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BREAKING NEWS: Stabbing Attack in Afula: One Woman Severely Wounded

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:23

A Palestinian man stabbed an 18-year old Jewish woman multiple times on Monday around noon in the central Israel city of Afula. The terrorist,  20-year-old Nur Shinawi of Jenin, fled the scene but police found him in the city about one hour later, shooting him in the leg before arresting him. A knife was found in his possession.

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The victim was taken to the nearby HaEmek Medical Center in serious condition, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service. Hospital officials defined her condition as “very serious”, saying she had lost a lot of blood. After her condition stabilized, she was transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit.

BREAKING: Stabbing terror attack leaves 18 year old injured in Afula. The terrorist was arrested.

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Netanyahu Opening the Wells of Abraham to the Iranian People

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 08:35

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an ambitious new desalination project that will address the current multi-year drought. But the surprising way he chose to present the new program, offering much-needed aid to Israel’s sworn enemy, had a Biblical precedent as well as prophetic end-of days implications.

The Israeli government revealed on Sunday a new desalination program that, at an estimated cost of $30 million, will bring fresh water directly to the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). The project is being fast-tracked and is expected to bring up to 100 million cubic meters of desalinated water to Israel’s main water source within the next four years.

Israel is suffering its fifth consecutive year of drought and the Kinneret is currently at 689 feet below sea level, over one-and-a-half feet below the lower red line. In 2001, the Sea of Galilee was at an even lower level, 705 feet below sea level -considered as the “black line” – below which irreversible ecological problems may begin to occur.

The project will also rehabilitate seven streams in northern Israel. The plan includes the construction of two new desalination plants on the Mediterranean Coast in the Western Galilee. The Energy and Water Resources Ministry also set desalination goals through 2030 that will double the current output of desalinated water to 3,885 million cubic feet.

“Over the years, Israel has shown an amazing ability to deal with the water problem, which has caused endless conflicts in our region for thousands of years, also in the new era,” Netanyahu said, at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. “But thanks to technology, initiatives, and creativity, we have succeeded in overcoming it.”

Netanyahu made a video announcing the project to the public and, most surprisingly, offered the technology to Israel’s enemy; Iran. In the video, Netanyahu pointed out that nearly 96 percent of Iranians suffer from some effects of drought.

“Israel has the knowhow to prevent environmental catastrophe in Iran,” Netanyahu said in the video. “I want to share this [water technology] information with the people of Iran.”

The prime minister announced his plans to open a Farsi-language website making this information available to all Iranians.

“The Iranian regime shouts ‘Death to Israel’”, Netanyahu said. “In response, Israel shouts ‘Life to the Iranian people.’”

In a very real sense, Netanyahu is providing water to his enemies, just as Isaac opened up wells.

Yitzchak dug anew the wells which had been dug in the days of his father Avraham and which the Philistines had stopped up after Avraham’s death; and he gave them the same names that his father had given them. Genesis 26:18

Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman, director of the Ohr Chadash Torah Institute, sees Netanyahu’s gesture as part of the Nation of Israel’s prophetic role.

“Israel is meant to be a ‘Light unto the nations’”, Rabbi trugman said to Breaking Israel News. “This can be manifested on two levels. It can be accomplished through Israel’s spiritual light, by taking the light of the spiritual, ethical and moral teachings of the Torah and sharing them with all peoples. This is, of course, the realization of the prophecy in Isaiah.”

And the many peoples shall go and say: “Come, Let us go up to the Mount of Hashem, To the House of the God of Yaakov; That He may instruct us in His ways, And that we may walk in His paths.” For instruction shall come forth from Tzion, The word of Hashem from Yerushalayim. Isaiah 2:3

“The Talmud (Bava Kama 17A) states that ‘There is no water except Torah!’,” Rabbi Trugman said. “But Israel can also spread light out into the world via life-giving technology and, in this case, water technology.”

He emphasized that this Messianic imperative is even more pronounced when sharing it with our enemies in a manner that brings peace.

“For thus said Hashem: I will extend to her peace like a river, the glory of nations like a flowing stream…” Isaiah 66:12

“This is very much connected to the future river that will come out from the Temple Mount and sweetening all the waters of the world,” Rabbi Trugman said, referring to Zechariah’s  prophecy.

“And it shall come to pass in that day that living waters shall go out from Yerushalayim: half of them toward the eastern (primordial) sea and half of them toward the western (last) sea; in summer and in winter shall it be.” Zechariah 14:8

“This river going to the ‘last sea’ alludes to the end of days, the time of Moshiach (Messiah),” Rabbi Trugman said. “Netanyahu is doing this literally. He is attempting to send out water, or at least water technology, to help heal the waters of the world.”

Some ecologists are less enthusiastic about desalination as the solution to Israel’s water shortage. Rabbi Shaul Judelman, former director of the Ecology Beit Midrash, a religious study group focused on the environment as it is treated in classical Jewish sources, is one of those people.

“The geography in Israel is deep rooted in spirituality,” Rabbi Judelman told Breaking Israel News. “The land teaches us to pray to the source of all life in order to bring rain.”

Rabbi Judelman pointed out that the section of the daily prayers requesting rain also deals with the resurrection of the dead.

“In the Talmud (Tractate Berachot 33a), God’s power of bringing the rain is compared to his power to revive the dead,” Rabbi Judelman said. “It is visible proof that the power of life is entirely in God’s hands.This present water crisis shows us that we mismanaged this blessing.”

“Desalination is not a free and clear replacement for the blessing of rain that comes from God,” he said. “It might be better to take this as a moral lesson.”

“In the land of Israel, the Talmud teaches us that it is better not to irrigate,” Rabbi Judelman explained. “The Talmud (Tractate Taanit) explains that in times of drought, the people would check to see that enough charity was being given, that the markets were being run properly, that there was no gossip. These man- made solutions allow us to skip over this introspective step in the process.”

“A society that distributes its wealth properly is a society that merits this blessing of rain,” Rabbi Judelman emphasized. “Rain is very democratic. It falls equally for rich and poor. The Jewish people should lift up their eyes to heaven and ask for rain from our father in heaven.”

