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AIPAC Policy Conference 2018 To Take Place March 4-6


By Joel Leyden

Israel News Agency

Washington — February 23, 2018 … The AIPAC Policy Conference, the largest gathering of America’s pro-Israel community, will take place in Washington, D.C. March 4-6.

The mission of AIPAC is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of the United States and Israel.

AIPAC’s staff and citizen activists educate decision makers about the bonds that unite the United States and Israel and how it is in America’s best interest to help ensure that the Jewish state is safe, strong and secure.

AIPAC illustrates Israeli innovations, embraces keynote speeches by American and Israeli leaders and coordinates educational sessions over three days.
Attending the conference will be over 18,000 pro-Israel Americans, more than two-thirds of Congress, over  3,600 students from more than 630 campuses, 283 Student Government presidents from all 50 states and 275 Jewish synagogue delegations.

Among the confirmed speakers are Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Vice President of the United States of America Mike Pence, Ambassador Nikki Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Daniel Ayalon, Former Israeli Amb. to the United States, Israeli Minister of Education and Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett, Ambassador John Bolton, Former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Irwin Cotler, Founder and Chairman of Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Founder and Director Shurat HaDin – Israeli Law Center and United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Executive Director Institute for Policy and Strategy Chair, Annual Herzliya Conference Series Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Gilead, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Ambassador Nikki R. Haley, Editor-in-Chief of the The Jerusalem Post Yaakov Katz, Editor of The Times of Israel David Horovitz, Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked and Congressman Lee Zeldin.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee was founded in 1951 by Isaiah L. “Si” Kenen who had worked at Israel’s Office of Information at the United Nations. AIPAC’S current CEO, Howard Kohr, has been with the organization since 1996.

Following the September 11th attacks in 2001, AIPAC stepped up its agenda to make sure that the United States continued to ensure Israel’s security by working with Congress to isolate and financially constrict such terror groups as Hamas, ISIS, Hezbollah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Today, AIPAC has over 100,000 people involved with their pro Israel activities.

Iran Attacks Israel With Drone, Syria Shoots Down F-16

Pieces of an Israeli F-16 that crashed in northern Israel on Saturday after coming under anti-aircraft fire. The pilot ejected, according to a military spokesman.
PhotoJack Guez/AFP

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — February 10, 2018 … Iran attacked Israel with an armed drone as it entered the skies over Northern Israel. The Israel Defense Forces responded by shooting the drone down and targeting the Iranian drone control station in Syria. Israeli civilians then came under fire by Syrian and Iranian rockets which resulted in Israel dispatching several fighter jets to destroy the missile and anti-aircraft stations. One Israeli F-16 was shot down over Israel with both pilots ejecting.

The IDF said that the jet had crashed after the formation it was flying in was targeted by Syrian ground antiaircraft fire.

IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the two pilots had bailed from the downed aircraft “as per procedure.” One pilot was severely injured as a result of “an emergency evacuation,” he said.

“Iran is responsible for this severe violation of Israeli sovereignty,” said Conricus.
“We are willing, prepared, and capable to exact a heavy price on anyone that attacks us. However, we are not looking to escalate the situation.”

IAF aircraft targeted the Syrian Aerial Defense System and Iranian targets in Syria. At least 12 targets, including 3 aerial defense batteries and four Iranian military bases were destroyed.

Following the attack of an Iranian drone into Israeli territory, President Reuven Rivlin was briefed on the operational situation and spoke with Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin.

Rivlin commended Israel’s security forces for their firm and resolute defense measures in the face of further proof of the danger of Iranian consolidation in the region, which the State of Israel would not allow.

The President asked them to convey the appreciation and thanks of the entire nation to the commanders and soldiers, and to all the forces working to defend Israel, for their full control over the operational events, and for the greatly valued return to calm for all the residents of the north and the many travelers who visited the area.

In the last hour, the President spoke with the pilot who was lightly injured. The President thanked him and heard from him about his recovery.

