Even under former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, Egypt was one of the leading countries in the region promoting anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric.
However, many were quick to point out that ever since the Camp David accord in 1979, there had been 30 years without war between Israel and Egypt which seemed to have justified Israel relinquishing the Sinai, with it’s oil fields, air fields, land and Jewish communities to Egypt.
When is your capital city not really your capital?
When you are the Jewish State of Israel and declare Jerusalem to be your capital.
Today, despite innumerable speeches by Israeli politicians declaring Jerusalem to be the “eternal, undivided, united capital of Israel,” there is currently no country in the world that has its embassy in Jerusalem. Instead, all embassies in Israel can be found – not in Israel’s capital city, where embassies are traditionally located – but in Tel Aviv. (This does not include consulates, of which there are many in Jerusalem. To better understand the differences between an embassy and a consulate, see here).
Even the United States, which passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act into law in 1995, calling on the US to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, has failed to do so, with Presidents’ Clinton, Bush and Obama each justifying their inaction by citing national security interests.
Why is any of this relevant today?
Because United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being sued over this very issue by a 9-year-old American citizen named Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky, and the case is to be heard by the US Supreme Court. Continue reading →
Yesterday, the Quartet, made up of the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations, issued a statement condemning Israel for issuing building permits for new housing in Jerusalem, as well as in the city of Ariel, found in Israel’s Samaria region.
One can only wonder why it is that indigenous Jews building housing in their historic homeland attracts so much attention from the world powers, while, for instance, the ongoing slaughter in the Congo – the deadliest conflict in the world since WWII – where over 6 million have been murdered and more than 2 million have become refugees over the last decade + merits hardly a yawn from them.
It’s the free 10-day trip that during the last decade+, has brought well over 250,000 Jews aged 18 – 26 on their first organized visit to Israel.
The stated mission of birthright Israel is:
“…to send thousands of young Jewish adults from all over the world to Israel as a gift in order to diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; to strengthen the sense of solidarity among world Jewry; and to strengthen participants’ personal Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish people.”
Which makes the following story all the more disturbing:
Teenagers visiting Israel with the Taglit-Birthright program were taken for a day of fun at a spa on Tisha B’Av, Ynet learned Sunday… Participants spent one of the most important dates in Jewish history – the day of mourning for the destruction of the Second Temple on Tisha B’Av – at Ein Gedi’s famous thermo-mineral pools.
Ynet has found that it was not the first time Birthright has ignored Tisha B’Av. Last year the program also scheduled a fun day on that date. Apparently, the activities are scheduled according to the regular calendar, not the Jewish one. Continue reading →
In a recent interview on Lebanese TV, Nabil Shaath, Head of Foreign Relation for the Western backed Palestinian Authority (PA), stated in unmistakable terms his view of the two state solution: Palestine will be for the Palestinians, while the State of Israel – not the Jewish State of Israel – will be shared by Palestinians and Israelis alike.
It is important to keep in mind that Nabil Shaath and the PA represent, in the eyes of the western controlled media outlets, the “moderate” wing of the Palestinians. Continue reading →
This past week, the Jewish State of Israel celebrated the 44th year of the liberation and unification of Jerusalem, that occurred during the Six Day War in 1967.
In remarks made in during official Jerusalem Day festivities, Israeli Prime Minister declared, “Jerusalem has once again become the capital of the Jewish people. Jerusalem is built, it is joined and unified forever…”
Similar sentiments have been expressed ever since 1967 across nearly the entire Jewish political spectrum in Israel. And, in 1980, Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, passed the Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel, which states that “Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel.”
And yet, the more this declaration is made, the more I am convinced that Israel is suffering from the psychological disorder known as battered woman syndrome. Continue reading →
Since 1922, when the British cut off 77% of the area set aside by the League of Nations Mandate to re-establish Jewish sovereignty in their historic homeland – artificially creating the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, every “peace plan” – and there have been (too) many – has involved efforts aimed at shrinking the borders of the Jewish homeland.
This represented, and continues to represent a double injustice, as not only have these “peace plans” sought to take away the homeland of the only indigenous people to have had sovereignty within the Land of Israel in over 3,000 years – the ancient Hebrew nation, but adding insult to injury, these plans – up until today – have never had any chance of actually bringing about peace – because above all else, they were (are) being imposed by foreign powers who were (are) only seeking to pursue their own interests in the region – at the expense of Jews and Arabs alike, and in order for peace to be achieved, it must be built upon a foundation of justice.
Albert Einstein was once asked to define insanity. He responded, “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
Below is a video of a 28 year-old MIT graduate student, Benjamin Nitay, today known as Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the Jewish state of Israel, appearing on a current events type news talk show in the year 1978.
It is amazing to see how Netanyahu viewed the world before getting bullied into submission by foreign powers.
2011: Prime Minister Netanyahu appeared before the President of the United States and both houses of Congress and proudly declared his willingness to cede parts of the Jewish people’s historic homeland in order to create a foreign state within the borders of the Land of Israel.
1978: Benjamin Nitay declared his opposition to ceding parts of the Jewish homeland, and to the creation of a foreign state within the Land of Israel.
From a historical perspective, over the last 33 years, nothing has changed. If Netanyahu did not believe that the Palestinians had a right to a state in 1978, he likely does not believe that they have such a right today.
One of the central components of the relationship between the United States and Israel is the $3 billion in aid the Israel receives annually from the US.
Israel should seek to have positive relationships with every country in the world – relationships based upon mutual respect, benefit and interest. In instances where Israel and another country may not see eye to eye, each should be free to act according to their own interests.
Unfortunately, the current relationship between Israel and the US is not representative of the model presented above, and in its current form, it can not be considered to be a healthy relationship a healthy one – for either party. Continue reading →