By Ted Belman
The Autonomus Republic of Crimea has voted to hold a referendum on whether to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. 58% of the people of Crimea are Russian.
In response, Pres Obama said “The proposed referendum on the future of the Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and international law.” But who’s listening? What a hypocrite. Obama continually violates the US constitution even though he took an oath to uphold it.
A week ago, Belz, a Hareidi sect, threatened to leave Israel and I wrote So Go Already in a cavalier fashion.
I received this email shortly thereafter which puts another face on the issue. It appears I spoke to soon without sufficient thought. Ted Belman
Ted, let me tell you about Belz and the other hassidic and Yeshiva population.
There are over 60,000 American and European Yeshiva students in Israel. Each is spending an average of 30,-50,000 U S dollars per year in Israel. Besides,airfare mostly El Al for their large families travelling back and forth for simchas etc (Read more…)
By Elhanan Miller, TOI
Two days after a Cairo court banned Hamas’s activities in Egypt, the country’s security establishment intends to revoke the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians obtained during the one-year term of deposed Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi, an Egyptian daily reported on Thursday.
Security sources told Al-Youm A-Sabi’ that their agencies are seeking information on 13,757 Palestinians who received Egyptian citizenship from the Muslim Brotherhood government before its July 2013 ouster in a military-backed revolution. The sources said that most of the Palestinians in question are affiliated with Hamas.
Claim that 300,000 Palestinians live in areas under full Israeli control is not quite true, says ex-official who drew the map
BY ELHANAN MILLER, TOI March 6, 2014,
Palestinian activists place a flag post in E1 east of Jerusalem, lying within area C of the West Bank
A United Nations report published Wednesday stated that the number of Palestinians living under full Israeli control in the West Bank is far higher than previously estimated, but an Israeli expert responsible for drawing the map in the mid-1990s said the UN was disingenuously inflating the numbers for political reasons.
The “Area C Vulnerability Profile” published by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Occupied Palestinian Territories, known as OCHA, estimated that 297,900 Palestinians live in 532 residential areas in Area C, a subdivision of the West Bank with full Israeli security and administrative control. These areas, OCHA claimed, comprise “some of the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank in terms of humanitarian needs.”
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
Over the past many years I have made many donations to various Israeli and Jewish charities. Unfortunately many of those were not recognized by CRA and I was not able to obtain a Canadian tax receipt.
Today I was asked to donate to a wonderful cause by an incredible political pundit by the name of Ted Belman who manages the Israpundit blog. In this case the charity is the Judea Samaria Fund.
“I am a Muslim by faith, a Christian by spirit, a Jew by heart, and above all I am a human being.”~ Dr. Tawfik Hamid.
By Dr. Tawfik Hamid,
(Dr. Hamid is an Egyptian scholar and author of the article. The world needs more people like him—ones who have the courage to face-up to reality.)
I was born a Muslim and lived all my life as a follower of Islam.
After the barbaric terrorist attacks done by the hands of my fellow Muslims everywhere on this globe, and after the too many violent acts by Islamists in many parts of the world, I feel responsible as a Muslim and as a human being to speak out and tell the truth to protect the world and Muslims as well from a coming catastrophe and war of civilizations.
Mort Klein issued a press release which I posted using his title.
ZOA’s In-Person Election Process Is Required by law
I just received this rebuttal:
Ted, with all due respect to you, you are drinking the Koolaid about the need for an appear-in-person Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
They are using smoke and mirrors to tightly assure the outcome of this election. I used to be a true believer in Mort. He surely deserves credit where credit is due, but his dereliction of duty in not assuring the filing of federal returns for three consecutive years and thereby losing its non-profit status and reputation because of continual abuse over the years (and I am not speaking of the Leftist Forward, which we know is all too happy to bring him down). (Read more…)
Questions Mount Regarding Fairness of Upcoming Election at Oldest Pro-Israel Organization in America
LOS ANGELES, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following can be attributed to Steven Goldberg: A recent online poll of the Zionist Organization of America’s national membership resulted in a demonstration of overwhelming support for the challenger, Steven Goldberg. Conducted over a three-day period, and open to the participation of all organizational members with an email address on record, ZOA’s national constituency favored Goldberg by a margin of 78% to 22%. Given the opportunity to comment, most voters cited the need for change amid recent revelations of mismanagement and Mort Klein’s excessive compensation. Details are available at www.mortklein.com.
