Israelis Against Israel

The appearance of Hagai El-Ad (pictured) before the UN Security Council (UNSC) marks another low point in the long history of Jews defaming their own people. 

El-Ad is CEO of B'Tselem, an Israeli NGO established in 1989 to protect the human rights of Palestinian Arabs. But as is the case with so many other human rights organizations, B'Tselem's real agenda is to force Israel back to its 1949 borders. 

That B'Tselem's concern for human rights is but a facade was revealed when a spokesperson tried to explain the UNSC appearance to Israeli news anchor Dan Margalit. Try as he might, Margalit could not get the B'Tselem representative to say that Hamas is a terrorist organization.

It was B'Tselem that initiated the distribution of small video cameras so that Palestinians could document the actions of IDF soldiers. Predictably, this quickly resulted in staged provocations against the soldiers, some of whom were injured in the process. It was one such camera that caught Elor Azaria killing a wounded terrorist in Hebron last year. The ensuing court case demonstrated just how effective B'Tselem and its cohorts have become in rallying opinion against Israel.

As if by design, El-Ad's UNSC speech sparked further tension between Israel and the US. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to condemn the NGO, and Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon called on the world body to stop interfering in Israel's internal affairs. 

America’s alternate representative to the UN, David Pressman, in turn backed El-Ad's diatribe by commending B'Tselem "for sharing their technical expertise" and stating that "it is vital that all governments protect and create an atmosphere that all voices can be heard."

US State Department Spokesperson Edgar Vasquez expressed similar support for this subversive organization: "We have said many times in the past, we believe that it is important that governments defend the freedom of expression … we are grateful for the efforts of non-governmental organizations both in the US and in Israel, and that includes Peace Now in the US and B'Tselem, which continue to inform us about the fundamental issues that occur on the ground, including the settlements enterprise." 

It sounds bizarre, but the reality is that radical left-wing Israeli organizations have become informants for the US administration.

What angered Netanyahu and countless other Israelis about El-Ad's speech is the fact that B'Tselem is fanning the flames of hostility toward Israel, which already suffers from severe bias at the UN. In expressing the thoughts of most Israelis, Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook that "B'Tselem and US Friends of Peace Now joined the slander choir against Israel [by] recycling the false claim that 'occupation and settlements' are the source of the conflict."

Netanyahu was restrained compared to others, who flatly accused B'Tselem of treason. Labor Party activist and lawyer Yuval Mor Mously went so far as to file a criminal complaint for treason against the NGO. As in many other Western nations, in Israel the law allows for the death penalty in cases of treason, though this option has never been exercised. 

Like so many other things in our day, treason is looked upon as archaic and even justifiable. Celebrated Israeli author Amos Oz dedicated his latest novel to reexamining the meaning of treason. Titled Judas, Oz uses the book to redefine what it means to be a traitor, so that it fits people like him who actively aid the Palestinian cause. Given that the Israeli judicial system is predisposed to opinion-makers like Oz, it seems highly unlikely that the Knesset will pursue a legal course of action in these cases.


Palestinians Arrested for Visiting Jewish Sukkah

Four Palestinian Arabs were arrested by Palestinian Authority police for the heinous crime of visiting a Jewish sukkah during the just-ended Feast of Tabernacles.

The four were part of a larger delegation of Palestinian Arabs who accepted the holiday invitation of Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi.

Efrat is situated in Judea (the so-called “West Bank”) just south of Jerusalem, and is one of the larger of the Jewish “settlements” that the world claims are an obstacle to peace.

Following the arrest, an Palestinian official speaking on condition of anonymity told Israel’s Ynet news portal that “any Palestinian cooperation with settlers is viewed as violating the law, it is collaboration with the enemy.”

Mayor Revivi noted that such policies would not lead to peace and coexistence.

“It is absurd that having coffee with Jews is considered a crime by the Palestinian Authority,” he said. “Initiatives that seek to foster cooperation and peace between people should be encouraged, not silenced.”

Commenting on Facebook, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wondered why there was no response from the international community to this grave violation of basic human rights, to say nothing of the spirit of the peace process.

“Where is the outrage of human rights organizations? There is none. To their great shame, they are silent,” the Israeli leader pointed out.


WATCH: Jews, Christians Celebrate God's Word Together

The final day of the week-long Feast of Tabernacles is known as Simhat Torah, a joyful celebration of the giving of God’s Word to Israel.

Simhat Torah is marked across the country with great festivity. But typically only by Jews.

So it was a special occurrence indeed when the Christian clergy of the Emmaus Monastery in central Israel joined members of the Birkat Shalom synagogue in Kibbutz Gezer in their Simhat Torah gathering.


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Israelis Humorously Slam UN Resolution on Temple Mount

From the Foreign Ministry to newspaper caricaturists, Israelis are using sarcasm and humor to skewer the recent ludicrous UN decision suggesting the Jews have no historic connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

And that includes pointing out that, according to the UN, all those stories about Jesus apparently never happened, or were recorded erroneously.

Check out this story by the online portal of Israel’s Channel 2 News. The article is in Hebrew, but most of the political cartoons use English.


Poll: Palestinians Prefer Federation With Jordan

Is an independent Palestinian state really all that important to the local Arab population? Well, not exactly, at least not according to a recent Palestinian opinion poll.

The touted two-state solution seems to be more in line with the interests of Western powers than it is for Israelis and Palestinian Arabs themselves. Conducted by A-Najar University in Nablus, the aforementioned poll found that just 18 percent of Palestinians believe the two-state solution will actually resolve the conflict, and most respondents opposed the scheme altogether.

Interestingly, a 46 percent plurality said that in place of an independent Palestinian state, they would prefer confederation with neighboring Jordan, where a majority of the population is “Palestinian” Arab.

A solution along those lines would actually be reverting to how things were before 1967 - with Jordan administering the so-called “West Bank” and Egypt taking responsibility for Gaza. The only problem is that neither Jordan nor Egypt want such an outcome.

The real take-away, however, is that if a majority among both the Israelis and the Palestinians don’t believe a two-state solution can be implemented or that it will solve the conflict, why does the West keep pushing it?

Still, while most Palestinians aren’t looking for an independent state, an overwhelming 83 percent still support some form of uprising against Israel. A 45.7 percent plurality say that uprising should be non-violent in nature, while 38 percent back full-scale terrorism against the Jews of Israel.

Another interesting fact is that while the Palestinians urge the world to boycott Israel, 64 percent of poll respondents admitted they themselves regularly purchase Israeli products as they are more reliable than Arab alternatives.

PHOTO: An Arab and Jew shop together in the Jewish settlement area of Gush Etzion


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This Train is Bound for Glory!

I was thinking about the Feast of Tabernacles when I booked my train ticket to London and was rather tickled by the Virgin Trains slogan ‘Be bound for glory’, obviously based on the traditional gospel hit This Train. If it means Virgin boss Richard Branson is spreading the good news, who’s complaining?

I was making a pilgrimage to see my mum, but I was also mindful of Sukkot, one of three festivals for which the ancient Israelites were required to visit Jerusalem (Leviticus 23) and which, in the millennial reign of Messiah, every nation will be required to make (Zechariah 14.16). I was particularly thinking about pilgrimage at the time because of reports of a downturn in Israel tour bookings from the UK due to the pound’s drop in value against the dollar.

Many Christians I have known over the years have taken the view: “God can meet me here, where I am. Why should I go over there where God is apparently pouring out his Spirit in a special way?” Yet there is a great emphasis in the Bible on places that are made special by God’s extraordinary presence. Jerusalem is obviously the best earthly example. Even atheist TV documentary maker Simon Reeve, on arriving in the city, said it took his breath away. It did that for this journalist too and I can well understand the exiled psalmist’s feelings as he considered Jerusalem his “highest joy” (Psalm 137.6).

By the way, UNESCO’s denial of Jewish ties to what another psalm referred to as “the joy of the whole earth” (Psalm 48.2) would be laughable were it not so tragic. But my ‘train of thought’ is getting off track.

Even the Wise Men of the nativity travelled some 1,000 miles to worship the Christ-child. The pioneers of the modern-day Pentecostal movement travelled halfway round the world back in 1906 to catch something of what God was doing at Azusa Street, Los Angeles. And I regularly took a 210-mile round trip for evening services in Sunderland when fresh stirrings of the Holy Spirit broke out there in 1994.

There is no doubt that tours of the Holy Land bring the Bible to life and, though of course I understand that economic, security and other considerations will adversely affect bookings, there is clearly a need for a sharper focus on the important nature of such pilgrimage, which should be seen as a further expression of our Christian journey, of reaching deeper into God’s wells of salvation and unearthing the treasures of His precious land.

In celebrating God’s bountiful harvest and, in building temporary shelters, we are reminded how He provided for his people in the desert and of how we are only temporary sojourners here on earth, and that our real destiny is “the city that is to come” (Hebrews 13.14). And we remember how Yeshua came to ‘tabernacle’ with us (John 1.14).

As with all discipleship, there is sacrifice – in terms of cost and effort – in pilgrimage. And we should surely take heed of Solomon’s wisdom, that “whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.” (Ecclesiastes 11.4) In other words, don’t wait until all the conditions are in perfect alignment. If pilgrimage is a passport to meet with God in a deeper way, it will surely be well worth it. Be bound for glory! 

Charles Gardner is author of Israel the Chosen, available from Amazon, and Peace in Jerusalem, available from


I’m Pro-Israel, Anti-Obama, and Voting for Hillary

Momentous national votes have been rather unpredictable in 2016, as Brexit and the rejected Colombia-FARC peace deal have demonstrated. So, those genuinely alarmed by the prospect of a Trump presidency must work relentlessly for his defeat until Election Day.

I am a proud independent who has voted for both Democrats and Republicans. I have published numerous articles excoriating President Obama for his disastrous foreign policy (on SyriaIranIsrael, etc.) and his domestic scandals

Thus, I was planning to vote for a qualified Republican in the 2016 presidential election. Unfortunately, Donald Trump is neither qualified nor Republican

Even if one of the “alternative” candidates looked remotely appealing (here’s why they don’t), a vote for any third-party candidate has historically been a wasted vote. Even Teddy Roosevelt, the most successful third-party candidate in US history, won only 88 Electoral votes and 27% of the popular vote on behalf of the Progressive Party of the United States, but still went on to lose the 1912 elections to Woodrow Wilson (a Democrat).

That’s precisely why Michael Bloomberg, the self-made billionaire and former three-term mayor of New York, ultimately decided not to run as a third-party candidate last March. Bloomberg’s willingness to subordinate his political ambitions to the greater good (in this case, ensuring that Trump loses) only enhances his integrity, which will hopefully continue to serve the public. 

Given the binary Trump-Clinton choice at hand, many voters are still understandably tepid about supporting Hillary Clinton. She is too close to Obama’s policy failures and has been clouded by many scandals, dating back to at least 1993. Israel supporters rightly worry about her entourage of anti-Israel advisers.

Notwithstanding the above, Hillary’s experience, intellect, and diligence make her far more qualified than Trump for the US presidency, as detailed in the New York Times’ endorsement of her candidacy. Moreover, Bill Clinton, who oversaw an economic boom in the US and has long been a friend of Israel (where he remains hugely popular), will provide added brainpower and experience to her team and help to offset any anti-Israel sentiment among Hillary’s advisers.

For those worried that Clinton might mirror Obama’s hostility towards Israel, Israel’s Prime Minister thinks Clinton would be better. And unlike Obama, Clinton is a hawk who favors military action when it comes to Iranian nukes and Syria. The mainstream Israeli public prefers Clinton because they view Trump as unstable and unpredictable – fatal flaws when it comes to protecting the US-Israel relationship. Moreover, Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban has contributed $10 million to Clinton’s campaign, and his close ties with Clinton should help to ensure her strong support for Israel.

More generally, a Clinton victory would finally break the glass ceiling for female political leaders in the US – one broken long ago in Israel (by Golda Meir) and the UK (by Margaret Thatcher), among other countries. Hillary has been held to an unfair double standard relative to male candidates, so her history-making, electoral triumph would be even more remarkable.

Nevertheless, skeptics can have reasonable, lingering doubts about supporting Hillary. But there can be no doubt about the need to defeat Donald at the polls, given the extreme danger he represents. Commentators have created so many lists of good reasons to oppose Trump that one could compile a list of lists (with new reasons emerging every day). But Keith Obermann’s list of 176 reasons not to vote from Trump is one of the most comprehensive (as of September 13, 2016). TV-show host John Oliver produced an amusingly persuasive explanation of why – as bad as Clinton corruption may be – Trump’s moral failings are far worse.

Many anti-Semitic controversies associated with Trump’s supporters and campaign have raised concern among Jews, leading to an outraged appeal to Trump’s Jewish son-in-law.

Trump often critiques Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran but was happy to take money from the Iranian bank  making purchases for Iran’s nuclear program – yet another example of how Trump stands for nothing but himself (and maybe the Kremlin, whose disinformation campaign Trump seems to be promoting). 

Even now, as Trump slips in the polls, he is already trying to undermine the legitimacy of the election because winning matters to him more than US democracy. Indeed, Trump’s threat to prosecute his political opponent if he wins office is unprecedented in American electoral history, and yet another indication of autocratic tendencies that would likely abuse the awesome powers of the presidency. There are real worries that the incitement to violence by Trump and his supporters could lead to more violence and even deeper social divisions.

For those who still want to register their anger at Obama with a protest vote for Trump, such a move may be recklessly self-destructive, given how much damage Trump could cause to the US (and the world) once he becomes the most powerful person on Earth. Indeed, countless conservative papers that haven’t an endorsed a Democrat in decades (and, in some cases, over a century) have endorsed Clinton. Conservative personality Glenn Beck is opposing Trump on moral grounds. Trump is so bad that even one of Hillary Clinton’s top enemies, a prosecutor who tried to imprison her, is now trying to elect her.

Trump has shown zero loyalty to his own political party and tends to escalate tensions and conflict when his feelings get hurt. Why should Israel (or any other US ally) believe that Trump would be any more loyal if personal or policy differences ever emerge? Why should voters trust that Trump wouldn’t be a loose finger on the nuclear trigger when he has such a fragile ego and impulsive temper?

Here’s the scariest thought of all: if so much of Trump’s insult-driven, power-hungry, and often irrational behavior has happened when he still needs votes, how will he act once he’s been elected? And how much more will he abuse power and autocratically expand it, once he becomes president?

If US democracy manages to dodge “The Donald bullet,” then – if nothing else – the 2016 election should inspire some soul-searching about how such a horrible candidate could come so close to wielding so much power. This election should also spark a public discussion about how to fix the electoral system in a way that promotes more voter choice and better candidates. 

About 100 retired generals and admirals have endorsed Hillary Clinton. Trump touts support from 88 (whereas 500 supported 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney). But 50 GOP national security experts, many of them past presidential advisers, have warned that Trump “would be the most reckless president in American history” and “put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.”