“My heart is with you and your comrades, and I hope that I will meet you soon. You and the entire squadron have proven that you do not come back until your mission is fulfilled, and I thank God together with the entire nation that you have returned.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement:

“I have been warning for some time about the dangers of Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria. Iran seeks to use Syrian territory to attack Israel for its professed goal of destroying Israel. This morning Iran brazenly violated Israel’s sovereignty. They dispatched an Iranian drone from Syrian territory into Israel. And this demonstrates that our warnings were 100 percent correct. Israel holds Iran and its Syrian hosts responsible for today’s aggression. We will continue to do whatever is necessary to protect our sovereignty and our security.”

Israeli security sources have confirmed that IDF reserves have been placed on high alert and are reinforcing both the Lebanese and Syrian borders.

Jeremy Issacharoff: Israel Thanks Germany For Taking Responsibility For Holocaust – Other Nations Must Follow

Israeli Ambassador to Germany Jeremy Issacharoff 

Edited by Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

The following is the text of a speech by Israeli Ambassador to Germany Jeremy Issacharoff to the German Foreign Ministry in honor of the opening of the Yad Vashem exhibit, Beyond Duty. Beyond Duty highlights diplomats who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

Germany — January 2018 … His Excellency Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Distinguished Friends and Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen:

As we commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I must confess that I feel a certain weight of history on my shoulders as the Ambassador of Israel to Germany at this time and to be here today in this place with the Foreign Minister of Germany.

In our respective ways we represent two peoples that have such a complicated past and today is heavier than most.

Even several decades after first learning about the Holocaust and then living in Berlin and travelling around Germany – I still cannot fully grasp or comprehend the meaning and impact of the systematic extermination of six million men, women and children of the Jewish people.

In some ways living now in Germany for several months and seeing firsthand the present vibrant relations between the two peoples, makes it even more difficult to understand and
contend with our common history. Clearly I am not alone in struggling with this sense of bewilderment.

In the years after the war, when the true extent of the Holocaust became apparent, each Jew internalized his own lessons and conclusions regarding the immensity of the tragedy. Both of my parents’ families lived in Israel in Jerusalem before and during
World War II and neither family was touched directly by the tragedy of the Shoah.

For me it became a lot more personal when I married my wife Laura who is with me today, whose mother’s family was from Dortmund Germany. Her great grandfather was killed in
Theresienstadt and her great grandmother died in the Dortmund ghetto.

Laura’s grandfather took his wife and two daughters to Brussels and they survived by remaining in hiding. Subsequently her grandfather was betrayed to the Gestapo, captured in Brussels and deported to Auschwitz where he was gassed a short time after
his arrival. Now my children have this horrific legacy that my wife has always lived with, and also share this sense of bewilderment and consternation.

During these last months in Germany, I have met and spoken to many Germans from many walks of life in several cities. In these conversations my interlocutors mostly initiate reference to the Holocaust and I have been moved by how Germans have not shied
away from their historic responsibility with regard to the Shoah, unlike some other countries.

In one such conversation, a person did not hesitate to tell me openly that his grandfather was a Nazi war criminal in one of the more notorious concentration camps and was killed in 1945. My interlocutor clearly rejected his grandfather’s crimes. I was really
taken back by this blunt admission. It was then I realized that on the one hand, I see my wife and her family still trying to cope with the senseless death of her grandparents and on the other hand it made me wonder how does one contend with a grandparent that actually
carried out these murders?

I do not have the answers to these questions but I have come to realize the following:

First: Germany accepted responsibility for the Holocaust and the more the two peoples continue to share their respective experiences, the greater the chance that our complex relationship can give way to a new paradigm of deeper mutual understanding, reconciliation and cooperation.

Second: We can never understand the true impact of the Holocaust or even begin to grasp what the six million who died could have contributed to humanity had they lived.  How many great scientists, scholars, artists, athletes musicians, philosophers and masters in all
areas of human activity were lost?

Third: The more we remember and try and understand what transpired, the greater the chance that the relations between the Jewish people as a whole and the German people and maybe others will never go down this path of antisemitism, intolerance, notions of
racial superiority and genocide.

And finally: My most important objective as Ambassador to Germany will be to help ensure that the burden of our history can actually be transformed into a unique bond that strengthens our bilateral ties.

Israeli Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff with Sigmar Gabriel reviewing
the exhibition Beyond Duty at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Tomorrow, Minister Gabriel will embark on a brief but meaningful visit to Israel that I am sure will contribute to that end.

