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Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Israeli Navy dockyard in Eilat to see the shipment of Iranian weapons captured by the IDF. As Stand for Israel reported last week, the weapons — long-range missiles, as well as nearly 200 mortars and 400,000 rounds of ammunition for assault rifles — were hidden aboard the Iranian ship Klos C, and were discovered by the IDF. Thankfully these seized weapons — bound for terrorist organizations in Gaza — will not be able to hurt or kill Israelis. But their existence not only shows the hostile intentions of Israel’s enemies, but of Iran’s intentions, as well. As Netanyahu said at the navy yard:
“Like Iran hid these weapons, Iran is hiding its nuclear program. The world must awake and prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons.”
Let us be thankful that these particular weapons will not hurt anyone, but let us continue our prayers for peace in the Holy Land and the protection of God’s children.Comments (2) »
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 11:43 AM | Stand For Israel
The world is a dangerous place; few people know that better than Israel’s leaders, who have been given the monumentally challenging task of keeping their nation safe in a region that so many have euphemistically called “a bad neighborhood.”
On Tuesday morning, during his speech to the AIPAC policy conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu channeled a favorite American TV commercial to remind Israel’s greatest ally — the U.S. — that Iran does not only threaten Israel, but the U.S., and indeed the entire world.
Netanyahu made a joke to make a serious point, a point he made clear in his next words:
Now, it’s not only that — only the Americans got that joke. It’s not only that Iran doesn’t walk the walk. In the last few weeks, they don’t even bother to talk the talk. Iran’s leaders say they won’t dismantle a single centrifuge, they won’t discuss their ballistic missile program. And guess what tune they’re singing in Tehran? It’s not “God Bless America,” it’s “death to America.” And they chant this as brazenly as ever. Some charm offensive.
And here’s my point. Iran continues to stand unabashedly on the wrong side of the moral divide. And that’s why we must continue to stand unequivocally on the right side of that divide. We must oppose Iran and stand up for what is right.
Read the full text of the Prime Minister’s speech here.Comments (7) »
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 10:17 AM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem. The prime minister’s remarks covered a couple of Israel’s current concerns — namely the BDS movement and Iran’s continued development of nuclear weapons.
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Netanyahu scoffed at the notion that the Iranian government has taken a more moderate tack, as evidenced by its human rights record as well as its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“Iran’s moderation is a myth,” he said. “As we speak, inside Iran, people are being executed in horrific ways. Innocent people are being hoisted up and executed by this regime.”
Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 1:31 PM | Stand For Israel
Evelyn Gordon, writing at Commentary magazine, points out that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might not be very popular in world capitals, but he certainly is effective. While international leaders have been on his case about his tone on Iran, Gordon looks at an interesting, little-noted kink in the recent reporting on the crisis:
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I hadn’t noticed how effective his recent “bombastic bluster” has been until today, when a senior Israeli official pointed out something I’d missed: “We changed the conversation in which everyone was talking about easing the existing sanctions to a conversation in which everyone is discussing the need for preventing additional sanctions,” he said.
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 9:01 AM | Stand For Israel
It’s not exactly a secret, Dan Diker writes, that the Arab world and other large portions of the Muslim world loathe Iran and fear its nuclear program. In further evidence that politics makes strange bedfellows, Israel finds itself in a strange alliance with Arab states against a naïve attempt by the West to pretend-away Iran’s nuclear ambitions:
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While optimistic western elites bristle at Netanyahu’s rejection of Rouhani’s “smile and conquer diplomacy,” The Middle East’s silent Sunni majority backs Netanyahu’s “distrust, dismantle, and verify” approach towards neighboring Iranian regime’s nuclear program and race for regional supremacy.
Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 8:21 AM | Stand For Israel
Elliott Abrams, National Security Advisor under former President George W. Bush, puts himself in the shoes of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and writes what he believes the leader of the Jewish State might be thinking. It’s a little confusing — Mr. Abrams is writing as though he is Mr. Netanyahu — but the result is a fascinating piece:
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Speaking at the UN General Assembly is like addressing a mixed crowd—half Nazis and half mummies. But the real audience outside got the point: Iran can’t have nukes, no way, no how. Dunno about Obama. Good meeting, hours long; he treats me better now than before his election, which is weird. The thought struck me that he knows these talks with Iran may fail, and if they do he’s gonna want me to hit Iran.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 8:07 AM | Stand For Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New York last night for a three-day visit to United States. While here, Netanyahu will address the United Nations General Assembly; he is likely to refute Iranian Prime Minister Hassan Rouhani’s remarks last week about Iran’s nuclear plan, or lackthereof. Photojournalist Edgar Asher writes:
Netanyahu has told all his ministers that they are not to comment publically about the Iranian issue while he is in the United States. As far as Israel is concerned Netanyahu has said that there are four ways that Iran can demonstrate to the world that it is not trying to become a nuclear power: Stop all uranium enrichment, transfer its stocks of enriched uranium out of the country, close down its uranium enrichment plant and stop developing a plutonium channel to a nuclear bomb.
Netanyahu will also hold talks with President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State John Kerry.
Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 10:57 AM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a ceremony on Mount Herzl to honor the 40-year anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, so named because it began with a surprise attack on the Holy Land in 1973 on Judaism’s holiest holiday.
As violence and instability continue in both Syria and Egypt, we use this anniversary as a reminder to pray for the security and safety of Israel. “May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” (Psalm 122:7)Comments (1) »
Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 1:15 PM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a class of IDF Naval Cadets at their graduation.
Speaking to the graduates at Haifa Naval Port, Netanyahu once again declared Israel’s right to defend herself, and warned that those who use weapons of mass destruction will have a high price to pay – and he specifically called out the Syrian regime.
Here are the PM’s remarks, from the MFA Newsletter:
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“Not far north of here, dozens and sometimes hundreds of innocent civilians are being slaughtered on a daily basis. Some of them have been killed with gas – chemical weapons. This is a serious crime, a crime against humanity. Now, it must be ensured that the Syrian regime will be disarmed of its chemical weapons and the world needs to make certain that those who use weapons of mass destruction will pay the price for it.
The message that Syria receives will be received in Iran. Today, the rule that has guided me in most of my actions as prime minister and which I adhere to very carefully, is perhaps more valid than ever: If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If we are not for ourselves, who will be for us? We are for us. And the practical translation of this rule is that Israel will always be able to defend itself by itself against any threat. President Obama said this morning ‘Israel, can defend itself with overwhelming force’ and this is true. This is the basis of our security.”
Thursday, September 12th, 2013 at 3:01 PM | Stand For Israel