Monthly Archives: July 2016

Netanyahu To Obama: Don’t Play With Israel’s Military Aid

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — July 25, 2016 … The following was communicated by the Israel Prime Ministers Office to the Israel News Agency:

“The Acting Head of the National Security Council, Brig. Gen. (Res.) Jacob Nagel, will head to Washington on July 31, 2016, for meetings with his White House counterparts, for the purpose of signing a new MOU between the two countries as soon as possible.

Israel places great value on the predictability and certainty of the military assistance it receives from the United States and on honoring bilateral agreements.

Therefore, it is not in Israel’s interest for there to be any changes to the fixed annual MOU levels without the agreement of both the U.S. Administration and the Israeli government.

For FY2017, Israel remains committed to the FMF level specified in the current MOU, which is $3.1 billion.”

The Obama administration and the Democratic Party both believe that Israel should support the immediate implementation of a Palestinian state. The Israel News Agency asks who will control that Palestinian state? Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Fatah, ISIS, the PA or Iran?

Until Israel has a true partner for peace, that accepts a Jewish state, Israel will not accept a Palestinian state.

Such a state today would only be used to stage terror and missile attacks against Israel in the same manner as Hamas uses Gaza.

As Turkey Stabilizes, Israel And Cyprus Discuss Security Cooperation

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — July 24, 2016 … Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following statement today from his office in Jerusalem at the start of his meeting with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades:

“Cyprus and Israel are two small democracies in the eastern Mediterranean. We also share common challenges, and also common opportunities:in security cooperation, in gas, in emergency cooperation, commerce, tourism, many, many fields.

I will never forget that in 2010, when we faced a ferocious forest fire in the Carmel Forest, the first country I called was Cyprus. If offered to send a plane. It did send it, and I was privileged to reciprocate last month when you faced a ferocious forest fire, and we sent our planes to extinguish your flames. Back in April, our two nations, along with Greece, conducted a joint fire-fighting exercise to enhance our regional cooperation in emergency situations.

And that’s exactly the kind of thing that friends do. They come to each other’s help in times of need, but also cooperate in good times or cooperate to make times better. And that’s why I’m particularly proud to have this opportunity to continue the dialogue we began on a tripartite basis in the Nicosia summit. We’re continuing those discussions, both bilaterally but also multilaterally, and we continue to send our people.

But of course we know, as leaders, that there’s no substitute for the meeting of the people at the top, so in this spirit, I welcome you once again.”

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (center), Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras shake hands at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus.

At the conclusion of their meeting, Netanyahu and Anastasiades issued a joint statement:

“The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, held wide ranging discussions that reflected the close and very important relations both countries enjoy.

In the course of the discussions, both leaders emphasized their shared interests in regional stability and expressed their agreement to continue countering sources of extremism and terrorism.

The two sides continued their talks about emergency response cooperation.  Both leaders encouraged their teams to conclude these talks as soon as possible.

The two sides discussed the unitization issue regarding the Aphrodite and Yishai gas fields, and concluded that by September 2016 the two Energy Ministers will seek to finalize these discussions.

In the context of the exploration and development of energy resource in the eastern Mediterranean, both leaders concluded that there is no question that resolving the outstanding issues between Cyprus and Turkey would greatly facilitate the pace of the development of future projects, which will proceed according to international law, as well as greatly enhance stability in the region.  Therefore, Israel has a strong interest in the resolution of this issue.

Both leaders stressed the importance of the trilateral framework between Israel, Cyprus, and Greece and reconvening together by the end of the year, as was agreed between the parties at the Nicosia Summit, on January 28, 2016.”

Netanyahu: Israel Stands With Germany After Tragic Shootings

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By Israel News Agency Staff

Jerusalem, Israel — July 23, 2016 … The following statement was communicated by the Israel Prime Minister’s Office to the Israel News Agency.

“Israel sends condolences to Germany over the murder of innocent citizens in the tragic shooting attack that occurred in Munich on Friday and wishes the wounded a quick recovery. Israel stands alongside Germany on this sad day.”

