Chicago, Cook County Reject BDS

(Photo: flickr/clio1789)

(Photo: flickr/clio1789)

While it seems that more and more governing bodies align with the anti-Israel BDS movement, we are always heartened when we hear about one who stands for Israel. Now, JUF News reports that Chicago and Cook County – the location of Stand for Israel’s main U.S. office – has unanimously voted against the BDS movement, by deciding to divest from those who boycott or divest from the Jewish state:

On Sept. 24, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed — 50-0 —   Resolution 2015-569 , urging the Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago to divest from foreign companies seeking to economically boycott Israel…

Modeled after the State of Illinois’ historic anti-Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) legislation, these recently adopted resolutions encourage the respective pension boards to divest from foreign companies that engage in economic boycotts against Israel. In both instances, JUF’s Government Affairs department worked with the resolutions’ co-sponsors and prepared fact sheets and talking points for supporters; in the case of the city ordinance, they also worked with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“We are grateful for the great partnership we enjoy with elected officials – and their staff – at every level of government,” said JUF President Dr. Steven B. Nasatir and Chairman Bill Silverstein in a memo to the JUF Board of Directors. “Our 30-plus years of this work is a priority.”

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Friday, September 25th, 2015 at 9:50 AM  | Stand For Israel

US, Israel Near Deal to Produce David’s Sling Missile Shield

(Photo: United States Missile Defense Agency)

(Photo: United States Missile Defense Agency)

During the summer of 2014, the Iron Dome missile defense system saved countless Israeli lives during the never-ending terrorist rocket attacks that rained down on the Holy Land. Now, The Times of Israel reports that the United States and the Israeli government are close to a deal that would provide even more advanced protection to Israel and her people:

As US opponents of the nuclear deal with Iran decried its de facto approval by the Senate on Thursday, administration officials sought to assuage fears that Washington was abandoning its regional allies, promising increased defense cooperation with Israel and Gulf states.

US Navy Vice Admiral James Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said the US and Israel would soon sign a draft deal on the production of the jointly developed David’s Sling system, Reuters reported…

David’s Sling, also known as Magic Wand, was designed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the US defense firm Raytheon to thwart rockets and missiles fired from 100-300 kilometers (62-186 miles) away.

The system successfully passed a series of trial runs in April, and the Israeli Air Force has already begun training operators for the array, which is expected to become operational next year.

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 at 12:26 PM  | Stand For Israel

Iran Is the Enemy, Not Israel

(Photo: White House/ Pete Souza)

(Photo: White House/ Pete Souza)

In just over a month, the U.S. Congress will have to decide whether to approve the Iran nuclear deal. However, more and more of those politicians thought to be on the administration’s side are now voicing their opposition to the agreement. Israel Hayom’s Boaz Bismuth looks at what people are thinking about the deal, and what might occur come September 17:

Iran is the enemy, Mr. President. Not you. Iran is the enemy — not Israel. America is still the “Great Satan,” Israel is still the “Little Satan” and the ayatollahs still aren’t holy…

Obama needs to understand that this is not personal. All he has to do is peruse the comments made by supporters of the deal in order to understand why people in Israel, and in America, are very worried. Let’s take, for example, Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York, who supports the deal. She admits the deal is “not perfect” and believes Iran will continue to lie and continue to get stronger. Could it be that the deal’s detractors aren’t actually “ignorant,” as the president, according to commentators, tried painting them as in his speech at American University? Perhaps they are simply seeing clearly? And if someone is failing to understand why the polls suddenly flipped on Saturday — it’s because people have only just begun discovering the details of the deal…


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Monday, August 10th, 2015 at 8:17 AM  | Stand For Israel

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