“This is the first time that desalination is being used to replace a natural body of water,” Rabbi Judelman said. “It provides a solution for the individuals but we need to realize that this is not fixing whatever it is that is deeply broken that brought us to this.”

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Israeli Scientists Develop Nanoscopic System for Combating Child Cancer

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 07:35

Every day, 43 Israeli children are diagnosed with some form of cancer; 12% of whom do not survive their illness. Now, Israeli scientists have made a breakthrough using a nanoscopic system for combating child cancer – which can help slow tumor growth and prolong life-expectancy.

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Edmond de Rothschild Foundation Unveils Historic Layer of Caesarea’s Hidden Treasures

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 07:14

New promenade walls and a 700-year-old Crusader market at the Caesarea Harbor were unveiled on June 10 in the Caesarea National Park, in the presence of Baroness Ariane de Rothschild and representatives from funding and cooperating parties.

The project was excavated and reconstructed over 12 months in cooperation with the Antiquities Authority and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, with a direct investment of NIS 10 million.

The preservation and renovation of the promenade walls, fortifications, towers and the Crusader market will be open to the public, with a visitor’s center opening within the next few months, housed in an original Herodian structure.

Dr. Peter Gendelman, senior archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and head of the Caesarea excavations told Breaking Israel News, “This is one of the largest and most amazing archaeological sites in Israel if not in the whole eastern Mediterranean, including the discovery two years ago of the foundation of the high altar of the temple that King Herod built in Caesarea.”

He said, “What we have done in the last four years has completely changed our idea of the heart of the old city of Caesarea, which started as the largest artificial harbor in the world when it was built and became the capital of the Judean Provence after Jerusalem fell.”

“Caesarea was connected from its beginnings with Jewish rabbis who lived and worked there. Caesarea is mentioned dozens, if not hundreds of times in Mishnah and Talmud, as well as connections with Christianity,” maintained Gendelman, naming Saint Paul who was imprisoned in Caesarea; Cornelius, the first-recorded Roman convert to Christianity in Caesarea just a few years after Jesus’ crucifixion; King Louis IX of France, who fortified the city and ordered the construction of high walls, still standing today.

Demonstration of basket weaving at the Caesarea promenade opening. (Eliana Rudee)

Caesarea’s history spans over several periods, from the time of Herod until the thirteenth century Crusader era and including the Roman and Byzantine Empires. In addition to the altar of King Herod’s temple that was built 2,000 years ago, fascinating finds have included a first century public fountain, marble statues, columns and pottery, which according to Israel Antiquities Authority Chairman Israel Hasson “will transform this region to be one of a kind in the world.” This initiative, he maintained, will be a springboard for the revelation of magnificent finds yet to be discovered.

Over the past decade, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation has invested more than NIS 150 million ($42 million) in tourism development and in archaeological excavations of what were formerly sand-covered ruins. The project is one of the largest conservation projects underway in Israel and seeks to develop the area’s beach and public access as well as excavate and restore the Caesarea port, bringing three million tourists by the year 2030.

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation Vice Chairman, Guy Swersky, said at the opening, “Caesarea offers a new and fascinating discovery every day. The Foundation’s decision to allocate the considerable amount of over NIS 150 million for restoring, preserving, and providing accessibility to the old city and the port make the project the largest of its kind in Israel – and perhaps even in the world.”

“The newly unveiled wall promenade route begins near the southern gate to the Crusader city and continues to the observation tower overlooking the ancient Roman ‘amusement quarter’ in all its glory – with the theater, the hippodrome, the bathhouse, and the reef palace,” said noted Caesarea Development Corporation spokesperson Tal Rabina. “From there, along the top of the walls and beside them, visitors can learn about the period-typical fortification system, before reaching the Crusaders’ market area, located near a covered street – with its experience-inviting atmosphere.”

According to Rabina, “the market affords a look and a whiff of some of the goods displayed by the merchants, conducting vibrant and colorful trade of food, handicrafts, and exotic accessories that the European Crusaders were first exposed to as they rode their horses into the heart of the city, bags filled with gold coins, some of which were discovered in the archeological excavations at the site.”

“The restoration and accessibility works were designed specifically to enable visitors walking the restored promenade to view illustration aids in order to enjoy a genuine glimpse into the glorious past of a city that united religions, cultures, and multiple rulers and conquerors,” said Caesarea Development Corporation CEO Michael Karsenti.

“Along the tour of the fortifications – the walls, moat, and the Crusaders’ market, all built in 1251, during the visit of Louis IX, King of France, who himself took part in the fortification works, visitors can actually step centuries back in time to the Middle Ages and the Crusades. You can touch reconstructed parts of the walls, peer through the embrasures, and the brave-hearted are invited to descend through the mysterious access tunnel that Crusader knights used to access the moat surrounding the fortifications to bring food and ammunition supplies without risking a breach of the walls,” Karsenti added.

 

A newly excavated part of the Caesarea promenade lit up at night. (Viktor Levy)

On the quarter’s second level, visitors can take in the residential Crusader-built apartments built, decorated with mosaic floors and marble slabs. The Caesarea Development Corporation will soon hold a variety of period-inspired events on the new promenade in a theatrical atmosphere during day and evening hours, with stalls of oil and wine pitchers, fruits, vegetables, and breads – a culinary experience reminiscent of the Crusader cuisine.

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, Chair of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, said at the opening of the new promenade, “Caesarea’s Crusaders’ Wall Promenade is not only a tourist attraction, but also another important element in the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation’s social and economic impact on Caesarea, Or Akiva, Jisser al-Zarqa, and the surrounding towns.”

She continued, “the Baron de Rothschild’s family is determined to continue to pursue, as a central partner to the State of Israel, its contribution to the development of Israel in general and of the Caesarea area in particular. Providing access to the promenade and opening the Crusaders’ market also in the evening hours, will upgrade the Israeli tourism product and provide visitors from all over the world with a ‘Caesarea standard’ experience.”