Jerusalem reached out to her friends after the third mass attack in Europe in little over a week, after the killings of 84 people in Nice, France, and an attack by a young refugee wielding an ax and a knife in Germany that left five people wounded.

In contrast to the first two attacks, the one in Munich appears to have had no links to ISIS or other Islamic terrorist groups. Nor was the terror attack directly linked to the wave of migration that has fueled racial, ethnic and religious tensions in Germany and across Europe.

The attacker in Germany, Ali Sonboly used a 9-millimeter Glock handgun, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition for it. The rampage started at 5:52 p.m. on Friday, at a McDonald’s in Munich a few miles from where he lived with his mother, father and brother.

 Sonboly, 18, moved on to a shopping mall across the street, then to the top level of an adjacent parking garage. By the time his murderous attack was complete, he had killed eight other young people and one middle-aged person. Then, in front of two police officers, he killed himself with his own gun, the police said.
Police said he had dual German and Iranian nationality and was born and raised in Munich.
The attack left 27 people wounded, 10 of them with serious injuries.

Over 200 French Jews Make Aliya To Israel 

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Chairman of The Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky greets new Israeli citizens.

 By Israel News Agency Staff

Tel Aviv, Israel — July 22, 2016 … More than 200 French Jews arrived in Israel today (Wednesday, July 20) aboard a special Aliyah (immigration) flight organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption and Keren Hayesod-UIA.

Upon their arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport, they were greeted by Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky, Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver, and Chairman of Keren Hayesod-UIA Eliezer (Moodi) Sandberg. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the festive gathering by video.

Today’s arrival was the largest Aliyah flight from France set to land in Israel this summer. Half of the new immigrants are teenagers, children, and toddlers who will join the Israeli education system at the end of the summer vacation. One such child, Eva Levy, celebrated her ninth birthday today and was called onto the stage with her parents and siblings to receive a surprise birthday cake and gifts from Chairman Sharansky and Minister Landver. The immigrants also include several families in which three generations—grandparents, parents, and children—made Aliyah together. The majority of the immigrants will make their homes in Netanya, Raanana, Jerusalem, and Ashdod. The flight was planned months ago, without any connection to recent events in France.

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Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky said:“Many have questioned whether Jews have a future in France, but there is no question that French Jewry has a future in Israel. You could have chosen to go many other places, but you chose to come here. Each of you has taken a tremendous step for your children’s future and for the future of Israel. Welcome home!”

The French Jewish community is the largest in Europe and the second-largest in the world outside of Israel, numbering just under half a million Jews.

French Jewish immigration to Israel has surged since the year 2012, breaking records for Aliyah from France and from Western countries more generally. 2014 marked the first time in Israel’s history that over 1% of a Western Jewish community made Aliyah in a single year, an achievement repeated in 2015, with the arrival of some 7,800 immigrants from France – the most ever. In total, nearly 10% of the French Jewish community has immigrated to Israel since the year 2000, half in the past five years alone.

In response to this unprecedented demand from French Jews, The Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption have developed a special plan to facilitate Aliyah from France and ease French Jewish immigrants’ integration into Israeli society. The plan includes efforts to deepen young French Jews’ Jewish identity, bring them to experience Israel on a variety of programs, provide French Jews with comprehensive Aliyah information and counseling, remove barriers to employment, and increase the number of Jewish Agency shlichim (representatives) in France.

French Aliyah statistics:

2012: 1,900
2013: 3,300
2014: 7,200
2015: 7,800

 

Over 200 North Americans Prepare To Make Aliya This Week

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — July 17, 2016 … Nefesh B’Nefesh, Israel’s respected immigration organization, appears to be making history as they arrange for over 2,000 North Americans to move to Israel this summer.

Over 220 North Americans will emigrate from the US and Canada and move to Israel together on a Nefesh B’Nefesh charter Aliyah flight, in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL) and JNF-USA. The flight will arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv on Tuesday, July 19, with an eclectic group of immigrants landing together in Israel with Nefesh B’Nefesh, the organization responsible for facilitating the Aliyah (immigration) of nearly 50,000 North American and British Jews in over a decade.

