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Israel Hits All-Time Record for Incoming Tourism

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Against the security background in the Middle East and despite the drop in incoming tourism in many countries in the region, Israel has registered a 3.6 percent increase in incoming tourism for 2016, with 2.9 million tourist entries.

Tourism Ministry officials say they’re not surprised by these statistics, however; they attribute the increase to a strategic shift in marketing and an increase in the marketing budget.

The marketing program adopted by Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and implemented under the direction of Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi focused on creating demand within Israel — domestic tourism — by building sub-brands suited to different target markets. This was supported by wide-ranging campaigns and including new foreign markets such as India and China, which have each registered major increases in incoming tourism.

The Tourism Ministry also promoted collaborations with the largest international online travel agents such as Expedia and TripAdvisor. In addition, the ministry worked with international airlines to expose them to the economic potential of opening routes to Israel and, among others, by giving incentives for every passenger flying into Ovda Airport near Eilat, and for opening new routes into Ben Gurion International Airport.

“This increase does not come from thin air,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. “The increase in tourist entries to Israel is the result of significant budgets that were allocated for marketing and attractive campaigns, investment in new markets and the development of relevant sub-brands for different target markets.

“The strategic plans are adapted to fluctuations and changes in the tourism industry worldwide. I will continue to advance the activities of the ministry with strategic international partners so that the tourism market in Israel will continue to develop and flourish.”

With a budget of nearly half a billion shekels, the highest ever for tourism marketing, the focus was placed on campaigns in key markets with the highest numbers of incoming tourism and the largest potential for additional growth.

Those included the United States, Russia, Germany, France, England and others. Focus was also placed on investment in new and significant markets with high potential for increased tourism, particularly India and China, Levin said.

Israel won a prize from the Indian Travel & Leisure Magazine as the best destination for history and heritage, for example, and won the 2016 Best Destination in Chinese media awards.

Hana Levi Julian

India must Follow Israel in Dismantling Terror Camps

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

I wonder when the National Democratic Alliance government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi would really give a befitting reply to those radical Islamist sections in the establishment in Islamabad that have been behind both the (1999)Kargil-kind wars and the terror strikes against modern secular India — Parliament (2001), Kaluchak ( May 2002) and the Mumbai (Nov. 2008). Recently, enraged over Islamabad-sponsored terror strike at our Army base in Uri and, earlier, Pathankot Air Force base, the Indian Army did conduct its surgical strike across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. But it is proving meaningless. The post-Uri attacks by the militants in Manikote, Baramulla and Handiwara say it all. There is no point repeating what has been obvious ever since the State of Jammu and Kashmir became part of India. It is New Delhi’s moral,legal and constitutional obligation to defend its land( Pak-occupied Kashmir) and the rights and liberties of each and every citizen living therein. The current dispensation in New Delhi must give our apolitical, professional Army relative autonomy to clear the PoK of foreign occupation and all terror camps.

New Delhi must exercise its right to self-defense. It needs nobody’s approval for this. All major powers resort to self-defense whenever it is needed. In India’s case it is part of humanity, our meaningful existence. It would be naive if New Delhi still calculated some kind of international cooperation would do the needful for India. We all know most of the member- states of the world body have little faith in democracy, peace and development. Our External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj rightly said at the United Nations in September this year, “In our midst, there are nations that still speak the language of terrorism, that nurture it, peddle it, and export it. To shelter terrorists has become their calling card. We must identify these nations and hold them to account…These nations, in which U.N.-designated terrorists roam freely, lead processions and deliver their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity, are as culpable as the very terrorists they harbour. Such countries should have no place in the comity of nations.” She said, “ Terrorists do not own banks or weapons factories, so let us ask the real question: who finances these terrorists, who arms them and provides sanctuaries?”

History bears out immoral forces such as radical Islamists behave only when they are challenged and cornered by the conscientious and brave. Time New Delhi did not waste its time over dialogue with those who did not believe in the diplomacy of the civilized. The code of such forces’ behaviour is similar to that of the Palestinian ruling elites : spread the culture of hatred and violence against the civilized. Time India acted in defense of its citizens who have suffered so long on account of terrorism.

