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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday told an audience celebrating Aliyah Day in Jerusalem that “we are closing fast on the historic moment when the majority of the Jewish nation will be living in Israel.” The PM added, “I think this is the only way to secure the Jewish State.”
Netanyahu noted that Aliyah continues to be a key factor determining Israel’s destiny. He pointed out two fundamental reasons for Aliyah: the growing anti-Semitism in several countries, and, most important, “the Zionist fervor.” He promised that his government will utilize all its offices to bolster Aliyah.
The Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs held a festive meeting to mark Aliyah Day, attended by new immigrants, immigration activists, MKs and senior officials from the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigration Absorption.
Committee Chairman Avraham Neguise (Likud), one of the initiators of the Aliyah Day Law, said that this day “emphasizes the oxygen of the State of Israel — the new immigrants — Jews who were motivated by the Zionist and biblical forces to return to their native land.”
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said, “Today, the 7th of Cheshvan, it is appropriate to speak about making Aliyah to Israel, because today we begin asking for rain of blessing, and such are the immigration waves to Israel, which bring a special blessing with them. Without the immigrants – we would not have a state, and therefore each day in Israel is ‘Aliyah Day.'”
Edelstein stressed that “we should establish a powerful, just and welcoming society which creates hope for the future,” and as a result “we will receive more and more immigrants, who will have many more opportunities.”
Minister of Immigration Absorption Sofa Landver said, “Immigrants continue to arrive each day, and the Zionist vision and dream are fulfilled each day, with the same enthusiasm. We should salute the strength and courage to leave everything behind and make Aliyah to Israel, despite the absorption difficulties and the language barrier.”
Noting that “nearly every person in Israel is an immigrant, or an offspring of one,” Lanver said that “we must strengthen our hospitality, and allow them the feeling of coming home.”
Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said he still enjoys going to the airport and seeing the new immigrants step off the plane. “Thousands of generations have prayed that at least their children will come to Jerusalem – and here these prayers are answered,” he said. He added that “the absolute majority of immigrants do so out of free will, as they are faced with many opportunities – and still choose to come here, and this is a great victory for Zionism.”
Sharansky added, tongue-in-cheek, “We cannot forget our partnership with the world’s Jews – we cannot give up on any Jew, even if they are not ‘Orthodox.'”
MK Yehiel Hilik Bar (Zionist Camp), also one of the initiators of the Aliyah Day Law, said, “We tend to take immigration and Aliyah for granted, and so we are marking this day is in order to stress that it is not taken for granted, and that Aliyah has been achieved through hard work, self-sacrifice, loss of human lives, and through endless behind-the-scenes efforts.”
Former director general of the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigration Absorption, MK Oded Forer (Yisrael Beitenu), said emotionally, “The prayer and hope of ‘next year in Jerusalem’ is fulfilled in front of our eyes.”
The Knesset also held a special plenary session in honor of Aliyah Day.David Israel
As awful as Israeli politicians and politics can be, I am so thankful that I’m an Israeli and expat American. In a few hours most American adult resident citizens will go to the polls. The 2016 Presidential Campaign has been going on for years. My guess is that it started, at least for the Democrats about nine years ago, when signs began to show that the then relatively unknown Barack Hussein Obama was going to grab the nomination from Hillary Clinton. The tipping point which upset all of Hillary’s plans was the Kennedy women’s surprise support for Obama. Their Uncle Ted was caught by surprise, too, and very possibly helped broker the deal that would give Obama the Presidency in 2008 and 2012 while the elder Hillary would wait until 2016 for her history-making chance. You must have noticed that she had no real opposition from any young, talented Democrats. They’ve all been waiting in the wings for 2020.
Donald Trump has also been campaigning for many years. And until just about a year ago, he was considered a joke. The mainstream American media and pundits kept insisting that his campaign and support would implode and disappear into a postscript in the history books.
