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Posts Tagged ‘Jewish State’

Israel’s Population Grows by 2% in 2016

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

The Central Bureau of Statistics reports the population of Israel grew by two percent in 2016, a total of 167,000 people. The population of the Jewish State now stands at 8.63 million.

A demographic breakdown reveals the state is still Jewish due to its majority Jewish population of 6.45 million (74.8 percent).

The next highest population in the country is Arab, at 1.796 million ( 20.8 percent), and the remaining 384,000 people are “others.”

The numbers include 36,000 new immigrants to the country, of whom 24,000 are Jews, and 181,000 babies who were born over the course of the year.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Says Israel Will ‘Overcome’ UN Resolution, Will Also Stop Funding UN Agencies

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told participants at a Chanukah lighting ceremony for wounded IDF soldiers, disabled veterans and terror victims on Saturday night that Israel is “reevaluating its ties with the United Nations.” He also said the Jewish State would “overcome” the anti-Israel condemnation, Resolution 2334 (2016), passed unanimously Friday by the UN Security Council with the assistance of the United States.

“The resolution … is distorted and disgraceful, but we will overcome it,” the prime minister said. “The resolution determines that the Jewish Quarter (in Jerusalem) is occupied territory. It determines that the Western Wall, the Kotel, is occupied territory. There is no greater absurd than that,” he said.

Netanyahu pointed out that the last U.S. president who was vindictive enough to allow such an anti-Israel resolution to pass at the UN Security Council had been former President Jimmy Carter, who until today maintains that Hamas is not a terror organization.

Netanyahu commented that Carter was a “particularly hostile president to Israel… Carter passed similar sweeping resolutions against us at the UN and that didn’t succeed either,” he said. “We objected to it, and nothing happened.

“All of the U.S. presidents after Carter met the American commitment not to try and dictate to Israel at the Security Council conditions for a final-status agreement. And yesterday, in complete contradiction of this commitment—including a specific commitment made by President Obama himself in 2011—the Obama administration carried out a disgraceful anti-Israeli underhanded move at the UN,” he said.

“Not only does the resolution not promote peace – it pushes it further away,” he added, vowing to “cancel” this resolution “just as we rejected the UN resolution that equated Zionism with racism… It took a while, but that decision was canceled. It’ll take time, but this decision will be canceled as well, not by concessions from us, but by us, and by our allies standing firm.

“Here on the eve of Chanukah I stand next to the modern-day Maccabees – IDF soldiers and wounded soldiers. I salute you and say this clearly: Light will banish the darkness.

“The spirit of the Maccabees will come out on top.”

Hana Levi Julian

You Can Help Support a Counter-Terrorism Unit in the Jewish State [video]

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Rain or shine, the Efrat counter-terrorism Rapid Response Team goes out when needed. The Kitat Koninut unit is made up of volunteers under the auspices of the IDF, and is on call 24/7 – and they go out 24/7.

On Monday, this special team of people spent the day training in urban warfare and counter-terrorism techniques – in the pouring rain.

If you want to help this special unit and group of people, this is your chance.

You can sponsor a waterproof fleece jacket for the counter-terrorism team via the organization Standing Together.

Each jacket costs $60, and 45 jackets are needed.

Check out that helicopter in the middle of the video below:

You can be part of protecting Israel, click here.


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Shooting Terror Attack on Israeli Bus Near Talmon

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Arab terrorists opened fire Monday night at an armored Israeli bus that was traveling on the road near the Jewish community of Talmon*, in the Binyamin region northwest of Jerusalem, and east of Modi’in Illit.

The attack took place at Tzomet HaParsa – the “U-Turn” Junction. The bus arrived at Talmon with at least seven bullet holes in its sides.

None of the riders were physically injured in the attack.

Jewish communities in that area are relatively small and not easy to spot as they are nestled among the hills and valleys of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council district. The roads are somewhat curvy and not easy to negotiate for novice drivers.

