The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
Klein: will not happen; they turned down statehood in 1937, 1948, 2000 and 2008, and will not make a deal accepting a Jewish state because their goal is Israel’s destruction, not a Palestinian state. If a state were established, it would be a terrorist Iran-Hamas beggar-state promoting cross-border attacks into Israel and would make alliances with terrorist nations, perpetrate human rights abuses, and be Judenrein.
When it comes to Israel, the United Nations…
Foxman: is blind and bigoted.
Dershowitz: does more harm than good.
Klein: is anti-Semitic, continuously passes anti-Israel resolutions, and allows genocidal anti-Israel states to remain members.
Boycotts of Israel…
Foxman: will not succeed; if terrorism and suicide bombers did not undermine Israel’s spirit of survival and resilience, boycotts never will.
Dershowitz: make it more difficult for the Palestinians to accept reasonable peace offers.
Klein: are simply anti-Semitism; the real human rights abusers are Iran, Syria, China, North Korea, Iraq, and many African countries.
American support for Israel…
Foxman: is critical for Israel and a national security interest of the United States.
Dershowitz: will remain strong so long as Americans know the truth.
Klein: is strong; according to a recent ZOA poll there is overwhelming backing for Israeli positions…on settlements, Jerusalem, and Iran sanctions.
Israel’s best interests…
Foxman: are to value, appreciate and respect the diversity of the Jewish people.
Dershowitz: will be protected only by Israel itself.
Klein: would be served by Jewish groups and Israeli officials holding press conferences exposing the extreme terrorist, anti-Semitic nature of the Palestinian Authority – for example, its glorifying Jew-killing terrorists; refusing to show Israel on any map; naming schools, streets, sports teams and children’s camps after terrorists; promoting Jew-killing in their sermons; proclaiming that no Jew will be allowed in a Palestinian state; paying special salaries to Israeli-imprisoned Jew killers and their families.
Diplomatic approaches to peace…
Foxman: are the only possible path to bring about a reconciliation and coexistence.
Dershowitz: are necessary; war should always be a last resort.
Klein: won’t work because it’s a religious war whose goal is Israel’s destruction.
Jewish history teaches…
Foxman: never to forget; in the Seder we say that in every generation forces come up to destroy us, and yet we overcome – with faith – to survive.
Dershowitz: us to rely on Jewish power.
Klein: that in every generation Jews have to deal with Jew hatred and violence.
The world should learn from Israel…
Foxman: to stand firm against intimidation and terror; to have faith in one’s principles; to have the courage of one’s convictions; and to have confidence in the justice of one’s cause.
Dershowitz: how to fight terrorism within the rule of the law; how to create a more cultural democracy; how to build a strong economy without natural resources; and how to help the world with its technological advances.
Klein: that hard work, perseverance, talent, and belief in Torah have allowed Israel to survive and prosper in the midst of constant threats, terrorism, and war.
A set of 10 beginning sentence fragments is now directed to three rabbis for completion.
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky is spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun of Teaneck, New Jersey, and the author of the forthcoming The Jewish Ethic of Personal Responsibility.
Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein spends most of his workday advocating for the Jewish people and the Jewish state for a large NGO. He teaches Jewish law at Loyola Law School and is on the editorial boards of Cross-Currents, Klal Perspectives, and Jewish Action.
Rabbi Avi Shafran, a musmach of Rav Yaakov Yitzchok Ruderman, zt”l, and talmid of Rav Yaakov Weinberg, zt”l, has been writing weekly essays for 15 years (his work can be viewed at rabbiavishafran.com). He also serves as director of public affairs of Agudath Israel of America, a position he has held since 1994.
About the Author: Harvey Rachlin is an award-winning author of thirteen books including “Lucy’s Bones, Sacred Stones, and Einstein’s Brain,” which was adapted for the long-running History Channel series "History's Lost and Found." He is also a lecturer at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.
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Many books have supported the preferability- not to be confused with desirability- of the status quo
Consider the Pope’s desperation, reading daily reports of the slaughter of Christians by Muslims
The contrast between a Dem pretending to love Israel & a Dem who truly loves Israel is CRYSTAL CLEAR
U.S and European demands for the creation of a Palestinian State in the West Bank is world hypocrisy.
We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Connecting Bamidbar&Shavuot is simple-A world without Torah is midbar; with Torah a blessed paradise
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
My Jewish star was battered, indeed it was a wreck
But I picked it up anyway and put it around my neck
To know that hatred mangled it was surely very painful
But just the same to me it is still very beautiful.
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