Tell Washington – Say No to a Nuclear Iran

(Photo: wikicommons/ James Emery)

(Photo: wikicommons/ James Emery)

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are key players in maintaining Israel’s strong relationship with Washington. Friends of Israel need to let their elected officials know how they feel about the nuclear deal made with Iran.

We’ve made it easy for you to tell your congressmen and senators to protest the Iran nuclear deal.

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Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 5:17 PM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: Assad and Nasrallah Are Celebrating Iran Deal

(Photo: flickr/spdl_n1)

(Photo: flickr/spdl_n1)

While those who stand for Israel are lamenting the nuclear agreement with Iran, not so Israel’s enemies. Addressing the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Syria’s Assad and Hezbollah’s Nasrallah are celebrating the nuclear deal:

“In recent days, [Syrian President Bashar] Assad and [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah have been celebrating the billions of dollars that they know Iran will give to their terror machine thanks to the Vienna agreement,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, referring to the nuclear deal reached earlier this month between world powers and Iran. “The agreement legitimizes both Iran’s effort to arm itself with nuclear weapons and the continuation of its aggression.”

Addressing a special Knesset session marking the 120th anniversary of the late Prime Minister Levi Eshkol’s birth, Netanyahu said, “It would be better for there to be no deal at all instead of a bad deal.”

 

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 8:07 AM  | Stand For Israel

Fellowship Freedom Flight from Ukraine Lands in Israel

(Photo: Daniel Bar On)

(Photo: Daniel Bar On)

We are pleased to announce that 161 new olim (immigrants) from Ukraine arrived safely in Israel today on the latest Fellowship Freedom Flight. An additional 14 Ukrainian Jewish immigrants will make aliyah (immigrate to Israel) tomorrow.

Fellowship Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein was at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel to greet the refugees from war-torn eastern Ukraine and welcome them to their new home in the Holy Land.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 8:02 AM  | Stand For Israel

The Iran Deal and the Rut of History

(Photo: US State Dept)

(Photo: US State Dept)

The philosopher George Santayana is the one who said that those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Sadly, it seems that such historical forgetfulness has come into play with the Iran deal. Writing at The Atlantic, Leon Wieseltier says the administration who has made this agreement not only has a shallow regard for history, but “a deep scorn for the past”:

But it is important to recognize that the rut—or the persistence of the adversarial relationship between Iran and the United States—was not a blind fate, or an accident of historical inertia, or a failure of diplomatic imagination. It was a choice. On the Iranian side, the choice was based upon a worldview that was founded in large measure on a fiery, theological anti-Americanism, an officially sanctioned and officially disseminated view of Americanism as satanism. On the American side, the choice was based upon an opposition to the tyranny and the terror that the Islamic Republic represented and proliferated. It is true that in the years prior to the Khomeini revolution the United States tolerated vicious abuses of human rights in Iran; but then our enmity toward the ayatollahs’ autocracy may be regarded as a moral correction. (A correction is an admirable kind of hypocrisy.) The adversarial relationship between America and the regime in Tehran has been based on the fact that we are proper adversaries. We should be adversaries. What democrat, what pluralist, what liberal, what conservative, what believer, what non-believer, would want this Iran for a friend…

This accord will strengthen a contemptible regime. And so I propose—futilely, I know—that now, in the aftermath of the accord, America proceed to weaken it. The conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action should be accompanied by a resumption of our hostility to the Iranian regime and its various forces. Diplomats like to say that you talk with your enemies. They are right. And we have talked with them. But they are still our enemies. This is…

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 7:34 AM  | Stand For Israel

Inside the Hospital Where Israeli Doctors Treat Syrian Patients

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(Photo: ziv.org.il)

While Israel must always be prepared for the threats that await her from every direction, Israelis are also prepared to show kindness and care for those who cross the borders needing medical treatment. Vice News’ Sara Elizabeth Williams takes us inside Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Israel, where Israeli doctors provide lifesaving care for many Syrians:

In nearly two and a half years, around 2,000 Syrians have been admitted to Israeli hospitals. While the vast majority are male — up to 90 percent at Ziv, the hospital closest to the border — there are women, too, and 17 percent of all patients are children.

There are the very old, and the very new: At least 10 Syrian babies have been born at Ziv alone since Syrians began arriving in February 2013.

Word has spread that Syrians can access medical help over the border from people they’ve long believed are the enemy. Medics say more patients, and less urgent cases, are filling the beds of publicly-funded Israeli hospitals…

Ziv Medical Center in the mountain city of Safed, just west of the Golan Heights, is the first port of call for most patients who come through the border fence near the devastated Syrian city of Quneitra. With 331 beds and seven operating theatres, Ziv is modern, well-equipped, and only 40 minutes from the border in a fast-moving IDF ambulance…

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Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 3:01 PM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Reads from Ancient Bible Scroll on Tisha B’Av

(Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO)

(Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO/ASHERNET)

Yesterday, the Jewish people observed Tisha B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. On this solemn, mournful day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read from a scroll containing the oldest-known version of the book of Lamentations:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marked Tisha B’Av — the fast day on which Jews mourn the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans — by reading from a 2,000-year-old Book of Lamentations scroll discovered in the Qumran Caves next to the Dead Sea.

The ancient scroll was presented to the prime minister by Pnina Shor, the curator in charge of the Dead Sea Scrolls for the Israel Antiquities Authority…

Netanyahu called the scroll an “important and moving find.”

“It is very significant that this scroll has been brought to the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, our united capital, on the fast of Tisha B’Av,” Netanyahu said.