In this spirit, I think the opening of this exhibition today regarding Diplomats recognized as Righteous Among Nations conceived by the Israeli Holocaust Museum Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, fulfills a vital role. If there are elements of the Holocaust that can never be truly fathomed, these stories of courageous diplomats who saved many thousands of Jews can be
understood, admired and must never be forgotten.

These are stories of great personal courage, integrity and heroism that should be engraved on our collective consciousness and remind us that where there has been a great evil there can always be a greater good. These are diplomats from Great Britain, Japan, Czechoslovakia, Portugal, Germany, Peru, Spain, Turkey and Sweden.

These are indeed inspiring stories – Aristides de Sousa Mendes from
Portugal said that “I would rather stand with G-d against man – than with man against G-d’. Raoul Wallenberg of Sweden who saved thousands of Jews in Hungary said “I will never be able to return to Stockholm without knowing that I had done all a man could do to save as many Jews as possible”.

Sadly Raoul Wallenberg fulfilled his mission but never returned home and tragically
perished in a Soviet prison after the war.

These are all stories of how one dedicated human being could make a difference and tip the scales between disaster and salvation. In the final analysis we cannot change history but history can change us. The dreadful images of the Shoah can never be deleted
from our memory nor should they be. But now we can also see other images in addition to the inspiring images in this exhibition.

The sight of Israeli and German students working together on joint research projects – the sight of German and Israeli start-ups energetically pursuing joint ventures – the sight of both our fighter pilots conducting joint maneuvers in the eastern Med – the sight of
discreet and intimate cooperation between both our Governments to save German and Israeli lives – the sight of German car companies seeking out new Israeli advanced mobility technologies and more.

The future does not wait for anyone and all these images are fast becoming reality. Together they begin to forge a profound complementary partnership freer of anger and guilt and one inspired more by hope and common cause.

This event and exhibition today is another modest step that amplifies the essence of humanity in this tragic story. May the memories of these righteous diplomats be blessed.
Thank you.

 

For more information on the Holocaust, please go to HolocaustRemembranceDay.org 

 

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Israel President Rivlin Addresses Poland, Anti-Semitism At Holocaust Remembrance

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Athens, Greece — January 29, 2018 … Israeli President Rivlin commented on Poland’s denial of its role in the Holocaust.

Rivlin, who is visiting Greece, stated that in relation to the new Polish legislation that Poland’s  decision to place in prison those who speak of Poland’s complicity with Nazi Germany is a reminder that it is still beholden upon Israel, all Jews and Christians to fight for the memory of the Holocaust, as it happened. Research into the Holocaust must be free, open, and sincere. The duty to remember is a duty to recognize, to know, to try and understand what happened. With the aim to ensure, Never Again.”

“We are witnessing the return of anti-Semitic, racist and neo-Nazi outlooks, many manifestations of anti-Semitism are once again reverberating around the world, radical movements are gaining strength, the new right-wing parties are winning electoral achievements – Jews feel less secure in their countries – these are phenomena that should be denounced. We must not give in to anti-Semitism or xenophobia, we must fight anti-Semitism, racism and hatred of every kind.”

“We must firmly oppose those who conceal anti-Semitism under the guise of delegitimizing Israel – as well as extreme right-wing parties which do not hide their anti-Semitic background, but declare that they love Israel. There is no such thing as loving Israelis and hating Jews, or loving Jews but hating Israelis.”

President Reuven Rivlin this evening, addressed a ceremony marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, held by the Jewish community in Athens.

In attendance were Holocaust survivors from the Greek Jewish community, among them; Itzik Mizen, 90, who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau; Frances Hogo, 90, who survived Bergen Belsen; Fortunita Hananel Gani, 91, who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau; and David Moshe, 95, who survived Mauthausen. Also attending was Greece’s Education and Religious Affairs Minister, and the Speaker of the Greek Parliament.

“Seventy-three years have passed since the flames of the Auschwitz crematoria were put out” began the President and continued, “Auschwitz has become a symbol of the whole Jewish Holocaust. The United Nations decided that 27th January – the day that soldiers of the Red Army entered Auschwitz and freed the inmates – should be an international day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust. And yet, on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the lower house of the Polish Parliament passed a law to criminalize talk of “crimes of the Polish nation”, threatening custodial sentences those who use different expressions.