* The community of Talmon was founded in 1989. Talmon is the name of the family of gatekeepers of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, who returned to rebuild Jerusalem during the time of the Prophet Nehemiah.

Hana Levi Julian

Despite Growing Cynicism, 81% Are Proud to Be Israeli

Monday, December 19th, 2016

The 2016 Israeli Democracy Index was presented to President Reuven Rivlin Monday, with its top findings that suggest a lack of trust in the government and its institutions. It shows that in 2016 trust in the President of Israel stands at 61.5% (versus 70% last year).

At the bottom of the list are political institutions. Public trust in the Knesset stands at 26.5% (versus 35% last year), trust in the government stands at 27% (versus 36% last year) and trust in political parties is down to less than 14% (versus 19% last year).

In addition, trust in several other institutions has started to drop: Trust in the police stands at 40% (versus 42.5% last year), trust in the Supreme Court stands at 56% (versus 62% last year), and trust in the media dropped significantly to only 24% (versus 35.5% last year).

The only institution that more closely maintained it standing was the Israel Defense Forces; public trust in the IDF by Jewish Israelis is at 90% (versus 93% last year) and at 82% by all Israelis. Only 32% of Israeli Arabs, however, trust the IDF.

But despite the lack of trust most Israelis feel for their politicians and institutions, most Israelis are proud citizens (86% of Jews and 55% of Arabs, respectively). As in the past, Israelis evaluate the general situation in Israel as positive. Some 36% of respondents assess Israel’s overall situation as “good” or “very good,” 40% say it is “so-so” and less than one-quarter (23%) view the overall situation as “bad” or “very bad.” In addition, the majority of Jews (78%) and Arabs (60.5%) categorize their personal situation as “good” or “very good.” Some two-thirds of Israelis are optimistic about Israel’s future. Most Jews (71%) agree that Israelis can always rely on each other in a time of need. The Arab public is divided on this question (42% agree and 44.5% disagree).

The IDI survey is based on 1,531 interviews that were conducted as follows: 891 constituting a representative sample of the Jewish and “other” public; 278 of the Haredi public; 362 interviews the Arab public (Muslims, Christians, and Druze). All interviewees in the survey were aged 18 and over.


Shocking: The New Ambassador to Israel

Monday, December 19th, 2016

A Jewish ambassador to Israel who is more sympathetic to Israel than to the Palestinians, and who will respect the wishes of the Israeli public and government? Shocking!

I’m not being sarcastic. It really is shocking. Critics of Israel are so accustomed to Jewish ambassadors who harass and undermine the Israeli government, that the prospect of someone completely different has left them frothing at the mouth.

David Friedman, President-elect Trump’s choice for ambassador to Israel, is completely unlike his predecessors. And that’s what drives the critics of Israel crazy.

For many decades, the top tiers of the State Department and the diplomatic corps were closed to Jews. Everyone knew that their ranks were reserved for blue bloods and white shoes–people who came from the “right” segment of society and belonged to the “right” country clubs.

In the 1970s, though, a certain kind of Jew began to squeeze through the doors at Foggy Bottom. They had names like Daniel Kurtzer, Dennis Ross, Aaron Miller, and Martin Indyk. They were different than most Jews because they were stridently critical of Israel and were willing to devote themselves to forcing Israel to make one-sided concessions to the Arabs.

Indyk served as U.S. ambassador to Israel from 1995 to 1997 and again from 2000 to 2001. His haughty attitude was obvious from early on: he boasted to the Washington Post (2-24-97) that he saw his job in Israel as similar to “a circus master” who “cracks the whip” in order to “get [the animals] to move around in an orderly fashion.”

Indyk’s practice of interfering in Israel’s internal affairs was notorious. In 1995, for example, he lobbied Knesset Members to oppose a law that would have reduced the chances of Israel surrendering the Golan Heights to Syria.

One shudders to think of the dangers Israel would face today if Indyk had his way and the Golan was in the hands of either the genocidal Assad regime or its genocidal ISIS opponents.

