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Israelis Turn Right

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

Two years before serving out a full four-year term, the 19th Knesset – Israel’s parliament – will be dissolved, and Israelis will head to the polls to vote in a new election. The feeling on the streets here in Israel is one of frustration with our leaders’ abilities to lead.

Polls conducted over the last few days show that if elections were held now, right-wing parties would be the big winners. Netanyahu would remain prime minister. The only change in the Knesset would be a cabinet occupied by right-wing ministers, as opposed to the more left-leaning politicians currently sitting in the government.

What the polls also show is that most Israelis believe peace talks with the Palestinians will be fruitless. In his address to the Arab League just a few days ago, Palestinian Authority (P.A.) President Mahmoud Abbas declared his intent to seek statehood unilaterally unless Israel concedes to a list of his demands, which would leave the Jewish state utterly defenseless.

And while the world huddles around Abbas – as we are seeing in Europe where recognition of a Palestinian state is gaining speed – Israelis are hunkering down. We understand that, at least for the foreseeable future, there are no solutions to our security issues, and that our conflict with the Palestinians is not going away any time soon.

As the P.A. begins to seek statehood outside of negotiations, Israelis are set to elect a government less likely to succumb to international demands of concessions for a return to negotiations. Israel is no longer willing to pretend that pursuing peace through negotiations was ever the Palestinians’ intention.

- Ami Farkas

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Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 8:34 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu’s Youngest Son Begins IDF Service

(Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO/ASHERNET)

In Israel, all young people are required to serve in the military. That includes offspring of those in the highest reaches of the Israeli government. The Jerusalem Post reports that today, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s youngest son, Avner, began his service with the IDF:

You’re in the army now! Avner Netanyahu, the youngest son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, began his three-year mandatory army service on Monday, enlisting in the IDF’s Combat Intelligence Collection Corps.

Like every soldier on the first day of service, Avner, accompanied by his famous parents, arrived at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill.

“Like any parents sending their child off to the army,” Netanyahu said, “we are excited to see our son” begin his army service.

He and his wife Sara were “full of pride” at the milestone of their son, and like “every home in Israel, we are no different.”

Netanyahu told his son to protect the country and protect himself, the proud father told reporters.

In a personal note to other soldiers drafted that day, he wished them success and reassured other parents that “everything will be OK.”

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Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 9:56 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: I Want to See Outrage

(Photo: twitter/IsraeliPM)

(Photo: twitter/IsraeliPM)

Yesterday, we reported on some of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks in the wake of the terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that left five dead and more wounded. Today, we provide you with the his entire speech, which not only calls for an end to the Palestinian incitement that fuels such attacks, but for international outrage and condemnation of such evil:

We are in the midst of a terrorist assault focused on Jerusalem. Today, during morning prayers, as they were wrapped in prayer shawls and tefillin, four rabbis were slaughtered, four innocent and pure Jews – Rabbi Avraham Goldberg, Rabbi Aryeh KupinskyRabbi Kalman Ze’ev Levine and Rabbi Moshe Twersky. May their memories be blessed.

We send our condolences to their families. We send our best wishes for a recovery to the wounded and to the heroic policemen whose action prevented a greater disaster. The human animals who perpetrated this slaughter were full of hatred and incitement, deep hatred and terrible incitement against the Jewish People and its state. Hamas, the Islamic Movement and the Palestinian Authority are disseminating countless lies and falsehoods against the State of Israel. They are saying that the Jews are contaminating the Temple Mount. They are saying that we are planning to destroy the Holy Places, that we intend to change the order of prayer there – this is all lies. These lies have already claimed a very heavy price. They took the life of a three-month-old baby, Chaya Zissel Braun, who had been taken for her first visit to the Western Wall, along with her parents, who wanted to thank G-d for giving them a baby. They also claimed the lives of Karen Jemima Mosquera, Jidan Assad, Aharon Badani, Sgt. Almog Shilony and Dalia Lemkus. All of them were pure souls. All of them were victims of this mendacious incitement. Today they…

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at 8:36 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: “We Are at the Height of a Terror Campaign”

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

In the wake of today’s terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out against the violence, hatred, and incitement plaguing the Holy Land:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke on Tuesday night in response to the shocking terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood that morning.

