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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 (33) »
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
In recent speeches, Rabbi Eckstein and Prime Minister Netanyahu both shared the same beliefs on the futures of Israel and America’s.Comments (1) »
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 3:34 PM | Stand For Israel
As Israelis went to the polls yesterday, the media (in Israel, and around the world) prepared for a photo-finish result that might take weeks to sort out. However, after Israelis flocked to the polls in record numbers, The Times of Israel reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has scored a decisive victory and will remain the Jewish state’s leader:
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party was the clear winner in Tuesday’s election, a near-final tally showed early Wednesday morning, defeating the Zionist Union by a margin of some six seats.
That margin was far more decisive than TV exit polls had predicted when polling booths closed at 10 p.m. on Tuesday. All three TV polls had put Likud and Zionist Union neck-and-neck at 27 seats, albeit with Netanyahu better-placed to form a coalition.
On the basis of those TV polls, Netanyahu hailed a Likud victory, though Herzog initially refused to concede. As counting proceeded through the night, however, the Likud opened a growing margin of victory.
By 6 a.m., with some 99% of votes counted, the Central Elections Committee was indicating a dramatic victory for Netanyahu, with the Likud heading for 30 seats, compared to Zionist Union’s 24 seats …
As the exit poll results were announced on the nation’s three major TV stations, celebrations erupted at Likud’s campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv. “Against all odds we obtained a great victory for the Likud,” Netanyahu told the gathering. “Now we must form a strong and stable government that will ensure Israel’s security and welfare,” he added …
Netanyahu called the result a “great victory for the Likud. A major victory for the people of Israel.”
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 8:48 AM | Stand For Israel
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a historic speech to Congress. Writing at Real Clear Politics, Belladonna Rogers points out the ways in which Netanyahu’s speech invoked another historical address by another world leader facing down an evil regime, one given by Winston Churchill in 1941:
If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sounded Churchillian in his speech to the Congress on Tuesday, one reason is that he echoed several of the most memorable phrases in Winston Churchill’s 1941 address to the Canadian House of Commons, a speech still celebrated by Canadians as rallying their nation at a crucial moment in World War II.
Those phrases deserve attention because of the message they convey to the United States in 2015. Alas, most members of Congress are insufficiently aware of one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century to have taken notice. A line that should have had them on their feet left them in their seats.
Only three weeks after the Dec. 7 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had drawn the United States into World War II, the British prime minister braved the cold and the perils of wartime travel to visit Washington to speak to the Congress on Dec. 26. He then left for Canada.
His speech there contains two lines that have become part of the Churchill canon …
The second notable line in Churchill’s address concerned the Nazi conquest of four sovereign nations — Norway, Denmark, Holland, and Belgium — followed by the “great French catastrophe” when the French army collapsed. Churchill proclaimed that if France had remained loyal to Britain, the two allies might have already won the war. Then he said this:
When I warned them that Britain would fight on alone whatever they did, their generals told their prime minister and his divided cabinet, “In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken.” Some chicken; some neck.
The Canadian Parliament responded with a spontaneous burst of laughter and sustained applause.
In Natanyahu’s address to Congress, he…Read More » Comments (21) »
Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 8:49 AM | Belladonna Rogers
If you watched Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress this week, you noticed that he ended the speech with a reference to Moses’ message to the Jewish people to “be strong and resolute, neither fear nor dread them.” As he did this, Netanyahu pointed out the sculpted image of Moses hanging over the congressional chamber. Yediot Achronot provides the interesting story of the marble relief of the biblical figure that overlooks the American legislature:
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referenced several cultural, political, and historical figures throughout his highly-anticipated speech to Congress on Tuesday March 3 – including Harry S. Truman, Queen Esther, Robert Frost, and Elie Wiesel – he concluded his historical address with the biblical figure of the prophet Moses.
The Israeli prime minister did not just mention Moses in passing, he also pointed to the image of Moses in the form of white Vermont marble relief, hanging over the gallery doors overlooking the lawmakers in the House of Representatives Chamber.
It was probably the first time that the marble relief portrait of Moses hanging in the House Chamber ever received such public acknowledgement …
The image of Moses and other leaders of civilizations and societies have been hanging in the chamber for 65 years. Scholars from the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia Historical Society of Washington DC chose the subjects with the help of authoritative members of the Library of Congress over six decades ago.
A special committee of five Members of the House of Representatives and the Architect of the Capitol approved the selection, and the reliefs were installed when the House Chamber was remodeled from 1949-1950.
Prime Minister Netanyahu at the end of his speech quoted Moses from the Book of Deuteronomy, stating in Hebrew, “Be strong and resolute, neither fear nor dread them,” which were the leader’s parting words to the Israelites before they entered…Read More » Comments (52) »
Friday, March 6th, 2015 at 8:48 AM | Stand For Israel