The flight’s passengers include a diverse mix of people from 17 states and two Canadian provinces, including former servicemen from three different US Armed Forces units, families of all sizes, young professionals and others.

A festive welcoming ceremony will take place for the newcomers at Ben Gurion Airport Terminal 1 (Gate 8) following the flight’s arrival, and is open to the media. Notable guests at the ceremony will include: Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, Sofa Landver; Chairman of the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, MK Avraham Neguise Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky; World Chairman of KKL-JNF, Danny Atar; and Founders of Nefesh B’Nefesh, Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart.

Founded in 2002, Nefesh B’Nefesh in cooperation with the Israeli government and The Jewish Agency for Israel, is dedicated to revitalizing Aliyah from North America and the UK by removing or minimizing the financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles of Aliyah. The support and comprehensive social services provided by Nefesh B’Nefesh to its almost 50,000 newcomers has ensured that over 90% of its Olim have remained in Israel.

Israel Condemns Attack In Nice – Asks Why France Meets With Hezbollah

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — July 15, 2016 … Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today, issued the following statement regarding last night’s Islamic terror attack in Nice, France.

“Israel condemns in the strongest terms last night’s horrific attack in Nice.

We are again reminded that terrorism can strike anywhere and must be fought everywhere.

Israelis stand united with the people of France today. We join you in mourning those who were killed and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded.

Israel is ready to help the French government fight this evil until it is defeated.”

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhel, 31, a Nice resident born in Tunisia, has been identified as the Islamic terrorist through fingerprints, French prosecutor François Molins said Friday.
The terror attack began around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, with Bouhel driving a rented, refrigerated truck. Ten children are among the 84 people murdered in Thursday’s terror attack in Nice. Another 202 people were injured, including 52 critically. Among the 52 critically injured, 25 are in a coma.

Israeli security experts state that two elements contributed to allowing the attack to take place – a massive intelligence failure and a relaxed attitude toward Islamic terror organizations.

French officials recently met with the Islamic terror group Hezbollah.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry released a statement urging France to follow the example of Arab states that have blacklisted Hezbollah as a terror organization.“It’s a shame that the French foreign minister didn’t consult with Arab states that do not make a distinction between the military and political arms of Hezbollah,” read the Tuesday statement. “It’s clear that Foreign Minister Ayrault would not meet with the ‘political wing’ of Islamic State.”

In May the Arab League declared the Lebanon-based Shiite group a terrorist organization, with all but two of the 22-member bloc voting for the resolution. The declaration came a little over a week after the predominantly Sunni Gulf Cooperation Council took a similar stance by blacklisting the group.

One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamic terror group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found.The poll of European attitudes towards the group, carried out by ICM, revealed that 16% of French citizens have a positive opinion of ISIS. This percentage increases among younger respondents, spiking at 27% for those aged 18-24.

Security experts in Israel question why French security has not taken action against these ISIS supporters.

Israel To UN: Don’t Rewrite History Of Jerusalem

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — July 11, 2016 … Is Jerusalem Jewish?
That is the question the UN will be addressing tomorrow.

This morning the Israeli Foreign Ministry sent an open letter to members of the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) ahead of tomorrow’s vote on a draft resolution that denies Jewish historical linkage to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount and calls for a return to the “historic status quo” at the site.

The revised joint Palestinian-Jordanian draft resolution on “the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls” was submitted to the 21-member committee which convenes for its annual meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 10 – July 20.

The text calls for a return of the Temple Mount and the Al-Aqsa Mosque (which is directly above Judaism’s most holy site – the Western Wall) to what it called “the historic status quo” following the 1967 Six Day War, under which the Jordanian Waqf religious authority had the right to administer all aspects of the sites “including maintenance, restoration, and regulating access.”

Under arrangements agreed by Israel after it captured the area, non-Muslims are allowed to visit the site but not to pray. The Palestinians says Israel is seeking to change this, a charge the Jewish state adamantly denies.

