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Jonathan Pollard to Be Released

(Photo: US Navy)

(Photo: US Navy)

The Times of Israel’s Rebecca Shimoni Stoil reports that Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard will be released on parole this November 20:

Spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard will be released from US jail on November 20, Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said in a statement Tuesday evening.

Pollard was formally eligible for parole on November 21, but will be freed a day earlier, on Friday the 20th, because the 21st is a Saturday, the TV report said.

Under the terms of his parole, Pollard will not be able to leave the US for five years…

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 1:39 PM  | Stand For Israel

Is Israel Angry with the US About the Iran Nuclear Deal?

So many who stand for Israel are questioning the recent nuclear deal with Iran. In this video, Rabbi Eckstein answers a question from a friend of the Jewish state who asks if Israel is angry with America for the finalization of the Iran nuclear deal.

Tell your congressmen and senators to say no to a nuclear Iran.

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Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 7:07 AM  | Stand For Israel

US House Leader Vows to Do “Everything” to Stop Iran Deal

(Photo: wikicommons/Martin Falbisoner)

(Photo: wikicommons/Martin Falbisoner)

In today’s Daily Dispatch – just as we have done for the past week – we ask that you let your elected representatives know to protest last week’s Iran nuclear agreement. There already is much opposition in Congress, as Israel Hayom reports that the U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has vowed to stop the deal – a deal with which the majority of the American public does not agree:

Top Republicans vowed Wednesday to do their utmost to scrap the nuclear deal reached last week between world powers and Iran. Also on Wednesday, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee prepared for an all-out campaign to pressure wary lawmakers into rejecting the deal…

As Congress opened a 60-day review of the deal, Republican U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner told reporters: “Because a bad deal threatens the security of the American people, we’re going to do everything possible to stop it…”

A poll released by the Pew Research Center on Tuesday found that a plurality of Americans have a negative view of the nuclear agreement with Iran. According to the poll, 79% of Americans have heard about the agreement, and out of those, 48% disapprove of it, while just 38% approve. Some 14% had no opinion.

Of the respondents who had heard of the agreement, 73% expressed little or no confidence that Iran’s leaders would uphold their end of the deal.

 

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 at 7:29 AM  | Stand For Israel

Bibi: Israel Stands in Solidarity with the United States

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

In the wake of yesterday’s terrorist shooting in Chattanooga, TN, that left four U.S. Marines dead, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed the Jewish state’s support and solidarity for its American friends and allies:

Israel stands in solidarity with the United States following Thursday’s attack that claimed the lives of four Marines. On behalf of the people and government of Israel, I extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and wish a speedy and full recovery to the wounded.

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Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 11:36 AM  | Stand For Israel

US Offers to Boost Military Aid to Israel After Iran Deal

(Photo: ASHERNET/Amos Ben Gershom)

(Photo: ASHERNET/Amos Ben Gershom)

As we reported today, most Americans oppose this week’s nuclear deal with Iran, seeing it as against U.S. interests – along with being against the interests of Israel. Fox News now says that the U.S. has reportedly offered a boost in military aid to Israel in light of the deal:

President Obama has offered to increase U.S. military aid to Israel in the wake of the Iran nuclear agreement, according to a published report.

According to the New York Times, Obama broached the subject in a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday. White House officials said that Obama told Netanyahu that he was prepared to hold “intensive discussions” on bolstering Israel’s defense capabilities…

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Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at 10:39 AM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Lift Up Our Banners

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

May we shout for joy over your victory
    and lift up our banners in the name of our God. (Psalm 20:5)

As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, let us remember the historic friendship shared by the United States and Israel. Here, U.S. and Israeli flags fly over Washington, D.C. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 12:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Israel Slams Church Boycott as Immoral

(Photo: Flickr/ Takver)

(Photo: Flickr/ Takver)

The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel gained strength yesterday, as the United Church of Christ voted yesterday to divest from companies operating in the West Bank. The Times of Israel reports that Israel’s Foreign Ministry slammed the move as “immoral”:

Israel challenged the morality of a decision by a US church to divest from companies that operate in the West Bank Tuesday, saying the Christian congregants would be better off helping to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians instead of helping the ‘demonization’ of the Jewish State.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the United Church of Christ’s policies have “reflected the most radical politics for more than a decade and in no way reflect a moral stance or reality-based position…”

