What do European Jews think of the EU’s recent heavy focus on Israel? What are the reasons behind that focus, and what are its implications for Israel’s relationships with European nations? JNS.org reports on the Jewish perspective from Germany, Britain and France.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused the international community of “deafening silence” in response to vows by Hamas to fight on until the Jewish state is destroyed. Netanyahu’s tough words came after the European Union warned Israel of unspecified consequences if it goes through with construction plans in the E1 area between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim.
Israel and the Palestinians have fought each other on many battlefields and many diplomatic fronts for decades, but the passing of the resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ status at the United Nations indicates the next war between the two might take place at a very different venue: courtrooms.
Judaism is punctilious in its adherence and respect to agreements and contracts. Yet many American Jews who believe in the rule of law for our religious, civil and criminal justice systems and the binding nature of contracts seem to allow their sensibilities to be changed in regard to the binding agreements made by Palestinian Arabs such as the Oslo accords, writes StandWithUs/New York office co-chair Eric R. Mandel.
Kasim Hafeez, a former proponent of jihad who turned Zionist after reading the Alan Dershowitz book “The Case for Israel” and seeing the “normal Israel” upon visiting there, now attempts to foster similar turnarounds for Muslim college students in England.
It is time to recognize that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the most important conflict in the region, nor the most dangerous one, writes JNS.org Shillman Analyst Ben Cohen. Otherwise, we will permit regional leaders to divert attention from their own wrongdoings onto the plight of the Palestinians, according to Cohen.
With yet another ceasefire in place, “human rights activists” have another opportunity to demand that instead of investing massively in restocking rockets for another round of warfare, Palestinian leaders invest in the welfare of their own people, writes NGO Monitor President Gerald M. Steinberg.
After eight days of fighting, Operation Pillar of Defense came to a close, and now all that can be done is wait for the results. During the night following the Israel-Hamas cease-fire announcement, there was sporadic rocket fire for several hours after the 9 p.m. deadline went into effect, but none after midnight. In all, 12 rockets were fired into Israeli territory after the deadline. The Israel Air Force has ceased all activity in the Gaza Strip. If the calm holds, reserve soldiers called up to prepare for a potential ground invasion will begin to be sent home in coming days.
An explosive device was detonated inside a bus on Tel Aviv’s Shaul Hamelech Street at noon on Wednesday in what Israeli police said was a terror attack. Magen David Adom medical services said 20 people were wounded in the attack. The bomb blew out the windows on the vehicle, a 76 line bus belonging to the Dan company, causing extensive damage but no fatalities.
On Nov. 20, for the sixth consecutive year, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) recognized the innovative technology and business acumen that characterizes the Jewish state at its “Israel Day. The event took place in the midst of high tension from ongoing Gaza rockets, but even as Israelis were forced into shelters, the Tel Aviv stock exchange rose 28 points.
As Americans, we need to remind our fellow citizens that Israel is the canary in the coal mine, on the front lines against the violent terrorism emanating from fundamentalists that have no tolerance for Israel or any other liberal democracy, writes the StandWithUs/New York office co-chair Eric R. Mandel.
Israeli hospitals, amid the ongoing conflict, are treating dozens of patients of all ages who came to Israel from Gaza to get healthcare unavailable there, and are making provisions for accompanying persons.
Amid a barrage of hundreds of rockets from Gaza, JNS.org interviewed residents of some of the hardest-hit areas in southern Israel who have been enduring such attacks for years, as well those living in or near Jerusalem and Tel Aviv—cities not accustomed to rocket fire prior to this latest conflict.
With hundreds of rockets raining down from Gaza, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has had an 85-percent interception success rate. On Nov. 17, the system’s fifth battery was deployed two months ahead of schedule in order to protect Tel Aviv.
The fact that the casualty toll from the first days of the Gaza fighting was three Israelis and 30 Arabs “underscores what critics of Israeli policy called Israel’s disproportionate use of military force,” the New York Times reported on Nov. 17. But if the body count determines whether an army’s actions are justified, then the historical record contains more than a few surprises, writes Dr. Rafael Medoff.