Following American Presidential campaigns is a full-time job, even though Presidential elections are very regulated at every four years. In Israel we can have annual elections, which happened not that long ago, since coalitions can break down, or Prime Ministers can declare new elections at any time. But our actual Knesset* election campaigning time is strictly limited. It goes on for a few months, not years on end.
In Israel our votes are pretty ideological and direct, and the results even give the major losers a form of power. The Knesset is comprised of a number of political parties (which all received over the minimum percentage of the votes,) and the leader of the largest party not in the coalition becomes the Leader of the Opposition. In the USA, the loser of the Presidential Elections becomes history, or just continues campaigning for the next elections. There’s no rest for the wicked.
There were no intelligent, ideological arguments and issues this election season between Hillary and Trump. It was more like a fight between two drunks by a bar’s backdoor. And even worse has been the hatred between many supporters of both of them. On Facebook, opposing comments from both sides were as nasty as the candidates, and many people reported unfriending old friends and even relatives with whom they disagreed. In Israel, we are very used to having political disagreements and living with it together.
Israel, as a country, has real dangers and enemies, so there’s a limit as how much mud we sling. I used to think that Israeli politicians/politics were the worst, but the Hillary-Trump battle and the mud being slung on American society dwarfs what happens in Israel.
Within a day or so, it will be over, but cleaning up the mess and uniting the American People/citizens will take years if at all. In Israel, with all of our infighting and ideological arguments, we still know that we are family, and some families do fight, but still care about each other.
*In Israel we vote for party lists of potential Knesset Members. Parties winning the most seats are given the opportunity to form a ruling coalition, and the leader of that party becomes the Prime Minister.Batya Medad
Police who were summoned for a report of a “suspicious-looking” item in Netanya on Wednesday made their next call to the bomb squad.
The “item” discovered by a beachcomber on Poleg Beach turned out to have been a live British Mandate-era 155mm artillery shell.
Civilians who have walked on the beach were more lucky than they knew: Police sappers on the scene said the mortar shell was unstable and dangerous, even after more than half a century.
The sappers chose to safely detonate the shell at the site.Hana Levi Julian
Two pre-eminent weapon systems, the F-35 Lightning II and Aegis Weapon System, worked together for the first time during a live fire exercise. The joint Lockheed Martin, US Navy and US Marine Corps exercise was the first live fire missile event that successfully demonstrated the integration of the F-35 to support Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA).
The Aegis Combat System is an integrated naval weapons system developed by the Missile and Surface Radar Division of RCA, and now produced by Lockheed Martin. It uses powerful computer and radar technology to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets.
The F-35 Lightning II (“Adir”) represents the largest purchase in Israel’s history, and IAF Chief Brig. Gen. Tal Kelman sees the first 50 jets Israel will be receiving over the next few years as only a beginning. “We want to reach 75 jets,” Kelman told the IAF blog. “The Israeli F-35 is the first fifth generation fighter to arrive in the Middle East, and it will allow us to open a significant gap in our abilities when facing all of the elements in the area.”
During the Sept. 12 test, an unmodified US Marine Corps F-35B from the Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1, acted as an elevated sensor and detected an over-the-horizon threat. The F-35B sent data through the aircraft’s Multi-Function Advanced Data Link (MADL) to a ground station connected to the Aegis Weapon System on the USS Desert Ship (LLS-1), a land-based ship. The target was subsequently engaged and intercepted by a Standard Missile 6.
“One of the key defining attributes of a 5th Generation fighter is the force multiplier effect it brings to joint operations through its foremost sensor fusion and external communications capabilities,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “Those attributes were successfully proven at White Sands Missile Range in a very realistic demonstration of distributed lethality leveraging a US Marine Corps F-35B and the US Navy’s Aegis Weapon System. This only scratches the surface of the potential warfighting capabilities F-35 aircraft will ultimately enable across our military forces.”
This capability, when fully realized, will significantly increase the warfighters’ situational awareness using Aegis and the F-35 together to better understand the maritime operational environment. Using any variant of the F-35 as a broad area sensor, the aircraft can significantly increase the Aegis capability to detect, track and engage.