In the letter Monday, Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold slammed UNESCO for “considering the adoption of a completely one-sided draft resolution on the Old City of Jerusalem that deliberately ignores the historical connection between the Jewish people and their ancient capital.”

He wrote: “The resolution also fails to acknowledge Christianity’s ties to Jerusalem. It refers to the area of the Temple Mount only as a ‘Muslim holy site of worship.’”

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Detailing the Jewish people’s historic relations to the city, Gold said that Israel “defends religious freedom for all of the great faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – against the tide of intolerance sweeping the Middle East region.”

“UNESCO’s adoption of utterly false allegations about Israeli archaeological practices is misplaced and hypocritical, at best,” Gold said.

The letter was sent to 16 of the 21 members on the committee, including Turkey, urging them to “oppose this effort to distort history.” Representatives from countries typically hostile toward Israel — Tunisia, Indonesia, Lebanon, Kuwait and Cuba — did not receive a copy of the missive.

The complex, which was the site of the two biblical temples, is considered to be Judaism’s holiest site. Muslims regard the compound — which today houses the Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock mosques — as the third-holiest site in Islam.

Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold in Jerusalem, June 1, 2015. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold.

While Jews are allowed to enter the site, their worship there is banned under arrangements instituted by Israel when it captured the area from Jordan in 1967.

In the UN document, Israel is repeatedly referred to as the “occupying power” while being accused of causing damage to the site, conducting illegal excavations and preventing the Jordanian Waqf, which administers the site, from conducting repairs and renovations. The text also also refers to the Western Wall plaza in quotation marks, after using the Arabic term Al-Buraq Plaza without qualification.

In the draft, the Jordanians and Palestinians accuse Israel of “intrusive constructions, tunneling and underground excavations” and “aggressions against religious sites and prayer places.”

The revised draft is expected to be very similar in nature and language to the April resolution which criticized Israel for “excavations and works” in East Jerusalem, and urged it to stop “aggressions and illegal measures against the freedom of worship and Muslims’ access” to their holy site. The resolution also accuses Israel of “planting fake Jewish graves in Muslim cemeteries” and of “the continued conversion of many Islamic and Byzantine remains into the so-called Jewish ritual baths or into Jewish prayer places.”

The April resolution was approved by 33 states of the 58-member body, including Russia, Spain, Sweden, France and Brazil. The latter two have since backtracked, calling their respective votes a mistake. Seventeen countries abstained while six voted against — the United States, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The World Heritage Committee will also issue a decision on whether to keep the Old City on its list of World Heritage sites in danger, which it has been on since 1982.

The 21 members of the committee are Angola, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Cuba, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

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Following UNESCO’s resolution in April failing to acknowledge Israel’s historic and biblical relations to the Temple Mount, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited all UN personnel working in the country to attend an open seminar on Jewish history at his office.

“Two weeks ago, I was shocked to hear that UNESCO adopted a decision denying any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, our holiest site. It is hard to believe that anyone, let alone an organization tasked with preserving history, could deny this link which spans thousands of years,” said Netanyahu.

“It is hard to believe that anyone, let alone an organization tasked with preserving history, could deny this link, which spans thousands of years.”

 

 

Students For Justice In Palestine Exploit African American Shootings

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Israel was the first nation to arrive in Haiti after the earthquake.
The Jews who participated in this humanitarian mission saved thousands of lives.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — July 8, 2016 … Students For Justice In Palestine (SJP), an anti-semitic, anti-Israel, pro-Jihad organization is trying to blame Israel for the recent shootings of African Americans by US police.

In a statement released by the NYU Students for Justice in Palestine, the group states:

“In the past 48 hours another two black men have been lynched by the police. The total number of black people lynched by cops in 2016 now totals 136. We must remember that many US police departments train with the‪ #‎IsraeliDefenseForces‬. The same forces behind the genocide of black people in America are behind the genocide of Palestinians. What this means is that Palestinians must stand with our black comrades. We must struggle for their liberation. It is as important as our own. ‪#‎AltonSterling‬ is as important as ‪#‎AliDawabsheh‬. Palestinian liberation and black liberation go together. We must recognize this and commit to building for it.”

