Friday, June 18, 2021

Zera Shimshon Parshas Chukas

 



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Meet the IDF "secular" Army ....

 


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Secret WWII Jewish British military commandos finally come out of the shadows

 

Declassifying records, author Leah Garrett uncovers amazing story of X Troop, a unit of German-speaking refugee volunteers determined to outwit and outfight the Nazis at all costs

X Troop is the fiercest British World War II commando force you have likely never heard of.

Formally known as “No. 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando, 3 Troop,” its 87 members were mainly Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria who were hell-bent on exacting revenge on the Nazis who had destroyed their families and home communities. Some commandos were themselves survivors of incarceration in Nazi concentration camps.

Sworn to secrecy about their true identities for their own safety, these brave young men assumed English noms de guerre. Only one person, a secretary at MI5, who worked in the casualty division, had access to the list of the men’s original names and places of origin.

After a year and a half of intensive training in Wales and Scotland, the X Troopers were assigned to the spearhead of Allied forces that invaded Europe and fought into the heart of the Third Reich. Utilizing advanced combat and counterintelligence techniques, and their native German language abilities, they undertook dangerous missions to infiltrate behind enemy lines. In battle, they captured and immediately interrogated the enemy, providing invaluable information to the advancing Allied armies.

The X Troopers never fought as a joint force. They were seconded  individually or in small groups to various Allied troops and divisions. Over half of them were killed, wounded or went missing in action.

“Nothing was going to stop them,” said Leah Garrett, author of a new book about this highly selective and motivated unit, whose exploits have largely been lost to history due to their clandestine nature.

Published May 25, “X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II” brings readers along on every step of these men’s journey from Central European teenagers to crack British commandos. The page-turning account is replete with heretofore unknown astounding feats thanks to the author’s success in declassifying long-sealed, top-secret British military records.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Eida Hachareidis Bans All Chaim Walder's Books

 



Chaim Walder the author of the popular books, Kid's Speak, People Speak, has now officially been banned by the Eida Hachreidis of Yerushlayim.

Why?

According to the Fatwa, Walder reads secular books, so even though, Walder is in good company, with the Rambam, Ramban, Eben Ezra, and most Rishonim and Achronim and even Chazal, they are banning him...

The Eida is against the Zionist State, though they are headquartered in Yerushalayim, under the Zionist auspices,  They are against anyone going to the army, they are against anyone voting in elections, they are against any secular studies. 

In 2006, during a campaign against voting in elections, the Eida outrageously accused the Zionists of having played a role in the Holocaust,  without mentioning that the Nazis murdered Zionists in the same gas chambers with Satmar chassidim. The Eida took this ridiculous assertion straight out of Arab anti-Semitic handbooks.

They officially do not take any funds from the government, though they have been caught on many occasions funnelling the "contaminated" Zionist funds thru other schools, by illegally registering their children in those other schools and then claiming that their "moisdois do not take Zionist funds" 

They exist by schnorring from poor people all over the world and from their hashgacha business. 

Speaking of the Hashgacha business, in 2019, Chief Rabbi Yitzchok Yosef said explicitly that the "hechsher of the Eida Hachreidis is the lowest quality of all the hechshers regarding meat."The Holminier Rebbe said years ago that Eida Hachreidis Hechsheirim are not reliable.

 

This past monday, I attended a chassidishe wedding in Ashdod and on the door was a huge notice "this establishment does not use any meats under the Hashgacha of the Eida Hachreidis."The place was full of Shreimlichs, Spodiks and everyone was eating like it was their "Last Supper"

What is interesting is that no one in the Eida has ever read any of Walder's books .....

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Putin ate Biden's lunch in Geneva


 Vladimir Putin held a long press conference in Geneva after his meeting with Biden, answering questions from many of the world's media.

When asked about the atmosphere of his meeting with Biden he said he felt no pressure.

In response to an American reporter's question about political prisoners in Russia, referring to Navalny, Putin compared America's recent record speaking about 400 American political prisoners being held in what he described as under criminal persecution in solitary confinement by an US Government who are calling them"domestic terrorists."

He also spoke about Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed woman who, on January 6, threatened no one but was shot dead by a US official who has not been named or arrested.

He also spoke to the BLM riots as being in violation of US law yet were allowed to burn and destroy American cities.

Dubious Democrat actions and non-actions are coming back to bite them internationally.

