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Oren: Terror may follow sanctions

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren says Iran might turn to terror in response to sanctions that have recently passed. Sanctions, according to Oren, give Iran two choices — one is to return to the negotiating table, while the other is further terrorism. He believes Iran would try to create a new war in the Middle East using its two proxy armies, Hamas and Hezbollah. Such a war would deflect attention away from Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear bomb. In all likelihood a new war would turn the world’s focus against Israel, since this is what happens whenever Israel takes up arms to defend herself.

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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 2:49 PM  | afarkas

Saudi court punishes 14 for “mingling”

A note to all who continually accuse Israel of “human rights abuses” – this is what real oppression looks like:

Judicial officials say a Saudi court has convicted four women and 11 men for mingling at a party and sentenced them to flogging and prison terms.

The men, who are between 30 and 40 years old, and three of the women, who are under the age of 30, were sentenced to an unspecified number of lashes and one or two year prison terms each.

The fourth woman, a minor, was sentenced to 80 lashes and was not sent to prison.

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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 9:51 AM  | David Kuner

Saudi court punishes 14 for "mingling"

A note to all who continually accuse Israel of “human rights abuses” – this is what real oppression looks like:

Judicial officials say a Saudi court has convicted four women and 11 men for mingling at a party and sentenced them to flogging and prison terms.

The men, who are between 30 and 40 years old, and three of the women, who are under the age of 30, were sentenced to an unspecified number of lashes and one or two year prison terms each.

The fourth woman, a minor, was sentenced to 80 lashes and was not sent to prison.

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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 9:51 AM  | David Kuner

Rabbi Eckstein named 21st most influential rabbi in U.S.

Newsweek just released its fourth annual list of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America. Congratulations to IFCJ founder and president Rabbi Eckstein for making number 21 on the list!

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Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 at 8:48 AM  | David Kuner

PA power blackout of Gaza ignored by most countries

More on that electricity crisis:

Gaza residents have been without electricity for most of the day this week due to the Palestinian Authority’s halt in fuel shipments through Israeli crossings. Unlike previous blackouts allegedly caused by limited Israeli shipments of diesel, the international community generally has remained silent.

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Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 at 7:19 AM  | David Kuner

The Three Weeks

From a message written last year, Rabbi Eckstein reflects on “The Three Weeks,” a period of solemnity and reflection that begins today, the 17th day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz:

Today—the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz—is one of the less auspicious days in the Jewish calendar, and a day of great significance for the Jewish people. On this day in the year 70 C.E., conquerors breached the walls of Jerusalem – the beginning of the end. Three weeks later, on the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, the city was in enemy hands and the Holy Temple was destroyed.

Throughout Jewish history, calamity and misfortune have befallen the Jewish people during this time, which we call “The Three Weeks” in English or Bein HaMitzarim (literally, “between narrow straits”) in Hebrew. Our greatest tragedy, the destruction of the Holy Temple, occurred on the 9th of Av, known in Hebrew as Tisha B’Av.

The good folks at AISH have more on the significance and meaning of The Three Weeks.

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Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 at 6:58 AM  | David Kuner

Palestinians must ease Gaza electricity crisis: UN

As Israel faces international blame for Gaza shortages, a UN agency points the finger elsewhere for electricity woes:

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees on Sunday called on bickering Palestinian factions to resolve a deepening electricity “crisis” in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

“It is such a tragedy that, on top of all the other crises that we have in the Gaza Strip, we now have a crisis of electricity,” said John Ging, director of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza.

“It’s an unbearable situation here at the moment, and it needs to be solved very quickly. It’s a Palestinian problem, made by Palestinians, and causing Palestinian suffering. So let’s have a Palestinian solution,” he told reporters.

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Monday, June 28th, 2010 at 9:12 AM  | David Kuner

Israel nabs “one of the most dangerous terror cells”

In a joint operation between Israeli police and the Shin Bet, Israel arrested seven Israeli Arabs believed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda and Global Jihad.

After investigating the suspects for the murder of an Israeli cab driver last year, police learned they had plans to perpetrate terror against Jews and Christians in Israel. The suspects admitted to other terror activity such as vandalizing buses used by Christian tour groups and throwing Molotov cocktails at businesses owned by Jews and Christians in the city of Nazareth.

The suspects attempted to travel to Somalia to join a terror training camp. They were denied entry into Africa and instead used the Internet to learn how to perpetrate terror.

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Monday, June 28th, 2010 at 6:04 AM  | afarkas

Israel nabs "one of the most dangerous terror cells"

In a joint operation between Israeli police and the Shin Bet, Israel arrested seven Israeli Arabs believed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda and Global Jihad.

After investigating the suspects for the murder of an Israeli cab driver last year, police learned they had plans to perpetrate terror against Jews and Christians in Israel. The suspects admitted to other terror activity such as vandalizing buses used by Christian tour groups and throwing Molotov cocktails at businesses owned by Jews and Christians in the city of Nazareth.

The suspects attempted to travel to Somalia to join a terror training camp. They were denied entry into Africa and instead used the Internet to learn how to perpetrate terror.

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Monday, June 28th, 2010 at 6:04 AM  | afarkas

Israel responds to mortar attack

An IDF spokesman said they “will not tolerate attempts to harm Israeli civilians”:

Israel responded late on Thursday night to a series of terrorist mortar shell and rocket attacks from Gaza that took place earlier in the day. IAF planes hit three terror-related targets in the area.

The targets were a weapons storage facility in northern Gaza and two smuggling tunnels in southern Gaza. Arab sources stated that one person was injured in the strike on the tunnels.

IDF spokespeople confirmed that the operation was a response to Thursday’s attacks.

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Friday, June 25th, 2010 at 5:01 PM  | David Kuner
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Rabbi's Commentary
Seeking Prayers for Safety and Comfort in a Time of Crisis

The news from Israel continues to grieve me deeply. Twenty-seven Israeli soldiers have been killed thus far during Operation Protective Edge.


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