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Indiana Measure Is Latest to Combat BDS

(Photo: Flickr/ Takver)

(Photo: Flickr/ Takver)

Stand for Israel is heartened that so many Americans – and the lawmakers who represent them – still ally themselves with the Jewish state, even in these times when so much of the world doesn’t. JNS’ Sean Savage reports that this week, Indiana passed a bill that targets businesses who would boycott Israel:

The Indiana House of Representatives this week passed new legislation that targets businesses or other entities that engage in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, marking the latest victory in the fight against BDS on the U.S. state level.

House Bill 1378, which was introduced by Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and was passed unanimously by the legislature on Jan. 25, requires “the public retirement system to divest from businesses that engage in action or inaction to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel.” The bill’s next stop is a vote in the Indiana Senate, followed by the governor’s desk…

Following in the footsteps of Tennessee and Indiana, three other states—New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida—last year passed similar legislation condemning BDS, while Illinois went even further by passing a bill that prohibits state pension funds from including in their portfolios companies that participate in the BDS movement. Early this year, a California state legislator introduced a bill to ensure that California doesn’t contract with businesses that engage in boycotts based on race, color, religion, gender, or nationality. The Florida Senate, meanwhile, recently passed a resolution that requires a state board to identify all publicly funded companies that are boycotting Israel or are engaged in a boycott of Israel.

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Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 8:29 AM  | Stand For Israel

NY Senate Passes Anti-BDS Legislation

(Photo: Flickr/ Takver)

(Photo: Flickr/ Takver)

Stand for Israel has been heartened by the U.S. states who have stood up for the Jewish state and against the movement to boycott, sanction, and divest. Jewish Insider’s Jacob Kornbluh reports that the New York senate is the latest to pass anti-BDS legislation:

The New York State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that prohibits the state from doing business with companies that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel…

“New York taxpayers need to be protected from becoming unwitting supporters of those who are trying to undermine our greatest ally, Israel, and other critical allies,” Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said in a statement. “We are demonstrating that New York will continue to stand with our international partners and protect our shared interests.”

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Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 8:06 AM  | Stand for Israel

David’s Sling Missile Defense System Ready for Use

(Photo: United States Missile Defense Agency)

(Photo: United States Missile Defense Agency)

As Israel’s foes from all sides look to destroy the Jewish state and its people, greater security needs to be assured. The U.S. and Israel have announced that such a defense against incoming rockets and missiles – the David’s Sling missile interceptor – is now ready for use:

The announcement by the Israel Missile Defense Organization and the US Missile Defense Agency precedes delivery of an operational David’s Sling system to the Israeli Air Force in 2016, IMDO director Yair Ramati said.

David’s Sling, also known by the name Magic Wand, is meant to replace the Patriot missiles currently in Israel’s arsenal. The new system, which can shoot down medium-range missile threats, can also be deployed against aircraft.

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Monday, December 21st, 2015 at 7:36 AM  | Stand for Israel

Predictions for 2016

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

As 2015 draws to a close, we look back on a year that has seen so much strife and violence across the world. And while we pray that the new year will be a better and more peaceful one, former national security adviser Elliott Abrams takes a look at the Council on Foreign Relations’ outlook for 2016:

At the end of every year the Council on Foreign Relations presents the result of a survey of ‎foreign policy specialists on what to watch out for in the coming year. It’s called the ‎Preventive Priorities Survey, and the new one is out and can be found here.‎

Here are the top items of concern:‎

  • The intensification of the civil war in Syria‎
  • A mass casualty attack on the U.S. homeland or a treaty ally
  • A highly disruptive cyberattack on critical U.S. infrastructure
  • A severe crisis with or in North Korea
  • Political instability in EU countries stemming from the influx of refugees and migrants
  • Continued political fracturing of Libya
  • Heightened tensions between Israelis and Palestinians
  • Intensified political violence in Turkey
  • Increased political instability in Egypt
  • Increased violence and instability in Afghanistan
  • Continued fracturing of Iraq due to territorial gains by the self-proclaimed Islamic State ‎and ongoing Sunni-Shia sectarian violence

Take a look at the entire text. Not exactly Christmas cheer, but, as always, the survey ‎concentrates the mind on what we are likely to face very soon.‎

 

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Monday, December 21st, 2015 at 7:20 AM  | Stand for Israel

Congress Condemns EU’s Anti-Israel Labeling

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(Photo: wikicommons/ James Emery)

Stand for Israel has kept you abreast of the European Union’s recent decision to label products made in the West Bank, yet another troubling anti-Israel action from Europe. Now, Yediot Achronot’s Yitzhak Benhorin reports that the U.S. Congress has condemned the action, as well:

US lawmakers issued a resolution on Thursday to condemn the European Union’s decision to label products made in the West Bank. The resolution by a bipartisan group of four Congress members said “such actions undermine efforts to achieve a negotiated Israeli-Palestinian peace process…”

The resolution notes that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has called on Europe to go beyond product labeling products and completely ban products made by companies that operate in the West Bank. It describes the BDS movement’s actions as “politically motivated” that single out Israel.

