“And the only prophet I admire is the Prophet Muhammad.” Adolf Hitler
US Jewish leaders met in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Thursday, Israel’s Channel 10 reported.
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations delegation was led by executive vice chairman Malcolm Hoenlein, whom the news outlet described as “close” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The group spent more than two hours in talks with the Egyptian leader.
Participants said Sisi carried a positive message, saying he was committed to the ongoing existence of common interests between Egypt and the US.
According to a press release by the Conference of Presidents, the meeting “covered a wide range of domestic and international issues, including US-Egyptian and Israeli-Egyptian relations, regional threats, especially those posed by terrorist organizations and their supporters, and Iran post-JCPOA,” the nuclear deal the Islamic Republic reached with world powers last July.
“The Jewish leaders said that they had an open and very productive discussion and that they were impressed by the president’s analysis on a wide variety of issues,” according to the statement.
The delegation met with el-Sisi a few days after landing in Ankara to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu — reportedly the first such meeting since Israeli-Turkish relations began to deteriorate about seven years ago. The delegation was accompanied by the heads of the Turkish Jewish Community, led by Ishak Ibrahimzadeh.
According to the Conference of Presidents, “President Erdogan outlined eight of his policy priorities, including the issue of energy and potential for regional cooperation involving Israel as well.”
Israeli and Turkish officials have intimated over the last couple of months that the two countries were close to ending the bilateral standoff precipitated by the Israeli military’s raid of a Turkish ship that was attempting to penetrate the Israeli sea blockade of Gaza in 2010, which resulted in the deaths of 10 Turkish activists.
Still, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Thursday, there were still obstacles to overcome before a full resumption of ties, including Turkey’s ongoing support of Hamas through the Muslim Brotherhood and its hosting of Hamas leaders in Istanbul. Last month, Ya’alon said ISIS was “enjoying Turkish money for oil,” echoing Russian complaints.
Hoenlein has met with other leaders in the Arab world in the past, such as Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2011, shortly before the beginning of the unrest that spiraled into the civil war that has been raging for years.
At the time, reports surfaced that he had been asked by Netanyahu to deliver a message to Assad — as Syria and Israel are technically still at war. However, Hoenlein denied the reports and said he was invited by Assad himself, according to Haaretz.
The Conference of Presidents mission is next headed to Israel.
THE JEWISH CHRONICLE
Israel and India are preparing to sign a £2bn weapons deal ahead of a planned visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Holy Land later this year.
India is planning to buy 164 laser systems for its air force, specifically for its Sukhoi-30MKI and Jaguar planes, and 250 precision-guided bunker busting bombs, according to a report in the Times of India on Tuesday.
Additionally, negotiations have started on India’s acquisition of 321 Spike anti-tank systems and 8,356 missiles.
“There have already been more than 20 meetings between the sides following disagreements over the price,” said an Indian Defence Ministry official.
Alongside Russia and the United States, Israel is one of the largest arms suppliers to India, with annual sales worth over £680m.
“The defence co-operation for many years has been a central pillar of the relationship. The changing world, changing parameters, changing needs, are always something that is on the top of our agenda and always on our radar,” said Israel’s Ambassador to India, Daniel Carmon, in January.
THE JEWISH CHRONICLE
Israel will surround itself with fences to keep out “predatory beasts,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week.
He declared: “In the neighbourhood where we live we need to protect ourselves against predatory beasts.”
Soon after Mr Netanyahu entered office he decided to bolster Israel’s defences beyond the West Bank separation barrier, established six years earlier, with a barrier along the border with Egypt.
He has since boosted defences in the Golan where, across the border, the Syrian civil war rages.
His latest fence is along the Jordanian border, which he was visiting when he made his comments on Tuesday.
He said: “At the end, in the state of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it all. I’ll be told, ‘this is what you want, to protect the villa?’ The answer is yes. Will we surround all of the state of Israel with fences and barriers? The answer is yes.”
Mr Netanyahu wants fences around all borders, and gaps in the West Bank barrier plugged. Analysts have said the plan – and Mr Netanyahu’s tough talk – is likely to play out well in public opinion stakes, coming amid widespread complaints that the country’s leadership appears powerless to end the terror wave.
But questions have also been raised about the effectiveness of fences.
Uzi Eliam, former director-general of the Israeli Ministry of Defence Mission to Europe, said: “I think it’s not enough, although we have some good experience with fences here and there.”
