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PM Netanyahu Speaks with French President Hollande

(Photo: GPO/Amos Ben Gershom)

(Photo: GPO/Amos Ben Gershom)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening, from the Knesset plenum, spoke with French President Francois Hollande and expressed Israel’s solidarity with France in the fight against terrorism.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said that both the problem and the solution are international. French President Hollande thanked the Prime Minister.

The two leaders agreed to meet in Paris in ten days at the international climate conference.

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Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 2:03 PM  | Stand for Israel

PM Netanyahu on Paris Terror Attacks

In the wake of the horrific terror attacks in Paris yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared Israel’s condolences with France and its victims, and called for the world to come together in the fight against Islamist terrorism:

“On behalf of the people and Government of Israel, I extend our deepest sympathies to the people of France and to the families of those who were brutally murdered in Paris last night. We also extend our wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded.

“Israel stands shoulder-to-shoulder with France in this common battle against militant Islamic terrorism. I’ve instructed Israel’s security and intelligence forces to assist their French counterparts and their counterparts from other European countries in any way possible.

“Terrorism is the deliberate and systematic targeting of civilians. It can never be justified. Terrorism must always be condemned. It must always be fought. Innocent people in Paris, like those in London, Madrid, Mumbai, Buenos Aires and Jerusalem, are the victims of militant Islamic terrorism, not its cause. As I’ve said for many years, militant Islamic terrorism attacks our societies because it wants to destroy our civilization and our values.

“I call on the entire civilized world to unite to defeat the plague of worldwide terrorism. An attack on any one of us should be seen as an attack on all of us. All terrorism must be condemned and fought equally with unwavering determination. It’s only with this moral clarity that the forces of civilization will defeat the savagery of terrorism.”

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Saturday, November 14th, 2015 at 1:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Photo Friday: Men Who Fear God

(Photo: facebook/Netanyahu)

(Photo: facebook/Netanyahu)

“But select capable men from all the people–men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain–and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.” (Exodus 18:21)

This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the United States to meet with President Obama, and to speak to other leaders and organizations on the Jewish state’s current situation, its future, and its strong friendship with the U.S. On Veteran’s Day, PM Netanyahu and his wife Sara paid a visit to Mount Vernon, the historic home of America’s first president and founding father, George Washington, another trustworthy and capable man who guided his people in the fight for freedom. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 10:37 AM  | Stand for Israel

The Promised Land, the Land of Freedom

During his visit to Washington, D.C., this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was awarded the 2015 Irving Kristol Award at the annual dinner for the American Enterprise Institute. Speaking at the ceremony, PM Netanyahu spoke of his nation’s bond with the U.S., as well as his lifelong fondness for America, a “land of freedom.”

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Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 7:27 AM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu: Europe Should Be Ashamed

In today’s Daily Dispatch, we reported that the European Union (EU) has approved new labeling guidelines for products made in Judea and Samaria. In response to this “hypocritical” decision, Prime Minister Netanyahu made the following comments (also seen in the above video):

“The EU decision is hypocritical and constitutes a double standard; it singles out Israel and not the 200 other conflicts around the world.

“The EU has decided to label only Israel, and we are not prepared to accept the fact that Europe is labeling the side that is being attacked by terrorism.

“The Israeli economy is strong and will withstand this; those who will be hurt will be those Palestinians who work in Israeli factories. The EU should be ashamed.

“The labelling of products of the Jewish state by the European Union brings back dark memories. Europe should be ashamed of itself. It took an immoral decision. Of the hundreds of territorial conflicts around the world, it chose to single out Israel and Israel alone, while it’s fighting with its back against the wall against the wave of terror. The European Union is not going to hurt the Israeli economy. It’s strong enough to weather this, but it’s the Palestinian workers in Israeli enterprises in Judea and Samaria that will be hurt. This will not advance peace; it will certainly not advance truth and justice. It’s wrong. Europe should be ashamed of itself.”
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Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 2:05 PM  | Stand For Israel

Bibi: Israel Will Continue to Thrive

Yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. In his speech, which you can watch above, he spoke of the hope he has for Israel’s future. Read the full transcript here.

I’m delighted to be here today with you, the leaders of Jewish communities across North America. You work tirelessly to strengthen Jewish identity and you work tirelessly to support the State of Israel. You are Israel’s partners, you are my partners in building the Jewish future.