This decision is a reminder that it is still beholden upon us to fight for the memory of the Holocaust, as it happened. Research into the Holocaust must be free, open, and sincere. Just as was said by the former Polish President, “One cannot fake history, nor rewrite it, nor hide the truth. Every crime, every offence must be condemned, denounced, must be examined and exposed.” So he said.”

“The Jewish people, the State of Israel, and the entire world must ensure that the Holocaust is recognized for its horrors and atrocities. Also among the Polish nation there were those who aided the Nazis in their crimes. We will not forget that. There were also others among them who struggled to save the lives of Jews and were recognized as Righteous Among the Nations. Our obligation as children of the Jewish nation, to the memory of our brothers and sisters who were murdered will always be above all other considerations. The duty to remember is a duty to recognize, to know, to try and understand what happened. To understand how the most terrible destruction in history was made possible. With the aim to ensure, Never Again.”

“In recent years there has been increased interest in the Holocaust of Greek Jewry, and I want to thank the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, and the Government of Greece for their efforts to deepen the knowledge and remembrance in this field,” said the President. He continued, “Tomorrow I will participate in the corner stone laying ceremony for the Holocaust Museum in Thessaloniki. Last year, an agreement was signed between the Greek Education Ministry and Yad VaShem in Jerusalem, to train teachers on educating about the Holocaust. Around two decades ago the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a book on Greeks who were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and just a week ago another book by Gerorge Pilichos, the most comprehensive documentation of Greek Jews and Christians sent to Auschwitz. And yet, we still do not know enough about the Holocaust of Greek Jews.”

Rivlin added: “We are witnessing the return of anti-Semitic, racist and neo-Nazi outlooks, many manifestations of anti-Semitism are once again reverberating around the world, radical movements are gaining strength, the new right-wing parties are winning electoral achievements with the use of anti-Semitic slogans. These things are happening not centuries after Auschwitz, and not in distant lands. They are happening now on European soil, and elsewhere. Jews feel less secure in their countries, there are those who are forced to hide their Jewishness – these are phenomena that should be denounced. We must not give in to anti-Semitism or xenophobia, we must fight anti-Semitism, racism and hatred of every kind. This is the time for public diplomacy and education! Against xenophobia, against racism, and against anti-Semitism.”

“Those who enter into an alliance with anti-Semites and anti-Semitism, those who adopt their language, have no part in the family of nations. We must firmly oppose those who hide their anti-Semitism under the guise of delegitimizing the State of Israel. As well as extreme right-wing parties that do not hide their anti-Semitic background, but repeatedly declare that they love the State of Israel. There is no such thing as loving Israelis and hating Jews, or loving Jews, but hating Israelis.”

Earlier, the President met with leaders of the Jewish community, including the President of the Jewish Communities of Greece and Vice President of the World Jewish Congress, David Saltiel, and President of the Athens Jewish Community, Minos Moissis, along with representatives from Jewish communities in Volos, Chalcis, Larissa, Corfu, Kavala, and Trikala.

“All the children of Israel are responsible one for another,” the President said, “This is true today more than ever”. He said, “The Holocaust harmed the Jewish people, but it also damaged humanity. This harm can only be healed through education in an uncompromising struggle against all hatred or racism”. He praised the community and its leaders for its success in playing an important role in this, and for preserving the community.

Earlier in the day, the President and First Lady participated in the “7 in 70” event, during which a medal of recognition was awarded by the Israeli Ambassador to Greece, to Greek citizens who have made significant contributions to the relationship between Greece and Israel over the seven decades of Israel’s independence. Seven recipients were awarded the honor for their contributions in the fields of politics, culture, economy, sport, music, Jewish communal relations, and literature.

“Our two peoples are brother nations. And there were those who once said, ‘twin souls’,” said the President, “Today, in this joint event, we cherish the men and women who built and build the connection between Greece and Israel”.

“You, the men and the women at the heart of this event, you are our muses in building the bonds and laying the bridges between the nations, between our peoples. Connections built under the guidance of successive Greek prime ministers, presidents, foreign ministers of the Hellenic Republic, members of parliament.” The President also said, “Today, as Israel celebrates 70 years of its independence, we are pleased to recognize each and every one of you for your contribution to the ties between Israel and Greece.”