Mr Eliam, who is now a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, suggested that the plan may be less dramatic than it seems and that, to improve Israel’s security, the Prime Minister needs to complement existing fences with diplomatic initiatives and other security steps.
One of the widely raised reservations about the effectiveness of fences is that they can be tunnelled under.
Just this week, military Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot addressed the threat of tunnels that run from Gaza to Israel.
Mr Netanyahu indicated that a plan was in place to prevent or detect tunnelling under new fences, but declined to go in to detail.
MCP discusses some of the more uncomplimentary things that have been said throughout history concerning the most powerful and wealthy family in history–the Rothschilds.
Also on the menu, John Stadtmiller’s lunatic assertion that the reason MCP was “let go” from RBN was because of his concerted effort to “bring down” RBN.
“Bernie Sanders hasn’t really faced scrutiny about his faith. That’s about to change.”
Oh, yeah…. They will put him through the ringer about his formative years in a kibbutz? Not exactly.
Bernie the Idealist Secular (even an atheist) humanist in the best Jewish tradition of changing the Goy world for the better, a fervent believer in “civil religion”: a basically secular moral order that agitated for progressive social change,” is how the Daily Beast answers the Question “What kind of Jew is Bernie Sanders?”
Bernie the Humanist: “Bottom line: Sanders’ open and honest rejection of organized religion coupled with his promotion of humanist values is a welcome development in a political landscape that is often dominated by religious extremists.”
“Jewish by background, secular in daily life,” says a fellow Jew in What Bernie Sanders Really Believes
Bernie the true independent:… “The reason political experts and models have failed to predict the rise of Bernie Sanders is that he is not playing by the established rules of the game. the only candidate without a Super PAC will give Sanders an incredible favorability boost (and yes, even Trump has a Super PAC),” says Secular Nirvana.
Hey, he is really the American patriot (technical term, “sayan”) next door, he loooves the working class, hates Wall Street and is thoroughly, you know, sec’lar. You know what else he is? BOLD!
Tagged: Bernie Sanders
“Palestine” is a borrowed term, MK Anat Berko (Likud) said in the Knesset Wednesday, sparking an uproar.
“Palestine – There isn’t even a ‘p’ in Arabic, so it’s a borrowed term that’s worth analyzing,” Berko said in a debate on the two-state solution. “But there is a Palestinian Authority next to us; we don’t deny it.”
“Are you for real?” MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) asked.
Several MKs from Meretz and the Joint List shouted at Berko.
Berko repeated several times: “There is no puh sound!”
“The source of the name is clear,” she said, referring to the Romans, who called the area Palestina.
In Arabic, Palestine is pronounced Falesteen.
Berko, an professor of criminology whose area of expertise is suicide bombings, said Israel can have a peace process, “but it can’t be suicide,” calling to “hermetically close Israel’s borders to keep out radical Islam.”
She accused Balad MKs of wanting the establishment “greater Palestine,” that would include all of Israel.
“There are attempts by some, MKs too, to lead the state into chaos and bring in subversive forces to light a fire between Jews and Arabs in Israel, and that is a bad attempt,” Berko stated.
ed note–as someone who is forced now to endure being treated like a terrorist everytime I try to exercise my God-given freedom of movement by boarding an airplane, nevertheless the bigger story here is the very real threat to Trump as a result of a certain ‘minority’ of people who view him and his presidency as a clear and present danger to their precious little experiment in Jewish self rule in the Middle East and why he is being given extra security at his speaking events.
The chair of a Knesset subcommittee said “We must treat the international media arena as a hostile arena” in the wake of a controversial headline on the killing of an Israeli policewoman.
Tzipi Livni of the Zionist Union party made the remark at a session Tuesday convened by the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee’s subcommittee on legal warfare to discuss bias against Israel in the foreign media. The headline published last week by CBS spurred the session.
Among those on hand were the director of Israel’s Government Press Office, Knesset members from multiple parties, and Luke Baker, Reuters’ Israel bureau chief and the head of the Foreign Press Association in Israel.
The CBS headline in question was on the Feb. 3 shooting death of a 19-year-old Border Police officer by three Palestinians, who were then killed by Israeli forces. The headline read: “Three Palestinians killed as violence grinds on.” It was quickly edited to “Palestinians kill Israeli officer, wound another before being killed.”