Philanthropies always advance their values in gift giving. Look at George Soros. He would never support Women in Green. Yet Haaretz takes umbrage when the shoe is on the other foot. Ted Belman
In mobilizing philanthropy for right-leaning organizations only, the Israel Summit denied the vast spectrum of Jewish groups equal access to funding.>
By Benjy Cannon, HAARETZ
In January, close to 100 Jewish-American philanthropists gathered to hear 17 self-described pro-Israel organizations pitch their ideas for non-profit initiatives. This event – the first-ever Israel Summit – was modeled on the venture capital world, where “entrepreneurs try to win over deep-pocketed investors” with 20-minute sales pitches.
In some respects, the Israel Summit, organized by the Center for Entrepreneurial Jewish Philanthropy, addressed real concerns. Major American gifts to Jewish federations and the Israeli government – which play crucial roles in Israel’s philanthropic backbone – are declining, according to a paper by Hebrew University’s Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel. Instead, major gifts are generally given to major organizations like Taglit-Birthright Israel and Hasbara Fellowships. Indeed, large, right-leaning groups were well represented at this event.
In interview with Haaretz, the controversial Texas Republican lambasts the president’s ‘appeasement’ of Iran and Vladimir Putin, tears his Israel policies to shreds and even has an unkind word for AIPAC.
By Chemi Shalevd, HAARETZ
“President Obama has been the president most hostile to the nation of Israel in modern times” – this is the harsh if somewhat unsurprising verdict of firebrand Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
In an interview with Haaretz on the sidelines of the AIPAC Policy Conference this week, the former Texas solicitor general laid out the various counts of his indictment of Obama. The U.S. President, Cruz said, has undermined Israel’s national security as well as the “special relationship” between Israel and the United States. And Obama’s talks with Iran and relaxation of sanctions against Tehran “may well be setting the stage for the slaughter of millions of Israelis – or millions of Americans.”
Navy commandos board ship in early morning operation, encounter no resistance; vessel carried missiles with 200km range
IDF soldiers inspect a missile found on board Klos-C in a commando operation Wednesday morning. The military says the ship was carrying an Iranian arms shipment headed for Gaza (Photo credit: IDF)
IDF special forces on Wednesday intercepted a ship in the Red Sea carrying an Iranian arms shipment headed for the Gaza Strip. (Read more…)
Good News From Israel
News of Israel’s Achievements and Heartwarming Stories from the Jewish State.
Things can Only get Better
As readers of my weekly positive newsletter
will know, there has been a huge surge in the volume of Israel’s medical discoveries, scientific advances, agricultural innovations, water technology and humanitarian activities recently. Despite the chaos in many other countries, I believe that better times are on their way for the rest of the world.
Israel’s medical innovations are making a better life for everyone. The announcement of Israel Technion’s plans to establish an International Center for Cardiovascular Innovation will lead tobetter ways to treat heart disease
– the world’s leading cause of death. For Israeli Danny Oberman, his 2013 cardiac “incident” led him to develop the GPS-based CathMaps plus
- a better method
for Android and iOS smartphone users to find the nearest catheterization lab and share their medical history with cardiologists. (Read more…)
by Denis MacEoin, GATESTONE INSTITUTE
March 5, 2014 at 5:00 am
Everybody hates Israel. That is not just accepted wisdom, it is a reality that chokes all rational debate on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. There are exceptions, of course, such as Canada, but most of Western Europe has slipped from support for Israel to support for the Palestinian cause, as if both sides might not have valid claims to the disputed land.
Most Americans are enthusiastic about Israel, but the U.S. government under Barack Obama, has, in recent years, shown increasing antagonism. Unsurprisingly, not a single Muslim nation likes Israel at all.
By GIL TROY, JPOST
The far-left betrayal, whereby anti-Zionism has become The Trendiest Hatred, burdens the many liberals who attend.