So, preventing a Trump presidency is literally a matter of national security. Voters should pressure Republican leaders to dump Trump and convince his vice-presidential running mate, Mike Pence, to follow suit.Such a potent, last-minute rejection of Trump’s candidacy would likely end his prospects. Pence originally endorsed Trump’s main Republican rival, Senator Ted Cruz, and has himself been offended by some of Trump’s remarks. Pence has frequently differed with Trump on policy. Most importantly, Pence, unlike Trump, is sensitive to political pressure.

One can still vote for Clinton and then work to moderate or oppose her policies, as needed. The world does not end with her election. With Trump, nobody knows. We must act and vote accordingly. 

Noah Beck has published extensively on national security and authored The Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes.


Understanding Zionism: What It Is and What It Isn't

The following is a commentary by Turkish Muslim intellectual Adnan Oktar admonishing the Muslim world to stop viewing Zionism as a source of evil.

Zionism, named after Mount Zion in Israel, stands out among the hundreds of the world’s nationalist movements. It is all too often attributed to evil conspiracies and placed at the center of all malevolence; this inexplicable attitude is never seen in regard to other nationalist movements.

Its actual aim, however, is to bring together the Jewish people who have long been scattered around the world, under the same state. The Jewish Diaspora wanted to establish their own state in their hereditary lands. In our day, the antagonism towards them, in other words anti-Semitism, has been re-branded as anti-Zionism. Anti-Semitism targets all Jews because of their nationality. Though the land upon which Israel is established is ringed by 22 Arab states, all of whom are tied to their ethnic origins, the Jewish people’s gathering together and establishment of their own state has always been a subject of dispute. 

Yet Israel is considered as a port in a storm for millions of Jewish people. The State of Israel’s position as a safe home for Jews would be better appreciated considering nearly one million Jewish people, leaving all of their assets behind, were forced to emigrate from Arab countries in the aftermath of the 1948 war.

Israel, unlike many Arab countries, consists of people with various faiths and diverse ethnic backgrounds. One-fifth of its population is Arab, while the entire population is composed of over 70 ethnic origins and cultures with 35 different languages and dialects. It is worth mentioning that Arabic is also an official language alongside Hebrew in this country. 

Despite some generally-accepted misperceptions in the Middle East, Zionism is not an undertaking devised for world domination. After all the suffering and persecution they went through over the centuries, the Jewish nation’s only goal is to live safely in the lands where their forefathers lived.

The Jewish people have been a part of this land for 3,500 years, and were expelled from their homes long ago by the oppressive hand of the Roman Empire. The emergence of the State of Israel serves as the realization of this small nation's dreams of a homeland where they can ultimately live in safety and govern themselves. 

It is highly surprising, but also true, that many Muslims are even incognizant of the actual meaning of Zionism. Instead, they prefer to define Zionism as “an evil system which aims to destroy the world order” and erroneously believe that Zionism is the source of all evil in the world. Moreover, many Muslims are under the illusion that anti-Israelism is a part of devotion to God. 

Muslims should know that advocating for the rights of the Palestinian people does not necessarily mean adopting an anti-Semitic ideology. Israel’s right to exist, as with any other country in the world, is beyond dispute. Moreover, the recognition of Israel's right to exist would surely stop the bloodshed that has been ongoing for centuries. Jewish or not, murdering innocent people or promoting the expulsion of people from their ancestral homeland just because they are Jews is not in line with the ethics of the Qur’an. 

Just as we find in international law, Islam also has a principle of “individual criminal responsibility”. An entire community can never be found guilty as a whole. Every society has its good and evil people. Incriminating or punishing them all without differentiating between the innocent and the guilty is entirely unacceptable. God explicitly grants the Jewish people the right to live in the Holy Land:

Remember when Moses said to his people, "My people! Remember God’s blessing to you when He appointed prophets among you and appointed kings for you, and gave you what He had not given to anyone else in all the worlds. My people! Enter the Holy Land which God has ordained for you. Do not turn back in your tracks and so become transformed into losers." (Qur'an, 5:20-21) 

God also informs us in the Qur'an – and this is also promised in the Torah (Deuteronomy 30) – that the scattered Jewish people shall gather during the End Times:

...We said to the tribe of Israel after that, "Inhabit the land and, when the promise of the hereafter comes, We will produce you as a motley crowd." (Qur'an, 17:104)

It is highly significant to see a promise made by God 3,000 years ago coming true and witnessing what was foretold by the Prophet Abraham and the Prophet Moses, God revealed that “The Jews will be in those lands” thousands of years ago, and we can see that miracle coming to fruition now.

If the Arab-Muslim world recognizes Israel's right to exist as an independent and sovereign state, this century-long bloodshed will surely cease. The greatest benefit here would certainly come to the Palestinian people, who have been greatly distressed due to war and security precautions. 

It is of critical importance to note once again that there is currently a profound misconception in the Islamic world with regards to Zionism and this biased point of view has turned into a misplaced fear of Jewish people over time. Many Muslims are ignorant of the fact that by objecting to the Jews’ right to exist, they are in fact rebelling against the verses of the Qur'an. Explaining Zionism in an accurate way and ending this cycle of hatred against a people who, like Muslims, are also believers in the One True God, is incumbent upon true Muslims.


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Israel, Trump, Clinton Slam UN Over Temple Mount Resolution

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) on Thursday passed a resolution ignoring (some say denying) the Jewish connection to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, which it referred to only as the Al-Haram Al Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary), the name imposed on the sacred plateau after its conquest by Muslims in the 7th century CE.

That Israel and the Jewish people have a documented history at the site going back thousands of years before that was not at all acknowledged.

The resolution drew angry responses from Israel, the American government and both US presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

“To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall is like saying that China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or that Egypt has no connection to the pyramids,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu. “By this absurd decision, UNESCO has lost what little legitimacy it had left.”

Netanyahu said that those who refuse to take seriously the Bible and the mountains of archeological evidence uncovered by Israeli archeologists need only visit the Arch of Titus in Rome.

“On it one can see what the Romans brought back to Rome after they destroyed and looted the Second Temple on the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago. There, engraved on the Arch of Titus, is the seven-branched menorah that is the symbol of the Jewish People, and I remind you, is also the symbol of the Jewish state today,” the prime minister pointed out.

With Israel being such an important election issue in the US, Republican candidate Donald Trump also weighed in personally, calling the UNESCO decision “further evidence of the enormous anti-Israel bias of the UN.”

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton did not respond personally, but her foreign policy adviser, Laura Rosenberer, told reporters, “It’s outrageous that UNESCO would deny the deep, historic connection between Judaism and the Temple Mount.”

The Palestinian Authority, which submitted the resolution, was naturally pleased by the vote. “Our peaceful agenda will not be derailed by propaganda, nor will our tolerance and adherence to international law be altered by fallacies and cynical spin,” read a PA Foreign Ministry statement.

A number of Israeli officials warned that by adopting the hostile narrative of the Palestinian leadership, the international community was actually making peace in the region less achievable.

For most Israelis, the major sticking point of the peace process is the Arabs’ refusal to accept that the Jewish people have a history, and therefore a legitimate claim, in this region.


Why Did Messiah Die On a Cross?

No doubt many Christians would quickly respond, “to atone for our sin.” Yes, but why on a cross?  There were other forms of execution available to the-powers-that-be in the first century. John the Baptist was beheaded. Stephen stoned. 

The informed listener might volunteer, “Because that was barbaric Rome’s favorite way of putting criminal’s to death.” True, but I believe it’s safe to say the cross was central to God’s plans. So couldn’t Rome’s barbarism be seen as His way of insuring His son would die on that wooden stake?

The answer to the question is found in this verse: “Messiah redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us – for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.’” (Gal. 3:13/ Deut. 21:23).

For years that verse meant little to me. It was just some obscure connection to the Mosaic Law. But after a recent visit to the hills of Samaria where Moses had instructed Israel to read all the blessings and curses attached to the Law, I now have a much clearer understanding.

When Israel entered the land, Moses had told them to place six tribes before Mt. Gerazim and read all the blessings God would give them. The other six tribes were told to stand before Mt. Ebal and read all the curses with their punishments. The factor that determined whether Israel would be cursed or blessed rested on one mutually agreed upon stipulation - “Keep ALL the commandments which I command you today” (Deut 27:1). 

In other words, Israel had to obey every jot and title if they wanted to be blessed. If they missed even one jot or tittle they’d be cursed. That was the agreement. As James, the Lord’s brother put it, “For whoever keeps the whole law and stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all” (James 2:10). 

Yeshua, in his sermon on the Mount, raised the stakes even higher. He said we didn’t even have to carry out the violations to inherit the curses. If we lusted or coveted or grew angry in our heart we were equally as guilty (see Matt. 5:21-30). That’s how impossible it truly was for any man to keep the Law. And Israel demonstrated that in spades. Three horrific expulsions from the land testify to their complete inability to keep all the laws as prescribed under the Old Covenant and avoid the curses. 

But then God knew all along that would happen. Because the Law in that form was merely a temporary covenant given “until the seed would come to whom the promises had been made” (Gal. 3:19). 

When Yeshua came in the fullness of time, he was “born under the Law” (Gal 4:5). He lived his whole life under it and kept every jot and tittle. Not once did he sin. Yet the world nailed him to that wooden cross, which according to Deuteronomy 21:23, made him accursed of God. And in so doing, all the judgment that should rightfully fall upon Israel was legally transferred to this innocent man. He redeemed us, not only from the never-ending cycle of judgments for failure to obey the Law, but also the ultimate curse - eternal death.  You just had to believe it to receive it.

When Yeshua cried out, “It is finished,” it signaled that the demands of the Mosaic Law had been fulfilled. Its only purpose had been to reveal we had a genetic sin problem we couldn’t solve, which would lead us to Messiah. At his death, Israel immediately came into the New Covenant Messiah had inaugurated the night before, as promised through Jeremiah 600 years earlier. “And when He said, ‘a new covenant, He has made the first obsolete. And whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear” (Heb. 8:23).

As evidence of this, the veil of the Holy of Holies was ripped from top to bottom. That signified all who believed he was “the way” could now enter into the presence of God, righteous and forgiven. Before then, only the high priest on Yom Kippur was permitted that honor, and that via the blood of animals. But Yeshua had provided access through his own shed blood, bringing the Levitical priesthood and the man-made temple complex to a close - forever. 

Today, God’s presence dwells among His people by His spirit. “For we are the temple of the living God” (2 Cor. 6:16). We are the living stones “growing into a temple in the Lord” (Eph. 2:2)  that will one day be brought together with the sons of Judah in a spiritual edifice more glorious than even Solomon’s temple. “For God does not dwell in houses made with human hands” (Acts. 7:4-50).

In fulfilling that former covenant, Yeshua not only redeemed us from the curses we had incurred, he made it possible for us to finally become truly “Torah observant”  – by simply loving God and our neighbor as our selves. “For he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law” (Rom. 13:8). 

All Father God asks us to do now is to honor His son’s sacrifice on that tree and be Yeshua-Observant. And we will always walk righteously before Him.

Brian Hennessy is author of Valley of the Steeples


Netanyahu Hopes Obama Won't Screw Israel One Last Time

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hopes US President Barack Obama won’t use his final months in office to help the Palestinians unilaterally declare an independent state.

Something similar happened during the final “lame duck” months of Bill Clinton’s presidency, when he oversaw the Taba Summit that attempted to harness Israel with fresh obligations and concessions.

“I can only hope that the US’s consistent policy will continue to the end of his [Obama’s] tenure,” Netanyahu said in an interview with Channel 2 News. “I want an agreement whereby the Palestinians will recognize our state, just as we will recognize theirs. … Their refusal to recognize [Israel] as the national home of the Jewish people, in any borders, remains the heart of the conflict.”

There has been some speculation that the Palestinian leadership in the coming months could petition the United Nations to recognize an independent “Palestine,” and that Obama would decine to veto the resolution.

Israeli government minister Tzachi Hanegbi warned in remarks to Army Radio that Obama is “naive and messianic,” making him dangerous up until his last day in office.

“Obama is not acting like the most powerful man in the world,” said Hanegbi. “Instead he is behaving like someone working in Hillary Clinton’s campaign office.”


Double Blessing for Modern-Day Ruth

A British-raised Jewish woman who came to Israel to help recover from shattered dreams got more than she bargained for – she found her Messiah!

Now also a Canadian resident, Bobbie Ann Cole was living in Britain when, following the breakdown of her marriage amidst the trauma of suffering from breast cancer, she joined a friend on a visit to find meaning and purpose to her life.

And on a heady day in Jerusalem shortly before flying home, she found herself amongst a congregation of Jesus followers to which she had been dragged, not quite kicking and screaming, by her long-time Christian friend.

To her great surprise, she was bowled over by the beautiful experience of worship at the fellowship, known as King of Kings, which subsequently developed into a personal relationship with the Lord with help from teaching at Holy Trinity, Brompton, in London alongside a recovery course for those suffering divorce and separation.

A series of apparently supernatural incidents, including an ‘angelic’ presence captured on camera, further catapulted her into the arms of a loving Saviour.

Back in Jerusalem, a young woman from South Africa had prayed over her: “Please, Lord, take this woman as your obedient bride and give her rest. And, when the time is right for her, bless her with a new, earthly husband.”

Still too raw from her break-up, she wasn’t even considering such things; she didn’t even think she could handle a date at the time. But through another series of incidents often involving split-second timing that could surely only have been divinely-inspired, she ended up starting a new life in Canada, aged 56, with a handsome man of her dreams – kind, considerate, thoughtful and caring. In fact, caring for special needs men was her new husband’s job description.

Bobbie’s full, amazing story is told in She does not fear the snow, published by  <a href=""></a> – her new life was also a fulfilment of an earlier vision of snow and pine trees. “I had no idea that pure white landscape was my actual destination. I cannot say with any honesty that I do not fear the snow – I have seen how the winters can be here – but I enjoy making footprints.”

Bobbie sees herself as a modern-day equivalent of the biblical Ruth, who came to Israel distraught and bereft, but through God’s mercy and guidance – and often by making the first move – has found her Boaz.

Initial opposition from family and friends – both to her re-marriage and new faith – was eclipsed both by the strong love they felt for one another as they courted while separated by 3,000 miles, along with their mutual devotion to the Lord.

Their story in some ways reflects the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict as their road to peace and consummation has been strewn with pot-holes, but in the midst of the struggles is a divine romance which sees our Saviour seeking a bride who, in the face of fiery pressure to conform to the world’s standards, keeps herself pure and faithful for her true love and one and only Bridegroom.

“Why do you have to marry him?” her family chided. “Can’t you just live with him?” Being a Christian, as opposed to a Jew, was obviously an issue, but they also believed she was being hasty and reckless.

