Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.
The shah of Iran exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to Turkey in 1964. In 1965, he moved to Iraq. In 1978, the ayatollah’s residence in Iraq was surrounded and he was told that his abandonment of political activity was a precondition for his remaining in Iraq. He refused to remain silent. On October 3, 1978, the ayatollah was refused entry by Kuwait. He was also denied entry by Algeria, Lebanon and Syria. Who accepted him? The French.
One would have expected the French to keep the ayatollah on a short leash. Guess again. While in France, he gave 132 media interviews and received almost 10,000 visitors who donated over 20 million British pounds to his cause over just a 4-month period. In February 1979, the ayatollah was returned to Iran on a chartered Air France jet whose pilot held his elbow as he disembarked on Iranian soil. The rest, of course, is history.
The world now faces a nuclear threat from Iran. Apparently, the international community will sit quietly while Israel is forced to protect itself, and in turn, the rest of the world. Undoubtedly, when and if Israel takes military action against Iran, President Sarkozy will be one of the first to condemn Israel.
Of course, the political theory of self-preservation and ultimate self-responsibility under which Israel would take such action would be based on the geopolitical principles of Charles de Gaulle himself. It took World War II for de Gaulle to learn those lessons — lessons that Jews have known for thousands of years. Israel’s security and the indivisibility of Jerusalem are issues for Israel and the Jewish people. President Sarkozy’s time would be better spent protecting the Jews of France.
About the Author: Shlomo Mostofsky is a civil court judge in Brooklyn. He served as president of the National Council of Young Israel between 2000 and 2011.
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Rabbi Kahane spoke of transfer, because it was what the Torah spoke of.
People test Israel every day to see how serious we really are in knowing when we are right.
Should Jews in Europe take more responsibility in self-defense of community and property?
The truth is we seldom explore with kids what prayer is supposed to be about.
Almost as one, Jews around the world are acknowledging the day-to-day peril facing ordinary Jews in Israel and the extraordinary service of the IDF in protecting them.
So on the one hand Secretary Kerry makes no bones about who is at fault for the current hostilities: he clearly blames Hamas.
King Solomon said it long ago: “Cast your bread upon the waters” because you don’t know when you’ll hit something. Our job is to do.
The anti-Israel camp does not need to win America fully to its side. Merely to neutralize it would radically alter the balance of power and put Israel in great jeopardy.
We mourn the dead, wish a speedy recovery to the wounded, and pray that God guides the government.
Charges from the court of world public opinion and their refutations.
It is up to our government to ensure that their sacrifices were not made for short-term gains.
Supporting Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, has become dangerous in Malmo.
At a minimum, every child in our yeshivas needs to be taught how important it is, to the Jewish people and Israel, to utilize their right to vote and to cast an informed vote in every local, state and national election.
Purim is the “topsy-turvy” day of the Jewish calendar – the day of v’nahafoch hu. Boys and girls wear costumes, and we expect children to make noise in shul. It is a festive and happy day. But Purim may also be the day a Jewish boy or girl takes his or her first drink and the first step toward alcohol abuse.
On the 25th day of Kislev we will celebrate Chanukah. On the 4th day of Kislev Jonathan Pollard celebrated the start of his 25th year in prison.
The Orthodox Jewish wedding season commences each year after Lag B’Omer and again after Tisha B’Av. In the weeks prior to those dates we watch the mail for the wedding invitations we receive – and notice the ones we do not. Sometimes we receive invitations to weddings and cannot figure out why we were invited; other times we wonder why a friend or acquaintance has not invited us to a simcha.
Everyone knows the story. Moshiach finally arrives and goes from shul to shul telling the Jews it’s time to go home to Eretz Yisrael. But wherever Moshiach goes he is rejected because of his dress, his yarmulke, his hat or his accent. Eventually, in frustration, he simply leaves.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind deserves credit for his attempt to deal with the issue of abuse in the Orthodox community – a community where people still refer to cancer as “yener machlah” (that disease); where mental illnesses (even those that are not genetic, such as postpartum depression) are rarely spoken of publicly; and where some parents are still afraid to have their sons and daughters tested and registered with Dor Yeshorim even though doing so might prevent a marriage resulting in children with genetic diseases.
On the day French President Nicolas Sarkozy told members of the Israeli Knesset that Jerusalem had to be divided, an Orthodox Jewish teenager was in intensive care in a Paris hospital after he was beaten by an anti-Semitic mob. I found it ironic that a man who is unable to protect the Jews of his own country has the gall to tell Israel’s leaders how best to conduct their internal and external foreign policy.
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/sarkozy-needs-to-mind-his-own-store/2008/07/02/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: