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Three Females Among IDF Naval Officer Course Graduates

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

This week the 124th class of IDF Naval Officers, including three women, completed their training and were stationed on deck Israeli Navy vessels. One of them, Lieutenant (junior grade) Or, has been a professional swimmer for seven year before enlisting, and Lieutenant (junior grade) Omer’s father has been a skipper for many years and she has been sailing since she was ten years old.

As to the dynamics on board a Navy ship, the female naval officers know they are expected to flawlessly overcome every challenge, exactly like their male counterparts.

“In the beginning you have to prove you are here because you deserve to be here, without any favors or shortcuts,” said Omer. “Once you complete the training, the male soldiers treat you like one of the guys, the differences are barely noticeable. We feel extremely comfortable.”

While most IDF women serve only two years, these three officers have already served through the 36-month naval officers’ course, as graduates will be required to sign up for at least an extra 16 months.

“Some people don’t understand why I’m here, since right now I could already be released from the army and start my life,” Or said, smiling. It turns out there’s an unexpected upside to her extraordinary commitment: “Boys ask me about my military service, what it’s like to succeed and complete the course. It’s extremely encouraging,” she said.

Who can resist a woman in uniform?

Chicago Billionaire Fundraiser Drops Obama for Romney Over 67 Border

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Susan Crown, a philanthropist and member of the billionaire Crown family, says she has switched sides this election year, after supporting candidate Barack Obama in 2008. She will be bundling big-number donations for candidate Mitt Romney this year, reports The Washington Post.

Many in the Crown family will keep their allegiance to the President. Crown and her husband co-hosted a fundraiser for Romney last year.

Crown said in an interview that she decided to support Romney after Obama spoke in favor of a return to 1967 borders as part of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

“There are a lot of people here who are very disappointed in the president,” said Crown. “Illinois is very important because it’s Barack Obama’s home state and it has a lot of independents. I’m an independent and I’m working as hard as I can for Mitt.”

Susan Crown is Chairperson of the Executive Committee of Illinois Tool Works, a diversified manufacturer of engineered products and specialty systems. She is also Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Rush University Medical Center, and chaired the Facilities Committee in instituting a $1 billion rebuild of its campus, including Chicago’s first LEED-certified hospital.

FM Lieberman to EU’s Ashton: Apologize for Toulouse Children Comment

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who is currently on a state visit to China, attacked the controversial remarks made by EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton, who equated Monday’s brutal murder in Toulouse with, presumably, the killings in Syria and Israeli preventive attacks on rocket launchers in Gaza.

Speaking at a meeting with Palestinians in Brussels, Ashton said: “When we think about what happened today in Toulouse, we remember what happened in Norway last year, we know what is happening in Syria, and we see what is happening in Gaza and other places – we remember young people and children who lose their lives.”

Minister  Lieberman said Minister Ashton’s words were inappropriate and he hoped she would review them and apologize.

Lieberman  also stressed that Israel is the world’s most moral country, and even though she is forced to fight terrorists who are operating from within the civilian population, the IDF  is doing everything to avoid damage to the same  population even while it is serving as protection for terrorists.

“There is no army in the world that can compare morally to the Israeli army, which endangers its own soldiers in order to minimize the likelihood of civilian casualties. The children Ashton should be paying attention to are the children of southern Israel, who are living in fear of rocket attacks from Gaza,” Lieberman said.

According to Maariv, during his visit to China Lieberman met Monday with the Governor of Sichuan and announced Israel’s plan to open a consulate in Chengdu by early next year.

With this fourth Israeli consulate, China will become the country with the largest Israeli delegation after the US.

MK Eichler Returning from France: Jews Feel Imprisoned

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Shortly after returning from France, MK Rabbi Israel Eichler (United Torah Judaism) said anxiety surrounds the French Jewish community: “There is a constant tension, the Jewish community is living in a prison-like situation.”

Speaking to Kikar HaShabbat following the shocking massacre in Toulouse, Eichler recalled the constant anxiety that enveloped the country’s Jewish communities.

“We traveled in France with a sense of tension,” he said, “I saw that the Jewish community is behaving as if they’re living in a prison. The Jewish community offices are built like a fortress. Police are guarding every synagogue during prayer times.

“Today when I heard about the event I was horrified. Only on Thursday I was at a Chabad school for girls in the 19th quarter of Paris—two thousand students—and talked about the tension surrounding the place, with all the Arabs living there. Today, we received the proof.”

MK Rabbi Eichler said France poses “a great danger to Jews. There is danger in Israel, too, from Iran and terrorist organizations. But in Israel we have the special protection of God. In France there’s severe sense danger. Jews there feel like strangers in their own home.”

New Hampshire House Squashes Bill Allowing Vendors to Refuse Serving Gay Weddings

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Imagine that you’re a kosher wedding hall, catering exclusively to Orthodox Jewish events, and you’re approached by two gay gentlemen who are looking to hire your services to cater their wedding (just before the Sefira). Well, if your establishment were anywhere in the state of New Hampshire, you could lose your operating license for refusing to accommodate them.