The Iranian and Hamas funded SJP, is attempting to reach and divide Black Americans from Jews using the following groups on Twitter:

‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ ‪#‎PhilandoCastile‬ ‪#‎NoJusticeNoPeace‬‪#‎FromBatonRougeToGaza‬ ‪#‎PalestiniansForBlackLiberation‬

The purpose of this transparent propaganda is to incite hate and violence between Jews and Blacks.
There are several basic flaws in this divide and conquer strategy being used by Iran’s American proxy.

Relations between the Jewish American and African American communities has never been stronger. The intimate ties between Jews and Blacks go back decades when Jews proudly marched alongside Blacks in the 1960’s civil rights movement.

As far back as the 19th century, Jewish storekeepers were virtually the only Southern merchants who addressed black customers as “Mr.” and “Mrs.” and permitted them to try on clothing. By the early 20th century, a few Southern Jews even ventured to speak out against the evils of white supremacy. In 1929, Louis Isaac Jaffe, editorial writer for the Norfolk Virginia-Pilot won the Pulitzer Prize for his denunciation of lynching and the reactionary Harry Byrd political machine.

Fast forward – Israel was the first nation to arrive in Haiti after the devastating 2009 earthquake. They created the first field hospital after the quake and saved thousands of black lives.

Israel has absorbed thousands of Africans into Israel – many of whom serve in the IDF.
Today, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is visiting seven African nations to enhance security and trade.

When the SJP speaks of genocide – many wonder where as the Arab population in Israel has grown over 800 percent since Israel’s rebirth in 1948. When the SJP speaks of US police departments training with the IDF, it’s no wonder as Jihadists among Israeli Arabs blow up restaurants, buses and go on stabbing sprees in Israel. Israel has learned how to defend herself against Islamic terrorism. The challenge that the West and Israel face is not a so-called, and invented “occupation”  but rather a very real Jihad – Holy War by ISIS, Hamas and Islamic Jihad against Christians and Jews.

The ADL addressed the incitement of the Students for Justice in Palestine: “Your continued efforts to connect serious domestic social issues to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are tremendously disingenuous and manipulative. Exploiting the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by attacking the State of Israel not only distorts reality, but also serves to distract people from an important public discussion.”

The Israel News Agency will go one step further. We ask the FBI to investigate Students for Justice in Palestine for race speech and incitement to violence. Demonizing Israel is one thing. To create conflict, hate and violence on the back of shootings in Texas, Louisiana and Minnesota between American Jews and American Blacks is a totally different equation.

Israel Creating Bridges In Africa

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By Herb Brandon
Israel News Agency

Uganda — July 5, 2016 … Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the heads of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Zambia while visiting Uganda on the 40th anniversary of the Entebbe hostage rescue operation.

Netanyahu issued the following statement at the African summit in Uganda:

“This meeting I think will be a milestone, the meeting of seven leaders from African countries with Israel. I think it underscores the fact that we are in a monumental change in the relations between Israel and Africa, beginning here. It is warranted by the great changes that are taking place in the world. We at once have an enormous boost and jump towards development, towards the possibilities of this new century, with all the promises of technology; but at the same time, we have a savage medievalism that seeks to take all our societies back, to destroy them, destroy our freedoms and destroy our hopes.

So we at once have to do two things: Develop our countries into the future, and fight back the forces that want to take us to a dark past. And we can do this. I believe Israel is the perfect partner for the countries of Africa. I want to thank deeply all the Excellencies, the leaders who came here, again on short notice, to attend this summit. From our conversations, I think we put flesh on this structure. We believe it. It’s not something we say, lip service – we give lip service to. We believe it. We’ve begun to do it among our respective countries. But I believe that we see opportunities in expanding this to Africa as a whole.

Israel has fought terrorism and has developed, as you said Mr. President today, we’ve developed certain capacities, which I think are important for the defense of the world against this global onslaught of terrorism. But equally, we have tremendous opportunities. We’ve solved our water problem, even though we’re a very dry land. We’ve solved our agricultural problem. We produce, with great productivity, vegetables, dairy. I’m always boasting which cow produces more milk per cow? In the world, you think it’s a French cow or a Dutch cow. It’s an Israeli cow. It’s a computerized cow, every moo is monitored, you know?

