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Peter Weber, a senior editor at TheWeek.com, argues:
There are lots of reasons for the improved ties between Russia and Israel, but key among them is the fact that Israel has become increasingly Russian in the past 20 years. Putin is deeply concerned with the wellbeing of Russian nationals wherever they reside, up to and including invading other countries to protect their interests, and 15 percent of Israelis are emigrants from the former Soviet Union.
In a commentary, Robert I. Lappin, philanthropist, businessman and president of the Lappin Foundation argues:
Sheldon Adelson’s goal to “put more boots on the ground” to fight BDS on college campuses is right on, and his recommendation to form an army of college students, dubbed “Campus Maccabees,” is essential. However, the only way to rapidly recruit and train an army of Campus Maccabees is for Birthright Israel to lower its age of eligibility to 16, thereby attracting teens, en masse, to go to Israel.
In a commentary, author Susan Weiss argues:
In Israel, love is not love because love is circumscribed by Israeli marriage and divorce laws. Those laws incorporate religious kinship rules and enforce them on Israeli citizens in accordance with their respective religious communities, but irrespective of their religious beliefs or consciences. Since all religious traditions define marriage as taking place between a man and a woman, Israel prohibits all gay couples in Israel from marrying. Furthermore, under Torah Law, which is the religious rule applicable to Israeli Jews, male homosexuality is an “abomination.” As it is written: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” (Lev. 18:3.) Click here to read the commentary.
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By ANNE BAYEFSKY
Arrest Benjamin Netanyahu and any other “suspected” Israeli war criminals wherever and whenever you can get your hands on them. That is the shocking bottom line of a scandalous report released today from the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The report emanates from a board of inquiry the Council created in the midst of the 2014 Gaza war. In legalese, the call to arrest Israelis either for trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC), or before any court in any country that the U.N. labels “fair,” reads like this: Click here to read the commentary.
By AMOS ERAN
Former ambassador and current MK Michael Oren (Kulanu) is publishing a book about his time representing Israel in Washington, full of details about crises in the relationship between the two countries. Oren wrote in the Wall Street Journal that President Barack Obama abandoned Israel, and violated two principles that have been the cornerstone of the special relationship between Israel and the United States. The first principle is that the two countries can disagree – just not out in the open. The second is that there must be no surprises. Oren claims that Obama violated the second principle during his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2009, when he surprisingly demanded that Israel freeze settlement construction and endorse the two-state solution. Click here to read the commentary.
In response to the United Nations report issued today which accused Israel of war crimes, Israeli Foreign Ministry officials thundered that “It is well known that the entire process that led to the production of this report was politically motivated and morally flawed from the outset.” We agree.
Across the political spectrum in Israel, the United Nations report was condemned – noting its purpose was simple – to undermine Israel’s right to defend its citizens from attack.
Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett noted that the report “..has blood on its hands [for] allowing the murder of Jews.” Speaking from the Knesset, Bennett said, “It is a report with blood on its hands that is trying to turn Jewish blood into the cheapest product in the world. This is a report with blood on its hands because it’s trying to restrict soldiers who protected this country’s citizens; it’s trying to tie our hands.”
There is blood on the hands of those who wrote the report – as well as those organizations funded by The New Israel Fund who provided factually inaccurate information to the United Nations. They are responsible for this modern day blood libel against Israel.
MK Tzipi Livni – a Netanyahu opponent – denounced the report noting it was “born in sin by a committee that systematically and proactively attacks Israel.” Livni added, “We will not accept a comparison between IDF soldiers and terrorists. We will not agree to speak about IDF soldiers and terrorists in the same breath. This is an important distinction for any country fighting terrorism.”
Put most simply, this report gives a boost to terrorist organizations around the world by allowing them to continue to attack innocent civilians.
While Israel chose not to cooperate with the biased UN, factually questionable information was provided by numerous organizations funded by the extremist New Israel Fund (NIF), including B’Tselem (69 mentions in the report), Human Rights Watch (22 mentions), Physicians For Human Rights-Israel (16), Hamoked (12), Breaking The Silence (8), Adalah (8), and Yesh Din (5.).
Bennett said today from the Knesset: “I saw the report, and I saw here several recognized organizations: Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem — and I ask myself: B’Tselem? Our B’Tselem? That cannot be. So I had to make sure.”
I went on the website of The New Israel Fund, who invented the granting of this patent of putting soldiers on trial for war crimes. Please note – the B’Tselem organization was nominated for the Campaign to name Children from Gaza Killed During Protective Edge. Why would the world file complaints against us? We’re so good at harming ourselves – [via] organizations such as B’Tselem, the New Israel Fund, Breaking the Silence. After all, if the world would miss a war crime to attribute to us – there are those of us who would find it all by ourselves. Like a homecoming party, the radical leftist organizations meet after each operation of the IDF, and tell the UN that we are war criminals,” he added.
Many in Israel have called for an end to funding of these organizations who harm Israel’s interests. We join them, and agree it is time that those responsible for funding the organizations behind this report immediately stop helping the enemies of Jews.
Labor Zionist leader Berl Katznelson once asked, “Is there another people on Earth so emotionally twisted that they consider everything their nation does despicable and hateful, while every murder, rape, robbery committed by their enemies fill their hearts with admiration and awe?”
Professor Gerald Steinberg, an Israeli academic said recently that “While the leaders of the New Israel Fund… claim to support Israel and human rights principles, they enable the highly destructive activities that do the opposite. By the time these funders acknowledge this failure and end their support, the damage will be done.”
We say loud and clear to the United Nations, The New Israel Fund & their donors: The State Of Israel will continue to defend itself whether you like it or not. And we will say forever – shame on you. Stop strengthening terrorists & funding the enemies of Israel.
George Birnbaum is an international political consultant, who is partners with Arthur Finkelstein. Birnbaum formerly served as chief of staff for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Hank Sheinkopf, CEO of Sheinkopf Communications is a leading political strategist who has worked on campaigns in four continents. His clients have included former President Bill Clinton.
Ronn Torossian is a New York based entrepreneur and author of For Immediate Release.
By ALAN JOHNSON
The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is making progress because it possesses three weapons. It has the intellectual high ground after a half-century of tireless effort to shape the discourse, even as friends of Israel thought it was enough to have the attention of VIP ears. It has a global social movement led by experienced activists in a myriad of civil society organizations, while friends of Israel have preferred consultants, branding and PR. And – this is a reproach from a lifelong friend of Israel – it has Israeli politicians whose policies, rhetoric and tone too often creates an environment in which BDS can flourish. Click here to read the commentary.