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President Rivlin’s Independence Day Message Thanks Jews in the Diaspora

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin’s Yom Ha’Atzmaut message to Jews in the Diaspora thanked them for contribution to the Jewish state but did not even whisper a hint that they should make Aliyah and come home.

Israel and Jews around the world celebrate Israel’s Independence Day Wednesday night and Thursday, one day before the usual date of the 5th of Iyar in order to avoid desecration of the eve of the Sabbath and celebrating through Friday evening.

This also is President Rivlin’s first year in office, and he did not even tiptoe the issue of Aliyah. He simply ignored it.

Suggesting Jews in the Diaspora to move to Israel usually is an itchy subject. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu angered some French leaders and especially the French government last year when he flatly stated after a terrorist attack on Jews at a kosher deli in Paris, “The State of Israel is not just the place to which you turn in prayer. The State of Israel is also your home.”

David Ben-Gurion, when he was Prime Minister in 1961, hit a brick wall in Baltimore when he told rags-to-riches millionaire Jacob Blaustein he expected several thousand American Jews to move to Israel every month.

Blaustein told Ben-Gurion, “American is our home.”

President Rivlin played it safe and patted American Jews on the back without ruffling any feathers.

He told them in the video that can be seen below:

Israel will forever be indebted to our friends and supporters abroad. Those who have contributed and continue to contribute to charities and foundations, those who have volunteered in the Israel Defense Forces even at times of war, those who stand up for Israel in the media – you are all part of the Israeli family, and should take joy and pride in Israel’s independence celebrations….

Together, we can work to ensure that Israel fulfills its promise of a Jewish and democratic country, with equality and freedoms for all its citizens.

I wish you all Chag Atzmaut Samayach and may we all enjoy a successful and prosperous Israel.

Americans, especially Jews, love to hear about “equality and freedom” in Israel. It makes them feel proud to be Jewish Americans – and not American Jews – so the non-Jewish community can huff and puff that the United States of America is the model for Israel.

America, the country where church is church and state is state and never the twain shall meet.

America, the melting pot.

America, where the assimilation rate among Jews is 70 percent.

If the Obama administration has not convinced American Jews to move to Israel, maybe Hillary Clinton can succeed.

Is Billionaire Roman Abramovich Planning Aliyah?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Published on Jewish Business News
by Ilan Shavit

Just as Ben Mezrich’s new book “Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs” is about to be published, with what are expected to be authentic descriptions of the battle between tycoons Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich, with a Warner Bros. movie already in production, the colorful owner of Chelsea soccer club appears to be moving his business to Tel Aviv.

Globes reported Monday that the 58th richest man on the planet, with an estimated fortune of $12 billion, has picked up a major asset in Israel, the lot on which stands the Varsano boutique hotel in gentrified, picturesque south Tel Aviv.

Abramowich paid roughly $25 million for the lot, which was owned by the Guy and Yaron Versano (married to Israeli Hollywood actress Gal Gadot—a.k.a. Wonder Woman), in the old neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, near the border of Jaffa.

The lot is less than half an acre in all, and includes the hotel, which is slated for preservation, as well as a parking lot, zoned for housing.

Now, Abramovich lives with his family in London, but he has been expressing an interest for a few years now, according to Globes, in buying property in Neve Tzedek.

Late last March, the media reported that Abramovich had arrived in Israel on his private jet and stayed at the boutique hotel Norman in Tel Aviv, where he engaged in several secret business meetings. Now it turns out that he was closing on the Varsano transaction. There was a report back then that he was spotted touring the old neighborhood.

Abramovich owns several luxury properties in London and the U.S., and now he owns a nice piece of Israel. He visits Israel with his family on the holidays. So the expectations are that he will convert the Versano into a residential facility and use the zoning rights to add residential space to use during his stay in Israel.

Last year, Abramowich and his family celebrated the Passover seder at the Genesis hotel down in Mitzpe Ramon.

He rented the entire hotel, naturally.

Abramowich has invested in many Israeli technology companies, like the transportation collaboration start-up Via, investment fund iAngels, the Storedot company developing rapid charging of smartphones, and AcousticEye, which tests tubes using sound waves.

