February 1, 2013
February 1, 2013
To Read: John Traub expects a lot of agreement- perhaps too much agreement- about the limitations of US force in Obama's next administration:
Quote: "You were on the wrong side of history", Senator John McCain criticizing and questioning Hagel about his opposition to the surge in Iraq.
Number: 3, the number of American soldiers who died in Afghanistan in January (a 4-year low)
To Read: Yizhar Hess of the Masorti movement examines the early origins of Israel's problematic status quo agreement and calls for change-
Quote: "Israelis convinced themselves that there is no use in talking to the Palestinians because they’re not to be trusted. I think they’re wrong. I think the Palestinians are not to be trusted and this is exactly why we should talk to them", Lapid in an interview for TIME.
Number: 73,000, the number of newly un-employed Israelis in 2012, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.
The Middle East
Headline: US says Iran steps up Syria support
To Read: AL Mayadeen journalist Ali Hashem thinks it will take time for the Assad regime to demise-
Quote: "such an assault on Arab land is entirely rejected and represents a flagrant violation of the United Nations Charter and international law.", Egyptian foreign minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, joining other Arab leaders in condemning Israel's alleged attack
Number: 16, the number of political parties who announced they will join the massive protests today in Egypt.
The Jewish World
Headline: Jewish Agency: Don't sugar coat Israel
To Read: Adam Levick sees doesn't see 'rights' and 'freedom' as the main issues of the recent Sunday Times cartoon controversy:
Quote: "In a country where the government and some of its followers have publicly accused the Jewish community of disloyalty and where the community's institutions and houses of worship have been attacked, reports of this kind of surveillance add fuel to an already incendiary atmosphere inciting prejudice and hate.", the Anti Defamation League reacting to recent reports about Venezuela's surveillance of Jews.
Number: 50m NIS, the budget of a new foreign ministry initiative aimed to bring 3,000 Jewish young, non-Jewish US leaders to Israel to combat 'industry of lies'.