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As Israel’s newest government has at last been formed, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gathered his new ministers yesterday. Israel Hayom reports that Netanyahu emphasized that the top priority for the government will remain Israel’s security:
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “This government has been established at a time of great challenges and opportunities. Our first challenge is to ensure the security of Israel in the face of accumulating threats around us. Radical Islam is lapping at all our borders, nearly all in the form of factions and forces led by Iran and other radical elements. At the same time, aided by the agreement proposed to it, Iran is making progress in achieving a nuclear weapon. All the enemies of Israel know that in the face of these threats, we have red lines.”
Netanyahu went on to say that, as of now, Israel has been able to stay out of the turmoil sweeping through the Middle East. “We will continue to guard the security of Israel,” the prime minister vowed. “The threats in the region also create opportunities. Many states around us have common interests with us, they see eye to eye with us on the dangers, and they see Israel as central partner in fending them off. We will make every effort to translate this cooperation into processes for stability and peace, including attempts to reach a responsible diplomatic settlement with the Palestinians, which will safeguard Israel’s essential interests. We will continue to promote deeper ties with the U.S. administration and the American people. Even at times of disagreements, this bond is stronger than any difference of opinion.”
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 8:18 AM | Stand for Israel
Yesterday the people of Israel celebrated Jerusalem Day, which marks the reunification of the Jewish people and the Holy City. At the official ceremony in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the city is the Jewish people’s capital and will never be divided again:
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Speaking at a ceremony commemorating the war dead from that conflict on Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill, the site of one of the fiercest battles in the Six Day War, Netanyahu vowed that “Jerusalem won’t become once again a wounded and bisected city. We will forever keep Jerusalem united under Israeli sovereignty.”
“On this special day it is clear to us that a divided Jerusalem is a memory. The future belongs to the complete Jerusalem that shall never again be divided,” he said.
Netanyahu’s message was not meant for Israelis’ ears alone.
“Jerusalem was only ever the capital of the Jewish people, not of any other people,” he said in comments his office then sent to the media. “Here our path as a nation began, this is our home and here we shall stay.”
Netanyahu also lauded the city’s progress under Israeli sovereignty. “Jerusalem is now in one of its most glorious epochs. We continue to build and nurture her, to expand her neighborhoods, and we have much still to do and to improve in all parts of the city for all her inhabitants.”
Monday, May 18th, 2015 at 8:48 AM | Stand for Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recorded the above video as a greeting for today’s “occasion for genuine celebration” – Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s 67th Independence Day.Comments (41) »
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 11:33 AM | Stand for Israel
Today is Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, when the Jewish state honors its fallen soldiers and terror victims. In the above video (subtitled in English), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave these remarks to the loved ones of all who have fallen so that Israel could thrive:
My brothers and sisters, to the bereaved families, on this day the entire nation remembers our loved ones who fell on behalf of the revival of our people and our land. This day is the most difficult for us. The warm embrace that we receive strengthens us but it cannot console us for the terrible loss. The pain rends our hearts, the grief chokes us and the longing will never go away.
On this day the people of Israel bow their heads in respect and gratitude. The poet Shlomo Sokolsky well expressed the heavy price. In his poem ‘Rosh Pina’, he wrote: ‘There is no conquering the top of the rock – if there is no grave on the slope.’ This is the reality of our life in the past 67 years since the establishment of the State of Israel and even before.
Last year many more families were added to the family of the bereaved including the families of those who fell in Operation Protective Edge whose sons fought to restore quiet and security to the cities of Israel and the communities of the south.
On Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars, we recall the heroism of those who gave their souls for the existence and security of the State of Israel. To our sorrow, in the current Middle East we are obliged to continue fighting for our existence, and our existence here is not self-evident without this sacrifice. Only thanks to the iron wall, every brick of which is held by our sons and daughters of the IDF and the security services, only thanks to them can we continue to live our lives here and continue to raise our children and grandchildren here.
Dear families, our loved ones who fell are the foundation of that…Read More » Comments (27) »
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 at 8:37 AM | Stand for Israel
Today is Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. At a ceremony to remember the millions murdered and to honor those who survived, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an address that remembered the past, warned of present threats, and looked to the future of the Jewish state and her people:
Seventy years ago, the bells of freedom rang in the free world. The horrific nightmare that had engulfed all humanity in the depths of blood had come to an end in Europe. But the day the Nazis were vanquished was not only a day of relief and jubilation. It was a day of great sorrow for our nation, but also a day of reflection for world leaders. Leaders of modern countries realized that it was a propitious time to establish a new world order based on defending liberty, eradicating evil and opposing oppression. They articulated the most important lesson of World War II: democracies must not turn a blind eye to the aspirations of tyrannous regimes to expand. A conciliatory attitude toward these regimes only increases their tendency for aggression. And if this aggression is not stopped in time, humanity might find itself in a much bloodier battle.
In the years before World War II, the free world tried to appease the Nazi regime, to gain its trust, to curry its favor through gestures. There were those who warned that this compromising policy would only whet Hitler’s appetite, but these warnings were ignored due to the natural human desire for calm at all costs. And indeed, the price was exacted not long later, and it was too heavy to bear – six million of our people were slaughtered in the Holocaust, and dozens of millions of others were killed in this terrible inferno.