Along with her comments about the foreign press being a hostile arena, Livni said, according to a government news release, “I do not think the State of Israel should not be criticized; that is the media’s job. The problem lies in those cases where Israelis and Palestinians who are killed in the same incident are placed in one package.”
Baker disavowed any bias and defended the work of foreign journalists in Israel. He said articles go through a “rigorous process” before publication.
“I clearly don’t think the foreign press is biased,” Baker said, according to the news release. ”I don’t think anyone is denying there have been errors, problems from time to time. Sometimes it’s been harder to correct them than others. I fail to see the media has something to answer in terms of systemic bias.”
BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was angered by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s comments in his address to the Security council two weeks ago, when Ban said it was “human nature to react to occupation”. Netanyahu accused him of “stoking terror”, giving tacit justification for Palestinian violence. There are those who feel that Secretary Ban was guilty of much more than that.
In response to Ban’s comments, the Nascent Sanhedrin recently issued a proclamation calling for the State of Israel to leave the UN. The dispute is not over a point of international law, or even a point in the Middle East peace negotiations. Rather, the Sanhedrin reasons that it is fighting for the essential identity of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish People. They feel that the UN and Ban Ki-Moon are rejecting the validity of the Biblical covenant, and perhaps of the Bible itself. In the words of the Sanhedrin:
“Ban Ki-moon stands at the head of the organization called the UN, and the State of Israel continues to spurn its international rights and obligations concerning the Land of Israel as legally recognized in Article 80 of the UN Charter, which adopted all of the mandates of the League of Nations. To wit: The Land of Israel is solely the designated land of the Nation of Israel, and as such the Jewish state is therefore required to represent the interests of the Jewish People.
“Israel’s silence on this important matter is tantamount to an admission that the Land does not belong to the Jews (God forbid), and instead renders the country as one occupied by foreigners, with all that this implies.
“The State of Israel must immediately leave the UN, and sue it for damages, holding it accountable for its actions.
“The UN, in its current form, must be shut down, as it only serves to fuel anti-Semitism. It must be re-established in a new incarnation, as an international organization dedicated to peace in accordance with the Torah of Israel, and based in Jerusalem.”
The Sanhedrin’s claim, that Ban accuses Israel of wresting the land away from the previous occupants – the alleged Palestinian nation – was actually anticipated by Judaism. It was predicted 900 years ago almost verbatim by one of the most prominent Jewish sages in history: a rabbi known as Rashi.
Rashi is an acronym for Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, who was a French wine merchant who lived 900 years ago. A prolific scholar with commentaries on almost every piece of Jewish literature, including the Bible and the Talmud (the oral tradition), his commentaries present the basic meaning of the text in a concise and lucid fashion,and are therefore an essential part of Jewish study to this day.
Rashi’s commentary on the first verse of the Bible has always been considered enigmatic by scholars. While the Bible begins with the story of creation, and the verse, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…”, Rashi, who normally adheres to the simplest reading, sidestepped the central issue in an uncharacteristic manner, questioning why the Torah begins with the story of creation at all.
He answers his own question in a seemingly incongruous statement having nothing to do with the story of creation. He explains that the Torah first established that the world was created by God so that the non-Jews would not be able to claim that the Jews stole the land.
“If the other nations say, ‘Israel is a thief, since they conquered the land belonging to the seven nations that dwelt there previously’, the Jews can answer by saying, ‘the entire world was created by God and is His, and he can give it to whoever he sees fit.’”
Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf, a noted Jewish speaker and award-winning author, spoke to Breaking Israel News about how this Rashi commentary applies to the current situation in the Middle East and to Ban in particular. Rabbi Apisdorf points out that Rashi, in almost prophetic fashion, predicted with unwavering conviction that the Jews would return to Israel. It was unimaginable that the Jews would actually have the opportunity to remind the world of their right to the land.
“It is amazing how closely Rashi’s description from 900 years ago fits the present political reality, but in a way it is not surprising. What Rashi is really saying is that when it comes to Israel, where we go, as long as our voice is united, the world will follow,” Rabbi Apisdorf told Breaking Israel News.
He explained, “When we accepted the Oslo Accords, we turned our backs on the claim that the land is ours, and only ours, by virtue of God’s covenant with Abraham. If the Jews don’t stand by that claim, why should anyone else?”
Rabbi Apisdorf’s solution was simple, and in a way, more shocking than that of the Sanhedrin.