“But for me,” she maintained, “This is much more than a tourist attraction. The NIS 150 million investment of the foundation in the region over the last decade, is yet another important element in the social and economic ‘impact investments,’ which constitute a multiplier of power for development, employment, tourism, education, and empowerment.”

“Israel draws its strength and national resilience from the diversity it encompasses,” she added, maintaining that the power multipliers will recognize Israel’s diversity, creating pioneering leaders.”

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HOSEA 13:8

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 06:23

In the Bible, Hashem (God) is often described using animal characteristics. In the above verse, Hoshea (Hosea) compares Hashem’s anger at the Children of Israel to that of a mother bear whose cubs have been stolen. Mother bears are known to be particularly nurturing and protective of their cubs and would be inconsolable if separated from them. Similarly, Hashem cares so deeply for His children and is likewise devastated when they they reject His ways. The prophet drew on this metaphor from nature to convey Hashem’s disappointment in the Children of Israel.

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Defending Jewish Jerusalem: The Modern Defenders of Gush Etzion

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 04:57

David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, once said, “If Jewish Jerusalem exists, it is first and foremost due to the fighters and settlers of Gush Etzion.” That was true in 1947, and it also holds true today, as Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary.

Gush Etzion, a region of modern Jewish settlements stretching south from Jerusalem to the Hebron hills attests to the flourishing Jewish life in the area spanning from ancient times until today.

In 1947, Gush Etzion’s early pioneers settled and defended the area leading to the 1948 War of Independence. Their valiant effort was thwarted on Hanukkah in 1947, when an Arab militia massacred the Jewish kibbutz residents and Haganah fighters in Kfar Etzion.

In the 1967 Six-Day War, Jerusalem was reunited, Israel liberated the Gush and new kibbutzim were built, creating a flourishing and prosperous settlement bloc.

Modern-day defenders of Gush Etzion keep the region (and beyond) safe through their security training, Jewish values and pride, life-saving volunteer efforts, and funding from abroad.

Eitan Cohen is a modern day defender of Gush Etzion. As a military and civilian counter-terrorism and security professional, Cohen works at the Caliber 3 shooting range and training center in Gush Etzion, training security personnel and special forces within the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).

Eitan Cohen speaks to an audience at a presentation in Gush Etzion. (Eliana Rudee)

But Cohen maintained that defending the land is not the only way he attempts to keep the Jewish state safe. “Visitors who come to the shooting range and training center are shown the truth about Israel’s situation, how we analyze situations and respond to terrorism, and the meaning of a soldier.”  

Cohen said that his job requires a great deal of physical, emotional, and psychological fitness, but more importantly, values, morality and the spirit of a warrior. “This is what makes Israeli security forces the best,” he told Breaking Israel News.

“The soldier is the one saving a life, not pulling a trigger,” he explained. “While I do have four killing machines on my body right now, that’s not what makes me powerful – this is what makes me powerful,” he said, pointing to an Israeli flag. “Something that was only a dream 70 years ago.”

Cohen expressed great pride and honor in the context of Israel’s 70th. “We are closing a circle,” he said. “I am currently training a 70 year-old man, whose father was killed by Nazis, and now secures my daughter’s kindergarten,” he told Breaking Israel News. “I have a Nazi handgun behind glass that killed my forefathers – and now I can use it for defending my people. If that’s not pride what is? How did it happen that from six million dead bodies, the Jewish people became one of the most successful countries in the world?” he posited. “We are now a model to copy for the rest of the world in technology, security, and agriculture.”

He said  that like the former defenders of Gush Etzion, “We are people of peace and not war. We are not looking to kill people and we are not bloodthirsty, but we are also not afraid to pull the trigger if it means protecting our citizens and soldiers.”

Danny Gur, another modern day defender of Gush Etzion, perfectly exemplifies the measures that Israel takes to protect its citizens and soldiers. Working as a volunteer EMT and Deputy of the Gush Etzion region for United Hatzalah, he recalls the many times that he has treated Arabs in the area, even wounded terrorists.

“I have treated terrorists before, and we treat them exactly the same as treating someone else,” he told Breaking Israel News. “It’s a human life, and that is more important than any belief. Humans need to be taken care of,” he said.

United Hatzalah volunteers take part in a first aid drill in Gush Etzion. (Eliana Rudee)

Defending the value of the sanctity of human life, he said, is also defending the values that underpin the existence of a Jewish Gush Etzion and Jewish Israel.

And then, there are those who defend the Gush Etzion region and Israel by support from abroad. Eddie Mizrahi is the CEO of Life First Technology, a company that sells electronic, sports and automotive goods to retailers throughout the United States. But “first and foremost,” he told Breaking Israel News, he is involved in community work. As a part of the 70th anniversary United Hatzalah delegation to Israel, he donated several ambucyles to continue the work of volunteers like Danny Gur. His son, Ralph, also raised thousands of dollars towards an ambucycle. “How could you not help an organization that saves lives?” he asked.

They, too, are modern day defenders who ensure the continuation of pride, heroism and the Jewish nation. “Because of them, we walk free and proud under the Israeli, Jewish government,” said Cohen.

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PM Netanyahu: Today I’m going to make an unprecedented offer to Iran

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 04:28

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes an unprecedented offer of Israeli know-how to help alleviate Iran’s water shortage problem.

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Ancient Winepress Found In Excavation of Water Reservoir

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 04:10

An ancient winepress dating back to the Byzantine period was discovered two weeks ago at the Tzippori National Park in the Central Galilee region during archaeological excavations, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority announced recently.

The excavations, led by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority,  in cooperation with the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and sponsored by the Israel Antiquities Authority, took place in a 3.5 meter deep ancient water reservoir with a ceiling that rests on five arches from the late-Roman period.

The archaeologists were surprised by the discovery, as they had never previously encountered a winepress installed in secondary use in an ancient water reservoir.

“This is the first time we found a wine press in a place that was previously used as a water reservoir. Probably the owners of the vineyards thought it was a convenient location as it was close to their vines,” Dr. Zvika Zuk, chief archaeologist of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority told Tazpit Press Service.

