May 8, 2013
May 8, 2013
To Read: Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns shares his view on the different ways America can promote democracy in today's Middle East-
Quote: “He told us that, if the U.S. would sell them natural gas, then he would buy it today, and he wouldn’t have to buy it from anywhere else. That's a way we can shore up an ally in an unstable region that we need as an ally”, Rep. Lee Terry, member of a congressional coalition of current and former lawmakers, reporting about their meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and Energy Minister Taner Yildiz.
Number: 45, the percentage of Americans who believe that Muslims face a lot of discrimination.
Headline: Netanyahu backs Lapid’s budget slashes
To Read: Alan Dershowitz responds to the extremists who booed him at the JPost conference-
Quote: "What is optimism? We have to act. We can’t wait for things to happen of their own accord. We have an anomaly, and we have to change it. For the past 40 years in Hebron, the Jew can vote and the Arab can’t. How long can that last? It’s not possible. There has to be a major effort to end it, in a final status agreement, an interim agreement, without surrendering our security. That’s what has to be done. In any case, that’s what I would do. I said it out loud, too. Maybe that’s why they didn’t vote for me”, former Likud minister Dan Meridor, discussing the idea of optimism about the peace process.
Number: 19, the percentage of the residents of Jerusalem who define themselves as secular.
The Middle East
Headline: Syria cut off from global internet
To Read: As Turkish PM Erdogan prepares for his visit in Washington, The Middle East Institute's Sonar Gaptay and James F. Jeffreys take a look at the issues at hand-
Quote: “pretty much every town and city has an area controlled by the government, an area controlled by the opposition and an area of ongoing fighting”, United Nations’ chief official for humanitarian matters, Valerie Amos, discussing the problematic challenges of providing aid to the Syrian people.
Number: 6.8 million, the number of Syrians (out of 20 million) who require humanitarian assistance according to Undersecretary Amos.
The Jewish World
To Read: Israel Drazin reviews a new book on Israel's deeply flawed rabbinical marriage and divorce system-
Quote: “I saw a person who understood that dialogue is the way. It didn’t look to me like this was a person who would dictate rules that would prevent his daughters and my granddaughters from celebrating their bat mitzvah at the Western Wall”, Anat Hoffman, sharing her impressions of her meeting with Naftali Bennett, the first Israeli government minister to meet with WOW since 1988.
Number: 93, the age of the Nazi criminal, Hans Lipschis, who was arrested on Monday.
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