August 26, 2013
August 26, 2013
To Read: Leslie H. Gelb examines Presidents Obama's current options in Syria-
Quote: "The Iraqis never told us that they intended to use nerve gas. They didn't have to. We already knew", retired Air Force Col. Rick Francona, who was a military attaché in Baghdad during the 1988 atrocities, comments on the US' involvement in Saddam Hussein's use of chemical weapons.
Number: 23, Foreign Policy offers a map of 23 spots which the US will bomb if there's a no-fly zone in Syria.
Headline: 3 Palestinians killed in Qalandiya
To Read: A British entrepreneur describes what he has learned from the Israeli start-up world and tries to get to the bottom of its unparalleled success-
Quote: “The fact that Israel reflects a Western interest raises suspicion among Arabs about the true nature of democracy”, bits from a 2006 paper featuring some of Egypt's General Sisi's musings about how Israel affects democracy in the Middle East.
Number: 1, the percentage of Likud voters who want a two state solution in the West Bank, according to a new poll.
The Middle East
To Read: According to Georgetown's Ross Harrison, the question of whether what he have been seeing in the past couple of years is an 'Arab spring' or an 'Islamic spring' is genuinely tricky and there seems to be a some important differences between different countries in that respect-
Quote: “Our policy right now is to keep the people quiet. We have to keep our people highly immunized against the extreme attitude”, Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas leader, commenting on Hamas' current objectives in the tough times which the organization is facing.
Number: 55, the percentage of the (Fatah controlled) Palestinian Authority's annual budget that is allocated to Gaza (which is controlled by Hamas).
The Jewish World
To Read: Jonathan Tobin writes about Angela Merkel's important visit to Dachau-
Quote: "The biggest problem today between Israel and American Jews regarding religion is that Orthodox Judaism is a powerful, coercive political force in Israel", URJ President Rick Jacobs discussing religion and State in Israel.
Number: 7,500, the number of people who were murdered at the Topovske Supe concentration camp in Serbia, where Israeli architects are currently building a shopping mall.