Bobbie faced a double test of commitment, and inherited a double blessing. The call to follow Jesus is costly, and involves being more devoted to Him even than family. In this respect he had not come to bring peace, but division: “From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other… father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother…” (Luke 12.52f, New Testament). But he also says: “Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19.29, New Testament) So the price is high, but the reward far outweighs it. Indeed Boaz had heard how Ruth had left her homeland “to live with a people you did not know before” and prayed that she would be “richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” (Ruth 2.11f)

Marriage commitment is also costly. A good woman is “worth far more than rubies” (Proverbs 31.10). We are not called just to ‘live’ with a woman; a bride is far more precious, and total devotion is required. In a similar way, we are not expected simply to ‘go’ to church if we consider ourselves part of the ‘bride of Christ’. Jesus is looking for devoted, passionate followers who truly love him.

And so, beyond her broken dreams, Bobbie has inherited the double blessing of becoming a beautiful bride, both of loving husband Butch and of her Lord and Messiah.

It was encouraging to read about a million Christians in Mexico ‘marching for marriage’ in the face of attempts to ‘redefine’ the institution there along the lines being introduced in Europe.

Yes, marriages do go wrong because, although we are made in God’s image and his perfect plan is for a man and woman to cleave to each other for life as “one flesh”, we have been marred by the entrance of sininto the world.

But marriages are made in heaven for those participants who join hands with their Maker in a threefold cord that is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4.12)

And Jesus said: “What God has joined together, let no-one separate.” (Matthew 19.6)

Bobbie and Butch now divide their time between their homes in New Brunswick, Canada, and Canterbury, England.

Charles Gardner is author of Israel the Chosen, available from Amazon, and Peace in Jerusalem, available from


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One of the great purposes of the working of God in us, is to bring us to the place where only the Messiah has the rule over us.

The full article appears in the October 2016 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Blood on the Hands of Israeli Judges

Let's not call them victims of terror. First Sergeant Yosef Kirma and retired Knesset employee Levana Malihi, killed in Sunday's shooting attack in Jerusalem, are the latest casualties in the war against the Jewish presence in the Holy Land. 

Calling them victims degrades their memory and belittles the significance of the true source of the Palestinians' unrestrained hate for Israelis. Though the world has fallen prey to the "occupation" mantra, the truth is that occupation is only a moral facade hiding a lethal agenda.

Israelis were supposed to be the first to recognize this, and they did, right up until the signing of the so-called "Oslo Accords" in 1993. Then, when with the stroke of a pen the Israeli government transformed the PLO into a partner for peace, the facade of occupation was amalgamated with the enemy, thus creating the false image of peace-loving Palestinians whose only (justified) wish is to have a state of their own. 

The Israeli intelligentsia, in particular, being predisposed to a radical liberal ideology, embraced this new image with uncritical passion stemming from their interpretation of human rights. The effect was first felt in universities that became hives for liberal indoctrination. Twenty-three years later, with that generation's graduates of law, sociology and philosophy schools reaching professional maturity, the unmitigated liberalism enabled by Oslo has become overwhelming, if not downright devastating.

The Israeli judicial system has proved, time and again, to be particularly receptive to the "occupation narrative," and Sunday's attack is a vivid, appalling, reminder of how far some Israeli judges have gone. 

The Palestinian who carried out the attack was under the watchful eyes of the Israeli security apparatus, and was supposed to turn himself in on Monday for a three-month prison sentence. He had been convicted on 14 charges of incitement to violence and terror. But the judge presiding over his case decided to turn this man loose for the duration of his legal proceedings, despite police protests.

But most shocking was Likud MK Yehuda Glick's Facebook post in which he charged the very same judge with nothing less than direct responsibility for the assassination attempt on his own life in 2014, and for the deaths of Sunday's victims. 

Israeli police officials have long considered Glick a dangerous agitator, despite the fact that his only "crime" was to see to it that Jews receive their due freedom and civil rights on the Temple Mount. Glick miraculously survived the four bullets shot at him at point-blank range by Mutaz Hijazi of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine.

In the wake of Sunday's shooting, and more soberly, on the eve of the Day of Atonement, Glick wrote: 

"Honorable Judge Hagit Mak Kalmanowitz, I will not forgive you on this Day of Atonement. I will never forget the day of October 22, 2014, when I stood before you begging for my life … you chose to believe the terrorists … you mocked me. You preferred the terrorists over me … you preferred to believe the violent, the terrorists, the wicked, the liars … I felt as if you were assassinating me!! Exactly a week later … encouraged by the tail wind you provided him, Mutaz Hijazi attempted to assassinate me. His attempted murder didn't hurt me one bit. Needless to say that at the end it was proved beyond doubt that I am guiltless. But your attempted assassination hurt like a knife cutting the heart … you were cruel to the innocent and merciful to the cruel. As a result of you suspending the arrest of a terrorist, yesterday he murdered two Jews and wounded many others."

This shocking indictment of a judge by an MK who is normally exceptionally pleasant is not an isolated case. Glick harshly exposes a system turned against the people it is supposed to protect. Shocking and true as Glick's post is, it would be naïve to think that it will bring immediate change. Nevertheless, Glick has sounded the alarm so loudly that it will be almost impossible to ignore it.


Archeologists: The Biblical Story Happened Right Here

Next to Jerusalem, Lachish was the most important city from the time of King Rehoboam until the exile of Judea in 586 BCE. The archeological site of Tel Lachish has been undergoing excavation for decades, but, given its enormous size, only in March of this year was the elaborate structure of the city gate fully revealed. 

According to excavation director Sa'ar Ganor, the "Gate Shrine," the specific site that now is being fully exposed, points to none other than King Hezekiah.

More specifically, the findings at the Gate Shrine are linked to Hezekiah's religious reforms mentioned in 2 Kings 18:4: "He [Hezekiah] removed the high places and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah." 

The broken horns of the twin alters located within the Gate's elaborate structure were broken to desecrate the pagan alters. The latrines found within the Gate also point to a common practice used to desecrate pagan holy places, first mentioned in connection with King Jehu: "They also broke down the sacred pillar of Baal and broke down the house of Baal, and made it a latrine to this day" (2 Kings 10:27). 

Tests conducted by the Israel Antiquity Authority found that these latrines were never used, adding weight to the notion that they served as a sign of defilement.

The Gate also reveals that the biblical institution of the "City Gate" was real. Ganor points to well persevered benches located within the gate's chambers: "According to biblical descriptions, the gate of a city was where everything happened. The elders of the city, the judges, governors, kings, and bureaucrats – all of them sat on the benches at the city gates," which now can actually be seen for the first time.

As expected, politicians were quick to seize the opportunity to emphasize modern Israel's connection to its biblical past. 

Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev said that this discovery is one of many in a long line that "give us a glimpse into our rich past." Minister of Environmental Protection Ze’ev Elkin said that the excavation is another example of how stories from the Bible are confirmed in archaeological records.


'They Were Celebrating the Murder of Jews'

The aftermath of Sunday’s terror shooting in Jerusalem has been very telling in regards to the continuing hostile disposition of Israel’s so-called “peace partners,” and, sadly, of many Israeli Arabs.

Alon Karko, a 24-year old law student at Hebrew University, told Israel National News that he was sitting at a cafe on campus just a mile from where the attack took place, and there witnessed a most troubling scene.

Most of the workers and patrons at the cafe at the time were Arabs, many of them students at Hebrew University.

Karko recalled that at one point, as news of the attack was showing on televisions, someone came in and announced that two of the wounded Israeli Jews had died.

Many of the Arab workers and patrons “started to sing and clap,” he said. “You could see the joy on their faces, really.”

As for what this says regarding the prospect of genuine peace, Karko noted, “There will always be nuts and crazies who will take out a knife and stab. But when they get support from a whole sector…and I didn’t see any one of them try to stop this.”

Not far away in the northern Jerusalem suburb of A-Ram, well-wishers and revelers gathered at the family business and later at the home of the terrorist, who was killed by police during the attack.

“With our spirit and our blood, we redeem you,” the joyous mob chanted as candies and sweets were passed out in celebration.

During the attack itself, police arrested a number of local Arabs who were filming the shooting while shouting “Allahu Akbar.” Officials also prevented a mourning tent in honor of the terrorist from being erected near Jerusalem’s Old City.

The terrorist’s daughter published a brief video in which she praised her father’s brutal crime.

“We’re very happy and proud of our father,” she said. “My father is a great man.”

As usual, the political faction of “moderate” Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas publicly praised the deceased terrorist as a “martyr” and his act of murder as “heroic.”


The soft heart under the uniform

The word "army" represents something very rigid and powerful. When you consider the average figure of a soldier, a picture emerges of a tough young man with a lot of "gung ho" just waiting for action.

Ezer M’Tziyon (Assistance from Zion) is a nonprofit organization established 30 years ago. Among all the wonderful things they do, includes managing a bone marrow bank.

A decade ago collaboration was established between the association and the IDF. Young soldiers could give a saliva sample, on enlisting, which would be entered into the organization’s database.

In keeping with his great respect for the work of Ezer M'Tzion, President Reuven Rivlin and his First Lady opened the Presidential Residence to host a momentous event honoring IDF soldiers who were individually presented with treasured Lifesaving Medallions. Guests witnessed the results of the soldiers' altruism towards others who were only alive today because these young men had joined the Registry.

The highlight of the evening was when some of the soldier donors met the people saved thanks to their contribution.

One of the participants invited to tell his story was Erez Raslovsky. In a voice choked with emotions, he tearfully thanked Ezer M'Tzion that his children would not have to grow up as orphans. A family man with a wife and kids, he had been told that he had only six months to live. "I would love to meet the man who saved my children’s father," he ended. Within seconds a soldier, Omer Ben Horin, who had only recently finished his basic training, ran up to the stage no longer able to hold back his tears. The two embraced like brothers, from here on they would always be a part of each other’s lives.

Soldiers swear an oath during their induction that they are ready to sacrifice their lives for their country, but these life saving actions of our young soldiers show that they are not only ready to sacrifice their lives but also willing to give life and hope to others.

It's inspiring to know that Israel’s future is in good hands - the hands of a young generation that have values!


Is Fear of Clinton Enough for Israelis to Vote Trump?

Many American-Israeli citizens on Sunday were reconsidering their support of presidential candidate Donald Trump after a leaked 10-year-old video showed the brash billionaire making lewd comments about women.

Right-wing Member of Knesset Rabbi Yehudah Glick posted on Twitter that after months of doing his best to believe in Trump, “enough is enough… I was wrong… Mr. Trump, go home.”

A number of liberal Israeli lawmakers also publicly expressed disgust with the Republican nominee.

However, Marc Zell, head of the Israeli branch of Republicans Overseas, predicted the current scandal would not lose Trump any votes among American-Israelis.

An estimated 200,000 Americans living in Israel have registered to vote in the upcoming US presidential election, which is now less than 30 days away.

And, according to Zell, the majority of those voters intend to vote for Trump, “with all of his shortcomings.”

In remarks to Army Radio, Zell pointed out that despite Trump’s imperfections, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is still seen as far more dangerous for the Jewish state.

Additional Clinton emails released by Wikileaks over the weekend revealed that Israeli officials fear that as president, Clinton would fill her administration with many of the former Obama staffers who contributed to a deterioration in US-Israel relations in recent years.

Tzvika Brot, Trump’s campaign manager in Israel, added that while Trump’s improprieties were of a personal nature, many of Clinton’s were possibly illegal. Trump, after all, “isn’t running for chief rabbi,” quipped Brot. “Perfect leaders only exist in Hollywood.”


Terrorist Gunman Kills 2 in Jerusalem

A Palestinian Arab gunman opened fire near Ammunition Hill in central Jerusalem on Sunday morning, killing two and wounding five people.

The terrorist first opened fire from his vehicle near an Israel Police headquarters, hitting several people.

He then sped away, firing on a women sitting in her car. That victim eventually died of her injuries.

Officers who witnessed the initial attack immediately gave chase, following the assailant into the nearby Arab neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

During a brief, but intense gun battle, security forces killed the terrorist, but not before he fatally wounded a special forces police officer.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the heroic and unhesitating response of security forces on the scene.

Hamas said it was the terrorist who was the hero, carrying out what the group called a "natural response" to Israel's "crimes."


Uproar Over Jerusalem Cable Car Plans

Plans to build a new cable car over Jerusalem's Old City are causing an uproar, particularly from paranoid Muslim leaders.

The full article appears in the October 2016 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Bordering on the Absurd

Amidst the ongoing conflict over land allegedly occupied by Israel, what is the truth and why is there so much confusion? The Bible is quite clear about it: the Jews were promised this land (significantly more than they presently occupy) thousands of years ago (Genesis 17.8). But even on a political level, Israel has every right to this much fought-over real estate. It’s just that politicians have agendas, along with short memories.

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, at the United Nations, has called for a Palestinian state based on the borders proposed in the 1947 UN Partition Plan[1] – borders they rejected outright themselves at the time. So how is it likely to satisfy them now? Their real problem – then and now – is the existence of a Jewish state.

The 1947 UN plan recommended the land being divided to create independent Jewish and Arab states existing alongside one another. Even this was a betrayal of Jewish aspirations, for they had originally (through the 1920 Treaty of San Remo, which has never been superseded) been promised a much larger area including the land now known as Jordan.

But in a compromise designed to appease the wrath of dissenting Arabs, Britain imposed a ‘two-state solution’ by granting the region east of the Jordan River to the Arabs. It duly became known as Jordan. But memories are short, and there was soon talk of a further ‘two-state solution’.

Nevertheless, the Jews accepted the UN offer despite the fact that it represented only a fraction of the territory originally promised them. Yet the Arabs rejected it, and are still seen by many as the victims.

Now Abbas calls on the UN to declare 2017 “the international year to end the Israeli occupation of our land and our people.”[2]

But since when did it belong to the Palestinians, who did not exist as a people in 1947? In fact Jews from the region were more likely to be known as Palestinians then.

Following the War of Independence in 1948, Jordan (not the PA) illegally took control of Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem. But when threatened with annihilation by surrounding Arab countries in 1967, Israel won an astounding victory in just six days and duly captured this disputed territory, which was certainly never ‘Palestinian’.

Now Abbas is claiming that Jewish settlements in these territories are an obstacle to peace.[3]

But as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu put it, the conflict is not about settlements. “If the Arabs had said yes to a Jewish state in 1947, there would be no war, no refugees, no conflict. And when they finally say yes to a Jewish state, we’ll be able to end this conflict once and for all.”[4]

Or as he told the UN, the core of the conflict is the “persistent Palestinian refusal to recognize the Jewish state within any boundary.”[5]

As to the PA’s demand that a Palestinian state be free of Jews, Mr Netanyahu described that as “ethnic cleansing”, adding that “the concept of ethnic cleansing for peace is absurd”.[6]

Even U.S. President Barak Obama has got himself in a muddle over this, referring to Israel’s persistence in occupying “Palestinian land”, which is patently not the case, even in international law.[7]

Meanwhile the Israeli leader invited his PA counterpart to address the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, and told him: “You have a choice to make. You can continue to stoke hatred, as you did today (at the UN), or you can confront hatred and work with me today.”[8]

However, Bibi was uncharacteristically upbeat about the future. Citing growing relationships with countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and even among Arab nations, he predicted that delegates would soon get calls from their leaders with a short message: “The war against Israel at the UN has ended.”[9]

But he was scathing about the General Assembly bias displayed last year when they passed 20 resolutions against his democratic state versus just three for the rest of the world where human rights violations abound.[10]

Britain was also taken to task by the PA president in his address at the UN for issuing the so-called Balfour Declaration in 1917, which promised to do all it could to create a homeland in Palestine (as the region was then known) for the Jewish people.[11]

In fact Abbas has threatened to sue Britain over this declaration, which he claimed had reaped catastrophe, misery and injustice for his people.