In a recent media interview ( Power Politics, November 2016), our former Army Chief General Shankar Roy Chowdhury suggested that the Indian Army could launch more attacks in the PoK to protect the country against terrorism and aggression. Prime Minister Modi may consider his suggestion. Modi is full of praise for the Israeli Defense Force’s actions in Palestine and Lebanon. At a meeting in Himachal Pradesh on October 18, Modi likened the Indian Army’s recent strikes across the LoC as “no less than the Israel Army.” He must give the Indian defense forces the kind of autonomy the Israeli leadership gives to its own.

Jagdish N. Singh

What a Welcome!

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin and his wife Nechama during a welcoming ceremony in their honor at the airport in Agra, India on November 16, 2016.

President Rivlin is on official state visit in India.

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Rivlin on State Visit to India

Monday, November 14th, 2016

President Reuven Rivlin and his wife landed in India on Monday for a state visit.

Rivlin was to join his counterpart, President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, in opening an agro-tech conference in Chandigarh.

Rivlin was also scheduled for meetings with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Hana Levi Julian

India and UNESCO: Historical View vs. Jihad View

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

{Originally posted to the Gatestone Institute website}

One wonders what India’s Permanent Delegation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is doing in Paris today. India joined it way back on November 4, 1946. Given the potential of this cultural agency in spreading enlightenment derived from scientific education and fostering development throughout the world, New Delhi sent to the organization internationally acclaimed philosopher and future President, S. Radhakrishnan as a member. He rose to become its chairman during 1948-49. New Delhi’s abstention from voting on the October 18 resolution in UNESCO’s Executive Board, however, indicates the Indian delegation now in Paris is absolutely ineffective.

In a 24-6 vote, the Executive Board ratified a resolution that refers to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and its adjoining Western Wall solely by their Muslim names of Al-Haram Al-Sharif and the “Buraq Wall.” The nations that voted for it included: Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Morocco, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Russia, South Africa, and Vietnam.

The six countries that voted “no” were Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States.

Those that abstained included: Albania, Argentina, Cameroon, El Salvador, France, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Haiti, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Paraguay, Saint Vincent and Nevis, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Ukraine.

New Delhi’s abstention from voting on this resolution falls short of the expectations the enlightened international community probably has on the issue of the Jewish Temple. India, which boasts an age-old slogan, “Satyamev Jayate” (“Let Truth Triumph”), recalls, since ancient times the Temple Mount as part of India’s indelible memory. In his historic address to the Parliament of the World’s Religions at Chicago in 1893, India’s legendary spiritual thinker, Swami Vivekanand, said:

“I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny…”

The Temple Mount refers to a walled compound having two magnificent structures — the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque — and the Western Wall. For the last 3000 years, the complex has served as a witness to the faithful of the three great monotheistic religions. King Solomon built the First Temple here around 1000 BC. The Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar tore it down 400 years later. In the first century BC, King Herod refurbished a Second Temple. It is here that Jesus Christ lashed out against the money-changers. The Roman General Titus exacted revenge against Jewish rebels, sacking and burning the Temple in 70 AD.

Muslims call the Temple Mount “Haram al-Sharif” (“the Noble Sanctuary”), and the al-Aqsa mosque “the farthest mosque” — although no one knows how far the farthest mosque actually was; it may well have been in Arabia — where in a dream the Islamic Prophet Muhammad supposedly ascended to the “Divine Presence” on the back of a winged horse.

In modern times, the antiquity of the complex can easily be determined by archaeological excavations and scientific tools. But this has not been acceptable to the authority of the compound, an Islamic council called the Waqf, which spuriously insists that archaeological excavations would amount to a desecration of their religious sites. In the late 19th century, European adventurers conducted some clandestine surveys. Some minor archaeological work was conducted by the British from 1938 to 1942, when the al-Aqsa Mosque was undergoing renovation.

It is clear from the history of faiths that the holy scriptures of the Jews are far older than the Islamic ones. The Temple Mount is the ultimate — and only — physical expression of the Jewish faith in God. The Prophet Muhammad’s Islam and its symbols, Al-Haram Al-Sharif and the Buraq Wall (where Muhammad is said to have chained his winged horse upon entering Jerusalem in his dream) came in the world at least a thousand years later.

Regrettably, UNESCO seeks to erase this history of faiths and replace it with a jihadi narrative that would deny both Christians and Jews their age-old access to the symbols of their faiths.