Now, this past year has not been simple. Great issues were debated. Passions ran high and the stakes were even higher. But we must always remember two simple truths. The first one is that no matter what disagreements there are between Israel and the United States, Israel has no better friend than America and America has no better friend than Israel. Here’s the second truth: No matter what disagreements there have been within the Jewish community, maintaining the unity of our people is of paramount importance. There is only one Jewish people. There is only one Jewish state. And now, more than ever, we must work together to unite the Jewish people and secure the Jewish state.

Israel is a state of amazing, amazing successes. If we were in the South, I would say amazing grace. I’m saying it here too – amazing success, amazing grace. You know all about the start-up nation. You know that Israel is a global epicenter of innovation, of ingenuity – a leader in water technology, in agritech, in medicine, in science, in cyber.

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Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 8:06 AM  | Stand For Israel

The Prime Minister in Washington

(Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/ASHERNET)

Prime Minister Netanyahu continued his visit in Washington, D.C. by addressing hundreds of Jewish American leaders – assuring the audience that “… no matter the disagreements: Israel has no better friend [in the world] than America.” The highly anticipated speech came on the heels of the first meeting in over a year between PM Netanyahu and President Obama yesterday.

Netanyahu said that he was committed to fighting the many lies against Israel by “telling the truth.” The PM reiterated that Israel has nothing to be ashamed of and that it continues to stand tall. He noted that this is even more important now with increased anti-Semitic judgment directed towards Israel.

The PM took the opportunity to remind the world that Israel is a pluralistic society in which an Arab Israeli can become a Supreme Court Justice, and that Israel has the only Christian population in the Middle East that is growing and thriving.

We’re proud to Stand for Israel and with PM Netanyahu.

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 4:22 PM  | Stand for Israel

A Show of Friendship

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

Recent tensions such as the Iran nuclear deal have worn on the historic relationship between the United States and Israel. However, writes The Times of Israel’s founding editor David Horovitz, the two nations’ leaders met as allies yesterday:

After a year of acrimonious and public differences, US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a demonstrable effort to present themselves as allies bound by shared interests at the White House on Monday…

Even on that most bitterly contested of their issues, the Iran deal — the “historic mistake” as Netanyahu has termed it — the president was magnanimous. Their disagreement, he asserted, was confined to the “narrow” issue of the specific accord — but did not extend to the shared awareness of the need to ensure Iran not get the bomb, and to blunt Iran’s destabilizing activities. Infuriated though he may have been by Netanyahu’s battle against the deal these past months, Obama was showing a willingness to now move ahead. He and Netanyahu, he said gently, would be “looking to make sure we find common ground” on the issue.

For his part, Netanyahu also highlighted the desire to work together — and the shared values, interests and destiny that underpin this most vital of Israel’s alliances…

He took a few moments to thank the president personally for ensuring “generous assistance” to bolster Israeli security over the years, and stressed his own and the Israeli public’s personal “appreciation” for those efforts.

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 7:34 AM  | Stand For Israel

Bibi and Obama Meet at White House

This morning, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House to discuss furthering the security of the Jewish state. Watch the meeting of the leaders of these historic allies.

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Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 12:10 PM  | Stand For Israel

Bibi in DC to Strengthen Israel’s Security

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO)

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington, D.C., today to meet with President Barack Obama. Israel Hayom reports that the meeting will take place this morning at 9:30 CST:

Before departing Israel on Sunday, Netanyahu said, “My conversation with the president will center on recent events in the Middle East, including in Syria, possible progress with the Palestinians, or at least stabilizing the situation with them, and, of course, strengthening the security of the State of Israel, which the U.S. has always been committed to, while maintaining the State of Israel’s comparative advantage in the face of a changing Middle East. … I believe that this meeting is important in order to clarify the continuation of American aid to Israel in the coming decade. It will be another step toward realizing an understanding in this direction. I will also meet with U.S. Jewish communities at their annual conference, and with many other American public figures.”

Monday’s meeting will mark Netanyahu’s first with Obama since world powers and Iran reached the nuclear deal in July, a deal Netanyahu vocally opposed.

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Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 8:37 AM  | Stand For Israel