Abramowitz owns a private Boeing 767-300, and in 2007 he added an Airbus A380 for $300 million. In 2010 he also added a yacht—Eclipse—for $ 1.2 billion, the second biggest yachts in all of God’s wide seas.

So, is Roman Abramowich doing Aliyah? We have no idea, but he might as well—he owns a chunk of the place already.

This article was written by ILan Shavit.

110 Ukraine Jews Arrive on IFJC Refugee Rescue Flight

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A special refugee rescue flight sponsored by the IFJC (International Fellowship of Christians and Jews) brought 110 Ukrainian Jews on their aliyah trip home to Israel on Tuesday.

Among the group was the husband of the late Irina Shelkayeba, killed at the beginning of February by a direct hit from a rocket that slammed into her home as she was cooking. The attack on the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk was launched by pro-Russian separatists.

Irina’s husband and the rest of the family members who came with him on aliyah were met at Ben Gurion International Airport by her niece Liora Nissim. It was Nissim who had also assisted the family with their decision to leave Ukraine and move to Israel.

“I made aliyah myself 17 years ago as part of the Na’ale program, while my family remained in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine,” she explained.

“They lived next to the airport, an area in which the difficult battles were waging. This was continued on and on and they waited all this time for it to finally end. It is hard to leave home, especially when war is raging outside. Then the rocket fell and killed my aunt. The house was ruined. They remained with no property.

“I started aiding them from Israel. I heard the IFCJ is organizing refugee flights and I immediately called. Their representative contacted my broken family that fled under heavy shelling to the city of Dnieper and a month and a half later they were on their way to Israel”.

Tuesday’s flight was the third sponsored by IFJC since December, totaling 560 Jews rescued from Ukraine alone.

The organization says it has decided to increase its efforts in bringing home the thousands of Jews who are in distress in countries around the world, in the years to come. IFJC is supplementing the standard aid package granted to new immigrants in Israel, since many of the newcomers are battle refugees, and others were harshly affected by the economic state that Ukraine was suffering. In addition, IFJC reached out to local mayors across Israel to advocate for special support to the newcomers in their towns.

“Every generation has its own miracle of Exodus,” IFJC president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein said. “After years of involvement in the bringing of the newcomers from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, the IFJC is excited to be a central activist in the enterprise of rescuing the Jews of Ukraine that experience over a year now an ongoing emergency crisis.

“The IFJC wishes a happy Redemption Holiday to all the olim, and promises to stand by them till they are fully absorbed in Israel.”

Israel Ambassador to Germany Politely Urges Jews to Leave on Aliyah

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Israel Ambassador to Germany, Yaakov Hadas-Handelsman, has joined Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in politely urging European Jews to “consider Israel your home.”

Speaking in an interview published Sunday in the Tagesspiegel daily, published in Berlin, the ambassador said he “does not envy any Jew living in Europe today.”

He said that those who feel unsafe in light of the recent deadly attacks aimed against Jews in various countries should feel welcome to come to Israel “at any time.”

Hadas-Handelsman had especially high praise for Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel for making it clear that “it is not normal for synagogues and Jewish schools to need police protection.”

Last July, a synagogue in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia which originally was burned down during Kristallnacht but was subsequently rebuilt was firebombed.

Anti-Semitism in the country in general is on the rise, according to the Central Council of Jews in Germany, as it is in other countries across Europe.

In October 2014, the ‘Die Rechte’ political faction wrote to Mayor Ullrich Sierau in the city of Dortmund, demanding to know the exact number and addresses of all the Jews, saying the information was “relevant for our political work.”

The demand was refused and the letter was passed to the Interior Ministry of the State of North-Rhine-Westphalia, which is “looking at ways to legally ban the party,” whose numbers are growing, according to the Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism (CFCA).

Peres Plays Down Aliyah and Ignores Intermarriage

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres slapped Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu behind the back on Sunday for encouraging terrorized Jews to make Aliyah instead of doing so without being pushed by hatred.

Speaking in New York at an event by the Times of Israel newspaper, Peres insisted, “Jews can live all over the world. Just keep your children Jewish.”