As 14,000 Israel-lovers convened Sunday in Washington for AIPAC’s annual policy conference, critics rejoiced that the Big Bad Jewish Lobby was on the ropes, while still claiming the only reason the US supports Israel is AIPAC.
In exaggerating AIPAC’s power while minimizing it, the clashing caricatures rest on subtleties only bigots can believe. Yet, attending my second policy conference, as an invited speaker, not a member, I am again struck by what I called last year the sweetness of AIPAC.
by Isi Leibler
March 4, 2014
Anti-Zionist charades from the far-left-wing American Jewish community are now a daily occurrence. We witness the manipulations of the reprehensible BDS movement, J Street’s efforts to encourage the US Administration to pressure Israel, and the frequent hosting by universities of radical, anti-Israel speakers. As disturbing as these developments have been, we have tended to discount them as the workings of the radical left. (Read more…)
By Mazal Mualem, al Monitor
Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu interviewed candidates for the position of his political adviser. It was part of a comprehensive program to rehabilitate Netanyahu’s image in his own Likud party. Netanyahu wants to regain control over the mechanisms of the ruling party, control that he has lost over the past few years. He is looking for an energetic young candidate to run between the party’s branch offices and make the right political connections on his behalf. Most of all, the prime minister hopes that his new political adviser will help him to avoid any more embarrassments like the ones he suffered in his most recent battles within the party’s institutions.
Over the past few days, Netanyahu’s schedule has been devoted largely to his summit with US President Barack Obama at the White House. Nevertheless, as part of his rehabilitation program, Netanyahu also cleared some time on his busy schedule to meet with senior Likud activists for the first time since the last elections in January 2013. These are mostly confidantes of senior ministers from the Likud, whose support Netanyahu is eager to get.
I find this stunning – scary, sad, and stunning. On the eve of Netanyahu’s visit, President Obama announces to the world that he shall tell Israel’s prime minister what to do; he’ll lay blame for regional unrest on Israel and command they adopt an Obama-sanctioned “peace plan” that requires Israel to concede even more land and authority. Truly stunning.
Also Sarah Palin in a recent interview by Sean Hannity characterized Obama as one who wears “mom jeans”. Did the folks ever love that put down.
“Look, people are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil,” she said. “They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.”
“Anyone who carries the common sense gene would know that Putin doesn’t change his stripes,” she said. “He hearkens back to the era of the czars and he wants that Russian empire to grow again.”
She also pointed out that Putin’s power is derived from Russia’s abundance of energy and Europe’s dependence on it. The US, she said could become much more powerful had she fully exploited her energy sources. She could export energy to Europe thereby undercutting Putin’s leverage.
If He Believes It, It Must Be So
By Elliott Abrams, Weekly Standard
On the eve of the Netanyahu visit to Washington, President Obama gave a lengthy interview to Jeffrey Goldberg that shows a chief executive who has learned next to nothing about the world in his five years in office. First, kudos to Goldberg: he pressed Obama repeatedly, challenging vague…
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann says Jewish organizations prefer Obama’s future over Israel’s.
By Gil Ronen
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann Bachmann has accused American Jews of having “sold out Israel” by voting for President Obama in 2008 and 2012.
“The Jewish community gave him their votes, their support, their financial support,” Bachmann told Tony Perkins on the Family Research Center’s radio channel, “and as recently as last week, 48 Jewish donors who are big contributors to the president wrote a letter…to the Democrat [sic] senators in the U.S. Senate to tell them to not advance sanctions against Iran.”
Gone are the days when the American president was capable of articulating the American interest.
Vladimir Putin seized Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula on Thursday, and Barack Obamadelivered a short statement about it on Friday. The former tells us nothing we didn’t know already about Russia’s strongman. The latter tells us everything we need to know about a weak president’s feckless foreign policy.
Let’s take a look at what Mr. Obama had to say:
“I also spoke several days ago with President Putin, and my administration has been in daily contact with Russian officials.”
OK, but why? What’s the point of talking if you won’t even make use of what’s said?