Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem’


American Jews Just Don’t Get It

editor 3 August 2018

By Naomi Ragen.. In the late spring of 1967, I was a 17-year-old high school student about to graduate from the Hebrew Institute of Long Island. But instead of dreams about prom night, what occupied my mind—and I expect those of most American Jews—was the “second Holocaust” in the making. After aligning with Syria and Jordan, blockading Israel’s Red Sea, kicking out United Nations peacekeeping forces and moving his vast army and air force into the Sinai, Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser had declared that the time had come to “annihilate the State of Israel once and for all.” [Photo top right: Steven Munchin, US Secretary of the Treasury, and daughter of President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, reveal a dedication plaque at the official opening ceremony of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90].  (more…)


Holy only to Jews

editor 23 June 2018

By Nadav Shragai.. “The Western Wall doesn’t belong to the Jews alone,” Labor party leader Avi Gabbay said last week (June 11, 2018) before rushing to walk it back. But maybe we should thank him. The party leader gave us a chance to address another perversion of history, this one intentional – the Palestinian Islamization of the Western Wall – the holy site they long for as one of the walls of Al-Aqsa compound – by categorically denying any Jewish ties to it, just like they do with the Temple Mount and Jerusalem as a whole. [Photo top right: Western Wall in Jerusalem (Kotel) | Credit: Marek69/photos Wikimedia Commons].  (more…)


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

editor 13 June 2018

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “[Yoav’s men] came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maacah; they threw up a siegemound against the city and it stood against the rampart. All the troops with Yoav were engaged in battering the wall.” II Samuel 20:15. 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? [Photo top right: Glass head of mystery king (Photo from Facebook Tel Abel Beth Maacah)].  (more…)


In bid to buy influence, Turkey hands out money in east Jerusalem

editor 6 June 2018

By Yori Yalon.. Turkish government agency TIKA hands out checks worth $500 as well as Turkish flags to residents and business owners in east Jerusalem • Jerusalem advocacy group warns of “radical Turkish views” and calls for “all-out war against Turkish interference.” The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency has handed out about $420,000 in $500 checks to east Jerusalem merchants and residents in recent days as a gift for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, Israel Hayom discovered Monday (May 21, 2018). [Photo top right: An east Jerusalem shop displaying a Turkish flag distributed by TIKA  | Photo: Miri Tzachi].  (more…)


Recognizing Jerusalem is in America’s National Interest

editor 17 May 2018

By Greg Roman.. When US President Donald Trump vowed during his election campaign to put ‘America First,’ many commentators mocked him for what was a very reasonable policy. Moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem isn’t putting Israel first, it’s putting America first. [Photo top right: Pres Donald Trump At Kotel | Photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90].


Don’t think the U.S. Embassy belongs in Jerusalem? Get over it.

editor 17 May 2018

By Naftali Bennett.. Naftali Bennett is Israel’s minister of education and minister of diaspora affairs. He has been a member of the security cabinet since 2013 and has led the Jewish Home party since 2012. The inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is an important recognition of Israel’s inherent right to govern itself. It is also the start of a new era, one in which the international community’s relationship is based on reality and fact, not fantasy and fiction. [Photo top right: Seal of a US Embassy].  (more…)


Excitement in Israel as Countries Prepare to Raise Flags at New Embassies in Jerusalem

editor 9 May 2018

By Jonathan Benedek.. “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. With the Guatemalan flag already hoisted at the location of its new embassy in Jerusalem, there is a palpable mood of excitement among Israeli officials to see other countries doing the same very soon. [Photo top right:Guatemala’s flag was raised at the location of its new embassy in Jerusalem on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (Capture/YouTube].  (more…)


US envoy says Jerusalem under Israel is ‘model for coexistence in the world’

editor 27 April 2018

By Raphael Ahren.. David Friedman says Trump’s recognition of holy city as Israel’s capital was meant to ‘extend an olive branch to all major religions’. Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty is a “model for coexistence” among the three major monotheistic religions, the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Monday (April 23, 2018). At a panel discussion in the capital, the envoy also said intelligence cooperation between the two countries has saved American lives. At the same time, he expressed concern over young Americans’ weakening connection to Israel. [Photo top right: US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks during the 6th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism conference, at the Jerusalem Convention Center, on March 19, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)].  (more…)


Israel70 | Celebrating the argument

editor 19 April 2018

By Einat Wilf with Shany Mor.. Zionism and the State of Israel are unique examples of a movement of national liberation, and a state, established as ongoing debates, claim Einat Wilf with Shany Mor. Democratic debate about the character and future of the state has been at once a necessity, a virtue, a strength and a saving grace; in fact it has defined who we are. Here’s to the next 70 years of the argument. [Photo top right: Dr. Einat Wilf].  (more…)


Myths and facts about Gaza’s ‘march of return’

editor 17 April 2018

By Tzvi Fleischer.. The Strategist – 17 April 2018

The demonstrations along the Israel–Gaza border dubbed the ‘Great March of Return’ are a calculated and desperate propaganda move, largely organised and funded by Hamas alongside other terrorist organisations. Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, is designated in part or entirely a terrorist organisation by the United States, the European Union and Australia. It’s using the campaign to respond to its own international isolation, recent Arab–Israeli rapprochement and more overt American support for Israel’s position, such as the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. [Photo top right: Palestinians youth collect tires to burn them during demonstrations in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 4, 2018. The death toll from March 30 violence along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel rose to 17 on Monday when the health ministry in the enclave confirmed another Palestinian had died from his wounds. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90]. (more…)

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