Indyk tried to pressure Israel’s chief rabbi to oppose a housing project in a part of Jerusalem that Indyk wanted Israel to give up. He also tried to block the selection of a cabinet minister whom he thought was insufficiently dovish. Things got so bad that the chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee took the unprecedented step of publicly declaring: “Ambassador Indyk needs to be reminded that he is not the British High Commissioner,” alluding to the British Mandate that preceded Israel’s independence.

The appointment of the second Jewish ambassador to Israel, Daniel Kurtzer, in 2001, did not improve matters. Kurtzer repeatedly pressured Israel to remove security checkpoints (lest Palestinian Arab travelers be inconvenienced) and make one-sided concessions on settlement construction (while never asking the Palestinian Authority to limit its illegal construction). He denounced Israel’s budgetary allocations–an extraordinary act of interference in Israel’s internal affairs. Kurtzer even publicly called on the Israeli public to put pressure on the government to make more concessions.

When Israel responded to Yasser Arafat’s sponsorship of terrorism in the autumn of 2002 by besieging Arafat’s headquarters in Ramallah, Kurtzer rode to the rescue of the arch-terrorist by demanding that the Israeli government end the siege. This took place nine months after Israel had captured Arafat’s ship, the Karine A, with its fifty tons of weapons–the episode that revealed Arafat had never changed his terrorist spots. Yet there was the Jewish U.S. ambassador to Israel, nine months later, trying to rescue the mass murderer.

The third Jewish ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, has not been much better. In an interview with Israel Army Radio last year, Shapiro indicated that U.S. support for Israel at the United Nations and other international forums was conditional on Israel accepting moving towards creation of a Palestinian state. that kind of linkage was all too reminiscent of the Indyk “crack the whip” approach.

Earlier this year, Ambassador Shapiro falsely claimed that “Israeli vigilantism in the West Bank goes on unchecked,” that “Israel has two standards of adherence to rule of law in the West Bank– one for Israelis and one for Palestinians,” and that Israel’s settlement policy “raises questions about Israeli intentions.”

That was a thinly-veiled way of saying that Israel is not really interested in peace if it permits the construction of a kindergarten in Judea, Samaria, or many parts of Jerusalem. Shapiro’s statements were so mean-spirited and inappropriate that Prime Minister Netanyahu himself issued a stinging rebuke: “The ambassador’s statements, on the day when a mother of six who was murdered is buried, and on a day when a pregnant woman is stabbed – are unacceptable and wrong,” the prime minister said.

So yes, David Friedman is going to be a very different kind of Jewish ambassador to Israel. Unlike his disreputable predecessors, Friedman will respect Israel’s right to make its own decisions, instead of “cracking whips” and dictating to Israel how to behave. Friedman will be on the side of the exemplars of democracy and freedom in the Middle East, not the terrorists and the totalitarians. In short, Ambassador Friedman will work to strengthen ties between America and its loyal ally, Israel, instead of undermining them.

What a difference!

Stephen M. Flatow

Trump Adds Israeli Oracle Co-CEO to Transition Team

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Safra Catz, co-CEO of the Oracle Corporation has been tapped to join President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team. Born in Holon, Israel, Catz has been an Oracle Corporation board member since 2001. In April 2011 she was named Co-President and Chief Financial Officer, reporting to founder/CEO Larry Ellison. When Ellison stepped down in 2014, Mark Hurd and Safra Catz were named as the new CEOs.

According to Ha’araetz, Catz was part of a group of major hi-tech leaders who met with Trump last week, having met with him individually last month. Before the group meeting, Catz released a statement saying, “I plan to tell the president-elect that we are with him and will help in any way we can. If he can reform the tax code, reduce regulation and negotiate better trade deals, the US technology industry will be stronger and more competitive than ever.”

Campaign finance records show that Catz has contributed to both parties, as well as to a super PAC that supported Marco Rubio’s presidential bid. Catz is the second Silicon Valley exec on the transition team, alongside venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who spoke at the Republican National Convention in the summer.

David Israel

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