“We don’t need to leave the UN. We need to reject the Oslo Accords, stand up at the UN, and make our claim in a loud, clear, and united voice. The purpose of this is first and foremost for the Nation of Israel, but it will impact the entire world.”
Given the turmoil and confusion the world finds itself in today, perhaps this is indeed the solution.
BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS
Vassar College in upstate New York is once again in the news as a hotbed of anti-Semitism, as a professor accused Israel of assassinating teens, harvesting organs and stunting Palestinians’ growth, Israel National News reported Tuesday.
Speaking last week, Women and Gender Studies Professor Jasbir Puar gave an address titled “Inhumanist Biopolitics: How Palestine Matters”, discussing her perspective on the current security situation in Israel. It should be noted that she is not an expert in any academic field related to the Middle East or military and security concerns, but has spoken repeatedly on the topic.
Legal Insurrection reported that when Puar was introduced, the audience was asked not to record her speech “in the spirit of congeniality and mutual respect;” however, members of a campus group called Fairness to Israel (FTI) disregarded the request in order to later properly refute Puar’s outrageous claims.
Puar began by encouraging the college to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, adding it was a significant part of an effort against Israel which properly includes terror. “We need BDS as part of organized resistance and armed resistance in Palestine as well,” she announced in her talk.
She held the Israel Defense Force (IDF) responsible for “more than 120 deaths by field assassinations of young Palestinian men, largely between the ages of 12 to 16” since October, implying they were killed for opposing Israeli rule rather than the attacks they perpetrated. While she acknowledged the ongoing campaign of stabbings, she neglected to mention who was stabbing whom.
Puar denounced the summary killings of terrorists in the act, but also rejected other non-fatal means of subduing attackers, stating, “The [IDF’s] policy of shooting to maim, not to kill, is often misperceived as the preservation of life… It is [really] used to achieve a tactical aims of settler colonialism.”
Using carefully vague language, with catchphrases such as “purportedly” and “some speculate”, she went on to allege that Israel has refused to return the bodies of 17 slain terrorists out of a desire to conduct experiments on their organs, a recurring libel which Israel has had to repeatedly deny.
She also accused Israel of carefully monitoring the food, water and power flowing into Gaza, permitting only enough keep the people alive while simultaneously “stunting” their growth.
Israel’s “targeting youth, not for death but for stunting… is another aspect of its biopolitical tactic that seeks to render impotent any future resistance… This is the epigenetics, the weaponized epigenetics,” she charged.
Oddly, Puar’s speech was sponsored by a number of unrelated departments, including Jewish Studies, Political Science, and International Studies, as well as Africana Studies, English, and Women’s Studies. Her field of expertise, as well – Queer Theory – is unconnected to the topic of her lecture. Nonetheless, Puar is on record as an avid anti-Zionist, promoting the accusation of “pinkwashing” against Israel, arguing that Israel is only friendly to the LGBTQ+ community in an effort to deflect criticism for its “inhumane” policies towards Palestinians.
Vassar was ranked among the top-ten anti-Semitic colleges in the US last year.
BUENOS AIRES — Indigenous residents of San Juan La Laguna, a small town of under 10,000 in the Guatemalan state of Sololá, have asked members of the Jewish community — comprising 10 ultra-Orthodox families, most of whom arrived only recently — to identify themselves in a municipal registry and leave within the next few months.
The registry was established to verify whether immigrants from the Jewish community are legally in the country and where they are from, information which has not been asked of other foreigners granted temporary visas.
“We, as a local authority, have nothing against the Jewish community,” city mayor Rodolfo López told The Times of Israel on Tuesday. “But every community, and especially ours, as indigenous Mayans, has very special customs and traditions and we have to defend our rights.”
Residents have filed complaints with the municipality that the community of ultra-religious Jews have used a public body of water as a mikveh (ritual bath), practiced unhygienic rituals like kaparot (where a chicken is swung around a rabbi’s head before being slaughtered), and made disparaging comments about immodesty to tourists.
According to the mayor, the indigenous population has also been suspicious since a Canadian couple accused of child abuse reportedly moved to San Juan La Laguna with their six children.
“There is almost every other religion here, and there have never been any problems. When they came, there started to be ill will,” the mayor said of the Jewish families.
Tagged: Jews and ill will
Jeb Bush — A campaign that started receding back almost as soon as it started in a very humorous presentation.
Tagged: US Presidential campaign -- Jeb Bush
Republican candidate says Obama harmed relationship deliberately in order to improve U.S. standing in Muslim world. ‘It’s been a disaster,’ he says.
