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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
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C, this morning.
Netanyahu spoke at length on Iran and its nuclear aspirations, saying, “The only thing that Iran sends abroad are rockets, terrorists and missiles to murder, maim, and menace the innocent.”
He then quoted the head of Hezbollah, who said the terror organization would win because “Iran and Hezbollah love death and Israel loves life.” But Netanyahu was quick to point out that Israel would be victorious because “It’s precisely because we love life that Israel shall win.”
Later, he said that he is “prepared to make a historic peace with our Palestinian neighbors — a peace that would end a century of conflict and bloodshed,” but that “As prime minister of Israel, I will do whatever I must do to defend the Jewish state of Israel.”
Above, watch Netanyahu’s full speech to see all that he had to say about Iran, about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, about the BDS movement, and about the bond between Israel and America, or read the full transcript of his speech at The Algemeiner.Comments (1) »
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 12:40 PM | Stand For Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Barack Obama at the White House yesterday. While Netanyahu hoped to discuss the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the crisis in the Ukraine has drawn much of the nation’s attention — and that of its leader. Please pray for peace in both of these areas.Comments (2) »
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 9:05 AM | Stand For Israel
Today at AIPAC we were privileged to spend some time with Avi Dichter, Israel’s former Minister of Home Front Defense, and former head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service.
Mr. Dichter was one of the former Shin Bet heads interviewed for the Oscar-nominated film The Gatekeepers. This is a man who knows more about the complexities of Middle East politics – of the realities that have to be dealt with in that part of the world – than we ever will. He’s also a friend of The Fellowship, and for that we are very grateful.
Thank you, Avi Dichter – we are glad that Israel is blessed with such strong, and wise, leaders.Comments (2) »
Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 2:34 PM | Stand For Israel
Many of our readers comment to us how disappointed and frustrated they are that some in the Jewish community are among Israel’s most vocal critics. Liel Leibovitz, writing at Tablet Magazine, is a frequent critic of Israeli policy and someone whose articles sometimes upset us. But his latest article is a shining example of level-headed thinking — there are some criticisms that are off-limits and don’t deserve our respect or engagement:
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And so, if you support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, which most American Jews enthusiastically do, you’ve nothing to say to anyone in the BDS camp. And if you’re a Jewish student association, a museum, or any other Jewish institution, you’re right to tell the BDSers that they’re perfectly entitled to hold their rallies, write their op-eds, and convene their meetings, but not here, not with us. This is not a measure of punishment. It’s an act of common sense.
Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 8:25 AM | Stand For Israel
In light of the attack earlier this week by Israel against (probably) an arms shipment inside Lebanon, Hezbollah has some face to save. Avi Issacharoff writes that, because the Iranian client terror group that controls much of Lebanon isn’t in a position to get into a fight with Israel, they’ll save face by pretending that nothing or not much happened:
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This is how Hezbollah’s media operates. The late hour of the incident and its location, in a mountainous area right on the border, gave Hezbollah room to smudge the details of what exactly happened, and avoid the question many people are asking today in Lebanon: Did the missiles strike a target inside Lebanon or not?
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at 8:13 AM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday, we noted the impossibility of the Palestinian all-or-nothing negotiating position. Today, Tom Wilson of Commentary points out the blame that Israel gets for allegedly being unwilling to make necessary concessions for peace — despite all the evidence to the contrary and all the evidence of Palestinian intransigence:
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Such vague talk of “difficult decisions” is easy, but precisely what tough decisions is it that Israel could make that these diplomats can honestly say would make an iota of difference to the current Palestinian attitude? This talk simply neglects to account for the present, and indeed longstanding, attitude of the Palestinian leadership.
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 8:32 AM | Stand For Israel
As happens each year, this week finds the anti-Israel element gathering for “Israeli Apartheid Week.” These extremists head to college campuses, where they try to seed prejudice, hostility, and anti-Semitism in impressionable young people.
CAMERA has a website that explains this “series of lectures, exhibits and events that single out Israel for fierce attack” and provides materials and information that support Israel and denounce these anti-Semitic goings-on:
Apartheid Week is an affront to Palestinian and Israeli moderates who seek to reach peace through compromise and mutual recognition. It opposes equality and tolerance by seeking to do away with the Jewish people’s right to self-determination. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that Israel, which he described as “one of great outposts of democracy in the world”, has an “incontestable” right to exist. Apartheid Week’s push against King’s truth can only impede the dream of peace and justice in the Middle East.
We have also included this video where Kenneth Meshoe, a South African Member of Parliament and a man who suffered through his country’s actual Apartheid, debunks the use of the term for anti-Israel purposes:Comments (6) »
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 1:05 PM | Stand For Israel