“NIFC-CA is a game changer for the US Navy that extends the engagement range we can detect, analyze and intercept targets,” said Dale Bennett, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems. “The F-35 and Aegis Weapon System demonstration brings us another step closer to realizing the true potential and power of the worldwide network of these complex systems to protect and support warfighters, the home front and US allies.”
The F-35 Lightning II combines advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, advanced mission systems, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and cutting-edge sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace various aircraft for the US Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, and 11 allied nations, including Israel.JNi.Media
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The media reports that the FBI is investigating if the Orlando terrorist belonged to ISIS. But they also reported that minutes before the massacre, the American Islamist terrorist called the police station and pledged his allegiance to ISIS. So what exactly is the question? If he was sent by ISIS or not?
Apparently, ISIS did not directly send him. If he had been sent, he would not have felt the need to pledge his allegiance before he perpetrated his murderous attack.
The entire question, however, is meaningless. It once again highlights the weakness of the West in the face of a war that is not nationalist/territorial, but rather, religious/cultural. After all, the entire essence of the American and French revolutions was the removal of G-d from the political plane. The modern nation states arose on the basis of national – not religious – identity. When the Twin Towers fell in the name of Allah, President Bush sought a return address that was a nation state. What was he supposed to do? Destroy all the mosques in the world? And so, the US army conquered Iraq within a week – but lost the war… The US is incapable of going to war against a religion. Even after 9/11, a man named Hussein was enthusiastically elected as President.
So now, they are investigating whether he was sent by ISIS. Or maybe he wasn’t really sent by them? Who exactly is the enemy? Perhaps they can still find an address that is not blatantly religious? And if not, who can they blame? Maybe the person who gave him his weapon? But he was a security guard. And they knew he was a Moslem. So maybe now they should confiscate weapons from all Moslems in the US? Or from all the police? Or from all the security guards?
Paradoxically, only Israel has the ability to subdue Islam and live with it in peace. Israel, of course, has not actualized this potential because it is attempting to adopt the values that are currently defeating the West. But the potential exists.
Islam is involved in almost all the blood conflicts in the world. What is the essence of Islam? “Allah is great”. Islam puts G-d at the focal point and demands total obedience. Allah condemns those who do not follow suit to death. It is all very simple.
The West, on the other hand, was born of Christianity, which separates G-d from man. The West puts man at the focal point. This threatens Islam and provokes war. It is like the Law of Communicating Vessels: On one side is G-d. On the other side – a vacuum. When that is the case, Moslem expansionism and bloodshed are simply inescapable.
Moslem prayer looks like a military roll call. Rows of orderly worshippers who bow down simultaneously when the directive is given. Their prayer demonstrates total submission and obedience. Prayer in a church? Like watching an opera. All are dressed in their Sunday best, almost completely incidental to the ceremony conducted by the priest, who has forgone the pleasures of this world and with his religion in tow, remains aloof to worldly matters.
And what does Jewish prayer in a synagogue look like? Everyone does more or less what he likes. One sways in fervent prayer, another dozes, a third reads the Sabbath newsletters, a fourth prays at ease and many do not even attend…In Judaism, man is not the focal point and neither is G-d. For the Jews, the dialogue between man and G-d is the center of attention (I heard that from Rabbi Uri Cherki).
As such, the State of the Jews is the only state that is capable of living in peace in the two worlds. “With you I will manage,” an Arab MK said to me after I outlined the Biblical borders of the Land of Israel. “But with the ‘blasphemous Zionists? Never.” “It is not a territorial dispute,” he added. “It is a cultural war.”
Western, Christianity-based civilization is rapidly collapsing before our eyes – just like the Twin Towers. Donald Trump will not be able to stop this process, nor will the extreme Right gaining strength in Europe. Only Israel has the keys for dealing with the new world ISISorder. All it needs is to connect to its Jewish identity.Moshe Feiglin