October 1, 2013
October 1, 2013
To Read: Jeffrey Goldberg doesn't think the US should be excited about the prospect of negotiations with Iran-
Quote: "Aside from making us look like a bunch of fools, the biggest detriment is not the operations of our foreign policy machinery but it's the fact that it looks like we cannot govern ourselves. That's actually the biggest foreign policy ramifications of the shutdown. How can we with a straight face tell other governments how they can work in a democratic fashion to achieve consensus based governance and so forth. It's ridiculous", a senior congressional staffer commenting on the foreign policy implications of the shutdown.
Number: 40, the number of Americans who have gone overseas to fight for Al-Shabaab (the group that committed the terrorist attack in Kenya)
To Read: According to Aaron David Miller, Netanyahu shouldn't be so concerned about the possibility of a US deal with Iran harming Israel's security interests-
Quote: "There is nothing to worry about over our joint approach to the Iranian issue. Our goals are the same and our leaders agree on these goals. The main objective is to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons", US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro trying to calm down Israeli skeptics about Obama's Iran policy on Israeli radio.
Number: 55, the percentage of 'American Jews of no religion' who have no emotional attachment to Israel.
The Middle East
To Read: An interesting piece by Frank Salameh takes a look at how Assad's Alawite heritage and his fear of persecution effect his actions these days-
Quote: “It’s extremely important that there be a very robust humanitarian response to the crisis in order to avoid losing a generation”, Edward Chaiban, UNICEF’s director of emergency programs, warning about the dire situation of Syria's youth.
Number: 55, the number of people dead in bombings claimed by al-Qaeda in Iraq.
The Jewish World
To Read: Pew's big survey of American Jewry features some very interesting numbers-
Quote: "This is great news…It emphasizes the fact that there were rescuers from all nationalities, ethnic groups, religious beliefs or even agnostics. This is a long and painstaking process, but we are sure that there are many more Muslim rescuers awaiting to be discovered”, Danny Rainer of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation praising Yad Vashem's decision to honor Egyptian Dr. Mohamed Helmy as 'righteous among the nations'.
Number: 32, the percentage of American Jewish millennials who consider themselves 'Jews of no religion' (in contrast to only only 7% among members of the Greatest Generation).
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