Holocaust Remembrance Day Honored Online

By Israel News Agency Staff

Jerusalem, Israel — January 26, 2018 … A valuable online resource which honors the memory of the 6 million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust can be found at:

www.HolocaustRemembranceDay.org

The domain directs to an interactive Facebook page which integrates the most valuable and respected Holocaust resources including Yad Vashem, World Jewish Congress, the US Holocaust Museum, the Anne Frank Center, the Israel Defense Forces and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.

Nazi Dr. Fritz Klein, center, who selected prisoners to be sent to the gas chamber at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, was forced to move bodies to a mass grave after the camp was liberated by the British in April, 1945. Klein was later tried and hanged.

In 1933, the Jewish population of Europe stood at over nine million. Most European Jews lived in countries that Nazi Germany would occupy or influence during World War II. By 1945, the Germans and their collaborators murdered two out of every three European Jews as part of the “Final Solution,” the Nazi policy to murder the Jews of Europe.

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27 – the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

Israel Bans Entry Of Jewish Voice for Peace, Code Pink, 18 Other Terror Groups

Several of the BDS groups now being banned entry to Israel
directly support Islamic terror organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah.


By Herb Brandon

Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — January 8, 2018 … Members of 20 international organizations that promote terrorism, violence and a boycott campaign against Israel, will be banned from entering the Jewish state.

The Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs decided that repeated acts of incitement designed to destroy Israel were no longer going to hide under the cover of so-called freedom of speech.

The leaders of several worldwide Jewish organizations applauded the Israeli action saying that it was time to call out blatant anti-semitism posing as human rights.

The list was created after Israel’s Knesset (parliament) in March passed legislation that would deny entry visas to foreign nationals who publicly back or call for BDS – any form of boycott – economic, cultural or academic – of Israel.

BDS stands for ”boycott, divestment and sanctions.”  The movement discourages the purchase of Israeli goods, pressures international companies not to conduct business in Israel and urges celebrities to avoid Israel.

The Israeli government states that the boycott campaign actively promotes the country’s demise and denies Israel’s basic right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state.

Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, appointed to confront BDS and other such movements, said Sunday that the blacklisting was “another step in our work to thwart anti-Israel boycott organizations which promote both a physical and economic Jihad against Jews and Christians.”

“The state of Israel will actively prevent such groups from spreading their lies and support for violence and terrorism from within the country,” he said.

Among those highlighted on the list are six U.S. organizations, including the Jewish Voice for Peace which is anything but Jewish and Code Pink, a feminist antiwar organization with headquarters in Washington.

The ban will include members who are responsible for senior positions in the listed organizations.

The ministry stated that there was no intention of barring entry to individuals who express political criticism of Israel and that it would not apply to those who hold Israeli citizenship.

On Twitter, Jewish Voice for Peace was ironically surprised as it did not understand that the Jewish nation that they were boycotting was now boycotting them.

Here is a full list of the organizations set to be banned entry into Israel:

Europe

  • AFPS (France-Palestine Solidarity Association)
  • BDS France
  • BDS Italy
  • ECCP (The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine)
  • FOA (Friends of al-Aqsa)
  • IPSC (Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign)
  • Norge Palestinakomitee (The Palestine Committee of Norway)
  • Palestinagrupperna i Sverige (PGS-Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden)
  • PSC (Palestine Solidarity Campaign)
  • War on Want
  • BDS Kampagne

United States

  • AFSC (American Friends Service Committee)
  • AMP (American Muslims for Palestine)
  • Code Pink
  • JVP (Jewish Voice for Peace)
  • NSJP (National Students for Justice in Palestine)
  • USCPR (U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights)

Other groups

  • BDS Chile
  • BDS South Africa
  • BDS National Committee

 

The World Jewish Congress applauded the Israeli ban saying that anti-Semitism and anti-Semites had to be confronted forcefully wherever and whenever they manifested themselves.

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder stated: “The Jewish people are not going to disappear. We are small in number – there a just 15 million of us around the world – but we are a brilliant and innovative people.”

The WJC considers the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement, and all other attempts to delegitimize the State of Israel, to be “manifestations of anti-Semitic discrimination against the only truly democratic country in the Middle East, and damaging to any genuine efforts for peace in the region.”