When they tried to put a mirror up to Russia, Putin artfully turned the mirror around into America's political face.

Putin answered more questions in under an hour than Biden and Harris combined did in six months giving the impression he was more amenable to the press than the two top US officials.

It was a major diplomatic mistake by the United States to allow Putin to go first with his press conference. Biden's press meet was subsequently reactive.

They didn't hold a joint press conference because the Biden camp reckoned their guy would not have been able to compete with Putin. The optics would have looked bad.

The Putin conference went on for 55 minutes. Biden's 24.

Summarising the meeting, America got nothing back from Putin for the Russian cyber attacks, nothing for Biden lifting the sanctions on the Russian pipeline to Europe that boosts Putin's economy for decades and increases his power and influence in Europe.

By approving Putin's pipeline, Biden gave Putin trillions of Euros while simultaneously paying Europe billions of dollars to protect them from Russia.

Welcome to Biden logic even as Biden couldn't even get the return of imprisoned Americans in Russian jails from Putin.

America has surrendered the moral high ground on human rights, trapped by the Democrats' lying narrative of American"systemic racism" played back to them by China at their Summit in Alaska and now from Russia in Geneva.

The optics looked really bad in Europe.

America lost BIG TIME in Geneva.

Barry Shaw is Senior Associate at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

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Chareidie Arrested for Desecrating Graves of Soldiers that Gave Their Lives For him and his family

 

A 23 year-old Chareidie extremist went the day after "Yom Hazikoron" and defaced graves of our brave soldiers that died "al kiddush Hashem"

What possesses anyone and especially someone who dedicates his entire life to sit and learn, to make it his business to desecrate a grave of someone who dedicated his or her life to protect and defend this very scoundrel. 

The truth is, he didn't intend to hurt the dead soldier, he intended to hurt the family who lost loved ones, family that are in deep mourning, and who place either a candle or a flag by the grave to help ease the deep pain, to feel some comfort,  hoping and praying they didn't die in vain. 
Comes along this ungrateful, vile piece of scum and desecrates and defaces those very graves a day after the entire country was in mourning. If an Arab would have done this the entire Jewish community frum and chiloinie would have been outraged.
But since he wears a "shluf kappel" and a striped vest ..... it's "sha shtil"
So far the animal isn't talking but the police have enough video footage to extend his arrest! 
He needs to be drafted into the army, the sooner the better...



בית המשפט המחוזי בירושלים האריך היום (חמישי) בחמישה ימים נוספים את מעצר החרדי הקיצוני, תושב מאה שערים בן 23, החשוד בשורת המעשים שטלטלו את המדינה לאחר יום הזיכרון האחרון לחללי מערכות ישראל, עם הפצת הסרטון ובו נראים דגלונים, זרים ונרות שהונחו על קברי חיילי צה"ל שנפלו במלחמות ובמבצעים השונים.

החשוד נתפס לפני כחמישה ימים, וכעת הוארך מעצרו בחמישה ימים נוספים, זאת לאחר שנציגת המשטרה אמרה בדיון כי החשד התבסס: "היחידה החוקרת ביצעה מספר רב של פעולות שחיזקו משמעותית את החשד הסביר נגד החשוד". פעולות החקירה לא קשורות לשיחות החקירה עצמן, בהן החשוד מקפיד לשתוק ולא להשיב לחוקרי המשטרה.

שופט בית המשפט המחוזי בירושלים האחראי על התיק, אלעד לנג, כתב בהחלטתו, המאשרת את הארכת המעצר השנייה, כי "קיים חשד סביר לביצוע העבירות המיוחסות למשיב". במהלך הדיון עלו פעולות עבר שביצע החשוד, בהן הפרות סדר וגרימת נזקים לעבודות הרכבת הקלה בירושלים, בבניין העיריה, לסמלי ישראל ועוד.

עורך דינו, רועי פוליטי, אמר במהלך הדיון שאין הצדקה להארכת מעצרו: "הוא אינו מסוכן ואין חשש לשיבוש מהלכי החקירה. המשיב עצור עוד יום ועוד יום וזאת לא עילת מעצר. יש סוג של פעולות שהייה שאפשר היה לבצע בתקופה שחיפשו אותו". עו"ד פוליטי ביקש לאשר את הרחקתו מירושלים, אך כאמור, עמדת המשטרה התקבלה.

