August 1, 2013
August 1, 2013
To Read: Dana Milbank writes about Rand Pauls bitter defeat against the GOP's interventionalists in the recent vote on Egypt-
Quote: "If President Rouhani truly has the will and authority to make a bold gesture on Iran's nuclear program - such as suspending enrichment -- he has a small window of opportunity before this bill becomes law. I think all of us would welcome such a gesture, but until that point we will continue to pursue a path of diplomatic pressure on the Iranian regime", Congressman Eliot Engel supporting the Iranian sanctions bill yesterday.
Number: $2.7m, the amount of money per prisoner the Pentagon has spent thus far in Guantanamo Bay.
To Read: Former Shin Beit director Ami Ayalon, former chief negotiator Gilead Sher, and hi-tech entrepreneur Orni Petruschka suggest a confidence building move which could, in their opinion, get things going between Israel and Palestine-
Quote: “What do you get out of it when the kushim (derogatory term for black people) who are paid by Tel Aviv beat the kushim who are paid by Greece?”, Israel's new Chief Rabbi's racial slur.
Number: 85, the percentage of settlement blocks which Israel will retain in a future agreement, according to John Kerry.
The Middle East
Headline: Egypt police told to break up rallies
To Read: Ehud Yaari surveys the many difficulties and regional rifts that have been plaguing Hamas recently (including some cold shoulders from some former allies)-
Quote: “Had we in Syria not been confident of victory, we wouldn’t have been able to resist”, Bashar Assad showing confidence.
Number: 1,057, the number of Iraqis who were killed in the month of July alone, making it the deadliest month the country has seen since 2008.
The Jewish World
To Read: Professor Oz Almog points out that Israel's Haredi community is rapidly growing more violent and more dangerous-
Quote: “It makes people feel that someone is thinking of them, that someone has driven all the way out here to meet them, and that’s something beautiful and powerful”, Levi Kameniski, a Rabbi in the Siberian city of Tomsk, praising Chabad's Synagogues on wheels, which drive around Siberia delivering Jewish services.
Number: 25, the percentage of NY's Jews who are 'non white or Sephardic'.
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