But Mr Netanyahu countered that if he went ahead with such an action, “he should also sue Cyrus the Great for letting the Jews come back to Israel to rebuild the Temple, and organize a class action suit against Abraham for buying a parcel of land in Hebron”.[12]

We must pray for greater understanding – amongst politicians, writers and clergymen – of the principle that blessing the Jews is the key to individual and national prosperity (Genesis 12.3). Palestinians and other enemies of Israel would save their beleaguered people so much heartache, poverty and strife if only they would buy into this principle – so well understood and practiced by the biblical Ruth.

As a Moabite, Ruth was seen as a ‘foreigner’, yet she blessed her Jewish mother-in-law Naomi in staying by her side for her return to Judah (not Palestine) after losing her husband and sons. As Boaz put it, she had left her father, mother and homeland to come and live with a people she did not know. And his prayer for her was: “May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” (Ruth 1.11f)

As with Ruth, who came from present-day Jordan, most Palestinian leaders are also foreigners from various Arab lands in the region (for example, PLO founder Yasser Arafat was Egyptian). The idea of Palestinian nationality was a political invention of recent times to provide an excuse for driving out the Jews. But we praise God for the growing number of Arabs and Palestinians who are being reconciled with their Jewish brothers through the atoning death of Jesus on a cross outside Jerusalem.

Pray that eyes will continue to be opened to the wondrous truth expounded by St Paul in his letter to the Gentile Ephesians, reminding them that they were once “separated from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility…” (Ephesians 2.12–14)

  1. Bridges for Peace, September 23 2016  ↩

  2. United with Israel, September 23 2016  ↩

  3. Arutz–7/Jerusalem News Network, September 11 2016  ↩

  4. United with Israel, September 25 2016  ↩

  5. United with Israel, September 23 2016  ↩

  6. Arutz–7/JNN, September 11 2016  ↩

  7. Obama told the UN: “Surely, Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel, but Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land.” (Arutz–7, JNN September 27 2016)  ↩

  8. Bridges for Peace, September 23 2016  ↩

  9. Jerusalem Post/JNN, September 24 2016  ↩

  10. JNN, September 24 2016  ↩

  11. Bridges for Peace, September 23 2016  ↩

  12. Jerusalem Post/JNN, September 24 2016  ↩

Charles Gardner is author of Israel the Chosen, available from Amazon, and Peace in Jerusalem, available from


Antisemitism Masquerading as an Angel of Light

If one were to choose the most important point from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks' speech on the mutation of antisemitism, given at the the European Parliament on September 27, it would be this: To justify their hate for Jews, today's antisemites appeal to "the highest source of authority worldwide [which] is human rights. That is why Israel … is regularly accused of the five cardinal sins against human rights: racism, apartheid, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and attempted genocide."

Sacks (pictured), who served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013, was able to give a precise prognosis to the elusive disease of antisemitism. 

Given the complexity of this malignant phenomenon, Sacks' speech should be considered one of the more helpful attempts to unveil the beast masquerading as an angel of light.

Sacks updates the definition of antisemitism, which is no longer just hate for Jews and Judaism. "[Contemporary] antisemitism means denying the right of Jews to exist collectively as Jews with the same rights as everyone else," Sacks stated, correctly noting that antisemitism has morphed into hate for Israel.

"The new antisemitism," he continued, "has mutated so that any practitioner of it can deny that he or she is an antisemite. After all, they’ll say, I’m not a racist. I have no problem with Jews or Judaism. I only have a problem with the State of Israel. But in a world of 56 Muslim nations and 103 Christian ones, there is only one Jewish state, Israel … the only one of the 193 member nations of the United Nations that has its right to exist regularly challenged, with one state, Iran, and many, many other groups, committed to its destruction."

Though this modern mutation of antisemitism claims to be peace-loving and chiefly concerned with human rights, it has proved to be exactly the opposite, bringing only misery and strife rather than peace and prosperity.

Europe was not a happy place during the Crusades and Nazi Germany, and Europe is not a happy place now. Persecuting Jews, said Sacks, has never benefited anyone, least of all the antisemites themselves. "The appearance of antisemitism in a culture," he concluded, "is the first symptom of a disease, the early warning sign of collective breakdown."

Out of love for an ungrateful Europe, Sacks summed up with a sober warning: If Europe does nothing to stop antisemitism, if Jews leave Europe, "European liberty will die."


Air Force Pilot Killed While Ejecting From F-16

An Israel Air Force pilot was killed on Wednesday while attempting to eject from his F–16 following a strike on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

Maj. Ohad Cohen Nov, 34, had just finished a bombing run in response to terrorist rocket fire on southern Israel when an apparent malfunction forced Nov and his navigator to eject just seconds before landing.

The navigator successfully ejected and suffered what were described as light injuries. Nov was not so fortunate, and leaves behind a pregnant wife and a young daughter.

Military officials said it was still not entirely clear what caused Nov and his navigator to eject, nor why the pilot was unable to successfully escape the apparently malfunctioning aircraft.


Israel’s Resilient Decency Despite Extreme Terrorism

Originally written for the Investigative Project on Terrorism

U.S. citizens got a small taste of the Islamist terror threat that hounds Israelis on Sept. 17, with four bombings or bombing attempts in the New York metropolitan area and a Minnesota stabbing attack.

Israel, a country about the size of New Jersey, endured eight terrorist attacks in a four-day period overlapping the American incidents. Even that frightening frequency does not represent  “the scale of the attacks during the previous wave” of terror, according to the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, an Israeli think tank.

Israel’s experience shows that the war against Islamist terror is a long and difficult one, but it can be managed while maintaining a democracy’s core values.

Whereas the U.S. experienced about a dozen attacks during the 21 months from the start of 2015 through last month, an Israeli government list of terror attacks covering 12 months from 2015-16 totaled 407 attacks, including 165 stabbings, 87 attempted stabbings, 107 shootings, 47 vehicular (ramming) attacks, and one bus bombing. Those attacks killed 40 people and injured 558 others.

The Israeli government statistics don’t include stone throwing, petrol bombs, riots, IEDs, arson, stun grenade attacks, rocket attacks, and other types of attacks. When those are included, Israelis endured 3,754 terrorist attacks (including 3,635 by Palestinians and 119 by Israeli Arabs) from Jan. 1, 2015 to Jan. 5, 2016, according to a meticulously documented list compiled by analyst Nehemia Gershuni-Aylho.

Thus, in 2015, Israelis suffered about 10 terrorist attacks every day.

Adjusted for population size, the violence would equate to a staggering 150,160 attacks in a year in the United States (roughly 411 per day).

Of course, demographic, geographic and historic differences mean the U.S. is unlikely ever to experience that much Islamist terrorism.

Despite those differences, jihadi attacks in the United States during the last year have been enough to inject proposals like banning all Muslims from entering the country into the national political debate. No such proposal has ever been publicly discussed by any mainstream political party in Israel.

By contrast, Israeli democracy is immensely tolerant of diverse opinions – to the point that the Arab party in the Knesset publicly supports terrorist organizations bent on destroying Israel. Last March, two Arab-Israeli political parties condemned Gulf Arab states for designating the Lebanese-based Iranian proxy Hizballah a terror organization. Hizballah openly seeks Israel’s destruction, and has more than 100,000 rockets and missiles aimed at the Jewish state. Could a parliamentary party in the EU or U.S. ever openly support an enemy terrorist group?

Remarkably, Israel spares no expense when providing medical help to the very terrorists attempting to murder Israelis.

Last December, at the height of the “Stabbing Intifida” – a series of seemingly spontaneous knife attacks by Palestinians on Israelis – the Israeli Medical Association issued a ruling requiring that the wounded be aided in order of injury severity, even if that means helping assailants before victims. Israeli medics treat Palestinian terrorists and murderers better than their Palestinian counterparts treat Israeli victims of Palestinian terror, such as the Palestinian medics who ignored an Israeli terror victim’s plea for help last November.

Another example of Israel’s incredible humanism despite extreme terrorism is the Israeli mother who was happy to donate the kidney of her son, who was murdered by a Palestinian suicide bomber, to save the life of a Palestinian girl.

The Israeli non-profit “Heart for Peace” is staffed by Israeli and Arab cardiologists who have saved the lives of more than 610 Palestinian children since 2005. Outrageously, in 2014, a Gazan mother whose young son’s heart was saved by Israeli doctors said that she hoped he would grow up to be a suicide bomber.

Israel has even provided medical services to the relatives of those seeking its destruction. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh may encourage ordinary Palestinians to embrace martyrdom for the sake of killing Israelis, but his mother-in-law, daughter, and granddaughter have all been treated by Israeli hospitals. During the last war with Hamas in 2014, Israel reportedly provided medical treatment to two Hamas terrorists who had infiltrated the country through a tunnel. Every year, Israel treats thousands of Gazans.

Examples of public generosity and decency may be rare in conflict zones, but they abound in Israel. When an Arab Israeli was wrongly beaten by police in May, the Israeli public raised money for the victim’s college tuition and legal fees, a story that went totally unreported by the mainstream media. Last August, a Palestinian girl whose bicycle was taken and broken by Israeli border police received a new bicycle donated by an Israeli man.

The EU routinely criticizes Israel for its relations with Muslims, yet Europe is far less tolerant of Islam in many respects. Last summer, three French cities – Corsica, Cannes, and Villeneuve-Loubet – banned “burkinis” from the beach. Germany’s interior minister called for a partial ban on burkinis, and a German public swimming pool reportedly prohibited them. By contrast, Israel allows burkinis, a fact highlighted in a New York Times video that went viral.

Four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and now Bulgaria – ban full face veils in most public places. Israel imposes no such restrictions on Muslims.

Last summer provided an even more positive testament to how Israeli Muslims are treated, when Israel’s smartest high-school student was an Arab named “Mohammed” and the captain of Israel’s goalball team at the Rio Paralympics was a 26-year-old, Muslim woman. (Goalball is a sport created for blind athletes.)

But stories of Israeli decency and the relative prosperity of Israel’s Muslims rarely appear in the mainstream media or get acknowledged by the EU, the UN, or human rights organizations. World leaders routinely call for Israeli restraint, as if Israelis weren’t already exercising extraordinary restraint, a fact demonstrated by this graph showing how each of Israel’s last three wars with Hamas (in 2008, 2012, and 2014) was preceded by hundreds, and more often thousands, of Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. What country would tolerate thousands of deadly projectiles being fired on its civilians before responding with enough force to stop the attacks? 

Similarly, when it comes to stabbings, car rammings, bombings, and other forms of Palestinian terrorism, world opinion reflexively calls for Israeli restraint and/or attempts to justify the attacks.

Last October, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini called for Israeli restraint after four Israelis had been murdered in a total of 19 terrorist attacks during the first 12 days of the month. Secretary of State John Kerry tried to blame that wave of Palestinian terrorism on Israeli settlements. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tried to justify Palestinian terrorism as a rational response to “occupation.” Such reactions would be unthinkable in response to similar terrorist attacks in the EU or U.S. World leaders and the global media seem unaware that Arab Muslims have been killing Jews for more than a century – long before any occupation, settlements, or even a Jewish state.

Palestinian terror attacks don’t reflect some miserably unfair existence – they are the product of raw hatred and incitement. Dozens of Israeli Arab Muslims have committed terrorist attacks even though they are not under occupation and enjoy better freedoms and living standards than most of the Arab world has. Like so many Palestinian terrorists, they are driven by the same hateful incitement that rejects any state for the Jews.

The next time Western politicians, human rights groups, and journalists feel tempted to critique Israeli conduct, or demand more restraint from Israelis, they should ask themselves: “How would we respond if there were 411 jihadi terrorist attacks per day here? Would we also provide medical treatment to terrorists and their relatives? Would our society be nearly as tolerant and kind towards Muslims? Would our laws similarly protect Muslim rights and allow Muslim political groups to support organizations that want to destroy our country? How often would our headlines and news coverage present a neutralized terrorist as a victim?” 

Noah Beck is the author ofThe Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes and other geopolitical issues in the Middle East.


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ISIS Missile Hits Southern Israel

Palestinian terrorists affiliated with ISIS fired a rocket into southern Israel on Wednesday. The projectile landed on a residential street in the oft-targeted town of Sderot, causing damage but no injuries.

The attack was claimed by Ahfad al-Sahaba-Aknaf Bayt al-Maqdis, a Palestinian group that acts as the local Gaza branch of ISIS.

The group’s statement was issued in both Arabic and poorly translated Hebrew, which read:

“Oh you cowardly Jews: You don’t have safety in our land. [Former defense minister Moshe] Ya’alon, the failure at giving security. [Defense Minister Avigdor] Liberman to fail will be a certainty.”

Israeli tanks positioned in the area returned fire on Hamas and other terrorist installations in northern Gaza.


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A Golden Year Ahead!

As Israel mourns the passing of Shimon Peres, the last of their founding fathers, I pray for the dawning of an even brighter era that will bring light to their path and sweetness to their souls.

And as Jews everywhere rejoice in their New Year festival of Rosh Hashanah, I feel there is something of an apocalyptic, end-time significance about this particular anniversary.

It ushers in the year 5777, which has a resonance of its own with three sevens – the latter being the ‘perfect’ number in biblical terms. And in the Gregorian calendar which most of us follow, we will soon be welcoming 2017, a date of huge relevance to Israel on three counts.

First, it will mark the jubilee, or golden anniversary (50 years), since the Six-Day War of 1967 when the Old City of Jerusalem – the holiest property in all Judaism – was restored to Jewish hands for the first time in more than 2,000 years. Some scholars have suggested that this awesome event represented the fulfilment of “the times of the Gentiles” referred to by Yeshua when he said: “Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (Luke 21.24, New Testament)

The new year will also mark 70 years since the historic United Nations vote to recognize Israel when, although Arab states opposed the resolution, the required two-thirds majority was achieved which set the scene for the re-birth of Israel the following year.

Bear in mind what Jesus said about the lesson learned from the fig tree, which is symbolic of Israel. He said that when it buds and blossoms at a time when the world is in great upheaval with wars, famines and earthquakes, we would know that his coming is near. Then he said: “This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” (Matthew 24.34)

In other words, the generation (possibly lasting 70 years, man’s allotted lifespan according to Psalm 90.10) witnessing these extraordinary events would live to see “all these things” happening. Could that include his actual return? We cannot be certain, but it’s a distinct possibility. And as one born the year after the state of Israel, I find that both hugely exciting as well as rather scary.

