Across Israel, Meir Panim responds to the growing needs of the country’s 1.75 million impoverished residents through various food and social service programs.
With all the negative spin about Israel that pervades much of the discourse on the Middle East, it’s always good to spotlight the positive. According to the 2012 National Power Index, released by the Foundation for National Security Research, a New Delhi-based think tank, Israel is among the top ten most powerful nations in the world.
The NPI ranks countries in terms of their ability to influence global events. The ranking is based on a statistical comparative analysis of a country’s economy, military, diplomacy, technology, and population.
The NPI ranks Israel’s military capability as sixth in the world (and the strongest in the Middle East). In technology it is ranked fourth. Its economy is ranked twenty-fifth. In addition, Israel is considered a world leader in technology and science.
Significantly, the study notes that Israel ranks fifteenth on the UN development index, a reflection of the high quality of living enjoyed by Israelis.
Think about it. Modern Israel was created after 2,000 years of Jewish homelessness and powerlessness and on the heels of the systematic murder of six million Jews. And after just six and a half decades of existence it is at the forefront of national achievement – an international force to be reckoned with.
What a stark contrast to the centuries of persecution and the devastations of the Holocaust, when Jews had no place of refuge. And what an illuminating reminder of the necessity for a safe and secure Jewish homeland.
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The answer is an emphatic no.
The meaning of “God’s watch” here is not entirely clear.
Don’t Israelis and Arab Palestinians deserve more than this? Is it not time to stop the insanity?
At age 104, my mother was still concerned about her relationship with Hashem.
Obama’s incompetence, the way his naive worldview and credulity have made a fool of him, are equally frightening
“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”
You’ve discovered our little secret!
Klein’s challenger has demonstrated a propensity to unleash poisonous vitriol, even to other Zionists
President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy.
Welcome the book of Leviticus!
If the nationalist Knesset members don’t provide the answer, the Arab MKs will do so in their place.
International Agunah Day falls annually on Ta’anis Esther, this year on March 13.
Yeshiva University Museum recently hosted an exhibit titled “Threshold to the Sacred.”
Even a foxhole Yid has to admit that antisemitism is on the upswing.
One can almost imagine a shocked Mr. Kerry thinking to himself, “How could he?” Yet not only did Mr. Putin do what he did, China, one of the three major international players along with the U.S. and Russia, agreed with him, not with Mr. Kerry.
We are not unmindful that generally appropriate governmental initiatives may have some inappropriate aspects in execution.
Al Qaeda, despite President Obama’s claims to the contrary, is newly resurgent and no doubt salivating at the prospect of a severely diminished U.S. military capacity.
Last month, after the Israeli government published plans for new construction, the State Department promptly repeated its longstanding refrain that the settlements were “illegitimate” and that “It is never helpful to have steps taken that are not conducive to our efforts to move forward on peace.”
While the thrust of the proposed law is easily understandable, there is a problem as well. The current draft requires claimants to prove malicious intent on the part of the present holder of the property, which some legal authorities say would be extremely difficult.
Recent stories in the Israeli media, citing “unnamed sources,” indicate that Mr. Kerry failed to get backing from President Obama to confront Israel over its rejection of his peace proposals
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