I spent most of my adult life living in Israel. My wife and I raised our five children here and are now watching our eleven (so far) grandchildren grow up here. As we approach our golden years we look upon our life as filled with blessings. The decision to come home was clearly the best decision of our lives. No Jew can be complete if he lives away from home. With all of its problems Israel is our only home. The Jewish State, with all of its faults, is the beginning of fulfillment of Biblical prophesy. Nothing about it is logical. Our leadership in every generation here made every mistake possible and still our country grows and thrives.
Back in 1948, when we did not have anything resembling the outstanding army we have today, we fought against impossible odds and won. And today, when we have the most sophisticated army in the world, we choose not to fight. We choose not to recognize our enemies who live in our midst, and we choose not to recognize the war they are waging against us.
"For Al-Aqsa We Will Run Over Settlers" is the name of a new song put online recently by two Palestinian [sic] singers from Ram'Allah. The popular slogan "Al-Aqsa is in danger" has been used by extremist Islamic elements for decades, since the days of Haj Amin el-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem who was Hitler's friend, to incite the street. This blood libel, accepted with consensus across the Muslim world, claims that Israel is plotting to collapse the Temple Mount mosques in order to build the Third Temple in their place.
At the basis of this narrative are certain alleged axioms taken for granted as truths, namely that the Jewish religion has no connection to the place, that a Jewish presence on the mount is detrimental to the holiness of the mosques, before even mentioning, heaven forbid, Jewish prayer there. It is interesting that according to the Quran itself (17:4-8 ) there most certainly were Jewish temples on the mount. Additionally, the Supreme Muslim Council (the highest body in charge of Muslim community affairs in Mandate Palestine under British control) issued a pamphlet in 1924 [A Brief Guide to al-Haram al-Sharif ] clearly stating: "The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest (perhaps from prehistoric) times. Its identity with the site of Solomon's Temple is beyond dispute." [pg. 4; emphasis added]
The feeling of disconnection between the government and the army has never felt higher than when our unit awoke this morning [July 16, 2014] to hear the embarrassing, demoralizing, and disheartening news. Israel agreed to a ceasefire while Hamas refused the offer with righteous indignation vowing to continue their genocidal campaign.
Where is our righteous indignation?
As our cities are pummeled with missiles and our citizens are maimed and killed — where is our rage?
As our children huddle hour after hour, day after day, in bomb shelters — traumatized in fear — where is our fury?
The U.S. State Department is listed as a "cultural partner" of the 24th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, held from April 30 to May 5. Among the anti-Semitic publications on display at the fair (in both English and Arabic) — books which paved the way for the Holocaust — are The International Jew [by Henry Ford], Mein Kampf [by Adolf Hitler] and The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.
The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion is now reported to be the second most widely published book in the Arab world. It promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that Jews are planning global domination.
As it has in the past, the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc. (UJA Federation) is allowing extremist anti-Israel groups to march on June 1, 2014 in its "Israel Day Parade". These are organizations that are part of the ongoing call for boycotts of Israeli companies such as Sodastream and Ahava Cosmetics.
A coalition of Jewish community organizations urgently calls on all friends of Israel to make their voices heard. The UJA-Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) have granted permission to extremist anti-Israel organizations to march in the Celebrate Israel Parade on June 1st in New York. These groups encourage Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, seeking to delegitimize and economically weaken the Jewish State.
In the wake of the massive rocket attack from Gaza this Wednesday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told Israel Television Channel 2 that Israel should immediately retake the Gaza Strip and clear it of weapons.
[Some things never change. This commentary, originally written in 1983, is as applicable today as it was then. Nothing in it has changed except for a few names, e.g., Obama in place of Reagan]
The long article by Robert W. Gibson. "$pagetype::pagetype like='(story)'>?>Israel: An Economic Ward of the U.S.$pagetype::pagetype like='(story)'>?>" (Los Angeles Times, July 24), highlights the main thrust of the anti-Israel elements in the United States who, quite correctly, understand that the most direct and easiest way to fuel anti-Israel feeling is to dramatize the amount of economic aid the Jewish state receives from Washington. Not only does this tactic play on the economic resentment of Americans in financial straits but it incites, too, the very strong, though latent, feeling within many, many Americans that "Israel and the Jews" run the policies of the United States. And so it is time, long overdue in fact, to lay down a clear political axiom: If the citizens of the United States do not feel that their interests are being served by Israel then their obligation is to stop this economic aid. If, on the other hand, they believe that Israel serves a vital interest of the US they should then put an end to their whining and deal with Israel as one would an equal partner who gives as much as he gets.
Billions of dollars in international aid granted to the Palestinian Authority (PA/PLO) may have been squandered, lost to corruption, or misspent, a new report by the European Court of Auditors, the Luxembourg-based watchdog, revealed, The Sunday Times reported.
Roughly €2.3 billion ($3 billion) made its way from Europe to the Arab-occupied territories between 2008 and 2012, but much of it is unaccounted for the report said. It's important to realize that this report only focuses on the money which came from European nations. It does not take into account the $3.5 billion given to the PA/PLO by the United States between 2008 and 2012 or other the billions given by other nations. More than 60% of the Palestinian Authority's Gross National Product comes from the United States, European Union, United Nations, World Bank, and others countries, according to a 2011 study conducted by economic analyst Eyal Ofer in cooperation with President of Financial Immunities consulting firm Adam Roiter. That study also revealed that while the PA/PLO prime minister brags in front of foreign institutions over the scope of tax collection in the PA/PLO, he forgets to mention that 77% of all taxes are collected by the Israeli Finance Ministry as part of a joint agreement between Israel and the PA/PLO. The former then transfers the latter more than NIS 5 billion (about $1.4 billion) per year, which amounts to approximately a third of the PA/PLO's annual budget.
A law enabling US citizens born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace on US passports is unconstitutional because it infringes on the president's executive power, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Tuesday (July 23, 2013).
In 2003, Ari and Naomi Zivotofsky, the parents of Jerusalem-born Menachem Zivotofsky, filed a lawsuit demanding that the US State Department enforce the law passed by Congress in 2002 so that Menachem could list "Jerusalem, Israel" as the birthplace on his passport. Last year, the US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the appeals court needed to rule on the enforcement issue.
This past Tuesday night (July 30, 2013), Police Commander Avi Bitton (who is in charge of the holy sites) announced that the Temple Mount will stay closed to Jews and to tourists at least till after Eid al-Fitr (Muslim Feast of Breaking the Fast), which is next Sunday, 5 Elul 5774 / August 11, 2013. The only "explanation" offered was a bland sign which simply read "Today the Temple Mount will be closed to visitors." Those restrictions did not, however, apply to Muslim visitors, who continue to receive unrestricted access.
This is breaking the rules. Even if they really will open it to non-Muslims (which now no longer is for sure) this current Ramadan, a dangerous precedent was set — most of the past month the Temple mount was closed or almost closed to non-Muslims. Since the beginning of Ramadan, Muslims have upped their campaign to prevent Jews from setting foot on the Temple Mount — let alone praying there.