According to the researchers, the water reservoir was adapted to a winepress in the 4th century C.E.

“The winepress was found in the largest water reservoir in the Tzippori National Park, which is part of the impressive water system at the site that also includes long aqueducts that provided water to the ancient city of Tzippori,” Zuk said.

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Hezbollah Flags Fly Once Again at London’s Quds Day March

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 03:43

Chants of “1,2,3,4, occupation no more” and “Terrorist flags off our streets” battled it out between Quds Day marchers and a counter protest organized by pro-Israel activists outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London on Sunday afternoon.

Quds Day was initiated by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to oppose Zionism and the existence of Israel. It has often been the rallying point for frankly antisemitic demonstrations.

This year’s protest was notable for the high number of far-right activists present, who at one point were roadblocked onto a separate street by the police in order to separate them from the main march.

The Saudi embassy was said to be chosen as the starting point by march organizers, the Islamic Human Rights Commission, on the basis that “Riyadh’s growing support for the Zionist regime… has had the effect of isolating the Palestinians and giving Israel the green light to accelerate its injustices.”

The march and counter-protest took place peacefully, with Quds Day marchers singing a uniquely British take on the “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” chant that included the additional added line “We’ll be sitting in Al-Quds, we’ll have a cup of tea.”

One participant at the protest, who wished to remain anonymous, felt that it was important to be there for “humanity – one way or another people are dying. I want to make a difference.”

The “Stand Against Hate, Stand Against Hezbollah” counter-protest organized by the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland included Israeli music blasted over a large sound system and featured speeches from a range of speakers, including counter-extremist activist and radio talk show host Maajid Nawaz.

Speaking with The Jerusalem Post following the march, Arieh Miller, executive director of the Zionist Federation, said he was pleased that people had come to “stand against hatred in all forms, including antisemitism, Islamophobia, and to say no to Hezbollah.”

Concerns in the build-up to the protest had been two-fold.

The first was that as with previous years, Hezbollah flags would be freely flown, as the result of a legal loophole proscribing the Lebanese group’s military wing, but not its political wing. Hezbollah flags were widely visible again this year, as were placards with statements such as “We are all Hezbollah.”

One demonstrator said the sizable number of anti-Saudi Arabia signs at the protest reflected the widely-held belief that “the majority of Arabs have given up on Palestine.”

In advance of the march, a spokesperson for London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Antisemitism or hate crime of any kind has no place in our city or in our society.

“Sadiq has written to the home secretary to raise his deep concerns about the support shown for Hezbollah at the annual Al-Quds Day march. He has called on him to urgently reconsider his predecessor’s decision not to take action to stop this.”

The second area of concern focused on fear from all sides that far-right extremists would attempt to infiltrate the Zionist Federation’s counter-protest. A federation representative told the Post after the protest that no such infiltration had occurred.

Many of the far-right activists in attendance chanted “Free Tommy [Robinson],” in reference to the founder of the far-right group the English Defense League who was jailed last week for 13 months for contempt of court.

In a statement issued in advance of the protest, the Islamic Human Rights Commission said, “Zionist and far-right extremists have again called a rival rally on the same day in order to seek to disrupt the Al-Quds Day demonstration.

“Al-Quds Day has been a fixture in the capital for over 30 years. The annual event is a general show of solidarity drawing in people of all faiths and political persuasions.”

The Metropolitan Police stated that there had been one arrest at the demonstrations for possession of a noxious substance.

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IDF Reservists Called Up as Border Tensions Mount

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 03:28

The Israel Defense Forces called up thousands of ‎reservists on Sunday as part of a surprise exercise in ‎the Golan Heights on Israel’s border with Syria.‎

The drill is expected to last several days and will ‎include heavy security vehicle traffic in the area. ‎

Echoes of explosions are also likely to be heard in the surrounding communities, ‎the military said. ‎

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stressed that the ‎exercise does not indicate a change in alert levels in the northern sector but ‎is part of the routine training ‎program for reservists in 2018 and aims to test the level of preparedness at short notice.‎

The drill is being held amid mounting tensions in the ‎northern sector over Israel’s insistence that ‎Iranian forces leave Syria. ‎

Israel has destroyed multiple Iranian assets in Syria recently and reportedly reached agreements with Russia to remove ‎Iranian-backed forces from southern Syria and away ‎from the border. However, the Wall Street Journal reported ‎over the weekend that Hezbollah terrorists and pro-‎Iranian militants have returned to the area ‎disguised as Syrian army units.‎

Israel is wary of Iran’s efforts to expand its power in the region and has promised to resist any attempt by Iran to establish a military presence in neighboring Syria.

On Thursday, the Israeli Air Force concluded a large exercise simulating a massive strike on ‎targets in the Gaza Strip. ‎

The week-long drill, which was hailed as a success, included hundreds of ‎aircraft performing daytime and nighttime flights with the aim of reviewing the IAF’s ability to tackle multiple, simultaneous combat scenarios.

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The Israeli Politicians Who are Helping the Boycott Campaign

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 02:00

The anti-Israel boycott is despicable. In the past, the Jews were boycotted by the unenlightened. Today, the unenlightened are not alone. They’re in a coalition with the pseudo-enlightened.

Jibril Rajoub, the man who announced that if he had an atom bomb he would drop it on Israel, won a huge victory, because the game against Argentina was supposed to be the jewel in the crown. It was supposed to join the Eurovision win in proving that Israel doesn’t have to give a damn about the rest of the world. But no, it does.

We must admit that Rajoub is not the only one who defeated Israel. Israel defeated itself. Because when you do things to spite other, you end up paying the price. And we’re paying it.

Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev says it’s not the boycott campaign, but the threats on Argentina’s big star, Lionel Messi. She’s right. It’s terrorism for all intents and purposes. Rajoub is playing a double role here. He’s both an unrestrained bully and a propogandist and instigator working at the boycott movement’s service. After all, the threats on Messi came from Rajoub himself.

