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From biblical times, when God parted its waters so Moses and the Israelites could escape Pharaoh, to today — this week, the IDF intercepted an Iranian weapons ship bound for Gaza — the Red Sea has played an important part in the lives of God’s children. Enjoy this photo of sunset over the Red Sea. Shabbat shalom, friends.Comments (0) »
Friday, March 7th, 2014 at 12:54 PM | Stand For Israel
The key Israeli demand in the ongoing negotiations with the Palestinians is a formal recognition that Israel is the current and historic homeland of the Jews. That’s very simply an historical fact. So what’s the problem? Writing at Commentary, Jonathan Tobin has an interesting explanation for Palestinian intransigence on what seems like a simple issue:
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The Palestinians can’t say the words “Jewish state” because to do so would force them to give up their historical narrative in which they see themselves as victims of history who can only be made whole by annulling the results of Israel’s War of Independence.
Friday, March 7th, 2014 at 8:31 AM | Stand For Israel
Earlier this week, President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the ongoing peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The President urged the Prime Minister to make tough decisions that would lead to a peaceful coexistence of the two states.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
• Following that meeting, Netanyahu addressed AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobbying group in the U.S., strongly condemning Iran for standing on the wrong side of the world’s moral divide.
• On Wednesday Israel intercepted a shipment of Syrian-made rockets heading from Iran to Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, underscoring Netanyahu’s remarks to AIPAC.
• Meanwhile, Israel remains reticent to pull back on settlements in the West Bank because of its past experience.
• A spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister expressed Israel’s frustration with the peace talks.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and CEO, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, on the dangerous situation for the Jewish community with the ongoing unrest in Ukraine.
Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 5:00 PM | firstname.lastname@example.org
Israel’s latest voice in Washington has both the safety of Israel and of the United States on his mind. Ambassador Ron Dermer is an Israeli who was raised in the U.S., and sees Iran’s nuclear aspirations as a very real threat to both allied nations:
How is Iran’s nuclear program not just a problem for Israel, but a problem for America as well?
Dermer explained it’s “because we’re [Israel] the Little Satan to Iran [and] you’re [the United States] are the Great Satan.”
“The only thing you put on an ICBM is a nuclear warhead. That’s it,” he continued. “And they’re designed to be propelled, to be sent, thousands of miles across the ocean to try to reach you.”
And as the United States and Israel stand together as allies, Dermer realizes that the greatest American friends of the Holy Land are Christians:
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“I believe that the Christian community in the United States — the tens of millions of Christians, of evangelical Christians, throughout this country — can stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel and beat back any attempts to delegitimize, to libel, to malign Israel,” he said.
Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 11:36 AM | Stand For Israel
Jonathan Tobin writes at Commentary that U.S. policies in the Middle East and the assumptions they’re based on are thrown into serious doubt by the capture yesterday of a shipment of Iranian weapons headed for Gaza. What does this episode mean for the ongoing negotiations over negotiations and America’s insistence on more dialogue?
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The breakup of that alliance demonstrated Hamas’ belief that they no longer needed Iran’s assistance. But things have changed since the start of the Arab Spring when the Islamist group thought it could count on support from Egypt and Turkey to make up for the money and arms it got from Iran.
Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 8:41 AM | Stand For Israel
Despite some similarities between the Karine A – another Iranian weapons ship headed to Gaza — Itamar Rabinovich points out some key differences between the impact the 2002 event had on President George W. Bush and the likely impact — Rabinovich doesn’t think there will be much — on President Obama:
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Washington is often described as “a one crisis town.” The crisis that dominates the agenda is obviously the Ukrainian one. If the president and his men have the time and patience to reflect on and deal with Middle Eastern issues, it is the difficult Israeli Palestinian negotiation that would be first on their minds.
Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 8:32 AM | Stand For Israel
The world is a dangerous place; few people know that better than Israel’s leaders, who have been given the monumentally challenging task of keeping their nation safe in a region that so many have euphemistically called “a bad neighborhood.”
On Tuesday morning, during his speech to the AIPAC policy conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu channeled a favorite American TV commercial to remind Israel’s greatest ally — the U.S. — that Iran does not only threaten Israel, but the U.S., and indeed the entire world.
Netanyahu made a joke to make a serious point, a point he made clear in his next words:
Now, it’s not only that — only the Americans got that joke. It’s not only that Iran doesn’t walk the walk. In the last few weeks, they don’t even bother to talk the talk. Iran’s leaders say they won’t dismantle a single centrifuge, they won’t discuss their ballistic missile program. And guess what tune they’re singing in Tehran? It’s not “God Bless America,” it’s “death to America.” And they chant this as brazenly as ever. Some charm offensive.
And here’s my point. Iran continues to stand unabashedly on the wrong side of the moral divide. And that’s why we must continue to stand unequivocally on the right side of that divide. We must oppose Iran and stand up for what is right.
Read the full text of the Prime Minister’s speech here.Comments (3) »
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 10:17 AM | Stand For Israel
In the early hours this morning, the IDF stopped an Iranian ship trying to smuggle weapons to terrorists in the Gaza Strip. See footage of the operation here:
The IDF has posted more information on its blog, including a video explaining what was seized and how the operation protects the Holy Land:
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“The IDF will continue to operate against the Iranian attempts to arm regional terrorist organizations, who intend to continuously ignite our borders,” said IDF Spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. ”We will continue to employ all the necessary means in order to prevent the armament of terrorist organizations and will combat the Iranian smuggling attempts that threaten the security and sovereignty of the State of Israel.”
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 9:18 AM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday, Russian president Vladimir Putin’s made outrageous comments on the Russian troops in Ukraine’s Crimea region, denying they were even Russian. Writing for Commentary, Max Boot looks at some of Putin’s crazier claims and biggest untruths, including the lie that Russia is trying to protect Ukraine from anti-Semites:
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He claimed that the anti-Yanukovych demonstrators in Kiev were all fascists and anti-Semites: “Our major concern is the orgy of nationalists, and extremists and anti-Semites on the streets of Kiev.” (If that’s the case, it’s odd, as Timothy Snyder notes in the New York Review of Books, that it was the Yanukovych regime “rather than its opponents that resorts to anti-Semitism, instructing its riot police that the opposition is led by Jews.”)
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 8:49 AM | Stand For Israel