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Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 8:37 AM  | Stand For Israel

Warning Against Iran Deal Is Israel’s National Duty

(Photo: wikicommons/ Farzaaaad2000)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Farzaaaad2000)

Ever since the U.S. and other world powers agreed to the recent nuclear deal with Iran, Israel and those who stand with her have been voicing their disapproval to the agreement. Israel Hayom’s Boaz Bismuth writes of this ridiculous appeasement and of the similarities between the current Iranian regime and that of Nazi Germany in the 1930s:

The Israeli government should not be ashamed of its efforts to scuttle the deal. The government has a national duty to continue these efforts. Ahead of the elections in March, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not hide his stance on Iran. In fact, this stance was one of the reasons he was re-elected.

The claims against Israel bring us back to the September 1938 Munich Agreement, under the terms of which Czechoslovakia was forced to hand over the Sudetenland to Nazi Germany. The breaking apart of Czechoslovakia led to the outbreak of World War II…

The similarities between the deals signed in Munich in 1938 and Vienna in 2015 are uncanny. Just as then there were those who refused to recognize the evils of Nazism, now there are those who refuse to recognize the evils of Khomeinism. Then, as now, appeasement and hopes for the best were the options chosen by world powers. Then, France and Britain promised to guarantee the new borders in Europe, exactly as world powers are now promising security guarantees on the Iranian nuclear program.

Given all this, how is anyone surprised by the Israeli government’s steadfast opposition to the Iran nuclear deal?

Tell your congressmen and senators to say no to a nuclear Iran.

 

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Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 8:28 AM  | Stand For Israel

Iran Marginalizing America

(Photo: Presidential Press and Information Office)

(Photo: Presidential Press and Information Office)

This weekend, Iran’s “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Khamenei tweeted a picture of President Obama holding a gun to his own head. Besides the hubris that this incident shows, Gatestone Institute’s Bassam Tawil also says it illustrates the effects that will result from the Iranian nuclear agreement:

America will be now marginalized, as will its allies. What is in store for America is obvious to anyone listening to the hate speech of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He keeps promising that he will continue fighting against America and Israel, and that Iran will neither stop its nuclear development nor surrender.

Instead of lifting the sanctions, the United States should be increasing them…

Global terrorism will mushroom. Iran will secretly complete its nuclear project ahead of schedule.

Since the agreement forbids agencies affiliated with America, and now apparently “foreigners,” from visiting Iran’s nuclear installations, the arms industry of Islamic Republic will flourish, and Iran will have been rewarded for having violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and will be given a red carpeted fast track to build a nuclear bomb.

Tell your congressmen and senators to say no to a nuclear Iran.

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Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 8:19 AM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Cry Out in the Night

(Photo: flickr/yos)

(Photo: flickr/yos)

The hearts of the people
    cry out to the Lord.
You walls of Daughter Zion,
    let your tears flow like a river
    day and night;
give yourself no relief,
    your eyes no rest.

Arise, cry out in the night,
    as the watches of the night begin;
pour out your heart like water
    in the presence of the Lord.
Lift up your hands to him
    for the lives of your children,
who faint from hunger
    at every street corner. (Lamentations 2:18-19)

At sunset on Saturday begins Tisha B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. On Tisha B’Av, Jews mourn such disasters that occurred on this day, including the destruction of the First and Second Temples. Here, Israelis sit and listen as the book of Lamentations is read. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 12:40 PM  | Stand For Israel

The New Hezbollah: How Israel’s Enemy Is Preparing for the Next War

(Photo: wikicommons/ yeowatzup)

(Photo: wikicommons/ yeowatzup)

Of the many alarming things about the Iranian nuclear agreement, one of the most frightening is the sanctions relief given to the Islamic Republic, and what Iran will do with these billions in funds. One of the main beneficiaries of this money will be Iran’s terrorist proxy, Hezbollah. Yediot Achronot’s Ronen Bergman provides a current and in-depth look at the terrorist organization as it continues to fight in Syria and prepares for its next war with Israel:

Despite Hezbollah’s tough situation – and perhaps because of it – Nasrallah and his men are constantly busy preparing for the next war in Israel. “They are operating on the ground as if the war is about to break out tomorrow morning,” says a senior military source…

According to estimates, Hezbollah currently has 80,000 to 100,000 missiles and rockets, which are all directed at Israel. In addition, the organization has greatly improved its unmanned aerial vehicles and has built a unit of “suicide” aircraft, which can reach many areas in Israel and explode on selected targets.

“Hezbollah has an interest to divert the attention from what is happening in Syria,” the journalist from Beirut says,” and to repeat all the time: Don’t think that the fighting in Syria is discouraging us from fighting Israel.”

A Lebanese journalist was recently permitted to enter some of the “modern bunkers” built by the organization. He was led there with his eyes covered, and the cover was only removed once the door behind him was closed. His report spoke about new electricity and ventilation systems, modern encoded communication with the Hezbollah headquarters in the Dahiya, and more. All this, he was explicitly told, is part of the preparations ahead of the next war with Israel…

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Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 7:28 AM  | Stand For Israel

Is Israel Angry with the US About the Iran Nuclear Deal?

So many who stand for Israel are questioning the recent nuclear deal with Iran. In this video, Rabbi Eckstein answers a question from a friend of the Jewish state who asks if Israel is angry with America for the finalization of the Iran nuclear deal.

Tell your congressmen and senators to say no to a nuclear Iran.

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Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 7:07 AM  | Stand For Israel