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Police Lady on her Way to Work Helps Chareidie Lady Give Birth on the Highway Near Latrun

 

An unusual occurrence happened this week near Latrun. A Police Lady on her way to work helped a Chareidie lady give birth. 

The Police Lady visited the Chareidie lady in the hospital the next day where she was presented with a Certificate of Recognition! 

Lee Perl Behiri, who is a superintendent in the Police Department, and works as  an investigation officer,  was on her way to work when she noticed a vehicle stopped on the road, and as she approached the vehicle a man approached her and asked if she knows anything about delivering babies.

The investigator didn't think twice and immediately got to work delivering her baby right there and there. 

The officer later said that " the moments of the baby's birth were like an eternity for me, because after the delivery, the silence of the baby worried me, but then we heard the baby cry and I relaxed, I never ever felt like that before, I was simple a vessel in the hands of G-d!"
 מקרה יוצא דופן התרחש השבוע באזור לטרון, שוטרת, שהייתה בדרך לעבודתה, סייעה לאישה חרדית ללדת, השוטרת ביקרה לאחר יום את האישה בבית החולים וקיבלה הוקרה.

מדובר ברב פקד לי פרל בהירי, שמשמשת ביום יום כקצינת חקירות במדור חקירות במטה ארצי של המשטרה בירושלים.

בהירי, הייתה בדרכה לעבודה כשהמקרה התרחש, לדבריה, כאשר הגיעה עם רכבה לאזור לטרון, ניגש אליה אדם ושאל אותה אם היא יודעת לילד?.

לאחר הלידה המוצלחת בחסדי שמיים, אמרה הקצינה: "רגעי לידת התינוק היו כמו נצח עבורי, השקט בהתחלה היה מאוד מדאיג אבל אז הגיע הבכי שסימל הענקת חיים ונרגעתי. מעולם לא הרגשתי כאלה רגשות וכזו תחושה פשוט הייתי כלי בידי אלוקים".

לאחר יממה כאשר היולדת התאוששה רפ"ק לי פרל בהירי ביקרה אותה ואת הרך הנולד בבית החולים בירושלים.

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When the Heart Cries only G-D Listens, the Pain Rises from the Soul

 

See lyrics after the break

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Good! Finally! Ministers to vote Sunday on formation of state inquiry into Meron disaster

 

Chareidim are freaking out, because they fear that their fraudulent shenanigans will come to light. Years ago the crooked askanim got the gedoilim to sign off on a "Kol Korah" that basically  bashed the government for trying to take control of the security of Har Meron...

Anything under control of the chareidim is unfortunately a colossal disaster; if they cared about safety, it would haver come to this and you would think that they would welcome an inquiry... all the families of the victims want an official government investigation... that says it all!

Chareidim are great and have great organizations that help victims, but that only kicks in after a disaster, they have nothing in place to prevent a disaster.

The government should take over the site and manage it as they do the Kotel, Mearas HaMachpila and Kever Rachel.

The cabinet on Sunday will vote on a proposal to establish a state commission of inquiry into the Lag B’Omer crush at the Mount Meron pilgrimage site in April, which killed 45 people in Israel’s deadliest peacetime disaster.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman submitted the proposal on Thursday. It’s expected to be adopted unanimously by ministers, as all the coalition parties have expressed support for the investigation.

“This is an important step, aimed at preventing similar tragedies in the future,” said Gantz in a tweet on Thursday. Liberman said the investigation will yield “justice for the families and prevent the next disaster in the State of Israel.”

The government will allocate NIS 6 million ($1.8 million) in the 2021 budget for the investigation, which in addition to pinpointing those responsible for the disaster will also offer broad recommendations on how to secure and organize mass religious festivals at Israel’s holy sites in the future, according to the text of the proposal. It will be run by a retired judge, appointed by the Supreme Court president, who will submit their conclusions to the government.

The state commission of inquiry can call witnesses and compel them to testify, though the report and testimony can’t be used as evidence in criminal proceedings, according to the Israel Democracy Institute think tank.

“The advantage of a State Commission of Inquiry is the breadth and depth of the inquiry it conducts, as well as the entrenched practice that the commission makes recommendations that can be both personal and systemic, and that governments not tend to ignore its recommendations, especially ones that are produced against individuals,” according to IDI.

The new government sworn in this week, led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, has vowed to make the Meron investigation its first order of its business, after Benjamin Netanyahu and his ultra-Orthodox coalition partners held up the formation of such an inquiry.

