The Muslim holy month of fasting, Ramadan, commenced last Wednesday at the sighting of the moon, heralding a number of Israeli Defense Force concessions for Palestinians living in the West Bank.
A war of words rages daily beyond Israel's borders, and sometimes within them, as the debate continues - to defend or destroy? Young people in mainsteam Jewish organizations in the diaspora are very used to taking up rhetorical arms in defense of the Holy Land - in high schools, youth organizations, on College campuses, even on Facebook. There is a loud international voice against Israel's existence but also a very strong impetus to defend the Jewish state.
Israel is under several threats of war. This has not been unusual since the establishment of the state in 1948. Miraculously, against enormous odds, Israel has always won through and stands stronger than ever today.