The New Hampshire House of Representative Wednesday defeated by a 246-85 vote a bill that would have allowed photographers, caterers and others to turn away wedding gigs if they had a religious objection to the marriage.

The prime sponsor of House Bill 1264, Rep. Jerry Bergevin, Republican from Manchester, said no one should be obligated to provide services if the transaction is repugnant to them, because of their religious beliefs.

“This bill is written to protect a person of faith when they leave their house of worship,” Bergevin told the Concord Monitor. “If a Jewish catering company refuses to serve pork, they should be able to. If a photographer wants to photograph only heterosexual couples, he would be protected to do so. If a photographer wants to photograph only same-sex couples, he would be protected to do that.”

But Rep. Barry Palmer, a Republican from Nashua, a member of the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission, told the Union Leader the bill was unconstitutional, illegal, immoral, and mean-spirited.

“I have a rough idea of what discrimination is,” he said. “This bill is illegal by state statute and illegal by federal law.”

New York legalized same-sex marriages back in June, 2011, but the New York law has a provision for businesses “being managed, directed, or supervised by or in conjunction with a religious corporation, benevolent order, or a not-for-profit corporation … shall not be required to provide services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges … Any such refusal to provide services … shall not create any civil claim or cause of action or result in any state or local government action to penalize, withhold benefits, or discriminate against such religious corporation, benevolent order, a not-for-profit explanation.”

“This should be a very alarming warning,” Rep. Bergevin said after the defeat of his bill. “It means we are moving into a brave new world. It may not be your ox being gored at the moment, but just wait, it will be.”

And said gored ox may not be the exclusive headache of Bergevin’s constituents. After all, “as New Hampshire goes, so goes the nation.” Political trends have a way of trickling down to the more populated states, where clashes against the background of newly legalized gay marriages could end up impoverishing religious businesses.

Innovative Bride Cuts through Funeral Crowd in ZAKA Ambulance

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

A young woman in Bnei Brak, Israel, had a problem Wednesday: she was about to get married, but the streets outside the wedding hall, situated next to Kiryat Vishnitz, also in Bnei Brak, were packed with thousands of Vishnitz Hasidim who came to pay their last respects to the Vishnitzer Rebbe. How would she get to her own wedding on time?

Proving once again that Israelis are nothing if not innovative, the young bride called the ZAKA (a humanitarian volunteer organization) hotline and, within minutes, a ZAKA ambulance arrived at her door to drive her through the crowds and get her to her chupah on time.

ZAKA volunteer Berele Yaacovitz was delighted at this unusual assignment. “I’ve been volunteering as a ZAKA driver for the last ten years and this is the first time I’ve been involved in a joyous event,” he said with a big smile. “It is truly an emotional moment for me to see my vehicle, which has seen such sorrow and tragedy, take a bride to her wedding.”

Migron Settlers Signed Evacuation Agreement ‘With a Gun to our Head’

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Some 13 years after its establishment, and six years after the court case on the settlement’s legality began, all the residents of Migron, a large outposts in Judea and Samaria, arrived Sunday night at their local synagogue and signed an affidavit to be submitted to the court, committing to leave their homes voluntarily and without any forced eviction in three and a half years.

The daily Maariv reported that after weeks of negotiations between the outpost and Minister Benny Begin, who was appointed by the Prime Minister to coordinate the talks, residents announced at noon on Sunday, 20 days before the date set by the High Court for a full evacuation of their homes, that they are willing to sign the agreement.

Itai Harel, who founded the Migron in 1999, said at the signing: “They held a gun to our head. We have signed here an agreement that does not do justice. There is no one in the world who has shown proof of ownership of this land, and therefore this displacement will be unlawful.”

Under the agreement, immediately after receiving the High Court approval, an expedited  process of planning an alternative neighborhood for the residents of Migron will commence. The new site will be built  two kilometers away from the current position of the outpost.

As per their signed agreement, not later than the end of November 2015, all 48 families will move to permanent homes on state-owned land at their new location.

In recent weeks, negotiations almost broke down, after Minister Begin refused the residents’ insistence that in the time until November 2015, when the new neighborhood is slated to be completed, the state will conduct a re-examination of the actual legal status of the land on which the current Migron is standing, and if found to be used in the ground – an Israeli presence would remain in place.

The Migron campaign headquarters said that the residents acquiesced “with a heavy heart, but out of a sense of national responsibility to adhere to the Supreme Court rule,” and to avoid confrontation and “difficult scenes” with police. “We took upon ourselves the sad agreement, despite the forced renunciation and the pain inherent in being uprooted and evacuated from our settlement for no reason,” and without the opportunity to prove in civil court that they are, indeed, the legal owners.

The campaign also said that “Migron expresses confidence in the Israeli government and its representative, Minister Begin, that the solution being presented will stop confrontation between brothers.”

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