The Israel Police is investigating the disaster and the Justice Ministry’s Police Internal Investigations Department (PIID) is examining the police response at the festival. State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman has launched his own probe of the Meron incident, though it falls short of a state commission of inquiry.

Although police are investigating, no arrests have been made and few witnesses have been questioned.

The site, the second-most visited religious site in Israel after the Western Wall, appears to have become a kind of extraterritorial zone, with separate ultra-Orthodox sects organizing their own events and their own access arrangements, with no overall supervision, and with police routinely pressured by cabinet ministers and ultra-Orthodox politicians not to object.

Former police officials have said there had been fears for years that tragedy could strike as a result of the massive crowds and lack of supervision on Lag B’Omer.

New US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides is Married to a Senior CNN Executive .. a Shiksa

 


In 1992, Tom Nides, a Jew, married Virginia Carpenter Moseley in an Ecumenical ceremony, and has attended church with her; it is unclear if he still practices Judaism. Nides and Moseley are parents to two children: a son and a daughter. 

President Biden selected the spouse of a top CNN executive as his nominee for U.S. ambassador to Israel on Tuesday, raising ethical concerns as experts feel the selection poses a "potential conflict of interest" for the liberal network. 

Thomas Nides, a Morgan Stanley executive and former senior State Department official, has been nominated for the post. His wife, CNN senior vice president of newsgathering Virginia Moseley, "oversees all of CNN's breaking news coverage and domestic newsgathering," according to CNN’s website. Moseley is also responsible for "all coverage plans for the network's White House, Congressional, Justice Department, Defense, National Security reporting teams and more." 

DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall feels the situation "does present a conflict of interest" for the network.

"Israel is often the subject of breaking news and it is hard to imagine that CNN can make measured news decisions in this context," McCall told Fox News. "CNN should step forward and transparently clarify how it plans to separate Moseley from any news decision-making regarding Israel, the Middle East, and when it comes right down to it, international diplomacy generally." 

CNN did not immediately respond to a series of questions, including if the network will notify viewers of the relationship and whether Moseley will be involved with news-making decisions pertaining to Israel. Nides and Moseley married in 1992 when she was a producer for CBS News. 

McCall noted it's an era "in which a spouse's career trajectory shouldn't be diminished by the career of the other spouse," but "when it comes to international relations and the reporting of such, all parties need to be transparent and careful of optics" and potential conflicts. 

"To the average American news consumer, this sort of appointment just confirms the suspicions that the government bureaucracy is linked with establishment media, damaging the credibility of both entities in the process," McCall said. 

Lois Boynton, who teaches ethics and public relations at University of North Carolina and is a fellow in the University’s Parr Center for Ethics, agreed the appointment was alarming for CNN. 

"The situation does raise concerns about conflict of interest, which is something any network must address, regardless of their trust in their personnel to be fair in determining what they cover and how they cover it," Boynton told Fox News. 

Boynton noted the Radio Television Digital News Association’s code of ethics says, "Independence from influences that conflict with public interest remains an essential ideal of journalism," and recommended that news outlets be open and clear about their decisions. 

"Still, there’s no guarantee that all viewers and critics will trust good-faith efforts to disclose how a news outlet decided what is most newsworthy and what is not," Boynton said. 

The White House declined comment when asked if a potential conflict has been considered. 

Nides, who was one of Biden's biggest campaign bundlers during his presidential run, is not the first person close to the administration with ties to CNN. Press secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are both former CNN pundits who joined Biden’s administration. 

"CNN needs to ensure that the Moseley-Nides relationship does not impact news coverage of the Biden administration's Israel policies. There should not be a repeat of the clear conflict in having Chris Cuomo covering and interviewing his brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo," Cornell Law School professor and media critic William A. Jacobson told Fox News. 

All of Biden’s picks are subject to a confirmation vote in the Senate. 

If confirmed, Nides would become the chief U.S. diplomat to Israel at a tumultuous time for the Jewish state. Israel formed a new government this month, ousting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been an outspoken critic of the Biden administration's policies toward Iran.

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IDF strikes Syrian army outpost in Bennett government's first action in north

 



According to the IDF, local Hezbollah officials were seen over the past month in the outpost located near the Syrian border town of Quneitra. The officials are among those who appear to be in charge of the terror group's expansion in the region as part of its so-called "Golan Case".
The strike came after Israel attacked in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in retaliation for the launching of balloon bombs by terror groups in the Palestinian enclave throughout the day.
The balloon attacks from Gaza came in response to the controversial flag parade in Jerusalem on Tuesday that had drawn threats of action by Hamas.