But what’s new? The BDS has always been a form of intellectual terrorism intimidating almost everyone who wants to come to Israel. And it has been used for many years, also against Israelis who try to open their mouths on Western campuses. But that’s the thing. Because as the foolishness of Israel’s actions grows, the boycott terror is more successful. Every announcement about another settlement construction plan pushes more young people, including Jews, to support the boycott.

One of the most harmful laws, which popped up for another round at the Knesset on Wednesday, is the Law for Prevention of Damage to State of Israel through Boycott, which was enacted in 2011. It didn’t do any good and failed to deter anyone. Not only are the boycott supporters still calling for a boycott, ignoring the law, the legislation itself has strengthened the boycott supporters.

So who needs laws that are not only unhelpful, but mainly harmful? Politicians. Not everyone. A few of the Right’s Knesset members suffer from the feeling that some right-wing voters, at least the Likud members, are “a bunch of animals” who they have to constantly feed with food to gain their support.

These politicians couldn’t care less about the national interest. The only thing they care about is a dubious political achievement. They truly believe it will help them in the upcoming primary elections. They’re wrong. Most Likud members are sane people. They’re not animals. But their Knesset members think otherwise.

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On the exact day that the anti-Israel boycott scored a major victory, an amendment to the boycott law was put up for discussion at the Knesset once again, to facilitate compensation without proof of damage. The High Court of Justice, might I remind you, rejected petitions against the boycott law in the past, but struck down an article allowing compensation without proof of damage. So why is there a need to discuss an amendment that has already been struck down? It’s not going to change anything. A law that hasn’t deterred anyone without the amendment won’t deter anyone with the amendment. But the amendment’s initiators think it will help them.

We must fight the boycott. We must fight the propaganda terrorism. It’s more dangerous than we think, because the boycott campaign is developing new elites filled with hatred towards Israel. The boycott supporters have already infiltrated the US Democratic Party’s leadership.

But the boycott, we must admit, is not only a product of the industry of lies. It’s also a product of self-made moves. Part of the Israeli Right has become a supplier of ammunition to the industry of hatred against Israel. The cancellation of the Argentine team’s match in Israel is the highlight.

But it won’t end here. Because when they have to choose between the state’s best interest and themselves, right-wing politicians will continue promoting self-serving initiatives. And to hell with the state.

Reprinted with author’s permission from YNet News

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Everywhere

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 01:00

A friend this week alerted me to “TruNews,” a media outfit run by Rick Wiles. I had never heard of him, or “TruNews,” so I watched his take on the recently concluded “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference.

Wiles, who cut his media teeth working for Paul Crouch and TBN years ago, attempted to dissect Christian Zionism. His main assertion—that CZ is a fairly recently invented (British) concept—is a typical critique. He also blames the “Occupation” for Palestinian suffering.

What is interesting about him and his channel is that he doesn’t like Israel…and he identifies as evangelical. He noted that except for basically a few Southern Baptists and Pentecostals, “no one” in the American Church subscribes to Christian Zionism.

On this point, we are probably in agreement, although the generalization is too broad. There are still strong pockets of Israel support, but if you’ve read “Israel Watch” much, you know we are losing ground.

Naturally, I think Wiles is profoundly wrong in his worldview, but he is savvy enough to know how to bash Christian Zionists and appeal to a growing number of church members.

I’ll write more about Wiles later, but wanted to make the point that anti-Israel fervor in the American Church is metastasizing.

We’ve discussed at length the growing number of evangelical leaders who are anti-Israel. For example, within the Southern Baptist Convention.
Today though I want to concentrate on another effort to reach Millennials with the Palestinian Narrative.

Eugene Cho is pastor of Quest Church in Seattle. He is far more at home in a coffeehouse/social justice setting than he would be in a traditional church. He recently spoke at the “Christ at the Checkpoint” PLO-inspired conference in Bethlehem.

His network is being mobilized to oppose Israel.

A 2016 racial reconciliation conference at Biola featured Brenda Salter McNeil, who among other things is on staff at Quest Church, as an associate pastor. In fact, Cho just announced his resignation, so we will look for him to go deeper into the social justice hole.

For those who don’t know, “social justice” in this context is the effort to address societal issues. It is not a straightforward presentation of the Gospel. In this way, it is not unlike 19th century Protestant efforts to evangelize the Middle East. When Muslims and Jews did not embrace that message, it was left to church officials and missionaries to redirect their efforts. In this way, the churches operating today in the Middle East are largely leftwing and concentrate on “social justice.” In their neighborhood, that means almost exclusively opposing Israel.

In a few days, Salter McNeil will speak at a conference hosted by “Churches for Middle East Peace.” CMEP is really an Israel-bashing entity. The conference, “And Still We Rise,” will feature a plethora of speakers, including Mae Cannon (formerly of World Vision, now director of CMEP); Rev. Najla Kassab of World Communion of Reformed Churches, in Beirut; Farah Bayadsi, a Jerusalem-based Palestinian lawyer; and Sandra Van Opstal, executive pastor at Chicago’s Grace and Peace Community.

Notice this info from Opstal’s bio on the conference website:

“In her fifteen years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Sandra mobilized thousands of college students for God’s mission of reconciliation and justice in the world.

“She has been featured at WheatonCollege, North Park University, The Justice Conference, Evangelical Covenant conferences, Willow Creek Association conferences, and various churches.”

Anti-Israel fervor is everywhere.

And here is a post from Cho’s Instagram account:

“People sometimes ask me, ‘Are you pro-Israel or pro-Palestine?’ Neither. Both. Thus, some become frustrated with me. Join the club. While there’s pressure to choose one side, I’m ultimately ‘pro-Kingdom of God’ – and thus, for peace, truth, justice, and reconciliation.

“Having said that, I’m shocked to meet Christians around the world that don’t even know that there are Christians in Palestine…and they’ve actually been here for centuries upon centuries. It’s hard to articulate the weight, fear and anxiety that exists in the air because of the occupation – both in Palestine but also for Palestinian believers – truly a minority among minorities. So, it’s been a deep honor to be with Bible College students, pastors, activists, and leaders this week. Yes, it was a privilege to preach from the Holy Scriptures but more so, so good to listen and learn from the indigenous Palestinian church. And much love to my Israeli friends working for peace and justice. Oh, we have so much to learn from them.”

