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While Ukraine is in the middle of much political unrest, its anti-Semitic elements are still acting out against the country’s Jews. The Times of Israel reports today that a synagogue east of Kiev was the target of firebombs:
No one was hurt in the attack and that police were searching for suspects. Officers found the neck of a glass bottle which was used as a Molotov cocktail … The Ukrainian capital and other cities have seen the eruption of a wave of violent demonstrations that culminated this weekend with the apparent ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych … Several Jewish communities in Kiev have beefed up their security arrangements during the unrest. Other communities put their activities on hold out of safety concerns.
We pray for the safety of Ukrainian Jews — and all of the citizens of Ukraine — and that this time of violence and anti-Semitism will be resolved.Comments (1) »
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 10:38 AM | Stand For Israel
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come (Song of Songs 2:12)
Let these Israeli poppies warm your weekend and remind you that spring is just around the corner. Shabbat shalom, friends.Comments (1) »
Friday, February 21st, 2014 at 1:43 PM | Stand For Israel
Tony Badran, writing at NOW, makes the argument that a number of recent appointments by President Obama — including Robert Malley, whose support of U.S. engagement with Hamas forced then-candidate Obama to cut him from the campaign’s foreign policy advisory staff — suggests that American engagement with Tehran is a deeply held value and not a fly-by-night occurrence:
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In other words, the White House is signaling that engaging Iran, as a principal patron of the Assad regime that holds many of the cards, is necessary. This is all the more so since the Russian channel has proved insufficient. When that’s added to Obama’s assertion there’s only a political solution, and his continued aversion to military options, then the only option that’s left is Iran.
Friday, February 21st, 2014 at 8:25 AM | Stand For Israel
A bus carrying tourists from South Korea was about to enter Israel from Egypt when a suicide bomber set off an explosion that ripped apart the bus, killing three and seriously injuring dozens more. The tourists were Korean Christians, who were celebrating their church’s sixtieth anniversary with a trip to visit biblical sites in the Middle East.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
• The U.S. is blaming Russia and the Syrian regime for failure to reach a peace agreement in Geneva.
• Meanwhile, Syrians in the Golan Heights have been protesting, saying they will never accept Israeli citizenship.
• A second round of talks between six world powers and Iran about its nuclear program is underway.
• An Israeli-developed translation app has struck gold at the Sochi Olympics.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features Jeff Kaye from The Fellowship’s Jerusalem office on the tragic terrorist attack on Israel’s greatest friends — Christians.
Friday, February 21st, 2014 at 8:22 AM | email@example.com
“Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.” – Jean Francois Revel
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan tapped a Georgetown professor named Jeane Kirkpatrick to be his ambassador to the United Nations. Kirkpatrick, a lifelong Democrat, was an ardent anti-Communist and a strong believer that the world needed an America with the confidence in and conviction of its values and institutions. She believed that a strong America — willing and able to project its strength around the world — was the greatest force for peace the planet could enjoy. And she believed that self-governance and freedom were guarantors of peace.
She believed our strength extended beyond our military capability; that ours was a moral strength. That, when we knew that we were right — as we were about Soviet communism — it was incumbent upon us to act accordingly. One could negotiate with the Soviets, of course. But only from a position of strength and only when such negotiations underscored American ideals rather than undermining them.
Jeane Kirkpatrick would never have entered into the current round of talks with Iran. And, she would point out, neither would Democratic presidents like Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy. These talks project weakness, indecision, and expediency.
Today, America’s confidence has been shaken by more than a decade of war and an asymmetrical enemy that does not conform to any previously known standards of conduct or decency. The world is different from the one Ambassador Kirkpatrick confronted. It is more complex and more dangerous.
But, at some point, we will begin to believe in ourselves again. When that day comes, let us hope that things are not so far out of control that they can’t be repaired by a little bit of good old American ingenuity and elbow grease.Comments (13) »
Friday, February 21st, 2014 at 8:16 AM | Stand For Israel
When Toni Buda lost her son and the IDF lost a hero, little did they know what would be gained. IsraelSeen brings us the story of a grieving mother whose idea grew into a project to commemorate Israel’s fallen soldiers and celebrate their bravery and heritage:
“I believe that the relationship between the military and the bereaved families is very important,” Toni explains … After the memorial site opened, bereaved families were invited to see how their loved ones were being remembered. “Everything that the army does to commemorate fallen soldiers strengthens these families,” Toni says. “I still miss him every day.”
While we honor those like Toni’s son, Lieutenant Ariel Buda, who made the greatest sacrifice of all while protecting the Holy Land and defending freedom, let us not forget the grieving families left behind, as they are often forgotten.Comments (2) »
Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at 2:01 PM | Stand For Israel
While our country may not be perfect, a new study by the Anti-Defamation League is the country where Jews suffer the least anti-Semitism. Writing for The Times of Israel, Uriel Heilman notes that America offers Jewish people — and all people — freedoms and safety not found elsewhere:
Jews can live, study, and work anywhere they want in America. Yes, there’s Mel Gibson, Louis Farrakhan and the occasional swastika scrawled on a synagogue wall, but Jews in America for the most part live free of discrimination or the threat of violence.
Yet, as the article notes, there is still anti-Semitism in the U.S. And, as we see with more and more frequency, Jews in Europe and the Middle East are being targeted because of their faith. Let us pray for God’s protection for all people, and let us do our part to alleviate hatred and anti-Semitism in the world around us.Comments (1) »
Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at 10:09 AM | Stand For Israel
Jennifer Rubin, writing at The Washington Post, looks at yesterday’s framework agreement for talks between the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany) and Iran and concludes not only that the talks are at a dead end, but that everybody involved knows they’re at a dead end:
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Critics of the administration suspect either the talks will never end because it is impossible to conceive that Iran would do this or the president will try to peddle a phony deal that does none of these things in an effort to claim success. So the administration is back to its fundamental problem. It has carefully delineated what Iran must do, a standard less than the United Nations but higher than anything Iran would remotely do.
Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at 8:37 AM | Stand For Israel