The nighttime airstrikes gave way to calm by morning, and there were no reports of casualties on either side.
"Fighter jets attacked Hamas military complexes that served as camps and meeting places for terrorist operatives in the Khan Yunis and Gaza Brigades. Terrorist activity was clearly seen in the attacked compounds,” the IDF said in a statement.

According to the Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, no less than 26 fires broke out in the western Negev on Tuesday as a result of the incendiary balloon attacks, including 15 fires that broke out in a forest adjacent to Kibbutz Be’eri.

In addition, an explosive device attached to a balloon exploded mid-air above a kindergarten in Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council.
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Lod Imam Al-Baz arrested for incitement to violence

 

Following his rise to notoriety during the most recent war in Gaza (Operation Guardian of the Walls), the Imam of Lod, Yussuf Al-Baz, has continued to incite against Jews and the State of Israel, leading to his arrest on Thursday.

The arrest follows a complaint submitted against Al-Baz by MK Itamar Ben Gvir (Religious Zionism), prompted by a video that Al-Baz posted on his Facebook page in which he appeared to call for the perpetration of violent acts against Israeli police officers. The video shows a civilian viciously attacking two police officers and killing them – by setting the vehicle in which they are sitting on fire. Due to the graphic and brutal nature of the video, it is not being posted here.

Next to the video, Al-Baz wrote, “Be with me. The best way to deal with injustice.”

After learning of the post, MK Ben Gvir submitted a formal complaint to the State Prosecution, alleging incitement to violence and terrorist attacks on the part of the Imam.

“We’re not talking about a minor provocation, but rather incitement at the most serious level against police officers,” Ben Gvir stated. “Such incitement is liable to cause deaths and we have to stop it before it’s too late. Sheikh Al-Baz belongs in prison. Israel Police should open an investigation against him and bring him to justice.”

Indeed, on Thursday, Al-Baz was arrested and charged with media incitement, and police are expected to request the extension of his remand.

Responding to the news of his arrest, MK Itamar Ben Gvir said: “I am delighted that the police have responded to my request. This first step – the arrest of this ‘spiritual terrorist’ – is to be welcomed. Now we have to make sure that justice is done and he is put in prison – and also ensure that he does not continue with his incitement against Jews from behind the prison walls.

“I will continue to fight against incitement to terrorism and against terrorists who come in a spiritual guise,” Ben Gvir added. “They do not deserve a single moment of peace.”

Also responding to the news of the arrest was the “Ad Kan” (Up to here and no further) organization, which said in a statement: “We submitted a complaint against the Sheikh yesterday, to the Lod police department, and we welcome the fact that Israel Police has responded so swiftly … We will continue to monitor and issue warnings to police and other relevant parties of any terrorist activity we learn of, especially that aimed against police, soldiers, or Israeli citizens.”

Ad Kan also noted that they have already compiled an entire dossier of material related to the Al-Omri mosque where Al-Baz is imam – material that reveals the mosque as having been a base of incitement during the Guardian of the Walls campaign, encouraging Lod’s Arabs to commit violent acts and challenge the rule of law.

Meanwhile, the video posted by Al-Baz remains online for all to view – thus far, Facebook has not taken it down.

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No Surprise as Congressional Black Caucus backs Ilhan Omar

 

Blacks as a group do not have the characteristics of having "hakaras ha'tov". Jews were in the forefront of the "civil rights" movement, they marched with them, and died for the cause.They even marched for the corrupt BLM, but because of the benevolent nature of Jews, they did everything to advance the cause of Blacks.
What did they get in return? A swift kick in the ass! Jews never learn!

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Wednesday backed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) following her controversial comments equating the US and Israel with Hamas and the Taliban, Politico reported.

“Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is a valued Member of the Congressional Black Caucus Family, she represents a strong voice on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,” said a CBC statement quoted by the website.

“Furthermore, we appreciate her clarification of her recent remarks and find that this is another example of Republicans taking it out of context to shift the real attention from the abhorrent, disrespectful, and intemperate remarks of members of their own Conference,” it added.

Omar, who is notorious for past anti-Israel statements, caused an uproar recently when she equated Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.

On June 7, she tweeted a video of her questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken and saying, “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.”