Boy, do we ever. This disingenuous bunch, schooled in propaganda techniques by the Yasser Arafats of the world, is turning entire generations against Israel.

If you are, say, a traditional Southern Baptist who is pro-Israel, please understand that when J.D. Greear is installed as Convention president this month, the SBC will have its transitional candidate toward a full-on social justice entity. Just like the mainline churches have been for decades and so many evangelical congregations have become.

The SBC Elders have done nothing publicly to stem the tide of takeover of the Church by progressives. In fact, they feel that they have to adopt new methods for reaching people.

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This is their Waterloo.

In the next few years, after the influence of pro-Palestinian leaders like Jonathan Martin, Paul Alexander, Tony Campolo, and Brian McLaren are finished with it, the Pentecostal world will also stand strong with the Palestinians.

The door of the Trojan Horse of Palestinian Advocacy/Terrorism has been kicked open, my friends.

The soft approach I’ve recently written about, coming from pro-Israel groups, is poison in our bloodstream. While Michael Brown boldly spoke to his audience after accepting a speaking slot from CATC organizers, he said this afterward (speaking about the Israel-hating PLO puppet, Jack Sara, president of Bethlehem Bible College):

“I really love Jack and am so glad we got some quality time together. And despite our deep differences on some key points, I appreciate the open door that was given to me and the warmth with which I was received.”

Is he serious? It is hard for me to believe that Brown isn’t aware that his hosts especially despise him…he’s Jewish.

The soft approach, developed and implemented by the current pro-Israel Christian leadership—virtually across-the-board—is going to lose, huge. An epic historical defeat is coming.
Various Facebook postings by naïve Millennials after CATC reveal the scene Israel will face in the near future. After being influenced and mentored by Wheaton College’s resident Israel-basher, Gary Burge, a young woman named Ashley wrote:

“I was so impressed how passionate my Palestinian friends were, there was no hate, they only showed love. They never retaliate. For me, this means being more open to loving those who hate me.”

This is tragic. She is not equipped to understand that her Palestinian handlers, like their old Soviet counterparts who trained them in the art of duplicity, want her to believe they are mellow peaceniks. And notice her last sentence: she means that she has now learned to be more open to loving those beastly, jack-booted Israelis.

That’s what she means.

Her world is literally upside-down and she doesn’t realize it.

Another student from a college in Tennessee wrote:

“Now that I have seen everything with my own eyes, the least that I can do is advocate for you in the US. This experience has opened my eyes so much. How truly important it has been to meet and see you as human beings in Christ. Now I will have more passion in churches and in politics.”

This young man, Liam Wheeler, gushed over his meeting with “the world’s youngest journalist,” Janna Tamimi. Like many Palestinian terrorists, she has adopted a nom de guerre, Janna Jihad” (emphasis added).

Is this not mind-boggling? Does the gentleman from Tennessee not understand he had just met a 12-year-old soldier in the jihad for Palestine?

(By the way, Ms. Jihad has 270,000 followers on Facebook.)

This introduction took place in the village of Nabi Saleh, and to hear Mr. Wheeler tell it, the rainbows and daisies in gun barrels were thick:

“The entire town is dedicated to nonviolent resistance against Israeli occupation, and while the cost of their struggle is high, they are an inspiration to the world.”

No, no, no. The town is dedicated to jihad, Mr. Wheeler. Had you not been a young dupe from the States, you might have gotten the ISIS treatment.

Hatred of Israel is everywhere.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Rapture Ready

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Stay Out of Yemen

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 00:00

The United States is already militarily involved in Yemen, with special forces targeting al-Qaeda and Islamic State operatives who are then attacked by American drones.  Thus far, however, it has stayed mostly outside the Yemeni civil war, in which Iranian-backed Houthi forces are fighting the Saudi-UAE-supported Yemeni government, although there are reports that Americans are helping locate and destroy ballistic missiles and launch sites that Houthi rebels have used to attack cities in Saudi Arabia.

Why should the United States increase its support for the anti-Houthi faction, particularly lacking any congressional support for additional involvement in Yemen?  The Houthis are not America’s enemy; the enemy is Iran, which declared war on us in 1979 and pursues a variety of strategies to wear us down while it pursues it’s illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Expanding the American role in Yemen would serve Iran’s strategic interests rather than our own.  The Iranians hope a bigger American footprint in Yemen – along with deployments in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria – will sap American resources, cost lives, sow civil discord, and reduce American prestige.  Iran believes that its stock will rise accordingly.

According to news reports, the UAE has asked for U.S. help in an operation to take control of the port of Hodeidah, Yemen’s fourth-largest city, sitting on the Red Sea near the entrance to the Gulf of Aden.  It is a strategic location for Red Sea shipping and an important stronghold for the Iran-backed Houthi fighters.  The port has played an important role in the delivery of emergency aid supplies to Yemen.  Hodeidah has been bombed on different occasions by Saudi-coalition air forces, and facilities at the port – especially large cranes and dock equipment – have been destroyed.

Yemeni forces, backed by the Arab coalition, have taken control of the tourist resorts in Al Nukhaila in the Al Duraihimi province just west of the rebel-held port city of Al Hodeidah, an operation that killed some 73 Houthi fighters, according to Arab sources.  But it is doubtful that Yemeni anti-Houthi forces can complete a mission to take control of Hodeidah province and its port without outside support.

The UAE (probably speaking for the Saudi government as well) claims to want only American intelligence and the use of drones to complement the Arab mission.  Keeping in mind, however, that neither the UAE nor the Saudis have ever launched a successful land attack, particularly one that requires amphibious landings and air drops, the job will likely require far more from the U.S.  It is only a small jump from there to American involvement in an across-the-board military effort.

While it is true that Iran is supplying missiles and weapons and probably financial support to the Houthi insurgency, as well as operating in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, Iranian support for Shi’ite causes is not the most important threat to U.S. security.

