Ya'alon: Americans Offered No Plan for Israeli Pullback from the West Bank

There is no comprehensive US plan that answers Israel’s security needs in the eventuality of an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Monday. US President Barack Obama, in an interview earlier this month on Channel 2, said that he sent some of his top military advisers to Israel during the negotiations led by Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013-2014, to hear Israel describe “the worst case scenario” of what it needed to protect itself after a withdrawal and the establishment of a Palestinian state. He was referring to a US team led by Gen. John Allen. (Read More...)

Neo-Nazi Rally Held in London

Scotland Yard has said it cannot prevent a neo-Nazi protest taking place in the heart of one of London’s biggest Jewish areas, as community leaders and the local Conservative MP called on the Home Office to ban the rally. A group of anti-Jewish demonstrators have signalled their intention to hold a rally on 4 July in Golders Green, an area of north London where Jewish residents make up 20% of the population. (Read More...)

IDF Soldier Stabbed in Terror Attack

An IDF soldier has been wounded in a stabbing attack at Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem Monday morning. According to security sources, a female Arab terrorist arrived on Monday morning to the checkpoint adjacent to Rachel's Tomb, located south of Jerusalem and adjacent to Bethlehem in Judea, where she stabbed a 25-year-old female IDF soldier who was manning the checkpoint several times in the neck. (Read More...)

The Pope and Christian Persecution

Pope Francis recently released a new encyclical. Portions of it deal with environmentalism, global warming, and climate change. Naturally, this has prompted controversy. It’s noteworthy that Francis didn’t merely opine on global warming during this or that sermon, but that he issued a papal encyclical on the matter. Encyclicals are much more formal and significant that passing comments made during mass. They are letters written by a pope and sent to bishops all around the world. In turn, the bishops are meant to disseminate the encyclical’s ideas to all the priests and churches in their jurisdiction, so that the pope’s teaching reaches every church-attending Catholic. (Read More...)

A Damning Indictment

The United Nations Human Rights Council report on last summer's war in Gaza was released Monday. In anticipation of the report, whose findings were a foregone conclusion, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated that Israel would not bear the brunt of yet another unjust assault on its character and behavior in the face of barbarism. (Read More...)

Remembering Shoah Heroes

Growing up in Israel, in the early days of the nascent state, was heavily overshadowed by the horrors of the Holocaust, more so than it is nowadays. Then, unlike now, those who had lived through it, the Shoa survivors were everywhere. They lived next door, on the same street or in the same town. Some bore the tattooed numbers on their arms; others had the hollow look and blank expression as if riddled by the reality of their survival. To some Israelis, many were the lambs that went to the slaughterhouse. To me, they were the victims, the children, the babies and the elderly, those that were helpless and defenseless against the Nazi death machine. They had no choice and we remember each and

Pope Takes Religious Leaders to Task for Holocaust Failures

ROME — Pope Francis on Sunday denounced what he calls the “great powers” of the world for failing to act when there was intelligence indicating Jews, Christians, homosexuals and others were being transported to death camps in Europe during the Second World War. He also decried the deaths of Christians in concentration camps in Russia under the Stalin dictatorship, which followed the war. (Read More...)

EU Gives Nod to Israeli Environmentalism

A group of 20 European ambassadors joined an EU delegation to the Israeli parliamenton Wednesday, to discuss environmental cooperation projects. The Knesset has made headlines in recent months for its “Green Knesset” project, which included installing state of the art solar panels on the building’s roof. Last year the Knesset was awarded the “Green Globe” award by environmental NGOs. (Read More...)

The Plight of Middle East Christians

As Christians, we are concerned about all the people who are suffering and dying in the chaos that has engulfed much of the Middle East. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have a special bond with Christians who are being persecuted. From Syria to Iraq to Egypt to Libya, we hear horrifying stories of Christians being jailed and murdered, even by beheading. At its April, 2014 meeting, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) responded to a Pittsburgh Presbytery overture expressing concern about the plight of Christians “in Egypt and other parts of the world” with the following advice to the Detroit General Assembly: “Use of the word “persecution” mischaracterizes the nature of the maltreatm

Netanyahu Challenges UN on Gaza

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded sharply on Friday to remarks by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who suggested that Israel may have violated international law and used excessive force on Palestinian children during Operation Protective Edge last summer. (Read More...)