“We are at the height of a terror campaign focused on Jerusalem. In the middle of shacharit (morning) prayers four innocent and pure Jews were murdered. We send condolences to the families and wishes of recovery to the wounded, among them heroic police officers who prevented a heavy tragedy.”

Relating to the terrorists, Netanyahu said “The human animals who perpetrated this slaughter were full of hatred and incitement, deep hatred and terrible incitement against the Jewish People and its state.

“Hamas, the Islamic Movement and the Palestinian Authority are disseminating countless lies and falsehoods against the State of Israel. They are saying that the Jews are contaminating the Temple Mount. They are saying that we are planning to destroy the Holy Places, that we intend to change the order of prayer there – this is all lies. These lies have already claimed a very heavy price.”

Referring to Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Netanyahu noted his office may have condemned the attack, “but that isn’t enough, because at the end of the same sentence he connected the event to imaginary acts that have no basis that he claims Israel is conducting on the Temple Mount.”

“I call on all leaders of the countries of the civilized world: I want to see an uncompromising condemnation of these murders of Israelis and Jews,” said Netanyahu.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 3:09 PM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu: “They Try to Rewrite History”

(Photo: twitter/IsraeliPM)

(Photo: twitter/IsraeliPM)

Earlier this week, at a memorial for Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an impassioned speech for these difficult times, saying that the Jewish state’s hateful enemies are trying to rewrite history, but that Jerusalem was, is, and always will be the unified Holy City for the people of Israel:

The murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is a low point in the history of our people, a despicable and contemptible act that threatened to drag us into the depths of self-destruction. It is a personal tragedy for a special individual; it is a family tragedy; and it is a national tragedy. It is also a danger to Israeli democracy, and we must remain vigilant at all times.

Disagreements and differences of opinion, even when substantial and sharp, have and will always exist. There is no democracy without real debate, which can be fiery and profound at times, but under one condition: That the boundaries of the argument are maintained, that freedom of expression is not abused and that no one ever rises against their fellows to kill them. Even with disagreement, and I would say especially when there is disagreement, the unity of the people around fundamental ideas – this unity is an unparalleled asset. We witnessed unity this past summer during the days of fighting against our enemies. We saw how important it is and how much strength it gives us, and we need that same unity now in order to confront challenges both domestic and foreign with determination and success.

If there is one idea around which we have all united for hundreds and thousands of years, it is Jerusalem. Jerusalem is different than most world capitals: It is not just a capital city, it is our heart and soul and it is the foundation for our existence as a sovereign nation. Ten days before his murder, at an event marking 3,000 years of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin said, “In Israel there is…

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Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 9:03 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Slams Abbas’ Letter to Terrorist’s Family

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

Last week we discussed the recent violence in Jerusalem and the attempted assassination of Rabbi Yehudah Glick. Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas has since sent a letter of support and condolences to the attempted assassin’s family. The Jerusalem Post reports on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s response – that Abbas’ letter is an act of incitement:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with incitement for allegedly writing a letter of support to the Israeli-Arab family of the man who attempted to assassinate right wing activist Yehuda Glick on Wednesday night.

“When we are trying to calm the situation, Abu Mazen sends condolences over the death of one who tried to perpetrate a reprehensible murder. The time has come for the international community to condemn him for such actions,” Netanyahu said.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman added, “This shows that Abu Mazen is a partner, a partner for terror, a partner for terrorists, a partner for murders.”

The foreign minister added, “This despicable letter by Abu Mazen openly support terror and encourages further killings.”

Liberman warned that Abbas was helping the Israel-Palestinian conflict disintegrate into the realm of threats and violence.

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014 at 9:02 AM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Happy Birthday, Bibi!

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated his 65th birthday. We pray that God grants him many more happy years. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 1:09 PM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu: Jerusalem Is Under Attack

(Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

(Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Yesterday Stand for Israel reported on the terror attack in Jerusalem that left a baby girl – three-month-old Chaya Zisel Braun – dead. In today’s Daily Dispatch, we noted that the Palestinian Authority has not only lauded the terrorist, but blamed Israel for inciting the murderous rampage. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has responded by saying that Jerusalem is under attack  – as are other world cities – and that Israel will not allow such terrorism to go unanswered:

“Jerusalem is under attack,” charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, less than 24 hours after a terrorist plowed through a crowd of Israelis at a Light Rail station.