When the war ended, the conclusion was clear: there is no room for weakness when facing tyrannous regimes who send their murderous tentacles in every direction. Only by standing firm and adhering to the values of liberty and tolerance can we ensure…Read More » Comments (48) »
Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 8:44 AM | Stand for Israel
As we reported earlier and in the Daily Dispatch, Russia has agreed to lift a ban on advanced missile systems and deliver said weaponry to Iran. One of the many troubling aspects of this development is that it will make policing Iran’s nuclear facilities nearly impossible. The Times of Israel’s Elhanan Miller reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Russian leader Vladimir Putin today, voicing his objections to the deal:
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, expressing Israel’s “grave concerns” regarding Russia’s decision to provide Iran with advanced antiaircraft missiles.
According to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu told Putin that the 2007 deal providing Iran with S-300 missiles, finally authorized to move forward on Monday, “will only encourage Iranian aggression in the region and further undermine the stability of the Middle East…”
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon argued earlier on Tuesday that Russia’s decision to lift a ban on implementing the $800 million deal was an outgrowth of the nuclear framework agreement reached between world powers and Iran last week.
“The S-300 deal that we are hearing about now is a direct result of the framework agreement that was reached in Lausanne,” Ya’alon said, referring to the outline deal reached in the Swiss city earlier this month. “This is what we were warning about even before the details were agreed.”
In his statement Tuesday, Netanyahu echoed that view.
“This sale of advanced weaponry to Iran is the direct result of the dangerous deal on the table between Iran and the P5+1. Can anyone still seriously claim that the deal with Iran will enhance security in the Middle East?” he said…
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 1:08 PM | Stand for Israel
In today’s Daily Dispatch, we report that the deadline for the Iranian nuclear talks was extended, while yesterday we noted that Iran’s military leadership again voiced its intent to destroy Israel. The Times of Israel reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his outrage today – at the fact that the talks are still ongoing, and with Iran’s continued declarations against the Jewish state’s existence:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday excoriated world powers over their dogged pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, pointing to recent statements by officials in Tehran — notably their calls to eliminate Israel — as evidence of the Islamic Republic’s unwillingness to compromise on its nuclear ambitions and campaign of “terror, subjugation and conquest.”
In tones of moral outrage, he issued a brief, infuriated statement to camera, protesting that the talks were continuing in Lausanne even as Iran reiterated its insistent goal of destroying the Jewish state.
“Yesterday an Iranian general brazenly declared, and I quote, ‘Israel’s destruction is nonnegotiable,’” Netanyahu began, referring to a statement by Mohammad Reza Naqd, the commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. (more…)
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 9:08 AM | Stand For Israel
Today marks the deadline for the Iranian nuclear agreement currently being worked on in Switzerland. As world powers tried to finalize a framework, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to warn the world of making a bad deal with the Islamic Republic, and said that Israel would act against any threat:
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As negotiators in Lausanne, Switzerland representing world powers worked to finalize a deal with Iran over its nuclear program on Monday morning, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu issued yet another harsh admonition, this time wowing that Israel “we will continue to act against every threat.”
Netanyahu also pointed out that even as the discussions are held, Iran backed Houthi rebels are gaining ground against the pro-Western leadership in Yemen.
“One cannot understand that when forces supported by Iran continue to conquer more ground in Yemen, in Lausanne they are closing their eyes to this aggression,” Netanyahu said, at a ceremony to honor outstanding Prime Minister’s Office employees. ”But we are not closing our eyes and we will continue to act against every threat in every generation, certainly in this generation.”
Netanyahu criticized the terms of the deal under discussion as amounting to a prize for Iranian belligerence.
“The agreement being formulated in Lausanne sends a message that there is no price for aggression and on the contrary – that Iran’s aggression is to be rewarded,” he said. “The moderate and responsible countries in the region, especially Israel and also many other countries, will be the first to be hurt by this agreement.”
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 8:29 AM | Stand For Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s resounding victory this week defied poll after poll, most of which had him trailing by as many as four points before Election Day.
Zionist Union, the political party leading the Israeli left in its aspirations to unseat Netanyahu, had larger campaign funds than the prime minister’s Likud Party, received a thinly veiled endorsement from the Obama administration, and was favored by many in the Israeli media. And yet they lost by a large margin.
In the dramatic weeks leading up to the elections, those interested in seeing Netanyahu’s reign come to an end believed that the economy would be his Achilles’ heel. Netanyahu has led during a time when the disparity between Israel’s rich and poor has grown. He hasn’t been able to bring down the rising cost of living or to provide the middle class with higher wages.
And so the media predicted Netanyahu’s political demise. Yet, the difficult financial state many Israelis find themselves in did not bring Netanyahu down as thought, but turned out to be a secondary concern. Security proved once again to be the primary issue for a majority of Israeli voters.
U.S. President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu have, to say the least, a difficult relationship, a point not lost on Israeli voters. However, this may have actually galvanized the Israeli public behind their leader, who seen as a man who won’t back down from speaking the truth about the deal the U.S. is forging with Iran.
On the Palestinian front, Israelis backed Netanyahu as he faces growing international pressure to offer concessions to a Palestinian leadership viewed by voters as interested in anything but peace. And now that Netanyahu will lead Israel’s next government, the Israelis who voted for him can look forward to the security and leadership his term promises.
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Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 12:23 PM | Stand For Israel
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Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 8:53 AM | Stand For Israel