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Bearing Witness to Bravery

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

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Yishai plays recordings from the month-and-a-half he and his wife, Malka, spent broadcasting from Gush Katif during the 2005 disengagement.

The Fleishers provided their priceless, on-the-scene perspective of one of the most dramatic moments in Israeli history, as they observed the communities’ valiant refusal to leave their homes — even as their towns were cut off from food and supplies — while being intimidated by the Israeli government.

Yishai Fleisher on Twitter: @YishaiFleisher
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Shoguns and Shekels

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

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Israeli-Japanese Jew Dr. Kenichi Hartman talks with Yishai about the similarities — and economic ties — between Japan and Israel.

Dr. Hartman, who converted to Judaism at the age of 12, has a doctorate in neuroscience from Harvard and is today a patent agent. He writes about Japan-Israel economic cooperation for the Times of Israel and is a mentor at Samurai House Israel, a Japanese investment fund. He shares the story of his remarkable life, as he crisscrossed continents, got in touch with his Jewish father’s heritage and ultimately ended up in Israel. He offers his unique perspective on the religious, cultural and philosophical similarities between the states of Japan and Israel.

Yishai Fleisher on Twitter: @YishaiFleisher
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Clinton’s Big Jewish Donors are Hollywood Leftists

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

If Hillary Clinton is elected President, her positions on Israel can be determined now by the Jews in Hollywood who are her biggest financial backers.

All of them are leftists with American-based dreams of Arabs and Jews living in peace and love while racism in America goes from bad to worse.

The one exception to the Hollywood Hit List is Haim Saban, who is on the right side of the left. It is not coincidental that he was born in Egypt and lived there 12 years before his family made Aliyah to Israel.

No one understands the Arab culture better than Sephardi Jews who are from Muslim countries. That explains why pure Ashkenazim like Shimon Peres think exactly like “liberal” American Jews who view peace as a handshake between Yasser Arafat and Yitzchak Rabin.

Among those American Jews are Hollywood moguls Spielberg and Katzenberg, both of whom donate generously to Jewish causes and passionately love an Israel that exists in their dream of a country that allows them to feel comfortable as Jews in the Diaspora.

Soros needs no introduction. He is the sugar daddy for J Street, the self-acclaimed pro-Israel lobby that promotes peace with Hamas and has come out in favor of the nuclear agreement with Iran, coined as the ObamaDeal.

Hillary Clinton has lots of support from Hollywood Jews, among them Barbra Streisand, who warmed the hearts of Jews around the world two years ago with her version of the Aveenu Malkeinu prayer in one of the two-month-long 90th birthday parties for Peres.

She also is a big donator for promoting Arab-Jewish relations, a seemingly lofty ambition that in reality is based on the idea of the American melting pot where everyone destroys their roots in order to be a giant tree without roots.

Is it any wonder why assimilation in the United States is near 70% and Arab-Jewish intermarriages are becoming more commonplace in Israel?

Katzenberg is known to be a very close with President Barack Obama and contributed heavily to his election campaigns.

Spielberg undeniably has promoted Jewish causes but his latest film on the Munich Massacre is making him more of an outcast to anyone to the right of Soros.

The movie described the Mossad agents’ hunt for the Black September terrorists who murdered 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympics in Munich in 1972.

The London Guardian reported two months ago:

Although almost nobody has yet seen the film, it has already been criticized by both Israelis and Palestinians fearful of reports about how they are portrayed.

However, the director told Time Magazine that the film is a ‘prayer for peace,’  and that the biggest enemy in the region is not the Palestinians or the Israelis but the intransigence that exists between the two sides.

If Clinton wins the Democratic party’s nomination for president in the 2016 race, it is clear where she will lean when it comes to Israel.

Biblical Roots, Modern Ties

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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Ethan Bearman, syndicated US radio host, interviewsYishai on Israeli history and politics — and the Iranian nuclear threat.

Bearman, author of “Liars & Whores: How Big Government and Big Businesses Are Working to Save Their Assets, Not Yours,” and Yishai talk about the biblical roots and modern ties to Judea and Samaria — the area that is home to one out of six Israelis (and the site of the “so-called” settlements); the peace process; the “two-state solution;” and Iran.

Yishai Fleisher on Twitter: @YishaiFleisher
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Yitzhak Rabin’s Granddaughter Enters ‘Family Business’

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The granddaughter of late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is entering the family business.