Much more important is Iran’s ability to destabilize or gain control of friendly countries in the region, to threaten Israel with ballistic missiles and possibly nuclear weapons, and to threaten Saudi Arabia with annihilation.  Responding to the mess in Yemen is a poor way to deal with these important challenges.

If the United States wants to stop Iran, Yemen is not the best place to do it.  Iran, after all, has nothing much to lose there since, even in the unlikely case that the Houthis are finally defeated (which will be costly), it won’t matter in the big picture.  Iran can use the defeat – of someone else, not itself – as a rallying cry against the “Great Satan,” step up its nuclear and missile programs, and drop the fake posture it is using successfully right now as a “nice guy” in full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, the “Iran deal”) from which President Trump rightly withdrew.

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The best way to deal with Iran is twofold:

  • Support opposition to the Iranian regime in order to destabilize the ruling mullahs.
  • Knock out key Iranian assets either using covert means or through specifically targeted operations.

Neither of these options constitutes American-generated “regime change,” and that’s as it should be.

The place to start is to make an effort to understand the vast store of sensitive intelligence that the Israelis lifted from Iran.  Among other things, documents show that Iran’s military is in charge of refining uranium to 90% (weapons grade) and has been for quite a while.  The military is completely outside the JCPOA, so it should be understood that despite the deal, or alongside the deal, or in subversion of the deal, Iran is and has been making weapons-grade material and probably building its first nuclear weapons.  It continues to seek WMD technology from Germany, among others, and the Iran-North Korea nuclear axis requires a much harder look by the United States and other intelligence agencies.

It is relevant and vitally important to use the Israeli-procured information to develop a real strategy against the mostly hidden and growing threat of a nuclear Islamic Republic – one that got its start long before the JCPOA, continued through it, and continues to this day.

Forget the Houthis.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Jewish Policy Center

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Israel Destroys Hamas Undersea Terror Tunnel [WATCH]

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 10:56

The IDF revealed that last Sunday’s attack against a Hamas naval facility destroyed an undersea tunnel that extended from the shore into the Mediterranean Sea. The tunnel was intended as a platform from which Hamas’ elite naval commandoes could penetrate into Israel.

During IDF strikes in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018, the IDF attacked a military post belonging to Hamas’ special naval forces in the northern Gaza Strip. During this strike, an offensive terror tunnel, which leads to the sea, was demolished pic.twitter.com/WKaE6btUXa

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) June 10, 2018


The Israeli airstrikes on June 3 were launched in response to rocket attacks and targeted five targets in a Hamas naval military compound in the northern Gaza Strip. On Sunday afternoon, the IDF announced that the specific target of the airstrike was the undersea tunnel attached to the base.

This was a unique terror tunnel in that it allowed Hamas terrorists with underwater access to stage attacks against the State of Israel pic.twitter.com/96qdKff8at

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) June 10, 2018

The Hamas base was located approximately 2 miles from the Israeli border. The tunnel did not cross the border into Israeli territory but extended dozens of meters underwater into the sea. It is believed the tunnel allowed the frogmen equipped with scuba gear to enter the sea without being detected.

“We know that it was an operational tunnel that has been used, or at least trained in, before,” IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told the media. Conricus said that more undersea tunnels might exist.

“We continue to monitor [the area] using all of the operational, technological and intelligence capabilities at our disposal,” he said.

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On July 8, 2014,  four Hamas naval commandos armed with automatic weapons and explosives infiltrated into Israeli territory outside Kibbutz Zikim on the southern coast. The terrorists were killed by the IDF but the attack came dangerously close to succeeding.

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Giuliani to Israeli Bereaved Families: “Europeans Unable to Defend Against Terror”

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 10:01

Rudy Giuliani, a former New York mayor and legal advisor to US President Donald Trump, spoke Wednesday night in Jerusalem at an event hosted by the OneFamily Foundation, which has helped Israeli bereaved families and victims of terrorism since its establishment 17 years ago.

Giuliani, who was mayor of New York City when it was struck by the tragic 9-11 terror attacks, began his speech by addressing the war on terror.

“Why should we look at … Europe that is a failure,” Giuliani said. “They can’t even defend themselves. They are frightened. France is frightened of terrorists. We’re not frightened of anyone, not just because we’re strong but because we’re right, and we’re decent, and we love people. And in order to love people and accomplish it you have to have courage. Cowards can’t protect people.”

His words had a visible effect on the participants, many of whom had lost relatives in terror attacks. Giuliani continued his speech by praising the current US President.

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“So Donald Trump seeks his guidance from the soul of America. And I think your prime minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] does ‘cause, he may not like it when I say it, he’s really an American. He loves America. He knows American politics, as well I bet as I do.”

Giuliani continued by attacking the press.

“Every great American president has had a terrible press,” he said. “The press is usually on the wrong side of history. And right now they’re on the wrong side of history. They have become apologists for terrorists in some cases, particularly in the way they deal with it. And what I’m specifically talking about is not terrorism in general but the Palestinian Authority. The one thing the Palestinian Authority has done well,… they’ve made themselves sympathetic. They’re a bunch of sympathetic murderers. And I see in the United States how that happens. You have a man who kills a police officer and everybody becomes sympathetic. And they find all kinds of excuses for why he’s really innocent or why he couldn’t help himself. I don’t know what it is in the human personality but there is this fascination with criminality that allows people to become extremely sympathetic to them and turn the whole thing opposite.”

Marc Belzberg, Founder and Chairman of OneFamily, expressed his appreciation for Giuliani’s uniqe and powerful perspective on the subject of terror.

“As the Mayor of New York at the time of the 9-11 attacks, Mr. Giuliani managed everything that occurred that day from a building across the street from the Twin Towers that itself was half destroyed,” Belzberg said. “Mr. Giuliani, who proved himself that day to be a master of Emergency Crisis Management, is joining hands today with the OneFamily organization of Israel, who have become the masters of Long Term Crisis Management. The first is necessary to save lives during and immediately following the attack.  The latter is necessary to ameliorate the long term devastating effects of terror on the surviving victims, by escorting them slowly back into the workforce and into becoming productive, functioning citizens of the country in which they live.”