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Friday, December 18th, 2015 at 7:37 AM  | Stand for Israel

What the US Can Learn from Israel on Facing Domestic Terror

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

As Islamist terrorists attack the world – in the Middle East, in Europe, and in the United States – battle lines are being drawn, and those who embrace freedom must fight the evil that threatens us. Writing at the New York Post, Israel’s representative to the U.N., Danny Danon, says that much can be learned from the Jewish state, which has long had to combat such terror:

First, intelligence capabilities must be improved. Attacks like these cannot be allowed to take place in major Western cities. No country should be waiting for an attack, but rather ensuring that eyes and ears on the ground enable security services to apprehend potential terrorists before they attack…

Second, security authorities must profile. I realize this is politically incorrect, but let’s not be naïve — it works. There’s no reason to spend the same time and resources investigating an 85-year-old grandmother who lived in Paris her whole life as is spent examining a young student who emigrated from Syria.

Finally, Western societies as a whole must change their mindset when it comes to personal security. Israelis have long ago grown accustomed to having their bags checked at the entrance of all public venues, from soccer stadiums to their local neighborhood café to their local supermarket…

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Monday, December 14th, 2015 at 10:27 AM  | Stand for Israel

Israel Has No Greater Friend Than the US

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(Photo: twitter/PresidentRuvi)

This week, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin is in the United States. As Rivlin visited the White House for a Hanukkah celebration, Israel Hayom’s Yori Yalon reports that the two nations’ bond was reaffirmed:

U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed “the unbreakable bond” between the U.S. and Israel while celebrating the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah with President Reuven Rivlin at the White House on Wednesday.

The two presidents held a private meeting before attending a Hanukkah celebration at the White House that included lighting the White House menorah.

At their meeting, Obama told Rivlin the U.S. wanted to be helpful in reducing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, which have recently peaked in a spate of stabbings and other violent attacks lasting several months. Obama said it was critical for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to “unequivocally condemn” the attacks, fight incitement and pursue dialogue with Israelis.

 

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Thursday, December 10th, 2015 at 8:26 AM  | Stand for Israel

Bibi Among Leaders Americans Admire Most

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

While much of the world seems intent on attacking and criticizing Israel, a new poll shows that there are those in America who respect the Jewish state and its leadership. Israel Hayom reports that PM Netanyahu is among the top five leaders that Americans admire most:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the leaders most admired by Americans, a new Brookings Institution poll issued Friday revealed.

Poll respondents were asked to “list the five American or international leaders that you most admire.” U.S. President Barack Obama came in first, being named by 16% of respondents. The late former President Ronald Reagan came in second with 7% and Netanyahu came in third with 6%. Pope Francis and Russian President Vladimir Putin came in fourth and fifth.

Among Evangelical Christians, Netanyahu came in first at 16%…

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Monday, December 7th, 2015 at 7:45 AM  | Stand for Israel

Photo Friday: The President’s Cat

(Photo: facebook/ReuvenRivlin)

(Photo: facebook/ReuvenRivlin)

Last week, we reported to you on Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Israel. Here, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s cat stakes his own claim to the diplomatic red carpet. Meow! Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, December 4th, 2015 at 9:34 AM  | Stand for Israel

Israel Sends Its Condolences to San Bernardino Victims

(Photo: twitter/bogie_yaalon)

(Photo: twitter/bogie_yaalon)

Today, America finds itself horrified by yet another shooting attack, this one at a county health department holiday party in San Bernardino, California. In the U.S. to meet with defense officials in Washington, D.C., Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon shared his nation’s condolences to those affected by this tragedy:

Ya’alon discussed a number of strategic and security-related issues with the Congressmen, and presented them with information on the situation in the Middle East from Israel’s perspective.

During the meeting, Ya’alon expressed Israel’s condolences over the mass murder in San Bernadino, California, which took place as the meeting was going on.

“We just heard about this, and we send our condolences to the families of the murdered and our best wishes to the injured that they heal quickly,” he said. “I realize that this is a difficult night for you.”

Ya’alon told the officials that Israel “greatly appreciated the support of the United States and the cooperation between the defense, military, and defense establishments in both our countries. We have especially had excellent intelligence cooperation with the US, and it has borne important fruit.”

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Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at 7:24 AM  | Stand for Israel