This week’s parsha, Lech Lecha, is centered around our forefather Avraham’s travels from his hometown of Ur Kasdim to the Land of Cana’an. Perhaps the most important aspect of Avraham’s hashkafa–his world view, is the emphasis he places on social justice.
Israel National News reported today that the U.S. State Department made an ill-conceived move that may endanger the Israel-Egypt peace treaty signed by Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat following the Yom Kippur War. One of the results of the treaty was that the U.S. promised millions in economic and military aid to Egypt, perhaps the most powerful Arab state.
Yahoo Article On Abbas’s “Condemnation” of the Attack on Noam Glick: As Expected, Full of Half-Truths
Yahoo News, one of the few American media outlets I’m able to stomach (mostly thanks to their unequaled sports coverage), has a tendency on filling its pages on news about Israel. Even on days when there’s nothing to talk about, Israel finds itself at the center of attention. I guess we’re used to it by now…
Moshe Feiglin has always made a good impression on me. The one time I met him (I drove him from O’Hare to where he was staying in Chicago when he was visiting there a few years ago), he candidly spoke to me about his vision and his plans for the future. Unlike a vast majority of Israeli politicians, he wasn’t the least bit haughty. I didn’t sense an aura of indispensability.
Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to United Nations General Assembly was masterful. He used facts and snark to demonstrate what President Obama doesn’t understand–he is being snookered by the Iranians. He once again spoke of being ready to make concessions for peace with the palestinians, but reminding them that it takes two to tango.
Israeli Jews often find themselves feeling as if “the world hates us;” as if everyone is “out to get us.” It might be true that the anti-Semitism of things that Zhabotinsky talked about in his works, the concept that the Nations detest us not necessarily for who we are–but for our national history and for the things that represent us–is alive and well, but does the entire world really hate us? I strongly doubt it.
Shalom Friends and Family, In the immortal words of R.E.M. — it’s the end of the world as we know it. Many claim that this happened on September 11, 2001 but I fear that now, some 12+ years later, we are truly feeling the effects.
You’ve seen them by now: those pesky BDS’ers going around asking people to “boycott” Israel. It doesn’t make too much sense to a mature human being just based on the simple fact that most likely you’re boycotting your own computer or your own veggies, or better yet (or worse perhaps) your own cancer treatment
I met Mohammad, a 15 year-old teenager living in Nazareth Ilite through our mutual friend; yet another Arab pro-Israel activist, Anett Haskia. Mohammad struck me as a young intellectual; someone with the knowledge and understanding that so many people twice and three times his age are lacking.
Naftali Bennett earned a whopping 12 mandates in the last Knesset elections. This didn’t surprise anyone. He led a populist campaign based on the Israeli version of “You’re my bro.” He talked about unity, unity and more unity as if unity was everything and I gotta hand it to him: unity isn’t the “most important” think for Israel–it’s the only thing that really matters. But Bennett and his Jewish Home party have proven far from equal to the task of bringing unity to Israel.
When it comes to morality, Israel has been accused of the worst crimes one can imagine in its 35+ year old conflict against the “Palestinian people,” an entity unknown prior to around 1976, when arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat rose amongst the ranks of his Egyptian classmates, and, along with a bunch of individuals who on both a physical and mental level can be compared best to Freddy Crugar/The Three Stooges, founded the PLO, an organization with the stated claim of “liberating Palestine.”
As US-Russia relations have hit a post-Cold War low, Israelis are left wondering if Russia would be a better, more stable ally for Israel than the U.S. has been. This isn’t an altogether hypothetical question: the USSR started out supporting Israel and turned towards the Arabs after the Six Day War when it became clear Israel wasn’t about to become another puppet Communist regime.
Kay Wilson has spent the past 2 ½ years with only one goal in mind – trying to find a moment’s respite from the constant barrage of thoughts, images and sounds that fill her mind. It’s been more than 2 ½ years since she was brutally stabbed while guiding Kristine Luken, an American tourist, through an archeological site in the hills surrounding Jerusalem.
Every time Israel makes concessions to the Arabs, I hear American Jews voicing their disapproval. But they voice their disapproval with us not only when things don’t go their way–they’ve realized they have to come up with reason to hate the State of Israel and everything that represents Zionist values because if they don’t, it looks like they’re hypocrites.
When Rabin signed Oslo, he set the precedent for Israel’s suicidal attempt to give land away to its enemies in search of an elusive peace. He did this in order to quench his thirst to be known, loved and respected by the world. Bill Clinton supported him in life–and in death. He gave him his full backing every step of the way.
The man had apparently been in some far-off part of the world–Morocco, I guessed, when two young Arabs approached him and told him to follow them. He realized they were armed and wanted to kill him.
This past Sunday, the US State Department leaked reports that the Israeli Air Force had hit multiple targets in Syria for the second time in 48 hours.
An anti-Morsi poster. (WikiMedia Commons)
An anti-Morsi poster. (WikiMedia Commons)
The stunning developments in Egypt, the most populous Arab country and Israel’s largest neighbor, have many wondering how the Jewish state will be affected.
Two big news stories from last week struck me as relevant to us, here in Israel. One (actually, there were about a dozen such stories but they can all be united under one red-white-and-black umbrella) was continued attacks on Jews in Judea and Samaria.
I met Anett Haskia, a woman I hadn’t previously heard of, on a pro-Israel Facebook page run by Cliff Pinto, a guy I’ve come to respect for his deep understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict and love for the Jewish people.
In the bloody Syrian civil war, civilians have paid a heavy price. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group, reported in May that at least 94,000 people have been killed throughout the two years of clashes.
In one more step towards boosting Israel’s economy, Prime Minister Netanyahu recently met with Chinese officials during a five-day state visit to the far East superpower.
This week we read Parshat Shlach. Finally, we have arrived at the conclusion of the story. We are heading home—to the place promised to Avraham Avinu so many generations ago.
Zionist activists in Israel and abroad seem to have settled on a theme du jour for just about everything they say and do. “Israel is being unfairly treated by the world.” I see it in the news every day and it’s becoming a menace. Not because it’s not true but because it’s being misapplied.
Moti Yogev is a former commando chief; a man with a rare mixture of a deep love for the Land and people of Israel and a clear vision for the future.