UNESCO is supposed to help preserve the entire world’s heritage, but this cultural agency seems to have been hijacked by the leadership and allies of the Palestinians and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). UNESCO accepted “Palestine” as a member state in 2011, although the United Nations has not done it so far. Since 2015, the Palestinian leadership has been on a drive to change UNESCO’s terms of reference not only for the Temple Mount but also for every trace of legitimate Judeo-Christian history. Is what we are sheepishly witnessing actually the perversion of history, the perversion of the work UNESCO knows full well that it is supposed to be doing and a submission to the counterfactual demands of a group that is expansionist and predatory? What mutilation of reality will be next?

It is heartening to note that the resolution has been criticized by the White House, outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, and nearly 40 members of the U.S. Congress. Bokova distanced herself from it, saying in a statement “nowhere more than in Jerusalem do Jewish, Christian and Muslim heritage and traditions share space.”

India, as a leading democracy, would do well fully to support a historically and morally correct stand on the UNESCO resolution. It must see to it that the UNESCO does what it is supposed to: spread education and enlightenment.

India recognized Israel in 1950. Israel stood by India in 1962, 1965 and 1971. Since India’s Prime Minister P. V. Narsimha Rao established full diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992, ties between the two democracies have grown from strength to strength in the areas of defence, counter-terrorism, intelligence, agriculture, science and technology.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is openly appreciative of what Israel does in its self-defence, and sees it as a model for India.

New Delhi must not allow any anti-Israel bias within the United Nations to prevail. It must constantly bear in mind that the resolution in question could be passed only because at the UN, through the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (56 Islamic states plus “Palestine”), Muslim nations with an Islamist agenda dominate it. If they are not stopped, the Islamist backers of the UNESCO resolution will be emboldened eventually to back Islamist elements in India to question its Hindu historical and religious sites.

After so many recent votes at UNESCO erasing Judeo-Christian history in favour of Islamist misrepresentation, and now in this fraudulent representation of Judaism’s holiest site (a city more than twice as old as Islam) as primarily Muslim, one thing is clear: the sooner democracies leave the UN, the better. Consider the UN’s oil-for-food scandal of 2004-2005:

“bribes, kickbacks, fraud, smuggling; stories of graft involving tens of billions of dollars and countless barrels of oil, and implicating big business and high officials in dozens of countries; allegations that the head of the program himself was on the take…”

Consider also the UN’s growing sex-for-food scandal that is still ongoing after more than a decade. Now, with the UN’s wholesale erasure of Biblical history, the only intelligent response is to head for the exits. The UN in its present form seems nothing more than a bloated, corrupt jobs program of champagne for diplomats. It does far more harm than good. Nothing worth having can come from such a degraded place.

Jagdish N. Singh

PM Netanyahu to Visit Australia, Singapore, Kazakhstan & Azerbaijan

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans a multi-stop tour of the eastern hemisphere in the next three months, with visits to Australia, Singapore and Kazakhstan, all of which have never before been visited by an Israeli prime minister.

Netanyahu also will visit Azerbaijan, where he once made a stop in 1997 during a previous term as prime minister. Israel buys most of its oil from Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

The prime minister of Singapore has already visited Israel, back in April 2016, so Netanyahu’s visit comes as a reciprocal call, and the Israeli leader has been talking for months about a visit to “down under” as well.

Netanyahu is also planning a trip to Togo in Spring 2017 to attend a summit with West African nations.

In addition, President Reuven Rivlin is set to travel to India in two weeks, following the recent visit to Jerusalem this month by India’s President Pranab Mukherjee.

“Israel’s international relations are spreading in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and many other places,” said Netanyahu in remarks at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

“We realize that this development flows from Israel’s technological and economic strength on one hand, and its security and intelligence capabilities on the other.

Both of these facilitate the development and flourishing of our international relations,” he added.

“This is not to say that we will not be challenged in international forums, like we saw in the scandalous UNESCO decisions, and it is likely that this will continue at the UN, but there is no doubt that even in international institutions, even in these scandalous votes, we have seen a change.”

A specific schedule for the travels of the prime minister and president has not yet been set.

Hana Levi Julian

Tamar Yonah – A Muslim Mob and a Cover-Up [audio]

Friday, October 28th, 2016

A small town is attacked by a mob of Muslims, but the authorities and media want to cover it up. Tamar’s guest, Bhaswar Goswami, comes on the show to expose the crimes.
See the article at: www.worldhindunews.com/2016/10/19/55…ves-at-stake/

Contact Bhaswar Goswami via Twitter: @goswamibhaswar
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Tamar Yonah 25OCT2016 – PODCAST

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