Netanyahu: Christians Are Very Welcome In Israel

Over 400 Christian Israelis Serve In The Israel Defense Forces

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

December 2017 — Jerusalem, Israel … The following was communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  Christmas Greetings

www.facebook.com/IsraeliPM/videos/vb.124149704266450/1951096988238370/?type=2&theater

“It’s a pleasure for me, on Christmas, to be here, standing in Jerusalem, the holy city.

I’m very proud to be the Prime Minister of Israel. A country that says Merry Christmas, first to its Christian citizens, and to our Christian friends around the world!

I’m proud that Israel is a country in which Christians not only survive, but they thrive! Because we believe in this friendship among people. And we protect the rights of everyone to worship in the holy shrines behind me.

So now I have a proposition for all our Christian friends: I’m going to take, next year, on Christmas, for those of you who come to Israel – I’m going to take a guided tour. In fact, I’ll be your guide on this guided tour!

And think of all the places you can walk – you can go to the ‘Jesus Boat’ in the Sea of Galilee, you can get to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher right behind me. Any places that you want to visit in the footsteps of Jesus, and the origin of our Judeo-Christian heritage.

So please come to Israel, next year in Jerusalem, and merry Christmas to all of you!”

 

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Netanyahu: After Iran Falls, Peace Between Jews, Arabs Will Blossom

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — December 3, 2017 … The following is the text from an address that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered to the Saban Forum in Washington DC:

(Click here for YouTube link.)

“Haim, thank you for asking me to address the Saban Forum once again. This year I want to talk about a topic that I almost never bring up: Iran. Just kidding. But if any of you were in my shoes, you’d talk about Iran too. I’d like to explain why.

Recently, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia referred to Iran’s Supreme Leader as the new Hitler of the Middle East. Obviously there are some important differences between Nazi Germany and the Islamic Republic of Iran, but both regimes do have two important things in common: one, a ruthless commitment to impose tyranny and terror, and second, a ruthless commitment to murder Jews.

I’m reading Victor Davis Hanson’s new book on WWII right now. He recounts how the world reacted to Hitler’s rise. He cites Anthony Eden. Eden recorded a conversation with Chamberlain, and apparently after Munich, Chamberlain said: ‘Well, Hitler’, Chamberlain said, ‘wasn’t such a bad fellow after all.’

Eden lamented: ‘The hardest thing for me during that time was to convince my friends that Hitler and Mussolini were quite different from British businessmen or country gentlemen. My friends’, he said, ‘simply refused to believe me. They thought I was biased against the dictators…’

In 1934, the newspaper the Daily Mail admiringly quoted Hitler saying that Germany’s problems ‘cannot be settled by war. Believe me,’ Hitler said, ‘we shall never fight again except in self-defense.’

Deception, Hanson astutely observes, is ‘the mother’s milk of tyrannies.’

Which brings us back to Iran.

I’m sure many of you have heard Iran’s silver-tonged foreign minister charmingly explain that Iran is a moderate power which harbors no hatred toward anyone. Right.

Mr. Zarif: Tell that to the journalists tortured in Evin prison. Tell that to students shot in the streets. Tell that to hundreds of thousands of dead Syrians killed by Iran’s proxies.

Tell that to Bahais and Christians denied any semblance of human rights. Tell that to Jews in Argentina who were blown up in a community center by the Iranian regime.

Tell that to Americans whose flag is stomped on and whose country is called the Great Satan in the heart of Tehran. Tell that to Israeli mothers and fathers whose children are routinely condemned to annihilation by Iran’s fanatic leaders.

I speak so often about Iran because I read history.

When tyrants call for the destruction my people, I believe them. I don’t have the luxury of discounting their genocidal threats. So let me reiterate Israel’s policy. We will not allow a regime hell-bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons. We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as is seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state.

I know none of you want to see the Iranian regime armed with nuclear weapons. But the JCPOA will leave Iran able to produce the fuel for an entire nuclear arsenal in about a decade. President Trump has created an opportunity to fix the great flaws of the JCPOA. I urge you, in the policy community, to help decision makers in the capitals of Europe and Capitol Hill, to take advantage of this opportunity.

