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May 24, 2015 / 6 Sivan, 5775
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Yehuda Glick to Be Awarded Moskowitz Prize for Zionism

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

This year’s Moskowitz Foundation Prize for Zionism recipients will be Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick, journalist Yisrael Harel, and New Guardians founder Yoel Zilberstein.

They will be awarded the Lion of Zion Lifetime Achievement Award of $100,000.

Harel is a former editor of Maariv founded the Land of Israel Settlement Movement.

Zilberstein founded of the New Guardians (Shomer HaHadash) project that protects Jewish farmers and their land in the Galilee and Negev.

The prize will be presented on May 19 in the presence of Dr. Irving and Cherna Moskowitz, the Miami-based philanthropists who established the prize for Zionism to encourage those working tirelessly to better the Jewish state for generations to come.

In addition to the Lion of Zion lifetime achievement award, the Spirit of Zion award is given to young Zionists who have begun their journey towards making Israel a better place. This year’s recipients are Tirael Cohen, founder of Kedma, student villages for social action and settlement, and Shira Lorentz, who established an organization to support lone national service volunteers, promoting their welfare and Aliyah.

The Spirit of Zion recipients will receive a monetary award and expert advice and nurturing for an entire year to solidify their ventures for the sake of Israel’s future.

Hundreds of nominations were received in recent months and evaluated by the selection committee that included former Defense Minister Professor Moshe Arens, Brigadier General (res.) Avigdor Kahalani, Ambassador Yoram Ettinger and Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis.

One of the traits shared by the Moskowitz Prize winners and many of the candidates is that they do not see themselves as extraordinary people, but as those who simply fulfill their duty as Israelis, to make Israel a better and safer and a more Zionist home.

110 Ukraine Jews Arrive on IFJC Refugee Rescue Flight

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A special refugee rescue flight sponsored by the IFJC (International Fellowship of Christians and Jews) brought 110 Ukrainian Jews on their aliyah trip home to Israel on Tuesday.

Among the group was the husband of the late Irina Shelkayeba, killed at the beginning of February by a direct hit from a rocket that slammed into her home as she was cooking. The attack on the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk was launched by pro-Russian separatists.

Irina’s husband and the rest of the family members who came with him on aliyah were met at Ben Gurion International Airport by her niece Liora Nissim. It was Nissim who had also assisted the family with their decision to leave Ukraine and move to Israel.

“I made aliyah myself 17 years ago as part of the Na’ale program, while my family remained in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine,” she explained.

“They lived next to the airport, an area in which the difficult battles were waging. This was continued on and on and they waited all this time for it to finally end. It is hard to leave home, especially when war is raging outside. Then the rocket fell and killed my aunt. The house was ruined. They remained with no property.

“I started aiding them from Israel. I heard the IFCJ is organizing refugee flights and I immediately called. Their representative contacted my broken family that fled under heavy shelling to the city of Dnieper and a month and a half later they were on their way to Israel”.

Tuesday’s flight was the third sponsored by IFJC since December, totaling 560 Jews rescued from Ukraine alone.

The organization says it has decided to increase its efforts in bringing home the thousands of Jews who are in distress in countries around the world, in the years to come. IFJC is supplementing the standard aid package granted to new immigrants in Israel, since many of the newcomers are battle refugees, and others were harshly affected by the economic state that Ukraine was suffering. In addition, IFJC reached out to local mayors across Israel to advocate for special support to the newcomers in their towns.

“Every generation has its own miracle of Exodus,” IFJC president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein said. “After years of involvement in the bringing of the newcomers from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, the IFJC is excited to be a central activist in the enterprise of rescuing the Jews of Ukraine that experience over a year now an ongoing emergency crisis.

“The IFJC wishes a happy Redemption Holiday to all the olim, and promises to stand by them till they are fully absorbed in Israel.”

Israel’s Arab Minority Integrating Politically and Economically

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Throughout late February and March, “Israeli Apartheid Week” took place across 200 cities around the world, from the UK and South Africa to Canada and the USA. Anti-Israel events have been held on university campuses and academic institutions, with the official aim, according to the organizers’ website, to build Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaigns against Israel while educating about Israel’s apartheid policies.

Meanwhile in Israel, the March 17th elections for the Jewish state’s 20th Knesset brought 13 seats to the Joint Arab List, making the united Arab party the third largest faction in the Israeli parliament.

The new Knesset will have 16 Members of Knesset who are Arab, four more than the previous Knesset. Among the 16 are four Arab parliamentarians who represent Zionist parties including Druze MK Hamad Amar of Avigdor Lieberman’s party, Yisrael Beitenu as well as Arab MKs from Likud, Meretz, and Zionist Union.

“We see the new electoral threshold law as a blessing in disguise and hope it will increase the voting percentage among Israeli-Arabs, enabling us to reach 16 seats in the Knesset,” Emilie Moatti, the spokeswoman for the Arab Joint List told Tazpit News Agency before the elections.

The Joint Arab List, whose historical unification of four Arab-dominated parties took place in January, has one sole Jewish member, Dov Khenin.

Israeli Apartheid Week of course does not take note of the above nor of the fact that the head of Israel’s Central Elections Committee who oversaw the recent Israeli elections is Justice Salim Joubran, an Arab judge who serves on the Supreme Court of Israel. Furthermore, on the economic end, more than 100 PA Arab businessmen recently participated in a conference in the Ashdod Port organized by Israel’s Civil Administration, which is part of the Coordination of Government Activities at the Territories (COGAT), a subordinate to the Minister of Defense. The head of the Palestinian Authority Importers and Exporters Association, Muhammad Abu-Ein, the acting CEO of the Ashdod port, Itzhak Blumenthal and representatives of USAID and the UN Conference on Trade and Development took part in the conference held in February.