“People of faith ought to be acting to help Israel and the Palestinians to renew efforts to achieve peace, rather than endlessly demonizing one party in the conflict — in our view, the aggrieved party,” Nahshon said following the vote…

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 7:48 AM  | Stand for Israel

In the Words of Ben-Gurion

(Photo: flickr/GPO)

(Photo: flickr/GPO)

Yesterday, Stand for Israel reported on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against allowing those Americans born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace. Summoning the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, Israel Hayom’s Nadav Shragai writes that Israel and her supporters must unite for Jerusalem:

Yiddish speech is peppered with the phrase “Hat er gazant.” David Ben-Gurion tended to use it, and later translated it into a somewhat weaker Hebrew version: “So, he said it!”

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that American citizens who are born in Jerusalem cannot have Israel listed as their country of birth on their U.S. passports. We can and should revisit our birthright to Jerusalem; the historic Palestinian fraud; the hypocrisy of U.S. President Barack Obama (whose policy the Supreme Court upheld). We can prove that the ruling is ridiculous, but it looks like the most appropriate response in this case is actually the sarcastic, “So, he said it!”

Because Jerusalem is one of the cases in which the State of Israel has an obligation to do what is good for the Jews and think less about what the goyim say. To be committed to the dream and try a little harder to make it come true, and care less about the reality…

This is the vision that guided the State of Israel to stand up against the entire world to unite Jerusalem. Let the boycotters make threats, and the judges hand down worthless rulings — we will do our part and answer them once and for all in the words of Ben-Gurion: “Hat er gezant.”

Because Jerusalem is a special case, and we won’t let the diplomatic reality — however difficult — confuse us.

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 at 8:21 AM  | Stand For Israel

US Supreme Court: Jerusalem-Born Americans Are Not Israeli

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(Photo: wikicommons/WPPilot)

Americans born in Jerusalem have, until today, been allowed to list Israel as their birthplace. But The Times of Israel reports that with today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, this will no longer be allowed on the passports of those born in the Holy City:

The US Supreme Court struck down a disputed law Monday that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their US passports in an important ruling that underscores the president’s authority in foreign affairs.

The court ruled 6-3 that Congress overstepped its bounds when it approved the law in 2002. It would have forced the State Department to alter its longstanding policy of not listing Israel as the birthplace for Jerusalem-born Americans.

The policy is part of the government’s refusal to recognize any nation’s sovereignty over Jerusalem, until Israelis and Palestinians resolve its status through negotiations…

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Monday, June 8th, 2015 at 4:24 PM  | Stand For Israel

Israelis and the Obama Administration

(Photo: wikicommons/Ben Kelmer)

(Photo: wikicommons/Ben Kelmer)

I like being right. But, when it comes to Iran I hope that I’m wrong. Unfortunately, it seems that when it comes to Iran, all of us who oppose the nuclear deal being touted as a major success have never been so right about anything.

Earlier this week, The New York Times – not exactly one of President Obama’s fiercest critics – reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) found a 20% increase in Iran’s uranium stockpile, an increase which occurred during the same negotiations Obama has hailed as having frozen Iran’s enrichment program.

It will be interesting to see the White House explain this debacle especially since its press secretary claimed on March 2 that negotiations have rolled back Iran’s nuclear development:

But in the context of these talks, we’ve actually succeeded in not just halting Iran’s progress as it relates to their nuclear program but actually rolling it back in several key areas, including reducing and eliminating their stockpile of highly enriched uranium. So I think the evidence indicates that this sanctions regime has been effective.

It would be great if this fanciful storyline were true, that the West has Iran in a corner, and that the negotiations have accomplished something other than enabling Iran to become a nuclear power.

But I live in the Middle East. My house is within the Iranians’ reach. So my fellow Israelis and I cannot engage in such wishful interpretations.

Here in Israel, the frustration with the Obama administration’s handling of Iran is palpable. The American president’s Israeli television interview this week only made matters worse.

During his interview with Israeli Channel 2, Obama lectured us Israelis about our values, and urged us not to worry about Iran or Palestinian terror – he’s got our back, so what could go wrong?

President Obama then then explained that Prime Minister Netanyahu, who just won a landslide election, is “predisposed” to worry about security threats. So are we to believe that because of his hyper-sensitivity to the safety of the millions of Israeli lives…

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Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 1:08 PM  | Stand for Israel