My friends, one day the Iranian regime will fall. Iranian mothers and fathers will rejoice in the street. Israel will be first in line to restore relations and rebuild our great partnership. That’s just one reason why I’m so hopeful about our future.

Today Israel is more welcome by the nations of the world than ever before. Our economy is booming. Our foreign relations are flourishing. Our army is more powerful than ever. Our unique, our indispensable alliance with America is growing from strength to strength.

When I look forward 50 or 100 years, I believe Israel will be embraced openly by its Arab neighbors, rather than in secret, in the way it’s done today. I see Israel as a world power that continues to provide cutting edge technology and innovation to help people around the world. I see a thriving relationship between Israel and the Jewish communities, no matter how they pray and where they’re from.

I see, in short, a glorious future of prosperity and peace for Israel. But that requires confronting the challenges as we seize the opportunities. We’ll do both. Thank you.”

Netanyahu: Israel, Egypt Celebrate 40 Years of Peace

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks with
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — November 19, 2017 … Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:

“Today we mark 40 years to the historic visit of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Jerusalem and Israel. President Sadat took a bold step, he came to the Knesset; he came to Israel. He was welcomed by the entire nation. Since then, the peace treaty with Egypt has survived despite its ups and down. Today, Egypt and Israel, as well as other countries, are on one side of the barricade in a stubborn struggle against the terror of radical Islam in its various fronts. This contributes significantly to the security of Israel. And I hope that in the future it will also contribute to the expansion of the circle of peace.

“With regard to President Trump’s political plan, we heard plenty of speculations over the weekend; I am not planning to address them. I would like to say however, that my attitude towards this plan will be determined according to security and national interests of the State of Israel, and these were made clear to our American friends.

“Regarding infiltrators, we will discuss one of the aspects of this topic at the cabinet meeting. Our policy towards infiltrators is three staged: Stage one is halting. We built a fence and enacted laws that completely blocked the flow of infiltrators and today we have zero infiltrators. Second stage is removal. We removed approx. 20,000 out of the existing infiltrators using various measures. Stage three is increased removal. This removal is enabled thanks to an international agreement I achieved, which allows us to remove the 40,000 remaining infiltrators without their consent. This is very important. It will enable us later to make the ‘Holot’ facility unnecessary and to use part of the vast resources we allocate there for inspectors and increased removal. That is why we are succeeding here. But our goal is to continue removing significantly more then what we have until now.”

History notes that Sadat recognized after heavy military and economic losses in 1967 and 1973, that most of the Egyptian public had lost interest in fighting on behalf of the Palestinians. He believed his army had regained its honor by crossing the Suez Canal in 1973, which ultimately led to his decision that the time was ripe for a dramatic overture to the Israelis.

Begin’s recognition that a signed peace with Egypt was more important than Sinai — has provided Israel with 40 years of stability, by removing the military threat on its southern border. That peace has lasted through Sadat’s assassination, the removal of President Hosni Mubarak, the election of a Muslim Brotherhood government, and an effective return to military rule under current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Even though the peace is cold, and Egyptian civilians almost never visit Israel, the military and intelligence cooperation between the two countries has never been more close, friendly and effective.

Israel’s David’s Sling Missile Defense System Wins Award From US Missile Agency

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — October 25, 2017 …  The David’s Sling Weapons System (DSWS) was awarded the prestigious Technology Pioneer Award at the 2017 Multinational Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, in recognition of ground-breaking achievements in Lower-Tier Ballistic Missile and Cruise Missile Defense.

“The marvelous capabilities of Israel’s David Sling Defense System are a significant breakthrough in the world of interception technology,” said Moshe Patel, Director of Israel’s Missile Defense Organization.

“The unique characteristics of the system interceptors are astounding in every test that is done. The DSWS is an important component of Israel’s operational capability to defend the country against regional missile threats. I would like to thank our American partners on the recognition of the ‘DSWS’ and the message it brings along.”

David’s Sling is a joint bi-national effort of the United States Missile Defense Agency and the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development at Israel’s Ministry of Defense.

The prime contractor for the David’s Sling Weapon System Program is Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, with Raytheon Missile Systems as a sub-contractor. The Multi Mission Radar is developed by Elta, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries and the Battle Management Command, known as the Golden Almond, is developed by Elisra, an Elbit subsidiary.

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