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Monday that the U.S. relationship with Israel will reset itself if would be elected president, and accused President Barack Obama of purposely harming ties with Israel in order to curry favor with the Muslim world.
Rubio, who is likely to emerge as the top establishment candidate behind Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire, was asked during a campaign event in Nashua what he would do to restore the warm ties with Israel as president.
“I believe my election or the election of someone like me, in and by itself will help reset that relationship in the eyes of the world,” Rubio said, the Jewish Insider’s Jacob Kornbluh reported.
According to the Florida senator, the Obama administration deliberately created distance between the U.S. and Israel in an effort to improve the U.S. standing and its perception in the Muslim world.
“It’s been a disaster,” he added.
The Republican candidate said the Obama administration damaged the relationship with Israel by briefly suspending military sales during the last Gaza war, and by making an implied threat that the U.S. won’t use its veto power in the UN Security Council against a possible resolution recognizing a Palestinian state.
Rubio also slammed Obama for treating Iran’s supreme leader with “more respect” than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, due to Israel’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.
The U.S.-Israel relationship has become strained during the incumbencies of Obama and Netanyahu, reaching a nadir when the Israeli prime minister addressed Congress regarding the Iran deal last March without notifying the White House in advance.
Most recently, negotiations on a new military aid package have become stuck as the U.S. and Israel try to strong-arm one another. After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at Sunday’s cabinet meeting that if Israel’s security needs would not be met, he would not sign a deal and would instead wait for the next president to take office in January 2017, senior U.S. officials reacted angrily and warned that the budgetary situation would not improve, and that Israel would not get a better deal with the next president.
Like practically all of his fellow Republican candidates for president, Rubio has taken a hawkish line when it comes to Israel, slamming the Obama administration’s treatment of the country and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Rubio is a vocal Israel backer, opposed the Iran nuclear deal and wants stepped-up Iran sanctions
Rubio may be the candidate of choice for Jewish casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who spent between $100 million and $150 million of his estimated $32 billion fortune backing Republicans in the 2012 presidential campaign. Sources close to Adelson told Politico in April that the billionaire likes the Florida senator’s strong stance on defense, including his strident support for Israel. And after Rubio declared he’d run for president, the Adelson-owned Israeli newspaper, Israel Hayom, gave Rubio coverage some reviewers described as “fawning.”
God bless you Mr. Aljaleel.
“Controversy began last year when professor wrote on Facebook that she would don the hijab head scarf during the period of advent before Christmas as a sign of solidarity with Muslims.”
A professor at an evangelical university near Chicago who got in trouble after saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God will leave the school, according to a joint statement released by Wheaton College on Saturday night.
Larycia Hawkins, a tenured political science professor, had been scheduled for a disciplinary hearing in five days to determine whether she would be allowed to remain at Wheaton.
A joint statement said Hawkins and the college had “found a mutual place of resolution and reconciliation” and that the two sides “will part ways” after reaching a confidential agreement.
The controversy began on Dec. 10, when Hawkins wrote on Facebook that she would don the hijab head scarf during the period of advent before Christmas as a sign of solidarity with Muslims.
“We worship the same God,” she said in her post.
The post drew criticism amid a broader debate regarding the role and treatment of Muslims in the United States following the November mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, which US authorities have said was inspired by the militant group Islamic State.
The college placed Hawkins on administrative leave as a result. Last month, the school’s provost recommended Hawkins be fired.
The school previously said Hawkins was disciplined not because she chose to wear a hijab but because her “theological statements seem inconsistent with Wheaton’s doctrinal convictions”.
Both sides struck a conciliatory tone in the statement, which also said neither Hawkins nor school officials would offer any further comment until a scheduled news conference on Wednesday morning.
“I appreciate and have great respect for the Christian liberal arts and the ways that Wheaton College exudes that in its mission, programs, and in the caliber of its employees and students,” Hawkins said in the statement.
The college president, Phillip Ryken, said the school “sincerely appreciates Dr. Hawkins’ contributions to this institution over the last nine years.”
Many members of the faculty had expressed support for Hawkins. Bill Struthers, a Wheaton psychology professor, posted a photo on Facebook on Saturday night of himself holding a handwritten sign reading, “I support Larycia.”
Wheaton, founded in 1860 and located in the Illinois town of the same name, has approximately 2,400 undergraduate students and 480 graduate students.