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About those anti-AIPAC protests

So these were the folks yesterday leading the impromtu anti-Israel “parade” (of about 40-50 people) outside the AIPAC conference yesterday. Might want to rethink who you appoint as your spokesmen, folks. But who you chose is very telling.  

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 5:58 PM  | Stand For Israel

Your questions to Netanyahu — answered!

A couple of weeks ago, we gave you the chance to submit your questions to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hundreds of you responded, and last Friday we announced the three questions that the Prime Minister responded to. We’ve received the answers from his office, and today — as a prelude to his important speech at the AIPAC conference tonight — we want to share the answers with you. Thank you, friends, for taking the time to express your interest and concern in the future of the Jewish state. Read on! 

Israeli PM Netanyahu

1) We hear so much one-sided information coming from the Middle East, and it really concerns me. What is the best way Christians and Jews in the U.S. can support Israel? – Christy

By visiting Israel, by investing in the country and by asserting your support for Israel. It is important for you to remind people that Israel is the national homeland of the Jewish people and that peace can only be achieved when our Palestinian neighbors accept that the Jews are not interlopers or foreigners in this land. We want peace. We are prepared for painful compromises in order to achieve peace. But peace cannot be based on a lie, and denying the very special and unique connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel is to deny historic truth.

2) Mr.Netanyahu, if dividing Jerusalem is the only way to obtain a peace solution would you ever permit it to happen? God bless you. — Lisa M., Mississippi

Thank you for your kind words. Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel and the eternal capital of the Jewish people. Anyone who knows the history of this land and the history of the Jewish people knows how central and unique the city of Jerusalem is to our Jewish heritage. Since the city’s unification in 1967 Jerusalem has developed and flourished for the benefit of all the city’s inhabitants and for all those around the globe who…

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 1:25 PM  | Stand For Israel

P.A. to pay salaries to terrorists in Israeli prisons

According to reports by the Palestinian Media Watch, the Palestinian Authority passed a law last month granting a monthly salary to all P.A. residents and Israeli Arabs imprisoned by Israel.

Where does the funding for Palestinian salaries come from? The U.S., the E.U., France, Britain, Ireland, Norway, Japan, India, and the World Bank have all given money to the P.A. for its general budget in 2010-2011. The report suggests that it is very likely that this money has been unintentionally funding salaries for terrorists:

According to PMW, the PA has defined by law which residents and Israeli Arabs would be deemed “prisoners” as: “Anyone imprisoned in the occupation’s [Israel’s] prisons as a result of his participation in the struggle against the occupation.”

In other words, all PA residents in Israeli prisons for terror crimes are officially added to the PA payroll. According to the definition in the PA law, PA car thieves in Israeli prisons will not receive a salary, but Hamas and Fatah terrorist murderers will.

The PA also gives a salary to Israeli Arabs convicted of terror crimes against Israel – the country of which they are citizens. PA benefits to Israeli Arab terrorists, in fact, are greater than the ones extended to PA resident terrorists.

Additionally, those serving more than 20-year sentences will receive a greater PA salary than prisoners serving shorter sentences, the new PA law establishes. Salaries are to be paid from the day of arrest until release.

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 11:44 AM  | Stand For Israel

A great message to start the day

Wow … a short but powerful, emotional, moving appeal from Rev. Crisp on why it’s important for Christians to support Israel. A few sound bytes:  

“When we unite to support Israel, we are truly better together”

“Some of us can do more than others, but everyone can do something”

“We must cast away the false teaching of replacement theology in our seminaries and bible schools”

“We must reject the easy apathy that too many Christians feel – we cannot be silent”

What a great way to start the day … or, as AIPAC president Lee Rosenberg said taking the podium after Rev. Crisp’s speech, “Wow … that was good!”

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 7:36 AM  | Stand For Israel

AIPAC day 2

At the convention center waiting to hear from Rev. Dr. Tony Crisp … LOTS of recognition at this conference of the important role Christians play in supporting the Jewish state!

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 6:59 AM  | Stand For Israel

AIPAC day one — winding down

Great sessions this afternoon with pollster Frank Luntz (how to communicate the pro-Israel message effectively) and Hillel Neuer of U.N. Watch (on the continuing campaign in that body and elsewhere to delegitimize Israel). Whatever else we’ve learned from this conference it’s always great to know that there are intelligent people out there working hard to make sure Israel’s true story is told, and that Israel is portrayed fairly. Something to remember!

Now, after a nice walk back from the convention center on a balmy spring day in Washington, it’s time for a break. Speak to you soon friends …

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 3:10 PM  | Stand For Israel

The speech

Despite fears to the contrary, the president was fairly well received at AIPAC this morning. The speech itself was really nothing new: Israel has the right to live in peace and security, the U.S.-Israel relationship is solid as a rock, the Palestinians need a state, both sides have to compromise. 

President Obama did attempt to backpedal or clarify the statement in last Thursday’s speech which has caused so much controversy that “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps,” saying, “By definition, [that] means that the parties themselves – Israelis and Palestinians – will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967.”

While there was thunderous applause at this line, there were many times during the rest of the speech that the crowd of 10,000, while respectful, seemed pretty evenly divided in its responses.  Which suggests that the president still has a way to go before he convinces everyone in this crowd that he’s got the Jewish state’s best interests in mind. We’ll see what the Prime Minister has to say tomorrow night.

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 11:36 AM  | Stand For Israel

Anti-Israel protesters counter AIPAC

The anti-Israel crowd is out in force across from the convention center: 

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 8:14 AM  | Stand For Israel

At the convention center …

Good morning friends! We just waded through the many layers of security here at the Washington Convention Center and are now waiting for the president to speak (not many Sunday mornings we could say that!) The atmosphere here is exciting, and there’s a lot of speculation about what he’ll say, and how the Prime Minister will respond tomorrow night. It’s easy, in this setting, to understand how people get caught up in the world of politics.

Maybe it’s best though, and before we wade into this world of politics, policy, and decision making, to start with a bit of Scripture:

Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save … Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.” (Psalm 146: 3-5)

Good advice – today, and any day. On with the conference …

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 7:51 AM  | Stand For Israel

AIPAC update

Hello friends! We arrived in D.C. today exhausted but very excited about the events of the next few days.   After registering today for the conference it’s clear that the security surrounding President Obama’s appearance at the conference tomorrow is very tight — no computers allowed in the convention center. But we’ll be there for the speech, and rest assured we’ll report back to you. Thanks for keeping us in your prayers as we navigate through this busy and well-attended event.

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Saturday, May 21st, 2011 at 9:41 PM  | Stand For Israel