October 10, 2013
October 10, 2013
Headline: U.S. to partially cut aid to Egypt
To Read: A WSJ editorial criticizes the Obama administration for managing to anger everyone in Egypt-
Quote: "It's hard to imagine a more counterproductive effort to slow the development of Iran's nuclear program - especially when sanctions have succeeded in bringing the Iranians back to the negotiating table. This attempt to legislate the use of force in Iran is so far out of the mainstream that it makes Netanyahu look like a bleeding heart peacenik in comparison", an unnamed congressional aide criticizing a new republican legislation proposal which will authorize war with Iran.
Number: 63, the percentage of Israelis who believe that the US projected weakness in its dealings with Syria and Iran.
To Read: Yigal Kipnis writes an LA Time op-ed about the Yom Kippur war-
(Make sure to take a look at our exchange with Kipnis)
Quote: "Because (fellow Nobel laureate Arieh) Warshel didn't get tenured there (in Israel) and it was critical in those years of work", fresh Nobel Prize winner Michael Levitt explaining why he and Arieh Warshel moved abroad.
Number: 14, the number of countries which have more Nobel prizes than Israel (remember- Israel is pretty small).
The Middle East
To Read: Daniel DePetris believes that without a credible military threat still on the table, it is highly unlikely that Bashar Assad will keep his end of the Syrian deal-
Quote: "We collect our signatures via email through a website we have set up for that purpose. But Hamas was able to sabotage the site, and we are now trying to create a new, more secure site that Hamas can’t hack. We do that because it is difficult to collect the forms manually because we will be arrested. Tamarod’s administrators are in Gaza and their identities are kept secret. Only three of its members have been identified and they are all abroad. So far, we have been able to collect 600,000 forms", Hind al-Arabi, media spokeswoman for the Tamarod movement in Gaza, talking about the Egyptian-style protests her movements is planning to produce against Hamas in November.
Number: 3, the number of Egyptian soldiers killed in a suicide attack in the Sinai peninsula.
The Jewish World
To Read: Robert Nicholson examines the changes and nuances in current Evangelical Christian attitude towards Israel-
Quote: “We found that most of the maternal lineages don’t trace to the north Caucasus, which would be a proxy for the Khazarians, or to the Near East, but most of them emanate from Europe”, Martin Richards, an archaeogeneticist, discussing a study he coauthored about the genetic origins of Ashkenazi Jews.
Number: 80, the percentage of US conservative and reform rabbis who believe to a great/some extent that is Israel should freeze settlements (62 to a great extent, 18, to some extent), according to a new study.
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