Noa Ben Artzi Rothman announced yesterday (Sunday, Aug. 2) that she plans to run this week as a candidate to become Labor Party delegate to the 37th World Zionist Congress in October.

Rothman, an attorney, is one of more than 150 candidates hoping to fill 70 delegate slots for the Labor Party at the Congress where worldwide heads of Zionist institutions are elected every five years.

The new political voice is backed by Keren Kayemet LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund World chairman Effi Stenzler, Labor’s top official in Zionist institutions, who welcomed Rothman’s candidacy.  “Knowing her family, she is definitely fit to be a delegate to the Congress,” Stenzler said.

The daughter of former Deputy Defense Minister and Labor MK Dalia Rabin, Rothman first was seen in public at age 18 delivering the eulogy at her grandfather’s funeral.

She went on to serve in the IDF as a journalist at the military newspaper unit. During her service she wrote a book, “In the Name of Sorrow and Hope.” Rothman became a lawyer after leaving the IDF. She also eventually became the co-writer of the Israeli cable television series, “The Prime Minister’s Children.” As a script writer she used her past experience to create the fictional lives of an Israeli prime minister and his wife, two children and staff.

Lest controversy leave her behind – few Israeli politicians are untouched by any controversy – Rothman married Eldad Rothman, son of Shlomo Rothman, chairman of the Israel Electric Corporation.

Rothman himself is an up-and-coming attorney who served as the aide to former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during his tenure as Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor. That error led to him being interrogated in connection with improper political appointments made by Olmert in 2008. He since become the co-founder and COO of the mega-online prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses retailer, GlassesUSA.com.

The Rothmans are parents to two young children.

El-Sisi Signs New Election Law for Egypt

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has signed into law new election legislation that expands the number of parliamentary seats for individual candidates.

According to the new law, the number of individual candidates able to win seats in the parliament has increased from 420 to 448. The number of seats allocated to party lists – as in Israel – with quotas for women, youth and Christians – is still limited to 120.

The new legislation opens the way for the country’s electoral committee to schedule a date for parliamentary polls, originally due in March. That date was delayed after Egypt’s Constitutional Court found that part of the current election law was unconstitutional.

In related news, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Cairo on Sunday for strategic talks with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. The two sides agreed to continue “close cooperation to improve their mutual security, to combat terrorism and extremism and to work together to delegitimize terrorist narratives,” said a State Department spokesperson. The U.S. also welcomed Egypt’s participation in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS.

In addition, the two sides emphasized the importance of attaining a “comprehensive, just and lasting settlement between Israelis and Palestinians which fulfills the vision of the two-state solution in accordance with the agreed principles and international resolutions,” the statement said.

Second Democrat in Congress Announces Rejection of Iran Deal

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Congressman Juan Vargas, a centrist Democrat from California, is the second of the President’s party to come out publicly against the Iran Deal.

Vargas represents the 51st District of California, based in South San Diego county, which spans the entire California-Mexico border.

The parents of Cong. Vargas both immigrated to the United States from Mexico. The Congressman was raised on a chicken ranch. He attended the University of San Diego on a scholarship, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991.

On Thursday, July 30, Vargas announced his decision to vote against the Iran deal, in an op-ed which appeared in the San Diego Tribune.

Vargas opposes the nuclear deal made with Iran by the United States and its P5+1 partners because he believes it will fail to prevent the Islamic State of Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold state.

“The deal fails to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program. It fails to guarantee intrusive enough inspections to ensure that Iran does not cheat, and it fails to keep Iran from achieving nuclear-threshold status.”

Vargas explained that he believes the deal will spur a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, and that the $150 billion in sanctions relief Iran will receive is a payday which will do nothing to prevent it from continuing to be the world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism.

The California Democrat also quoted the leader of the terrorist group Hezbollah, who said about the deal, “Iran will become `richer and wealthier and will also become more influential. This will also reinforce the position of its allies.’” Vargas added, “thanks to Iranian generosity, this terrorist group has 100,000 rockets trained on Israeli cities and towns.”

Vargas is the second Congressional Democrat, following New York’s Rep. Grace Meng, to announce an intention to break with President Barak Obama and vote against the Iran deal.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/second-democrat-in-congress-announces-rejection-of-iran-deal/2015/07/31/

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