But we are eager to share this technology in so many fields with our African friends. We think that Israel now is the best partner that the countries of Africa could have, and it’s something that is dear to our hearts. The founder of modern Zionism, the national movement of the Jewish people, was Theodore Herzl, and he said, “After I liberate the Jewish people, I will go to Africa to help liberate the black people.” We have our African brethren, the Ethiopian Jews, who are in our society, and I personally work every few weeks to help integrate more and more and incorporate in our society.

I believe this. I believe in Africa. I believe in your future and I believe in our partnership for this future. And I believe that this meeting will be seen as a turning point in Israel’s ability to reach a broad number of African countries, which is our goal. We want a better future for you, a better future for all of us, and we think we can be your perfect partners.

So once again, I thank you for this extraordinary display of hospitality and warmth and friendship. Israel is coming back to Africa; Africa is coming back to Israel.”

Seven African heads of state met with Prime Minister Netanyahu at a counterterrorism conference held in Uganda. Netanyahu expressed his desire to enhance not only security relations, but agricultural, economic relations as well.

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Israel Defense Forces prepare for Entebbe Rescue Operation

 

Israeli commandos freed more than 100 hostages held for a week at an airport terminal, in a legendary, daring operation. They returned to Israel on July 4, 1976.

Monday’s ceremony at the scene of the historic IDF raid was attended by some of the rescued hostages and Israeli special forces who carried out the operation.

“Exactly 40 years ago Israeli soldiers carried out the historic mission in Entebbe,” said Netanyahu. Forty years ago they landed in the dead of night in a country led by a brutal dictator who gave refuge to terrorists. Today we landed in broad daylight to be welcomed by a president who fights terrorism.”

His elder brother, Jonathan, was shot dead as he led the operation to free hostages, who had been taken captive on an Air France flight by Palestinian and German terrorists.

The following was expressed in a joint statement:  “Forty years after the historic IDF hostage rescue operation at Entebbe airport, the world continues to face the threat of international terrorism. The need to unite with regional and global partners in fighting this scourge is more important than ever.

At today’s summit, the leaders committed their countries to enhancing their cooperation in the fight against terror by sharing intelligence and utilizing new technologies, including in the sphere of cyber security.”

Israel: Elie Wiesel Personified Triumph Of Human Spirit Over Evil

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Elie Wiesel shows his support for Prime Minister Netanyahu as he warns the
US Congress of a second Holocaust created by Iran’s nuclear terror program.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — July 2, 2016 … Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening issued the following statement on the passing of Elie Wiesel:

“The State of Israel and the Jewish people mourn the passing of Elie Wiesel. Through his unforgettable books, moving words and personal example, Elie personified the triumph of the human spirit over the most unimaginable evil. Out of the darkness of the Holocaust, Elie became a powerful force for light, truth and dignity. His life and work were a great blessing to the Jewish people, the Jewish state and to all humanity.

I feel fortunate to have known him and to have learned from his prodigious wisdom. On behalf of all the people of Israel, Sara and I send condolences to the entire Wiesel family. May the memory of Elie Wiesel, a towering spirit who taught us all to remember, be forever blessed.”

A quiet man who moved like a giant. Elie Wiesel, the Auschwitz survivor who became an eloquent witness for the six million Jews murdered in World War II and who, more than anyone, seared the memory of the Holocaust on the world’s conscience, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87.

It was Elie’s speaking out against forgetfulness and violence that the Nobel committee recognized when it awarded him the peace prize in 1986. “Wiesel is a messenger to mankind,” the Nobel citation said. “His message is one of peace, atonement and human dignity.
His belief that the forces fighting evil in the world can be victorious is a hard-won belief.”

“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed,” Wiesel wrote.

“Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust.
Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live long as God himself. Never.”

Elie taught us one thing.
Never forget.
Never Again!