-high percentage of Americans who disapprove of President Obama's performance.
Headline: US knew of settlement construction plan
To Read: According to Haviv Rettig Gur, the Knesset might quietly be on the verge of doing some revolutionary stuff-
Quote: "I will not be seen to be badmouthing the IDF. Anyone who's done reserve duty in the past 20 years knows there are places from which to cut. Any brigadier-general makes more money than me as well as the prime minister", Finance Minister Yair Lapid commenting on the proposed IDF budget cuts.
Number: 26, Netanyahu is the 26th most powerful person in the world (at least according to Forbes).
The Middle East
To Read: According to some former US officers whom Eli Lake talked to, Iran is getting better at hiding their nuclear activities-
Quote: “The situation is somewhat more complicated because there have already been open objections to that conference initiated by Russia and the United States, objections not only from various Syrian factions but also from the capitals of some neighboring and not only neighboring states”, Russian FM Sergei Lavrov complaining about the difficulty of organizing the Syria conference in Geneva.
Number: 50, the UN's $4.4b appeal for Syrian refugees is only 50% funded.
The Jewish World
To Read: Gatestone's Guy Milliere claims that anti-Semitism is becoming mainstream in France-
Quote: “The days of waiting around to firefight individual attacks on brit milah are over”, Philip Carmel, European policy adviser for the European Jewish Congress, commenting on the formation of a new pro-circumcision task force.
Number: 32, the number of Jewish graves which were desecrated in South Africa.
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