January 5, 2014
Sunday Reads: Thousands of Africans March in TA, Behind Obama’s Syrian Failure & Bibi’s Big Demand
Read: Michael Weiss writes an interesting piece on the absurdities of Obama's failing Syria policy-
Quote: "The path is becoming clearer. The puzzle is becoming more defined. And it is becoming much more apparent to everybody what the remaining tough choices are", Kerry commenting on the progress of his recent peace-process efforts.
Number: 48, the percentage of Republicans who don't believe in evolution at all (this number is actually growing).
To Read: Bernard Avishai explains why he thinks Netanyahu's demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish State is problematic-
Quote: “I have no problem with the political demand that the Jordan Valley should be part of the State of Israel. That position is permitted. What bothers me is that it is being presented as some sort of security problem”, former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan arguing that maintaining control over the Jordan Valley is not a security necessity.
Number: 26, here is a list of the next 26 prisoners to be released by the Israeli government.
The Middle East
To Read: Eliot Abrams doesn't like the Obama administration's over-cautious attitude toward everything Iran is doing in the Middle-East just because of the nuclear negotiations-
Quote: “I think we are witnessing a turning point, and it could be one of the worst in all our history. The West is not there, and we are in the hands of two regional powers, the Saudis and Iranians, each of which is fanatical in its own way. I don’t see how they can reach any entente, any rational solution”, Elias Khoury, a Lebanese novelist and critic who lived through his own country’s 15-year civil war, describing what it's like living in a post-America middle east.
Number: 17, at least 17 people were killed in Egypt on Friday, after clashes between the Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the government got violent.
The Jewish World
To Read: Rabbi Gideon Rothstein takes a look at the age old balancing act between scientific minded insight and Jewish faith-
Quote: “What was saving us [the refuseniks] in the Soviet Union? It was the fact that all these important American people were supporting us in every speech. They knew our names”, Nathan Sharansky criticizing the west's (Obama's, really) lack of support for democratic minded dissidents.
Number: 10 the number of years for which Sarah Gorovitz served as the San Francisco Federation Chief.
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