The intermarriage rate in the United States is approximately 60 percent. It is above 70 percent in most of Europe, and Israel’s premier president of platitudes can’t connect the dots. The reason is that Peres refers never miss an opportunity to knock Netanyahu. even if at the expense of Aliyah.

The Prime Minister commented after this week’s murder of a Jewish guard at a Copenhagen synagogue, “I would like to tell all European Jews and all Jews wherever they are: Israel is the home of every Jew.”

Last month, at the funerals in Israel for French Jews murdered by a terrorist in an attack on kosher deli, in Paris, Netanyahu told mourners, ”Today we have a state of our own, one that is blossoming and advanced, one that spreads great light like a lighthouse of morality; a state that takes its fate in its hands.”

But Peres, instead of promoting Israel’s “lighthouse of morality” and encouraging people to have the desire to make Aliyah, preferred to exploit the event in New York to jab his long-time political enemy Netanyahu while broadcasting the old-time Israeli smugness that Israel does not have to ask anyone to come to the country.

“Come because you want to live in Israel,” Peres said, which would have been a reasonable statement if it weren’t for the fact that although Peres’ father and family were Zionists, no one made the move to Israel until anti-Semitism hastened their emigration from Europe..

Peres was born in White Russia and was  ruled by Poland between the world wars. As anti-Semitic violence escalated, Peres’ father traveled to Tel Aviv in 1932 to put down stakes in Israel and then called for his family, including the future president of Israel, to make Aliyah in 1934. Those who remained behind were massacred by the Nazis.

Huckabee Says Netanyahu ‘Dead Right’ to Remind Europe’s Jews Israel is Safe Haven

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee told Fox News on Sunday (Feb. 15) that he believes Israel’s prime minister was “dead right” to openly remind the Jews in Europe that Israel awaits them as a safe haven.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Israeli cabinet Sunday that the current wave of terror attacks in Europe – including murderous anti-Semitic attacks – “is expected to continue.”

Netanyahu said in his opening statement, “I would like to tell all European Jews and all Jews wherever they are: ‘Israel is the home of every Jews. To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say that Israel is waiting for you with open arms.’”

“I understand what he’s saying,” Huckabee said in an interview live from Jerusalem, where he is currently on a visit to the Jewish State. Huckabee is also still mulling over the possibility of running as a candidate for president in the 2016 U.S. national election. Netanyahu, for his part, faces Israel’s national elections again on March 17.

“The Jews have been through this kind of horrible situation before, when they were hunted down and murdered, and he’s saying to many Jews in Europe, ‘terrorism is not isolated to the Middle East, it’s global, it’s happening in Oklahoma City, Fort Hood, in Copenhagen… and the one place that Jews can be protected is in Israel,'” Huckabee continued.

“And I can’t blame him a bit – and he’s probably dead right to say it.”

Last week U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice, said in an address to the Brookings Institute that media coverage over terror attacks in Europe and the Middle East have become disproportionate to the threat they represent, at least in the United States. ‘

“While the dangers we face may be more numerous and varied, they are not of the existential nature we confronted during World War II or during the Cold War,” she said. “We cannot afford to be buffeted by alarmism and a nearly instantaneous news cycle,” she added.

Netanyahu Calls on European Jews to Move to Israel

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on Jews from Europe to walk away from growing anti-Semitism and terrorism and move to Israel.

Speaking hours after a terrorist killed a volunteer Jewish guard outside a Copenhagen synagogue where a Bat Mitzvah celebration was being held, the Prime Minister said, “Extremist Islamic terrorism has struck Europe again, this time in Denmark. We send our condolences to the Danish people and to the Jewish community in Denmark.

“Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews and this wave of terrorist attacks – including murderous anti-Semitic attacks – is expected to continue.”

He told the Cabinet that the government is preparing a $45 million plan to encourage Aliyah from Belgium, Belgium and Ukraine.

Prime Minister Netanyahu added:

 I would like to tell all European Jews and all Jews wherever they are: ‘Israel is the home of every Jew.

To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say that Israel is waiting for you with open arms.

 

 

 

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