But neither of these hugely historic anniversaries would have been possible without Britain’s Balfour Declaration of 1917, which effectively cleared the path for Israel’s restoration. The centenary of this crucial milestone in the Jews’ long journey home is in danger of being lost in the mists of political correctness, but it needs to be celebrated with gusto. It may not be as topical as our current Brexit endeavours, but it is also something for which Britain can be justly proud.

It amounted to a British government promise, from Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour, to do all in its power to facilitate the creation of a homeland in Palestine (as the region was then known) for the Jewish people. And it came about largely through the efforts of 19

th century evangelical Christians, allied to the rise of Zionism under Theodor Herzl. When all is said and done, it was the preachers and politicians who knew their Bible – and the God of the Bible – who undoubtedly most influenced the government of the day. They clearly saw that it was our duty as a Christian nation to love and support the Jews, and to facilitate their return to their ancient homeland.

They also knew – and this was crucial to their support – that it wasn’t just about land, but about the Lord; that though the Bible clearly speaks of a restoration of Israel from every corner of the globe, such restoration would precede their national return to the God of Israel, the Father of the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ, which would in turn usher in our Lord’s Second Coming. Ezekiel prophesied: “I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land…And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” (Ezek 36.24-27)

It was this truth, above all, that drove our British forefathers to pray, proclaim and work towards fulfilment of the Zionist dream.

God is seeking a bride with whom he wishes to rendezvous back in their ancient land where he first ‘courted’ her as they learnt to walk in his ways and when the prophets tried, often in vain, to encourage faithfulness to the one true God.

When the Balfour promise was made back in November 1917, the Holy Land still belonged to the Turkish Ottoman Empire, which had ruled the region for 400 years, but within weeks it was in British hands, which handed on a plate the opportunity for us to make good our pledge.

But because we reneged on many of our promises and dealt treacherously with the Jews as we made repeated concessions in a bid to appease Arab demands, it took another three decades – and the death of millions at the hands of the Nazis – before the founding fathers were finally in a position to re-create the state of Israel.

Please forgive us, and meantime rejoice that even without our help in more recent times – though certainly with God’s help – you have come this far.

May God’s love surround you at this special time and cause you to know the fear of the Lord and his decrees, which are “sweeter than honey” (Psalm 19.10).

In this beautiful psalm of King David, we see how much he loves the law, the statutes, the precepts and the commands of the Lord. “They are more precious than gold…and sweeter than honey.” And all of this is perfectly fulfilled in Yeshua, who told the crowds on the Mount of Beautitudes at Capernaum: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5.17)

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Leaders of the World Gather in Jerusalem to Bury Shimon Peres


Frustration Over Arab Refusal to Attend Peres Funeral

The Joint Arab List, the alliance of all Arab Knesset factions, essentially decided to boycott the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres on Friday.

Party leader Ayman Odeh told Israeli media that while there were certain aspects of Peres’ career that he appreciated, especially in the early years of the “Oslo” peace process, overall Israel’s elder statesman symbolized “tragedy” for his people.

Odeh insisted that the best way he and his party could show respect was to quietly not attend the funeral, since they had nothing positive to say about Peres.

Opposition and Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog expressed great frustration with the Arab politicians, given that Peres more than most Israelis sought peaceful reconciliation with the Arabs, both at home and across the region.

“I’m very disappointed in them, it shows that something bad is happening there,” Herzog told Channel 10 news. “It’s not possible that if some people write on Facebook about his intellectual integrity, they are not bound to say something about Peres’s deep partnership with the Arab public in Israel or about his efforts not only for peace but also for equality.”


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Israel Says Goodbye to Shimon Peres

The body of Shimon Peres lay in state in front of the Knesset on Thursday so that Israel could bid a final farewell to the last of its founding fathers, a man who in his 93 years participated in the rebirth of the Jewish state and nearly every major event to affect her thereafter.

Early in the morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin laid wreaths on Peres’ coffin.

Other government officials followed, including Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein (Likud), who eulogized Peres thus:

“Today I feel that the family which is Israel is not only saying goodbye to another member of the family, but saying goodbye to the patriarch himself. We aren’t only eulogizing the ninth president of the State of Israel in this building, not only a former prime minister, but also a Knesset member who served for an unprecedented period of time - 48 years. I doubt that anyone can beat this record. Shimon Peres’ story is the story of the Nation of Israel of the last 100 years.”

The Israeli public was invited to visit the Knesset Plaza throughout the day to offer their respect and say their final goodbyes. Citizens from across the country were expected to swarm the capital.

On Friday, Peres will be taken to nearby Mt. Herzl to be buried near his long-time political rival and partner, former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, in a ceremony to be attended by no fewer than 80 world leaders.

PHOTO: The Knesset Honor Guard stands alongside the coffin of former President Shimon Peres in the Knesset Plaza. (FLASH90)


Palestinians Celebrate Peres' Death, and What That Says About Peace

While most of the world mourned the passing of Israel’s elder statesman, Shimon Peres, many in the Palestinian-ruled territories were celebrating the death of a man they called “criminal.”

“The Palestinian people are happy at the death of this criminal,” said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. “Shimon Peres was one of the last Israeli founders of occupation.”

Diana Buttu, a former spokeswoman for the Palestinian Authority, added, “Peres was an unrepentant war criminal.”

Palestinian “president” Mahmoud Abbas was initially mum after Peres passed away, but eventually issued a lackluster statement calling the Israeli “a partner in making the brave peace.”

What is concerning is that Peres was the poster child for that part of Israeli society that wants to meet all Palestinian demands, even if Peres himself didn’t intend to go quite so far.

Peres often urged Israelis to take risks and make sacrifices for peace, even though the immediate reward was but the mere hope that the Arab side would reciprocate genuinely.

If Shimon Peres is still viewed with such hostility by the Palestinians, if his death is a cause for celebration in Gaza and Ramallah, then what hope is there that man’s efforts for peace in the Middle East will ever truly bear fruit?


American Flags Lowered in Honor of Shimon Peres

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday made a tremendous symbolic gesture toward Israel by ordering all American flags lowered to half-mast in honor of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, who passed away earlier in the day at the age of 93.

The official order issued by the White House was titled “Death of Shimon Peres” and read:

“The flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on September 30, 2016.”

A personal statement sent out by Obama called Peres “the essence of Israel itself — the courage of Israel’s fight for independence, the optimism he shared with his wife Sonya as they helped make the desert bloom, and the perseverance that led him to serve his nation in virtually every position in government across the entire life of the State of Israel.”

Obama was scheduled to lead a large US delegation, including both Bill and Hillary Clinton, to attend Peres’ funeral in Jerusalem on Friday. They were to be joined by over 80 other world leaders.


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Israel Mourns Loss of Last Founding Father, Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres, the last remaining of Israel’s “Founding Fathers,” died overnight at the age of 93.

Peres suffered a stroke two weeks ago and never fully recovered.

In a life that spanned nearly a century, Peres was there for Israel’s modern rebirth and played a leading role in most of the major events to occur over its 68-year history.

A die-hard left-wing liberal, Peres was the target of harsh criticism over his failed policies in regards to the Middle East peace process.

At the same time, few doubted the former prime minister’s and former president’s sincerity in trying to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict, misguided as they may believe his efforts to have been.

Peres was also the driving force behind a number of policies and decisions for which most Israelis from across the political spectrum are thankful.

Peres is widely regarded as the “spiritual father” of Israel’s nuclear program, and it was Peres who pushed for the daring raid on Entebbe when most of Israel’s political leadership at the time feared undertaking such an operation so far from home.

It his latter years, Peres gained the respect of Israelis as the nation’s elder statesman, a role most feel he fulfilled faithfully and with dignity.


A Bundle of Love!

On July 31, 2014 a little "bundle of love", Tal-Or, saw the light of day. Tal means "dew" and Or means "light". The little girl was named in memory of her father, Sergeant Major Bayhesain Kshaun, who fell in the Gaza war just 10 days before the birth of his fourth child. "Bayhesain began his service every day at 4am and he fell during the daylight hours", his wife Galaitu explained the reasoning for the name of her daughter. "We hope that this little girl will bring light to the world in these dark days."

Many Ethiopian immigrants integrate into army and police units. The fate of the Kshaun family is not an isolated case. Many Ethiopian families live below the poverty line and struggle to find their place in Israeli society.

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Foreigners in Israel vs. Jews in Europe

While foreigners feel safe in Israel, fear is rising among Jews in Europe. Why? Israel is different from the so-called “Christian West” in that it keeps Jewish laws, most of which stem from the Bible.

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Netanyahu: Doesn't Matter Who Wins US Presidential Election

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday stated that, as far as Israel was concerned, it didn’t matter who wins the upcoming US presidential election.

“Both [Clinton and Trump] talked about their support of Israel, and the importance of the ties between the two countries,” Netanyahu told reporters. “It doesn’t matter which of them will be elected, the support for Israel will remain strong, the alliance will remain strong, and will even get stronger in the coming years.”

Netanyahu had just returned from a visit to New York for the UN General Assembly. While there, he met separately with both of the American presidential candidates.

During a heated televised debate on Monday, Trump made reference to his sit down with Netanyahu, insisting that the Israeli leader was none too happy with the Iran nuclear agreement that Clinton had helped put in motion during her time as secretary of state.

“This is one of the worst deals ever made by any country in history,” said Trump. “I met with Bibi Netanyahu the other day. Believe me, he is not a happy camper.”

Clinton responded by claiming that “when I became secretary of state, Iran was weeks away from having enough nuclear material to form a bomb,” and that the deal in question had succeeded in “put[ting] a lid on Iran’s nuclear program.”

Besides that brief exchange, Israel was never directly referenced in the debate, which is something of a change of pace for these campaigns.


Palestinian Christian: We Still Hate Jews Too Much

A bravely outspoken Palestinian Christian man recently recalled former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir’s famous quote: “Peace will come when the Arabs start to love their children more than they hate us.”

This Palestinian wondered if that time had yet come, and acknowledged that the continued, and even escalating incitement of young Arabs to violence against Israel proved that it had not.

“In my opinion, we still do not love our children more that we hate Israel. Why? Because of the silent violence perpetuated against our children by our Palestinian leaders and our media,” he wrote.

Several examples of how Palestinian society effectively abuses its children to wage war against Israel are offered in his full op-ed, published at Kehila News.


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Trump Camp Boasts of Most Pro-Israel Platform Ever

US presidential candidate Donald Trump not only views Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel, but will fight to keep Jews “eternally” in Judea and Samaria, too, if he wins the White House.

That was the pledge made recently by Trump’s aid on Israel affairs, David Friedman, during a meeting with Israeli officials from the Samaria Regional Council.

Trump’s “Republican platform on Israel is the strongest that either party has ever developed in the history of this country,” Friedman insisted in remarks that were recorded and uploaded to the Internet.

To prove his point, Friedman noted that in addition to echoing past presidential candidates in verbally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital, Trump’s platform refuses to refer to the Jewish presence in the so-called “West Bank” as an “occupation” and does away entirely with the notion of a two-state solution.

Trump met on Sunday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, where he promised that as president he would go beyond words and finally move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

Trump was also reportedly keen to discuss with Netanyahu Israel’s advanced border fences, which he sees as a model for his controversial Mexico border plans.

Netanyahu later met with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who vowed that as president she would vigorously enforce the Iran nuclear deal, an agreement that Israeli leaders see as fundamentally flawed.


Study Finds Israeli Schools Teach Peace, Palestinians Don't

Two recent studies have found that while the Israeli school curriculum makes a great effort to promote peace between Jews and Arabs, the Palestinian Authority school curriculum is doing the exact opposite in violation of signed peace agreements.

Both studies were conducted by IMPACT-SE, and organization that “monitors and analyzes education across the world to determine compliance with international standards on peace and tolerance.”

In its most recent report, the group analyzed 123 Israeli textbooks for grades 7–12 and concluded Israeli children are taught that “peace [is] the ultimate goal, and depict[ed] it as highly desirable and achievable, while war is considered a negative event, though at times necessary.”

Furthermore, the Israeli schoolbooks openly recognize the “existence of the Palestinian National Movement and events regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are, as a rule, given in a balanced and impartial manner.”

By contrast, an earlier analysis of 78 Palestinian Authority textbooks for grades 1–12 revealed that “the word ‘peace’ does not appear at all,” and that the “State of Israel, with one exception, never actually appears on maps.”

Instead, the schoolbooks used to educate young Palestinians are filled with statements, poems and instructions that glorify and encourage jihad.


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'A Divided Nation Is More Dangerous than Iran'

Internal division has always plagued Israel, and we were recently reminded just how deep the religious-secular divide remains today.

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Scandal at the 'Israeli Oscars'

Israelis don't have the finesse of actors like Julia Louis Dreyfus who can skewer politicians without creating a scandal. "Our show [Veep] started out as a political satire but it now feels more like a sobering documentary, so, I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it," she said to the bemusement of her Emmy audience, not all of whom were Democrats.

The Israeli Oscar equivalent, The Ophir Awards, that took place last Thursday, was meant to look like its glitzy American counterpart. Instead it turned out to an embarrassing event for everybody, including Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev (picutred). The presence of a political figure at this event is not surprising, given that the Israeli film industry is partially subsidized by the Israeli government. Regev was therefore duly invited to speak.

But Regev is not just another minister. Even before she took office there were actors, singers and journalists who thought it appropriate to defame her. The acclaimed Gavri Banai was the first to call her behema (exceptionally vulgar person), and popular pop singer Aviv Geffen compared her to religious racist Bentzi Gopstein (head of the anti-assimilation and anti-Christian organization Lehava). 

For her part, Regev has always vowed to fight the elitist left-wing Ashkenazi cultural guild that has for decades dominated the industry and dictated the list of Ophir winners. Her contention has been that the Israeli Left is becoming ever more extreme, especially in its use of film and music to justify Palestinian terror and blame everything on Israel.

Given this background this year's Ophir Awards ceremony was volatile from the get-go. And yet, the organizers of the event thought it appropriate to invite rappers (Jewish) Yossi Tzuberi and (Arab) Tamer Nafas to perform a particularly provocative style of poetry slam in which the lyrics allude to the virulently anti-Israel work "ID Card (1964) by Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwish. 

And in case anyone was wondering, the lyrics of the Israel-bashing rhyme were written by the rap duo's Jewish half, Tzuberi.

Regev, who most likely was pre-informed about these rappers, walked out as soon as Tzuberi and Nafar raised their black-gloved hands, a pro-Palestinian gesture, and the uproar ensued when she walked up to the podium to give her speech. Booed and constantly interrupted, Regev remained resolute and finished her speech, a political one to be sure.