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Hamas Destroying Israel’s Miracle of Making the Desert Bloom

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 08:19

It takes minutes to destroy what was built for years – Hamas’ Terror Kites are setting fires destroying fields and forests. If only they were investing in Gaza and its people with the same enthusiasm with which they wish to destroy Israel

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PSALMS 69:36

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 06:50

The first Israelites lived in the central mountain region of Israel, the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria. Avraham (Abraham) traveled from the north of the country through the Samarian hills down to Chevron (Hebron) the city in which he and his wife Sarah are buried. Yitzchak, (Isaac) Yaakov (Jacob), as well as King David and the Maccabees all lived in this mountainous region. Psalm 69 reminds us of the unbreakable bond between the Children of Israel and the hills of Judea. Hashem (God) promised this region to Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov as an inheritance to them and their descendants. Above, a young boy admires the vastness of the Judean desert, the exact locations where his ancestors walked. With the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, the Children of Israel are claiming their inheritance which Hashem designated for them thousands of years ago.

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3,000 Year Old Head Depicts Biblical King–But Which King Is it?

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 05:34

A recently revealed archaeological find may allow modern day people to see what a Biblical king looked like but a mystery still remains: which Biblical king is he?

The head, made of faience, a glass-like material that was popular in jewelry and small human and animal figurines in ancient Egypt and the Near East, went on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem ten days ago.  It was discovered July 2017 on a joint project by Azusa Pacific University, an evangelical Christian university in Southern California, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at Tel Abel Beth Maacah in Northern Israel just south of Israel’s border with Lebanon, near the modern-day town of Metula, a location that is mentioned in the Bible.

Ben-hadad responded to King Asa’s request; he sent his army commanders against the towns of Yisrael and captured Ijon, Dan, Abel-beth-maacah, and all Chinneroth, as well as all the land of Naftali. I Kings 15:20

The head, measuring 2.2 inches x 2 inches, appears to have broken off from the body of a figurine that stood 8-10 inches high. The head depicts a man with long black curly hair held in place with a headband painted in yellow and black and a manicured beard. His almond-shaped eyes and pupils are outlined in black makeup. The glazed surface is tinted light green due to the addition of copper to the quartz paste. Its elegant style indicates that the man was a distinguished personage, probably a king.

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“Despite the head’s small and innocuous appearance, it provides us with a unique opportunity to gaze into the eyes of a famous person from the past; a past enshrined in the Book of Ages,” said Robert Mullins, Ph.D., lead archaeologist at Abel Beth Maacah and chair and professor in Azusa Pacific’s Department of Biblical and Religious Studies. Mullins estimated the small head was made in the 9th century BCE.

“Given that the head was found in a city that sat on the border of three different ancient kingdoms, we do not know whether it depicts the likes of King Ahab of Israel, King Hazael of Aram-Damascus, or King Ethbaal of Tyre, rulers known from the Bible and other sources. The head represents a royal enigma,” Mullins told the Associated Press.

King Ahab was the infamous husband of the equally infamous Jezebel who worshiped the pagan god Baal,

Achav son of Omri did what was displeasing to Hashem, more than all who preceded him. I Kings 16:30

King Ethbaal is the father of Jezebel.

Not content to follow the sins of Yerovam son of Nebat, he took as wife Jezebel daughter of King Ethbaal of the Phoenicians, and he went and served Baal and worshiped him. I Kings 16:31

King Hazael was anointed by Elijah to be king over Aram Damascus.

Hashem said to him, “Go back by the way you came, [and] on to the wilderness of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael as king of Aram. I Kings 19:15

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Netanyahu’s Strong Comeback For Anti-Israel BBC Interviewer

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 04:10

In an interview with a combative BBC host, the Israeli prime minister expresses empathy for the Palestinians’ plight, while reminding the interviewer that peace is only with entities willing to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.

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Rabbis Call for Protests Against Destruction of Jewish Community South of Jerusalem

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 03:50

A cadre of rabbis called on the public to protest the destruction of the Netiv Ha’avot neighborhood in Gush Etzion next week, after attempts to nullify the Supreme Court-ordered razing failed.

In December 2016, the Supreme Court found in favor of Palestinian plaintiffs who argued that some of the homes of the Netiv Ha’avot neighborhood in the Judean community of Elazar were built on Palestinian-claimed land. The Supreme Court ordered that all the homes be fully razed, even those whose owners agreed to renovate the homes so as not to overlap onto the disputed land.

In a letter signed by Rabbis Dov Lior, Tzfania Drori, Chaim Druckman, Shlomo Aviner, Eliezer Waldman, Yigal Levinstein, Chaim Steiner, Aryeh Stern, Yehoshua Zuckerman and others, the public was urged to join the evacuated families on the day of their eviction on Tuesday morning to offer support, encouragement and assistance.

“We call on the general public to come early to the rally and to remain to protest the desecration of G-d’s name in the destruction of homes in the Land of Israel,” the letter read.

The letter instructed protesters not to engage in any violence.

They also rejected the Supreme Court’s finding regarding the ownership of the land. “As rabbis and community leaders, we view this act as contrary to all logic and morality, undermining our right to the entire Land of Israel, which is settled by the people of Israel by right and justice,” they wrote. “Make it clear to all those opposed to the settlement enterprise: For every home that will be destroyed or threatened with destruction, many others will be built.”

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In February, the cabinet of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the first stages of the legalization of Netiv Ha’avot, which will pave the way for the potential construction of 350 more homes in the neighborhood once the process if finalized.

“The residents of Netiv Ha’avot have been waiting a long time for this,” he said.

The same month, government ministers authorized $17.2 million in funding for the Gush Etzion Regional Council, the municipality which includes Elazar and Netiv Ha’avot. Nearly half of the funds will go toward building a temporary neighborhood for the expelled families, who will also be receiving compensation of $6.88 million.

The homes were originally slated for destruction in February, but the owners were granted a three-month stay.

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