Throughout 2014, more than 1,000 PA Arabs participated in different agriculture courses across Israel. Israel’s Civil Administration also sponsored in cooperation with USAID the planting of strawberry fields maintained by PA workers in the Jenin area.

In addition, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with local Arab council heads in February and following the meeting, is launching a new employment cooperation project. The President’s Office will work with the Collective Impact Initiative, which works to further the level of employment among Israeli Arab professionals. Within this framework, the President will establish a quarterly business forum of managers who will guide the process of integrating the Arab population into different Israeli companies.

Around 20 percent Israel’s eight million citizens are Arabs. According to the Israeli Democracy Index, a public opinion survey project conducted by the Israeli Democratic Institute and the Guttman Center for Surveys found last year that 65% of Israeli-Arabs are proud to be Israeli.

Bennett Likely to Get Foreign Ministry

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) is asking for to be the Foreign Minister in the new coalition, and Netanyahu may give it to him.

Bennett is asking for an expanded ministry, with added control over Diaspora Affairs, Hasbara (PR) and Jerusalem.

Bayit Yehudi MKs want to also receive the Ministry of Religion in the upcoming government, so they can continue to try to reform the ministry and make changes in the nature and quality of religious services in Israel. They want Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan to receive that appointment.

Shas also wants the Ministry of Religion.

UN’s Ban Ki-moon Advises Israel on ‘How to Stay a Democracy’

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon claims Israel can only be a democracy with an end to building in Judea and Samaria.

Ban emphasized Wednesday – the day after Israelis re-elected Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to lead the country – that Israel must continue final status talks with the Palestinian Authority for the establishment of an independent sovereign state.

This is “the best and only way forward for Israel to remain a democratic state,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters, speaking for Ban.

Netanyahu had stated during his campaign this time around that he would not allow an independent PA state to be created while he is in office due to the rising security risks. He also committed to continuing to build Israeli neighborhoods in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

During his past two terms in office, Netanyahu maintained a willingness to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority “at any time and any place” in order to secure a final status agreement that would create a “two-state solution.” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, however, was entirely unwilling to engage in direct talks with Netanyahu and spent the entire five-year period working to avoid every possible opportunity to do so.

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor responded to Ban, saying, “The United Nations may disagree with the policies of the Israeli government but there is one fact that cannot be disputed: that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. If the UN is so concerned about the future of the Palestinian people, [then] it should be asking why (PA) President (Mahmoud) Abbas is in the tenth year of a five-year presidential term,” Prosor said.

Abbas was elected in PA polls to serve for a five-year term as the entity’s leader in 2006. One year later, the Palestinian Authority was split in two when the Hamas terror organization carried out a coup and ousted Abbas and seized control of Gaza instead, which it maintains to this day. The Fatah-led PA government has continued to lead only the PA-controlled territories in Judea and Samaria from the entity’s capital in the city of Ramallah since 2006. Moreover, when his term was up, Abbas refused to step down and instead invoked “emergency rule status” which he has continued to this day. No new PA elections are scheduled for the foreseeable future.

Netanyahu’s Victory for the Free World

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

There are wider range ramifications to Netanyahu and the Likud’s victory than who gets to sit in the coalition.

To begin with, we’ve learned the Israeli public is healthy and balanced.

If nothing else, we discovered that the Israeli public no longer believes the leftwing “peace” pipe dreams and lies, and we recognize them as the fiction and danger they are.

And this could mean we can now search for more practical containment solutions to our regional problems, trying out new ideas, breaking away from the failed and murderous “Two-State solution” paradigm.

Simultaneously, we learned that economic issues are extremely important to the Israeli electorate, but we want them done responsibly, through the free market, and not through government enforced redistribution of wealth. And that’s the way to lower prices and increase the standard of living.

Once again we see that the Settlers and the Religious-Zionists are self-sacrificing for the greater good of the nation. By shifting between 4 to 7 seats from Bayit Yehudi over to the Likud, after the media (and Netanyahu) made it clear that a right-wing coalition was in danger, we showed we could look beyond sectoral politics and vote for the greater good, even if it didn’t seem to be in our personal best interest. We hope Netanyahu recognizes that sacrifice.

Now just as importantly is the message we send overseas.

The world looks to Israel. The world looks to the Jews. And especially at Netanyahu who has been clear about the dangers the world faces from radical Islam.

The American people, as well as the Congress and Senate see a strong Netanyahu, with a clear message, firmly backed by the Jewish people.

That strengthens the resolve of the American people as well as the Congress and Senate.

Israel is going to face an even more antagonistic and undermining White House than ever before.

But the American people, knowing that the Jewish nation stands behind Netanyahu, will feel they have the moral high ground to push back.

God bless Israel and God bless the United States of America.

Feiglin Asks PM for Special Permission To Visit Temple Mount

Monday, March 16th, 2015

MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) sent a special request to Prime Minister Netanyahu, asking for permission to go up to the Temple Mount on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister previously forbade Feiglin from entering the Jewish Holy site.

This Tuesday, Moshe’s son David, who survived a horrendous car crash, is set to get married (Mazel Tov).

Moshe would like to accompany his son up onto the Temple Mount tomorrow, on the day he is to get married, as any other citizen would normally be allowed to do – but at present Moshe is not allowed.

We will update you if Moshe receives the special permission or not from the Prime Minister.

Feiglin letter to go up to Temple Mount

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