Christian Zionism: The Antidote for the World's Oldest Hatred

In what was an historic, precedent-setting event, the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) sponsored a conference titled “People of the Land: A Twenty-First Century Case for Christian Zionism” in Washington D.C on April 17, 2015. This meeting was reportedly the first of its kind in that scholars presented academic arguments in support of a Christian Zionism that is rooted in two thousand years of ecumenical theological traditions. This symposium was significant in that the content presented in eleven papers represents an essential, and long over-due, scholarly contribution to the dialogue about Zionism in the Christian world. The combined presentations made a theological and historical

Israel to Sue Boycotters?

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is reportedly going on the offensive against international initiatives to boycott Israel and is preparing to file lawsuits against activists who call for blacklisting the Jewish state. The tactic came after a review by the international department of the Justice Ministry found that although boycott activists have appealed to many courts in Western countries for sanctions against Israel, they have never succeed in a obtaining a ruling in their favor, the Hebrew-language NRG news site reported on Wednesday. (Read More...)

"Obama Damaged Israel Ties"

U.S. President Barack Obama has deliberately damaged U.S.-Israel relations, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published on Tuesday. In the op-ed, titled "How Obama abandoned Israel," Oren, now a Kulanu MK, accused Obama of violating the "two core principles of Israel's alliance with America," which, according to Oren, are "no daylight" and "no surprises." Referring to disputes between Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Oren, whose four-year stint in Washington ended in 2013, wrote, "Neither leader monopolized mistakes, [but] only one leader [Obama] made them deliberately." (Read More...)

South African Israel Support

A garage in the beautiful leafy suburb of Oaklands in Johannesburg was a popular venue for takeout coffee for years. Not only did it serve the best cappuccino in town, it stocked kosher products, the finest nougat and the best Swiss and Belgian chocolates. Pesach delicacies and products that were difficult to find anywhere else after the pre- Pesach frenzy, when the supermarkets had run out of necessary basics like tomato sauce or matzo meal, were right there on the shelves. On summer and winter evenings it was a popular meeting place for Jewish boys and girls from the surrounding suburbs of Houghton, Norwood, Highlands North and Glenhazel, leaning on their cars with the music turned up. Bus

Senate Votes Down Bill to Arm Kurds

WASHINGTON, DC-- The US Senate voted down a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on Tuesday that would have authorized the president to directly arm Kurdish fighters without the supervision of Baghdad. The amendment proposed by Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) faced fierce opposition from the administration of President Barack Obama which claimed that bypassing Baghdad would undermine the US strategy to defeat the Islamic State and promote division among Iraq’s Sunni, Shiite and Kurds. (Read More...)

Unraveling Holocaust Mysteries

The photograph shows a girl, perhaps 4 years old, walking up an incline holding hands with a kerchiefed young woman. In the background are several other females, two freight cars of a train and barren trees. The scene was captured on April 13, 1945, moments after they and other inmates were liberated from a train transferring them from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany to the Theresienstadt camp in Czechoslovakia. (Read More...)

Israel: No War Crimes

A multi-national military group comprised of former chiefs of staff, generals and politicians submitted a report to the United Nations on Friday indicating that Israel went to great lengths to adhere to the laws of war and to protect Palestinian civilians during last summer’s 50-day war with Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip. (Read More...)

A Nation That Will Not Forsake Its Sons to Strangers

On July fourth, 1976, I was staying with family in New York. America was getting ready to celebrate its bi-centennial, a landmark in its history. As the clock struck midnight between the 3rd and the 4th of July, the radio announcer went on the airwaves and said, “Happy fourth of July America. Today is Independence Day to 98 hostages who were rescued from captivity in Entebbe…” That was when we stopped listening, rushed out into the street and joined others in dancing with joy. “Operation Entebbe” as it officially came to be known was a great success. (Read More...)

The West's "Unknown Knowns"

In Washington recently I met Donald Rumsfeld, America’s former defense secretary. Rumsfeld became almost as famous for his musings about “known unknowns” as he was controversial over his role in the Iraq war. He is also widely respected for his intellect and his incisive, take-no-prisoners approach to foreign and defense issues. So I wanted to know what he made of a world which has now become infinitely more complex, chaotic and dangerous. (Read More...)

Pro-Israel Students Aren't Going to Take the Hate Anymore

Is there a more syrupy genre than the commencement speech? Having had the opportunity to deliver one in person, I can report that once you accept the honor and present yourself, becapped and begowned, in front of the newly minted grads, you are already poised and primed to lie. Anything else would be a stretch: You would have to be a meanie to tell these plump youngsters anything resembling the truth, which is always too thorny and complicated and dark to deliver while Mom and Dad are beaming from the back rows, awaiting the celebratory graduation lunch. (Read More...)

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