The prime minister convened a security consultation at the Jerusalem Police headquarters with the internal security minister, the chief of police, the head of the Shin Bet, the mayor, and the regional commander – as rock throwing incidents continued across the capital …

“Jerusalem is not the only city under attack by terrorists; other cities across the world are, as well. But the offensive in Jerusalem is supported by the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, who glorifies the murderers and embraces the group they belong to – Hamas,” said Netanyahu.

Netanyahu used the occasion to remind world powers of the threat posed by terrorism. “Against these acts we face international flaccidity. But there is no such weakness here. We will stand strong for our rights and our obligations to protect our capital.”

We pray for the family of the infant who was killed, for the others injured in the attack, and for the peace of Jerusalem and elsewhere.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 11:19 AM  | Stand for Israel

Obama and Netanyahu Meet at White House

(Photo: ASHERNET/Amos Ben Gershom)

(Photo: ASHERNET/Amos Ben Gershom)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House today and met with President Obama. The Times of Israel reports on what the two leaders discussed during this, their first meeting since Operation Protective Edge:

Referring to Netanyahu by his nickname “Bibi,” the president said their talks would focus on rebuilding Gaza and paths to Israeli-Palestinian peace. It would also cover the struggle against ISIS, and the Iranian nuclear program.

“It’s challenging, I think, for an Israeli prime minister to have to work so hard during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur,” Obama said. “But I know that the prime minister’s utmost priority is making sure that his country is safe during these difficult times, and we’re glad that the United States can be a partner in that process.”

Netanyahu struck a conciliatory tone before the gaggle of cameras and reporters, thanking Obama for his “unflinching support” of Israel, praising the “strong” US-Israel relationship, and saying he is committed to a two-state solution. That would require, he stressed, however, “mutual recognition” and “rock solid security arrangements on the ground.”

He praised Obama for approving new funding for Iron Dome — “which has saved so many lives” — at the height of the conflict. He also highlighted the “continuous bond of friendship.”

He also repeated his call for Arab involvement in the peace process.

Something was “changing in the Middle East” offering a new “commonality of interest between Israel and leading Arab states, and I think that we should work very hard together to seize on those common interests and build a positive program to advance a more secure, a more prosperous and a more peaceful Middle East. I remain committed to a vision of peace of two states for two peoples based on mutual recognition and rock solid security arrangements on the ground,” he said. The US and Israel should “think outside the box” and “see how we can recruit the Arab countries to advance this very hopeful agenda.”

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 2:01 PM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu: Sounding the Alarm While Sounding Optimistic

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.N. General Assembly had a number of key points, two of which I will mention here. First, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and Iran – all Israel’s enemies – are born from the same ideology that drives ISIS and other al-Qaeda offshoots currently being fought by the West. Second, the 20-year-old template of peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) must be retired for now, since the P.A. has left no doubt that they are unready, uninterested, and unwilling to achieve peace with Israel.

The prime minister took an optimistic tone after ruling out peace talks with the Palestinians, however. In the face of radical forces threatening not only Israel but other Arab countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, the Jewish state, Netanyahu explained, should aim to foster relationships with these relatively moderate regimes. This, he argued, would serve as the necessary prerequisite for future peace talks with the Palestinians by creating an environment conducive to peace.

This formula of recognition as the first step towards Arab-Israeli peace goes in the opposite direction of all the peace proposals in the past twenty years, which have offered recognition of Israel by its Arab neighbors as a reward to Israel once a Palestinian state is achieved.

In fact, it’s Palestinian rejectionism that has blocked Palestinian statehood. So it makes perfect sense that Arab recognition of Israel would only help moderate the P.A., which has always used Israel’s pariah status to get everything they want without making the necessary concessions for peace. This new formula sounds reasonable – Arab recognition of Israel could have a moderating effect on Palestinian positions.

However, the elephant in the room is still Iran, which Netanyahu emphatically tried to expose and shed light on in his address. If Iran’s nuclear program is not thoroughly destroyed, any chance of peace between Israel and its neighbors will be extinguished.

Addressing the threat of radical Islam, Netanyahu warned the West that defeating ISIS while leaving Iran’s nuclear program intact would be tantamount to…

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 9:05 AM  | Stand For Israel

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