December 9, 2013
Headlines & Reads: Lapid Says Coalition May Change for Peace Talks, On Jabotinsky’s Jewish Army
To Read: Abraham Soafer writes about the (fiscally prudent) future of US Foreign Policy-
Quote: “Rightly or wrongly, the administration’ view the jihadist opposition as the real enemy. What they would like is for the U.S.-backed centrists and moderates to work with the regime against the real extremists. The Iranians would like to see that as well”, Jim Hooper, a former US diplomat in Damascus, commenting on the Obama Administration's attitude toward Syria's rebels.
Number: 47, the percentage of Americans who believe that the rich poor income gap in America is a very big problem.
To Read: Rafael Ahren examines the connection between the US' recent Iran policy shifts and its attitude toward Israel-Palestine-
Quote: "There is no connection between these two issues", US ambassador denying the aforementioned connection between the two issues.
Number: 5,000, the number of Hezbollah rockets that can reach Tel Aviv, according to Israeli officials.
The Middle East
Headline: Chemical watchdog warns of Syria delay
To Read: Daniel Kurtzer, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, and Thomas Pickering argue that the deal with Iran (imperfect as it is) is a genuine opportunity on many fronts, including Syria Afghanistan and Iraq-
Quote: “We are concerned about the tensions arising from the presence of foreign forces in the region and believe that all foreign forces should exit the region and Afghanistan’s security should be ceded to the people of that country”, Iran's President Rouhani making a statement about foreign (mainly US) presence in Afghanistan.
Number: 18, the number of people killed yesterday in a car bombing in Iraq.
The Jewish World
Headline: Ex-chief rabbi: I warned against Metzger
To Read: Rick Rickman takes a look at early Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky's plans to organize an international Jewish army to fight the Nazis right before his death in 1940-
Quote: “In light of the ongoing rash of assaults that have left many residents frightened to walk around our neighborhood alone, I am asking the NYPD to move forward on the installation of these security cameras as soon as possible”, New York City Councilman David Greenfield responding to a case of violence against a Jewish woman in NY on Saturday.
Number: 94, the age of an alleged Auschwitz guard who was deemed unfit to stand trial in Germany.