Explaining her protest against using Darwish's poem, Regev wrote on Facebook: "For moral and ethical reasons there is one voice which should be excluded from our discourse, which marks the limit of our tolerance, and this is the voice which is calling for the destruction of the State of Israel and the Jewish people! This isn't a struggle between Left and Right. This is a struggle for our survival."

Controversial as Regev may be, it seems that at least this time she struck a chord that crosses partisan lines. It seems that this time even hard-line Labor voters are thinking that the inclusion of Darwish was outrageous and shameful.


Netanyahu Addresses the World

Following is a transcript of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks
today (Thursday, 22 September 2016), at the United Nations General Assembly
in New York:

"Mr. President,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

What I'm about to say is going to shock you: Israel has a bright future at
the UN.

Now I know that hearing that from me must surely come as a surprise, because
year after year I've stood at this very podium and slammed the UN for its
obsessive bias against Israel. And the UN deserved every scathing word – for
the disgrace of the General Assembly that last year passed 20 resolutions
against the democratic State of Israel and a grand total of three
resolutions against all the other countries on the planet.

Israel – twenty; rest of the world – three.

And what about the joke called the UN Human Rights Council, which each year
condemns Israel more than all the countries of the world combined. As women
are being systematically raped, murdered, sold into slavery across the
world, which is the only country that the UN's Commission on Women chose to
condemn this year? Yep, you guessed it – Israel. Israel. Israel where women
fly fighter jets, lead major corporations, head universities, preside –
twice – over the Supreme Court, and have served as Speaker of the Knesset
and Prime Minister.

And this circus continues at UNESCO. UNESCO, the UN body charged with
preserving world heritage. Now, this is hard to believe but UNESCO just
denied the 4,000 year connection between the Jewish people and its holiest
site, the Temple Mount. That's just as absurd as denying the connection
between the Great Wall of China and China.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The UN, begun as a moral force, has become a moral farce. So when it comes
to Israel at the UN, you'd probably think nothing will ever change, right?
Well think again. You see, everything will change and a lot sooner than you
think. The change will happen in this hall, because back home, your
governments are rapidly changing their attitudes towards Israel. And sooner
or later, that's going to change the way you vote on Israel at the UN.

More and more nations in Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, more and more
nations see Israel as a potent partner – a partner in fighting the terrorism
of today, a partner in developing the technology of tomorrow.

Today Israel has diplomatic relations with over 160 countries. That's nearly
double the number that we had when I served here as Israel's ambassador some
30 years ago. And those ties are getting broader and deeper every day. World
leaders increasingly appreciate that Israel is a powerful country with one
of the best intelligence services on earth. Because of our unmatched
experience and proven capabilities in fighting terrorism, many of your
governments seek our help in keeping your countries safe.

Many also seek to benefit from Israel's ingenuity in agriculture, in health,
in water, in cyber and in the fusion of big data, connectivity and
artificial intelligence – that fusion that is changing our world in every

You might consider this: Israel leads the world in recycling wastewater. We
recycle about 90% of our wastewater. Now, how remarkable is that? Well,
given that the next country on the list only recycles about 20% of its
wastewater, Israel is a global water power. So if you have a thirsty world,
and we do, there's no better ally than Israel.

How about cybersecurity? That's an issue that affects everyone. Israel
accounts for one-tenth of one percent of the world's population, yet last
year we attracted some 20% of the global private investment in
cybersecurity. I want you to digest that number. In cyber, Israel is
punching a whopping 200 times above its weight. So Israel is also a global
cyber power. If hackers are targeting your banks, your planes, your power
grids and just about everything else, Israel can offer indispensable help.

Governments are changing their attitudes towards Israel because they know
that Israel can help them protect their peoples, can help them feed them,
can help them better their lives.

This summer I had an unbelievable opportunity to see this change so vividly
during an unforgettable visit to four African countries. This is the first
visit to Africa by an Israeli prime minister in decades. Later today, I'll
be meeting with leaders from 17 African countries. We'll discuss how Israeli
technology can help them in their efforts to transform their countries.

In Africa, things are changing. In China, India, Russia, Japan, attitudes
towards Israel have changed as well. These powerful nations know that,
despite Israel's small size, it can make a big difference in many, many
areas that are important to them.

But now I'm going to surprise you even more. You see, the biggest change in
attitudes towards Israel is taking place elsewhere. It's taking place in the
Arab world. Our peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan continue to be anchors
of stability in the volatile Middle East. But I have to tell you this: For
the first time in my lifetime, many other states in the region recognize
that Israel is not their enemy. They recognize that Israel is their ally.
Our common enemies are Iran and ISIS. Our common goals are security,
prosperity and peace. I believe that in the years ahead we will work
together to achieve these goals, work together openly.

So Israel's diplomatic relations are undergoing nothing less than a
revolution. But in this revolution, we never forget that our most cherished
alliance, our deepest friendship is with the United States of America, the
most powerful and the most generous nation on earth. Our unbreakable bond
with the United States of America transcends parties and politics. It
reflects, above all else, the overwhelming support for Israel among the
American people, support which is at record highs and for which we are
deeply grateful.

The United Nations denounces Israel; the United States supports Israel. And
a central pillar of that defense has been America's consistent support for
Israel at the UN. I appreciate President Obama's commitment to that
longstanding US policy. In fact, the only time that the United States cast a
UN Security Council veto during the Obama presidency was against an
anti-Israel resolution in 2011. As President Obama rightly declared at this
podium, peace will not come from statements and resolutions at the United

I believe the day is not far off when Israel will be able to rely on many,
many countries to stand with us at the UN. Slowly but surely, the days when
UN ambassadors reflexively condemn Israel, those days are coming to an end.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today's automatic majority against Israel at the UN reminds me of the story,
the incredible story of Hiroo Onada. Hiroo was a Japanese soldier who was
sent to the Philippines in 1944. He lived in the jungle. He scavenged for
food. He evaded capture. Eventually he surrendered, but that didn't happen
until 1974, some 30 years after World War II ended. For decades, Hiroo
refused to believe the war was over. As Hiroo was hiding in the jungle,
Japanese tourists were swimming in pools in American luxury hotels in nearby
Manila. Finally, mercifully, Hiroo's former commanding officer was sent to
persuade him to come out of hiding. Only then did Hiroo lay down his arms.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Distinguished delegates from so many lands,

I have one message for you today: Lay down your arms. The war against Israel
at the UN is over. Perhaps some of you don't know it yet, but I am confident
that one day in the not too distant future you will also get the message
from your president or from your prime minister informing you that the war
against Israel at the United Nations has ended. Yes, I know, there might be
a storm before the calm. I know there is talk about ganging up on Israel at
the UN later this year. Given its history of hostility towards Israel, does
anyone really believe that Israel will let the UN determine our security and
our vital national interests?

We will not accept any attempt by the UN to dictate terms to Israel. The
road to peace runs through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not through New York.

But regardless of what happens in the months ahead, I have total confidence
that in the years ahead the revolution in Israel's standing among the
nations will finally penetrate this hall of nations. I have so much
confidence, in fact, that I predict that a decade from now an Israeli prime
minister will stand right here where I am standing and actually applaud the
UN. But I want to ask you: Why do we have to wait a decade? Why keep
vilifying Israel? Perhaps because some of you don't appreciate that the
obsessive bias against Israel is not just a problem for my country, it's a
problem for your countries too. Because if the UN spends so much time
condemning the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, it has far less
time to address war, disease, poverty, climate change and all the other
serious problems that plague the planet.

Are the half million slaughtered Syrians helped by your condemnation of
Israel? The same Israel that has treated thousands of injured Syrians in our
hospitals, including a field hospital that I built right along the Golan
Heights border with Syria. Are the gays hanging from cranes in Iran helped
by your denigration of Israel? That same Israel where gays march proudly in
our streets and serve in our parliament, including I'm proud to say in my
own Likud party. Are the starving children in North Korea's brutal tyranny,
are they helped by your demonization of Israel? Israel, whose agricultural
knowhow is feeding the hungry throughout the developing world?

The sooner the UN's obsession with Israel ends, the better. The better for
Israel, the better for your countries, the better for the UN itself.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If UN habits die hard, Palestinian habits die even harder. President Abbas
just attacked from this podium the Balfour Declaration. He's preparing a
lawsuit against Britain for that declaration from 1917. That's almost 100
years ago – talk about being stuck in the past. The Palestinians may just as
well sue Iran for the Cyrus Declaration, which enabled the Jews to rebuild
our Temple in Jerusalem 2,500 years ago. Come to think of it, why not a
Palestinian class action suit against Abraham for buying that plot of land
in Hebron where the fathers and mothers of the Jewish people were buried
4,000 years ago? You're not laughing. It's as absurd as that. To sue the
British government for the Balfour Declaration? Is he kidding? And this is
taken seriously here?

President Abbas attacked the Balfour Declaration because it recognized the
right of the Jewish people to a national home in the land of Israel. When
the United Nations supported the establishment of a Jewish state in 1947, it
recognized our historical and our moral rights in our homeland and to our
homeland. Yet today, nearly 70 years later, the Palestinians still refuse to
recognize those rights – not our right to a homeland, not our right to a
state, not our right to anything. And this remains the true core of the
conflict, the persistent Palestinian refusal to recognize the Jewish state
in any boundary. You see, this conflict is not about the settlements. It
never was.

The conflict raged for decades before there was a single settlement, when
Judea Samaria and Gaza were all in Arab hands. The West Bank and Gaza were
in Arab hands and they attacked us again and again and again. And when we
uprooted all 21 settlements in Gaza and withdrew from every last inch of
Gaza, we didn't get peace from Gaza – we got thousands of rockets fired at
us from Gaza.

This conflict rages because for the Palestinians, the real settlements
they're after are Haifa, Jaffa and Tel Aviv.

Now mind you, the issue of settlements is a real one and it can and must be
resolved in final status negotiations. But this conflict has never been
about the settlements or about establishing a Palestinian state. It's always
been about the existence of a Jewish state, a Jewish state in any boundary.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Israel is ready, I am ready to negotiate all final status issues but one
thing I will never negotiate: Our right to the one and only Jewish state.

Wow, sustained applause for the Prime Minister of Israel in the General
Assembly? The change may be coming sooner than I thought.

Had the Palestinians said yes to a Jewish state in 1947, there would have
been no war, no refugees and no conflict. And when the Palestinians finally
say yes to a Jewish state, we will be able to end this conflict once and for

Now here's the tragedy, because, see, the Palestinians are not only trapped
in the past, their leaders are poisoning the future.

I want you to imagine a day in the life of a 13-year-old Palestinian boy,
I'll call him Ali. Ali wakes up before school, he goes to practice with a
soccer team named after Dalal Mughrabi, a Palestinian terrorist responsible
for the murder of a busload of 37 Israelis. At school, Ali attends an event
sponsored by the Palestinian Ministry of Education honoring Baha Alyan, who
last year murdered three Israeli civilians. On his walk home, Ali looks up
at a towering statue erected just a few weeks ago by the Palestinian
Authority to honor Abu Sukar, who detonated a bomb in the center of
Jerusalem, killing 15 Israelis.

When Ali gets home, he turns on the TV and sees an interview with a senior
Palestinian official, Jibril Rajoub, who says that if he had a nuclear bomb,
he'd detonate it over Israel that very day. Ali then turns on the radio and
he hears President Abbas's adviser, Sultan Abu al-Einein, urging
Palestinians, here's a quote, "to slit the throats of Israelis wherever you
find them." Ali checks his Facebook and he sees a recent post by President
Abbas's Fatah Party calling the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the
Munich Olympics a "heroic act". On YouTube, Ali watches a clip of President
Abbas himself saying, "We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem."
Direct quote.

Over dinner, Ali asks his mother what would happen if he killed a Jew and
went to an Israeli prison? Here's what she tells him. She tells him he'd be
paid thousands of dollars each month by the Palestinian Authority. In fact,
she tells him, the more Jews he would kill, the more money he'd get. Oh, and
when he gets out of prison, Ali would be guaranteed a job with the
Palestinian Authority.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

All this is real. It happens every day, all the time. Sadly, Ali represents
hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children who are indoctrinated with
hate every moment, every hour.

This is child abuse.

Imagine your child undergoing this brainwashing. Imagine what it takes for a
young boy or girl to break free out of this culture of hate. Some do but far
too many don't. How can any of us expect young Palestinians to support peace
when their leaders poison their minds against peace?

We in Israel don't do this. We educate our children for peace. In fact, we
recently launched a pilot program, my government did, to make the study of
Arabic mandatory for Jewish children so that we can better understand each
other, so that we can live together side-by-side in peace.

Of course, like all societies Israel has fringe elements. But it's our
response to those fringe elements, it's our response to those fringe
elements that makes all the difference.

Take the tragic case of Ahmed Dawabsha. I'll never forget visiting Ahmed in
the hospital just hours after he was attacked. A little boy, really a baby,
he was badly burned. Ahmed was the victim of a horrible terrorist act
perpetrated by Jews. He lay bandaged and unconscious as Israeli doctors
worked around the clock to save him.

No words can bring comfort to this boy or to his family. Still, as I stood
by his bedside I told his uncle, "This is not our people. This is not our
way." I then ordered extraordinary measures to bring Ahmed's assailants to
justice and today the Jewish citizens of Israel accused of attacking the
Dawabsha family are in jail awaiting trial.

Now, for some, this story shows that both sides have their extremists and
both sides are equally responsible for this seemingly endless conflict.

But what Ahmed's story actually proves is the very opposite. It illustrates
the profound difference between our two societies, because while Israeli
leaders condemn terrorists, all terrorists, Arabs and Jews alike,
Palestinian leaders celebrate terrorists. While Israel jails the handful of
Jewish terrorists among us, the Palestinians pay thousands of terrorists
among them.

So I call on President Abbas: you have a choice to make. You can continue to
stoke hatred as you did today or you can finally confront hatred and work
with me to establish peace between our two peoples.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I hear the buzz. I know that many of you have given up on peace. But I want
you to know – I have not given up on peace. I remain committed to a vision
of peace based on two states for two peoples. I believe as never before that
changes taking place in the Arab world today offer a unique opportunity to
advance that peace.

I commend President el-Sisi of Egypt for his efforts to advance peace and
stability in our region. Israel welcomes the spirit of the Arab peace
initiative and welcomes a dialogue with Arab states to advance a broader
peace. I believe that for that broader peace to be fully achieved the
Palestinians have to be part of it. I'm ready to begin negotiations to
achieve this today – not tomorrow, not next week, today.

President Abbas spoke here an hour ago. Wouldn't it be better if instead of
speaking past each other we were speaking to one another? President Abbas,
instead of railing against Israel at the United Nations in New York, I
invite you to speak to the Israeli people at the Knesset in Jerusalem. And I
would gladly come to speak to the Palestinian parliament in Ramallah.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

While Israel seeks peace with all our neighbors, we also know that peace has
no greater enemy than the forces of militant Islam. The bloody trail of this
fanaticism runs through all the continents represented here. It runs through
Paris and Nice, Brussels and Baghdad, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Minnesota and
New York, from Sydney to San Bernardino. So many have suffered its savagery:
Christian and Jews, women and gays, Yazidis and Kurds and many, many others.

