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Earlier today, we reported on Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting with PM Netanyahu. Later, Kerry met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Arutz Sheva reports, and expressed outrage at the terrorist violence the Jewish state is facing:
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“This is a difficult time, we all know that. When citizens can be murdered, like Ezra Schwartz, my citizen from Massachusetts, who was on a mission here to learn and to share. And when as the citizens can be gunned down, like a soldier yesterday, and in the marketplace in Jerusalem. This is a challenge to all civilized people. We all have a responsibility to condemn that violence, to make it clear that you no frustration, no politics, no ideology, no emotion, justifies taking innocent lives.”
He added, “I stand here with you to express our outrage at this kind of violence, to condemn this violence, and to make it clear that Israel not only has a right to defend itself, but has an obligation to do so. The United States will continue to stand with Israel in support of your desire to live in peace and stability, without that violence.”
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 2:31 PM | Stand for Israel
As we reported earlier, John Kerry is in Israel this week to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu in order to discuss how the U.S. can help Israel with the violence it is encountering. The Secretary of State noted that Americans have been among the victims of the terrorist violence facing the Jewish state, and says “we can work together, all of us” to stop it:
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“Our thoughts and prayers are with innocent people who have been hurt in this process,” he said. “I know that yesterday a soldier was killed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who were wounded, their families.
“Regrettably, several Americans have also been killed in the course of these past weeks, and just yesterday I talked to the family of Ezra Schwartz from Massachusetts, a young man who came here out of high school, ready to go to college, excited about his future, and yesterday his family was sitting shiva and I talked to them and heard their feelings, the feelings of any parent for the loss of a child,” he emphasized. The US State Department received a great deal of bad press after it issued a late response to Ezra’s murder, and the White House has yet to respond at all.
“So I’m here today to talk with the Prime Minister about the ways that we can work together, all of us – the international community – to push back against terrorism, to push back against senseless violence and to find a way forward, to restore calm and to begin to provide the opportunities that most reasonable people in every part of the world are seeking for themselves and for their families,” he continued.
“We have much to talk about. There’s a lot happening in the region, as well as those events that are happening here in Israel. We are deeply concerned about Syria, about Daesh [ISIS – ed.], about regional unrest.
“We all have an interest, needless to say, in working together against this spasm of violence that is interrupting too much of the daily life of too many nations.”
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 7:27 AM | Stand for Israel
As terrorist attacks continue – not just in Israel, but around the world – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Israel next week, reports Haaretz’s Barak Ravid, in hopes of helping stop the ongoing violence:
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories next Monday to discuss ways of stopping the violence and the implementation of confidence-building measures.
He is scheduled to meet with both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday.
The visit will be Kerry’s first in over a year.
Friday, November 20th, 2015 at 7:55 AM | Stand for Israel
As ISIS threatens New York in a new terrorist video, NYC Police Chief and other US police officials are arming themselves with anti-terrorism tactics learned from Israel’s National Police. Our friends at JPUpdates share:
The Police officials will be told how the Israel National Police handles security and be shown the Israeli Bomb Squad and the police academy. Unfortunately, Israel has had to deal with extreme terrorist attacks over the decades and the police there have developed experience in monitoring, patrolling, preventing, and responding to security risks and incidents.
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Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 2:27 PM | Stand for Israel
While the Swedish government seemed to blame the Paris attacks on the actions of Israel, one American senator has voiced the truth about the issue. Jewish Insider’s Jacob Kornbluh writes about how Senator Chuck Schumer declared that by allowing terror against Israel to continue, the West opened itself up to the same terror:
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Speaking at the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education’s 75th annual dinner in Manhattan Sunday evening, Schumer said that while “we all mourn” what happened in France, “Israel and the Jewish people have been subject to the same type of terrorism since the 70s. And for so long, when it just happened to Israel, the world condoned it. They [may have not] condoned it, but maybe didn’t do much about it, and Israel had to fight terrorism on her own. And, because the world did not rise up, this terrorism, like a cancer, has spread throughout the world…”
The N.Y. Senator added, “The message other than fighting terrorism is to make sure that when it’s directed at one nation – like it has been directed in Israel for now decades – it’s directed at every nation. And the world must unite to defend Israel against the terrorism that is used against her day in and day out.”
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at 8:08 AM | Stand for Israel
“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.Comments (0) »
Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 10:37 AM | Stand for Israel
This week’s Washington visit by PM Netanyahu reinforced the long and enduring friendship between Israel and the United States. Yet, for the U.S. to support the Jewish state, actions need to accompany the words that have been spoken. Former ambassador (and current Knesset member) Dr. Michael Oren writes about one important way in which the U.S. can help make Israel more secure, especially in the wake of the recent Iran nuclear deal – to “recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights”:
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Senior Iranian commanders, collaborating with Hezbollah, have already tried to launch terrorist attacks against Israeli targets on the Golan. Israeli intelligence expects the number of Iranian troops in Syria to expand dramatically over the coming months, just as Hezbollah — currently armed with 150,000 rockets — receives many millions of dollars in sanctions relief from its sponsors in Tehran. Intimidated and outgunned, United Nations observers in the area have essentially disintegrated. For the first time in more than 40 years, the Golan could again become a catalyst for war.
That is, unless Israel is empowered to keep the peace. Controlling the Golan more than twice as long as Syria did, Israel has transformed this once-barren war zone into a hub of high-tech agriculture, world-class wineries and pristine nature reserves. In contrast to the West Bank with its large and often hostile Palestinian population, the Golan is home to a small number of Druze who are closely tied to their proudly Israeli kinsmen. Israel should continue to settle the Golan with those committed to its defense and development. And the United States has every interest in encouraging those efforts…
Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 1:55 PM | Stand for Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to the U.S. this week has once again highlighted the bond between the two nations. In line with this, JTA reports that Democratic senators have called on President Obama to heighten security assistance to the Jewish state:
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The letter called on Obama to conclude the new memorandum as well as to “provide the necessary and appropriate measures to deter Iran,” such as ordinance and delivery systems, as well as to enhance Israel’s qualitative military edge over countries in the region.
“These measures are necessary to deter conventional and asymmetric threats to Israel. We also support providing missile defense funding, as necessary and appropriate, to accelerate the co-development of missile defense systems, and increased bilateral cooperation on cyber, intelligence, and research and development for tunnel detection and mapping technologies,” the letter said…
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 7:49 AM | Stand For Israel
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:
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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.
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 7:34 AM | Stand For Israel
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:
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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.
Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 8:37 AM | Stand For Israel