Yet the heaviest price, the heaviest price of all has been paid by innocent
Muslims. Hundreds of thousands unmercifully slaughtered. Millions turned
into desperate refugees, tens of millions brutally subjugated. The defeat of
militant Islam will thus be a victory for all humanity, but it would
especially be a victory for those many Muslims who seek a life without fear,
a life of peace, a life of hope.

But to defeat the forces of militant Islam, we must fight them relentlessly.
We must fight them in the real world. We must fight them in the virtual
world. We must dismantle their networks, disrupt their funding, discredit
their ideology. We can defeat them and we will defeat them. Medievalism is
no match for modernity. Hope is stronger than hate, freedom mightier than

We can do this.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Israel fights this fateful battle against the forces of militant Islam every
day. We keep our borders safe from ISIS, we prevent the smuggling of
game-changing weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon, we thwart Palestinian terror
attacks in Judea and Samaria, the West Bank, and we deter missile attacks
from Hamas-controlled Gaza.

That's the same Hamas terror organization that cruelly, unbelievably cruelly
refuses to return three of our citizens and the bodies of our fallen
soldiers, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin. Hadar Goldin's parents, Leah and
Simcha Goldin, are here with us today. They have one request – to bury their
beloved son in Israel. All they ask for is one simple thing – to be able to
visit the grave of their fallen son Hadar in Israel. Hamas refuses. They
couldn't care less.

I implore you to stand with them, with us, with all that's decent in our
world against the inhumanity of Hamas – all that is indecent and barbaric.
Hamas breaks every humanitarian rule in the book, throw the book at them.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The greatest threat to my country, to our region, and ultimately to our
world remains the militant Islamic regime of Iran. Iran openly seeks
Israel's annihilation. It threatens countries across the Middle East, it
sponsors terror worldwide.

This year, Iran has fired ballistic missiles in direct defiance of Security
Council Resolutions. It has expended its aggression in Iraq, in Syria, in
Yemen. Iran, the world's foremost sponsor of terrorism continued to build
its global terror network. That terror network now spans five continents.

So my point to you is this: The threat Iran poses to all of us is not behind
us, it's before us. In the coming years, there must be a sustained and
united effort to push back against Iran's aggression and Iran's terror. With
the nuclear constraints on Iran one year closer to being removed, let me be
clear: Israel will not allow the terrorist regime in Iran to develop nuclear
weapons – not now, not in a decade, not ever.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I stand before you today at a time when Israel's former president, Shimon
Peres, is fighting for his life. Shimon is one of Israel's founding fathers,
one of its boldest statesmen, one of its most respected leaders. I know you
will all join me and join all the people of Israel in wishing him refuah
shlemah Shimon, a speedy recovery.

I've always admired Shimon's boundless optimism, and like him, I too am
filled with hope. I am filled with hope because Israel is capable of
defending itself by itself against any threat. I am filled with hope because
the valor of our fighting men and women is second to none. I am filled with
hope because I know the forces of civilization will ultimately triumph over
the forces of terror. I am filled with hope because in the age of
innovation, Israel – the innovation nation – is thriving as never before. I
am filled with hope because Israel works tirelessly to advance equality and
opportunity for all its citizens: Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze,
everyone. And I am filled with hope because despite all the naysayers, I
believe that in the years ahead, Israel will forge a lasting peace with all
our neighbors.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am hopeful about what Israel can accomplish because I've seen what Israel
has accomplished. In 1948, the year of Israel's independence, our population
was 800,000. Our main export was oranges. People said then we were too
small, too weak, too isolated, too demographically outnumbered to survive,
let alone thrive. The skeptics were wrong about Israel then; the skeptics
are wrong about Israel now.

Israel's population has grown tenfold, our economy fortyfold. Today our
biggest export is technology – Israeli technology, which powers the world's
computers, cellphones, cars and so much more.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The future belongs to those who innovate and this is why the future belongs
to countries like Israel. Israel wants to be your partner in seizing that
future, so I call on all of you: Cooperate with Israel, embrace Israel,
dream with Israel. Dream of the future that we can build together, a future
of breathtaking progress, a future of security, prosperity and peace, a
future of hope for all humanity, a future where even at the UN, even in this
hall, Israel will finally, inevitably, take its rightful place among the

Thank you."


Netanyahu Convenes Special Meeting With African Leaders

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Thursday, 22 September 2016), at the United Nations in New York, held a special meeting with over 15 heads of state and representatives from African countries.

Prime Minister Netanyahu told his interlocutors that he believes that Israel could be an amazing partner for their countries. He said that technology changes everything, including in communications, medicine, agriculture and education. He noted that Israel wants to share its technology with African countries.

The African leaders told Prime Minister Netanyahu that they thanked him and Israel for its cooperation in so many fields. They added that this cooperation was very important and would benefit the citizens of Africa and improve their standard of living.

Afterwards, Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife, along with Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, attended a unique event at UN headquarters with dozens of African leaders under the heading "Israeli Technology and Innovation for Africa." They were welcomed with applause. The event, led by the Prime Minister, is an Israeli-African summit that presents the start-up nation to the entire world.

Israeli technological firms and start-ups will present their innovative solutions to over 15 presidents, prime ministers and ministers from Africa and developing countries, and to dozens of ambassadors, senior UN officials and private sector representatives from around the world.

Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Ambassador Danon for organizing these important events.


American Embassy Apologizes for 'Settler' Gifts

Just in case anyone forgot, the American government does not like Jews living in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and would never intentionally buy anything from those who do.

This week, the American Embassy in Tel Aviv apologized for unwittingly including bottles of wine from a “settler” winery in gift baskets sent out ahead of Rosh Hashanah.

One of the recipients of those baskets was the ultra-leftist organization Peace Now, which made a stink over receiving wine made by filthy Jewish settlers.

The wine in question came from the Zion Winery located in Mishor Adumim, the industrial area of the large Jerusalem suburb of Ma’aleh Adumim.

Like the rest of the so-called “West Bank,” Peace Now views Ma’aleh Adumim as occupied Palestinian territory, and the American government agrees.

US Embassy officials explained that they bought the gift baskets “ready made” and did not directly choose the wine that was included. The Americans stressed that Washington’s official position regarding Jewish “settlements” had not changed.


When Bibi Disturbed Everyone's Dinner

Patrons of the upscale New York City restaurant Harry Cipriani had their evening out rudely disturbed when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in town for the UN General Assembly, decided to dine there with his wife, Sarah, on Tuesday.

A number of other celebrities were at the restaurant at the time. An eyewitness told Page Six that 20 agents from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) arrived before Netanyahu to secure the premises and take up positions around the restaurant. The Israeli leader arrived shortly after with an additional 20 bodyguards.

Harry Cipriani only seats about 100 people.

Those who witnessed the affair were somewhat bemused by the fact that 20 bodyguards accompanied Netanyahu to the bathroom midway through his meal.

Less amusing was how the Israeli agents took control of the restaurant and the hotel in which it is located, subjecting all who entered to pat-downs and metal detectors.

“He must be the most protected man in the world right now,” one eyewitness told Page Six.


A Most Stunning Video of Israel

If there were a prize for Israel video of the year, this one would probably win. Check out and immerse yourself in this stunning footage from Jerusalem, Caesarea, Masada and the Dead Sea. Even as an Israeli, I got goosebumps watching it. I am so grateful to live in this country. Watch the video and you'll understand my enthusiasm.


Israel Buses In Syrian Children For Medical Treatment

With the help of the Jewish-American organization "Amaliah" and in coordination with the Israeli army 42 children and their parents have been brought from Syria to Israel to receive medical treatment at hospitals in Safed (Tzfat) and Nahariya.

The children come from the area of ​​Quneitra in southern Syria, which has been hit hard by their country's ongoing civil war.

This is not the first time Israeli hospitals have aided Syrian civilians, including children. But until now, such aid has always been paid for by the Israeli taxpayer.

The current operation marks the first time that the funding for Israeli aid to Syrians has come from donors, mainly from the American Jewish community.

American-Israeli businessman Moti Kahana, the president of Amaliah, the organization that facilitated the donations, had this to say:

"These children have not seen a hospital for five years. The goal of our organization is to help the Syrians on the other side of the border to be able to help themselves. We can be proud of our country... [Israel] is doing something that no other country is doing" to help the Syrians.

After treatment in the hospitals, the children spent several days on a kibbutz in northern Israel. They also received aid packages with food, medicine and toys to take back to Syria.



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Trump Praises Israel's Use of Racial Profiling

US presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday repeated his praise for Israel’s use of racial profiling in counter-terrorism, and suggested the US would have greater success in its own security efforts if it followed suit.

During a phone interview with “Fox & Friends,” the Republican nominee noted that “our local police, they know who a lot of these people [terrorists] are, [but] they’re afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of profiling.”

Meanwhile, “in Israel they profile,” Trump pointed out. “They’ve done an unbelievable job, as good as you can do. They see somebody that’s suspicious, they will profile. They will take that person and they’ll check out.”

Referencing the recent bombings in New York City and New Jersey by a Muslim immigrant, Trump wondered, “Do we really have a choice? They’re trying to be so politically correct in our country and this is only going to get worse. This isn’t going to get better.”


Where Jews May Not Pray

Did you know that there are areas inside the sovereign Jewish state where it is illegal for Jews to pray?

That may come as a shock to many. Even more shocking is the lack of attention given to this fact. Were Israel to place a similar ban on Muslims, such discrimination would receive immediate and overwhelming media coverage.

But as things stand, the international mainstream media could seemingly care less that the Israel Police recently extended the ban on Jewish prayers atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount to the adjacent Muslim Quarter of the Old City.

Given the ban on praying atop the Temple Mount (Judaism’s holiest site), many Jews had taken to praying outside the gates of the sacred compound. But many of those gates are in the Muslim Quarter, and so police arrested a number of the Jewish worshippers.

In a court hearing, the police justified their actions by labeling Jewish prayers in the Muslim Quarter as “disturbing the peace” because it might spark Muslim violence.

That left many to wonder, would Muslims praying in the adjacent Jewish Quarter similarly be arrested?


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Legendary IDF General: Terrorists Should Be Killed

Legendary Israeli general Uzi Dayan (ret.) appeared in court on Monday to state his opinion that 19-year-old IDF soldier Elor Azaria did the right thing in shooting a wounded and disarmed Palestinian terrorist back in March.

Azaria’s manslaughter trial has been a divisive topic in Israel in recent months.

Video footage of the incident shows Azaria shooting the terrorist as the latter lie bleeding on his back following a failed stabbing attack against other soldiers.

Azaria later testified that he and other soldiers feared the terrorist was in possession of a bomb or other weapon and still posed a threat.

Whatever the case, Dayan told the court that all terrorists should be killed.

Dayan noted that as head of Israel’s Central Command in the late 1990s he “ordered [soldiers] to kill terrorists just because they’re terrorists, regardless of their condition, whether they are dangerous or not.”

“Terrorists,” continued Dayan, “should be killed. In any situation? No. But as for the question whether terrorists are sentenced to die, the answer is yes.”

Dayan later served as deputy chief of staff and then as head of Israel’s National Security Council.

Azaria was also defended by Gen. Dan Biton, head of the IDF’s Technological and Logistics Directorate, and formerly the head of the Doctrine and Guidance Brigade in the General Staff.

According to Biton’s expert opinion, Azaria “did not know whether or not the terrorist had a bomb,” and was therefore right to open fire.

Biton went on to chastise his fellow commanders for shirking responsibility for the operational failures on the day in question, including a clear failure to properly check if the wounded terrorist was still armed.

Instead, Biton lamented, everyone is intent on making a scapegoat out of a 19-year-old soldier who acted in a moment of pressure and perceived danger, just as he was trained to do.

“I’ve been in that situation,” said the general. “If a soldier kills for no reason, he should go to jail. But in this case I disagree with the prosecution. Or should every soldier go to battle with a lawyer at his side? You are emasculating the army.”


Civil War, Muslim Cops and BREXIT's Impact on Israel

This week we look at warnings that Israel could be at risk of civil war, plans to recruit more Israeli Muslim police officers, and the impact of BREXIT on the Jewish state.


Female Cop Seriously Hurt in Terror Stabbing

A young female police officer was seriously wounded on Monday when a Palestinian Arab terrorist stabbed her in the next just outside Jerusalem’s Old City.

The 20-year-old victim was stationed at Herod’s Gate when the terrorist snuck up behind her and began stabbing. An older male police officer was also stabbed, but managed to open fire on the terrorist and critically wounded him.

Additional forces were called in to secure the area. Israeli officials are increasingly concerned over the fresh wave of terrorist stabbings with the autumn biblical festivals just weeks away.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening convened an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss increased security measures during Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.

As part of efforts to reduce tensions, Netanyahu ordered Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to continue to prevent Jewish government ministers and members of Knesset from ascending the Temple Mount.


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Burkinis? No Problem in Israel

Images of French police demanding a Muslim woman remove her "burkini" caused a bit of a stir in Israel.

One would think that given their long conflict with the Muslim world, Israelis would be the most suspicious of such Muslim garb.

But quite to the contrary, Israel's Yediot Ahronot conducted an experiment at a popular Tel Aviv beach and found that not a single Israeli Jew was bothered by the presence of burkini-clad Muslim women.

The entire affair was puzzling to Israelis, who are so often criticized for their anti-terror methods, but who would never follow the European example of outlawing traditional Muslim clothing.

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Iron Dome Downs Syrian Rockets Headed for Israel

This past weekend saw for the first time Israel's vaunted Iron Dome anti-missile defense system go into action against Syrian missiles on the Golan Heights.

The Iron Dome battery recently redeployed to the Golan successfully intercepted two rockets in Syrian airspace on Friday.

Over the past week, a number of errant mortar shells from Syria's bloody civil war have landed in Israeli territory, prompting fierce aerial reprisals. During one of those retaliatory missions, the Syrian army fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli jets, sparking fears of a major escalation.

It is hoped that with the Iron Dome intercepting Syrian artillery before it reaches Israel, reprisals will become less necessary, thereby reducing the risk of an explosion on Israel's northern border.


IDF Officer Wounded in Terrorist Stabbing

An IDF reservist officer was stabbed and wounded on Sunday morning in a continuation of the Palestinian knife terrorism that renewed in a flurry of five additional attacks over the weekend.

The attack took place in the large Judean town of Efrat, where the terrorist managed to moderately injure the Israeli officer before being shot and wounded by other nearby soldiers.

Both the victim and the terrorist were taken for treatment to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

Security cameras show the terrorist approaching Efrat already at 2 AM. Several army patrols were sent out to search for possible suspicious figures. Around 6 AM, the officer in question found the terrorist hiding in a bush and was immediately attacked.

A spokesman for the town offered his thanks to the soldiers who put their own lives at risk to ensure the terrorist could not perpetrate greater bloodshed against local residents.


Morning of Terror in Jerusalem, Hebron

A Friday morning of terror as Muslim assailants carry out two separate attacks.

The first happened in Jerusalem, where a Jordanian national screaming "Allahu Akbar" attempted to stab an Israeli police officer near the Damascus Gate of the Old City.

Not long after, two Palestinian Arabs, a man and a woman, used their vehicle to run down Jewish civilians waiting at a bus stop near the Judean town of Hebron.

Israeli soldiers stationed nearby opened fire, killing the driver and seriously wounding the female passenger.

Three Israelis were reportedly wounded in the ramming attack.


Israel's Duplicitous Temple Mount Policy

There is a ring of truth to what Rabbi Israel Eichler, an Orthodox member of Israel's Knesset, once said about anti-Semites. Jew haters, he told fellow parliamentarians, are only echoing what Jews themselves are saying. 

Every conceivable anti-Semitic libel was hatched in a Jewish mind, the rabbi explained. There are many examples of this disturbing phenomenon, the latest being a Palestinian news agency spreading yet another water-poisoning libel that was fed to it by the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence

Several months ago, Israelis were outraged over a UNESCO resolution referring to the Temple Mount area only as al-Aksa Mosque or al-Haram al Sharif. Prime Minister Netanyahu even went so far as rebuking France for being among the 33 countries that supported the resolution. "While we have no illusions as to the UN’s commitment to truth or decency," he wrote to French President Francois Hollande, "we were honestly astounded to see our French friends raise their hands in favor of this shameful resolution."

Outrageous as the UNESCO resolution may be, is it at all possible that it is yet another example of this vile self-accusing phenomenon? 

Freshman MK Yehuda Glick has repeatedly stated that "the [policy of] discrimination [against Jews] on the Temple Mount is obvious." Glick can no longer be brushed aside as a fanatic. In its September 9 issue, the weekly Makor Rishon ran an article exposing Israel's de facto policy against Jews on the Temple Mount.

For a long time now Israelis have been complaining bitterly about official discrimination evident in the severe restrictions on Jewish entrance and behavior on the Mount. Such was the case when two Jewish teenagers were recently charged with disturbing the peace by "bowing down" at Judaism's holiest site. Thankfully, the court acquitted the two, but the trial revealed how Israeli policemen have been trained to view the Temple Mount, which is worryingly similar to UNESCO's description.

Of the three policemen who testified against the teenagers, two were Arabs and one Jewish. Nevertheless, what they said in court reflects what they have been trained to say in police classrooms. In fact, it was the Jewish policeman who presented the most extreme view concerning the Temple Mount. When asked if he thinks that Jewish prayers on the Mount are the equivalent of terror attacks, the Jewish policeman answered: "Yes." When asked if his job is to disturb Jews in the middle of their prayers, this policeman said: "It is saving lives more than disturbing prayer. They could have prayed outside the Temple Mount."

The Arab policemen also did not express their own personal beliefs, but that of the Israel Police. When asked whether the whole of the Temple Mount is a mosque, one of the two Arab policemen answered: "It is a mosque from every possible perspective." When asked "and you say this as a representative of the Israel Police," the Arab policeman's answer was: "Of course." 

If this is the official Israeli stance regarding the Temple Mount, why should UNESCO be expected to contradict it?


Reclaiming the High Places for the God of Israel

“Why do you always feel you have to climb mountains?” my wife Linda asked me with a note of exasperation on our recent visit to see friends in Wales.

I avoided the standard answer, “Because they are there!” since, for me, that isn’t the reason; I am not looking to conquer Everest or anything like that, although I did scale the 10,000ft escarpment of the mighty Drakensberg range in South Africa when I was a teenager.

So, as I scrambled up the steep slopes of Cwmcarn in South Wales, I got thinking. And I concluded that it must be a spiritual quest to draw closer to God. It’s so exhilarating to get away from all the noise and clatter of daily life, breathe fresh clean air into your lungs and commune with the Lord about your concerns.

And I found myself reading with fresh insight about the transfiguration of Jesus – how he took his closest friends up a mountain to share in the mighty revelation of who he was. Yes, those who seek a closer walk with God will share in a greater revelation of his power. You will know, for sure, that he is the Son of God – and that you should “listen to him!” (Matthew 17.5)

A true mountaintop experience awaits those who witness the grandeur of our mighty Creator and hear his “still, small voice” just as Elijah did on Mt Horeb (1 Kings 19.12) and as Moses did on Mt Sinai, where he was instructed to write down the Ten Commandments. And in the Sermon on the Mount (of Beatitudes, above Capernaum), Jesus expanded on this with the most sublime teaching ever known as he showed that he had come, not to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. Indeed, had Jesus appeared on the mountain with Moses and Elijah to emphasize this very point: that he had come to fulfill both the Law (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah)?

God’s words are heard most clearly on the mountaintop. That’s why there’s an ongoing battle for the high places, both in the physical and spiritual realm. Thus the Golan Heights are strategically vital for Israel’s security. We also saw how Elijah, through his courage and confidence in God, defeated the false prophets on Mt Carmel. And there is an ongoing battle over Jerusalem – also known as Mt Zion – as evil schemes multiply against the city God calls his own.

Through our prayer and proclamation, we need to recapture the high places for the God of Israel, paving the way, in the spirit of Elijah and John the Baptist, for the return of the Messiah.

I’ll never forget an experience some 35 years ago when, on one of my mountain walkabouts, I gazed intently across the valley at a large cross erected on the hilltop as part of an Easter message. 

It was dusk, the cross was lit up, and I found myself focusing my attention on the symbol, meditating on its meaning, when all of a sudden I was surrounded by a bright light. I checked to see if it might have been car headlights, but there was no-one about. It was an awesome, yet frightening moment as I felt the presence of God. I guess it was a little taste of what those three disciples felt on the Mount of Transfiguration. Matthew wrote that they were “terrified”. It’s not the sort of experience that is supposed to make us feel important, but to humble us, which is why the Master told them: “Don’t be afraid.”

On another occasion around that time, I was contemplating the launch of an evangelistic newspaper when, as I got to the top of a hill, I was stunned by the view before me. But the Lord dropped the words of Isaiah into my mind: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news…who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” (Isa 52.7) Yes, an evangelist’s feet are more beautiful even than the mountains and valleys of our Creator! (The paper still circulates around the UK, and has won many to the Lord.)

And whereas the giving of the Law on Mt Sinai came amidst a terrifying spectacle of fire and shaking, the prophet Haggai wrote that a time would come when God would once more shake all nations (again preparing for the return of Messiah – see Haggai 2.6f) so that, as explained in Hebrews 12.27, what cannot be shaken will remain.

Talking of high places and what cannot be shaken, witness the amazing testimony of Stanley Praimnath, the only known survivor from the impact zone at New York’s World Trade Centre towers on September 11 2001.

As United Airlines 175 was about to strike Tower 2 in front of his very eyes, Stanley cried out to God and dived under his desk as part of the wing sliced through his 81st floor office. Everything was smashed except his desk which, with his Bible on top of it, provided him temporary cover before making his incredible escape. Within an hour, the 110-storey building collapsed, as its twin had done, leaving 3,000 dead and the iconic Manhattan skyline covered in smoke and dust.

Stanley’s riveting tale is chronicled in Plucked from the fire (Rosedog Books) co-authored with William Hennessey.

“My survival is all about God and his grace, because I’m not a hero,” he says. “The Lord is the hero. If you call on Him with all your heart and soul, he will intervene on your behalf and deliver you.”

For him, 9/11 can also now be seen in a positive light as 91.1 – in other words, Psalm 91, verse 1, which says: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

I am particularly moved by the picture of the Bible on Stanley’s desk. As that massive skyscraper shook and collapsed from a blazing furnace, God’s Word remained – and saved its owner.

Speaking of the end times, Jesus said: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24.35)

Why not climb that mountain and seek the Lord? You will surely hear his still, small voice.

Charles Gardner is author of Israel the Chosen, available from Amazon, and Peace in Jerusalem, available from


Education Minister: Bible Most Important School Subject

Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett this week stressed that the Bible and Jewish faith are the most important topics children learn in school.

Bennett, himself a religious Jew, previously led a campaign to force religious Jewish schools to teach core subjects like math and science if they wanted to receive government funding.

That demand was dropped several months ago as a result of pressure from ultra-Orthodox parties in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition.

Speaking at an education event on Monday, Bennett clarified that his desire to see religious children learn core subjects was in no way meant to diminish the importance of biblical studies.

“Learning about Judaism and excellence in the subject is more important in my eyes than mathematics and the sciences,” he said. “Even though [Israel] is a high-tech superpower, an exporter of knowledge and innovation to the world, we must [also] be a spiritual superpower and export spiritual knowledge to the world.”

Bennett reminded Israelis that their primary mandate was “to be a light to the nations. ‘For out of Zion shall go forth Torah and the word of God from Jerusalem.’”

Defending his remarks a day later, Bennett was adamant that “it is not enough to be solely the nation of the startup. We must also be the people of the Bible.”

At the start of the current school year two weeks ago, Netanyahu similarly called on young students across Israel to study the Bible.

“Study of the Bible,” Netanyahu admonished. “This is the basis for why we are here, why we have returned here, why we stay here.”


Rabbi: Never Marry a Man With an iPhone

One of Israel’s leading rabbis recently cautioned a bride-to-be to immediately cancel her wedding should her fiancé be found to be in possession of a “non-kosher” mobile phone.

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, in a statement published by the Orthodox news portal Kikar HaShabbat, explained that a person who owns and uses such a device cannot be trusted to raise children devoted to Orthodox Judaism.

Kanievsky has previously urged fellow Orthodox Jews not to use mobile phones that have Internet and text messaging capabilities, and to instead opt for “kosher” phones that can be used only for voice communication.

H/T: Israel National News


Is Donald Trump Israel's Only Hope?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump last week warned that if he is not elected America’s next president, it will spell doom for Israel.

The Iran nuclear deal brokered by the Obama Administration “is going to destroy Israel — unless I get elected. Then Israel will be just fine,” Trump said at a campaign stop in Cleveland.

Regarding the agreement that lifted sanctions on Iran in return for more openness regarding its nuclear program, a deal the Iranian leadership has since treated with great disdain, Trump called it “one of the worst negotiated deals I have ever seen.”

Whether or not they believe Trump’s “messianic” prediction, a growing number of Israelis are urging locals who hold American citizenship to vote for the controversial real estate mogul.

“I urge all eligible voters to register and vote for [Trump], who can significantly help strengthen of the State of Israel, as well improve the ties between us and the US,” said Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council, during a visit to a local Republican field office last week.

While a majority of Israelis still hold fond memories of Bill Clinton, and therefore support Hillary, many fear the Democratic candidate would push Israel to make dangerous concessions to her enemies. And there is little hope that she’d get along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Syria Says It Downed Israeli Jet; IDF Denies Claim

State-controlled media in Syria on Tuesday claimed that the Syrian army shot down an Israeli fighter jet and a drone that had violated the country’s airspace, a claim that was quickly denied by the Israeli army.

Israeli aircraft did indeed conduct an overnight mission in Syrian airspace after Syrian mortar shells once again landed on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights on Monday.

But Israeli military officials said all aircraft returned safely to base following the operation, despite having been fired at by Syrian forces.

“Two surface-to-air missiles were launched from Syria after the mission overnight to target Syrian artillery positions,” read the Israeli army statement. “At no point was the safety of IDF aircraft compromised.”

Monday’s mortar incident in the Golan was the fifth such case of errant fire resulting from Syria’s ongoing civil war in the past week. Israel has repeatedly stated that it will not tolerate spillover from that conflict endangering the lives of Israeli citizens.


Genius Israeli Commando Was First 9/11 Victim

Did you know that one of the first victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States was a former Israeli commando, a bonafide genius and a driving force behind the modern Internet?

Daniel Lewin was on American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles when it was hijacked by Mohammed Atta and his four fellow Al Qaeda terrorists.

Lewin witnessed Atta and another terrorist assault a flight attendant and, according to FAA analysis of an in-flight phone call with another flight attendant, leapt to defend her.

Lewin is believed to have tackled Atta and his accomplice, but was unfortunately unaware that another terrorist was seated right behind him. That terrorist is believed to have surprised Lewin and stabbed him to death.

Friends and family were unsurprised by Lewin’s heroic response to the situation.

At age 14, Lewin’s family moved from Denver to Jerusalem. Understandably reluctant to make aliyah as a teenager, Lewin nevertheless made the most of the move, and four years later was accepted into Sayeret Matkal, one of the Israeli army’s most elite combat units. He left the IDF years later with the rank of captain.

From there, Lewin began studies at the prestigious Technion in Haifa. But even that apparently didn’t push him enough, so Lewin simultaneously worked for IBM’s local research and development center, where he developed a processor verification tool that continues to be used by top tier tech companies around the world.

From there, Lewin moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to begin studying for his Ph.D at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). But, once again, Lewin craved more than just scholastic stimulation.

It was during his time as a Ph.D candidate at MIT that Lewin and his advisor, Professor F. Thomson Leighton (pictured together), developed algorithms that significantly boosted Internet traffic speeds, and which are still in use today.

Lewin went on to found Akamai Technologies, which today serves up to 30 percent of all Internet traffic, achieving great wealth and widespread acclaim in the process.

Lewin was just 31-years-old when he died.


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Jerusalem Synagogue Defaced With Christian Graffiti

A synagogue in Jerusalem was vandalized overnight, the assailants spray-painting black crosses across the front of the Jewish house of worship.

Police are currently investigating the incident.

Wadi Abu Nasser, a local spokesman for the Catholic Church, condemned the apparent hate crime, stating, “All peoples should respect each other, especially the others’ holy sites.”

Recent anti-Christian vandalism against churches in Jerusalem received heavy press coverage, while such attacks on synagogues typically garner less attention, though they occur no less frequently.


Israelis and Americans Remember 9/11, Vow to Fight On

American officials and police officers joined Israeli counterparts outside Jerusalem on Sunday to mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

The ceremony took place at a large 9/11 memorial, the only one outside the United States to list the names of all 2,996 victims.

Ron Lauder, chairman of the US branch of the Jewish National Fund, which paid for the memorial, noted that the memorial even lists numerous victims from nations that continue to view Israel as their enemy.

“Everyone is remembered, no matter their country of origin, no matter their religion, no matter what the color of their skin is,” said Lauder. “That’s because Israel recognizes all people as human beings, no matter what their governments say and do.”

Echoing that sentiment, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told the gathering that “perhaps none can identify more with our pain than Israelis.”

The event was addressed by several other officials, including Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (see above video) and former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren.

Nearby in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened his weekly cabinet meeting by stating, in English:

“We remember the victims. We embrace their loved ones. We stand with our greatest ally, the United States of America, and with other partners in the battle against militant Islamic terrorism that spreads its fear, its dread, its murder around the world.”


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