“We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” Omar added. “I asked Secretary Blinken where people are supposed to go for justice.”

In response, 12 of the 25 Jewish Democrats in the US House of Representatives published a statement said the grouping of the United States and Israel with the Taliban and Hamas in remarks about pursuing war crimes prosecutions gives “cover to terrorist groups” and called on Omar to clarify her earlier statements.

Omar then fired back at her Jewish colleagues and said, “It’s shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for ‘clarification’ and not just call.”

“The Islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable,” added Omar.

She later issued another clarification and claimed she had been misunderstood.

Last month, Omar called Israel's retaliations for Gazan rocket fire on civilians an "act of terrorism," but failed to condemn the rockets themselves, or Hamas' use of Gazan civilians as human shields.

She also came under fire in 2019 after she suggested on Twitter that Republicans were attacking her at the behest of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC.

Omar subsequently issued a half-hearted apology before ultimately deleting the controversial tweets.

In 2019, Israel announced it would bar entry to Omar and fellow Muslim congresswoman Rashida Tlaib over their support for BDS.

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Five takeaways from the Jerusalem Flag March

 

1. Don't allow prophecies of doom scare you into forfeiting your values

Ahead of the march, people in Israel and around the world were urging the Israeli government to cancel the march in light of the (empty) threats issued by Hamas.

While many of those advocating for the cancellation of the march did so out of a genuine concern for the well-being of Israel, their good intentions were not synonymous with good policy. 

Prophecies of doom have been a recurring theme since the founding of the State of Israel, when David Ben-Gurion decided to declare independence despite dire warnings and immense pressure against the move.

The underlying message of these prophecies is that it's better to capitulate than to risk confrontation, even if it means forfeiting our values and rewarding evil.

The current iteration of these prophets are dreadfully afraid of having Jews exercise their basic right to visit, not to mention pray, on the Temple Mount, and of Israel exercising normative sovereignty by evicting illegal squatters in the community of Sheikh Jarrah (i.e. Shimon HaTzadik) or illegal Arab villages such as Khan al-Ahmar.

The march was a strong rebuke to this defeatist kind of thinking.

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Donald Trump: American Jews don't love Israel enough

 

Spot on, Donald....we can only thank G-d, that he doesn't know how many frum Jewish ingrates hate Israel too... 

Donald Trump expressed his disappointment with the response of American Jewry to policies he spearheaded as President, policies widely regarded as extremely beneficial to Israel.

“I did the Heights, I did Jerusalem, and I did Iran … I believe we got 25% of the Jewish vote, and it doesn’t make sense,” Trump said. “It just seems strange to me.”

Trump was referring to his administration’s decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, long sought by successive Israeli governments; to the moving of the American embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv; and to America’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal that was seen as damaging to Israel’s security. These policies were hailed in Israel with Trump considered by many as the best President for Israel in decades. However, this did not, apparently, translate into votes in US ballot boxes.

Trump suggested, later in the same interview, that this was because, “Jewish people who live in the United States don’t love Israel enough." "Does that make sense to you?," he asked.

He also noted that, “I’m not talking about Orthodox Jews” – and indeed, the increasing support for the Republican Party among the US Orthodox population has long been noted. Among non-Orthodox and non-affiliated Jews, however, support for the Democratic Party remains strong.

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The Disastrous Biden-Putin Summit Made the US Seem Weak

 

President Joe Biden refused a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin following their first summit on Wednesday to avoid a PR disaster. Yet the Moscow strongman still won the day.

Indeed, Biden actually got angrier with an American journalist than with the dictator, who used his opportunity to deny, deflect and deceive — raising his own standing at Biden’s expense.

Just a day before, off the Hawaiian coast, Russia’s Navy conducted military exercises on a scale not seen since the Cold War. The provocation cost Putin nothing: The summit ended with Biden calling the meeting’s tone “positive” and Putin declaring, “There has been no hostility.”

Yes, Biden claimed he took Putin to task for the attempted murder of critic Alexei Navalny and the imprisonment of two Americans. If Navalny dies in prison, said Biden, “I made it clear to him that the consequences of that will be devastating for Russia” — though he didn’t detail any consequences. And he said he chided Putin for letting hackers disrupt US oil supplies from Russian soil. Yet Biden insisted he’d made “no threats.”

He handed Putin a list of 16 critical infrastructure elements that should be off-limits to cyberattacks — does he then mean he’s fine with Russia or criminals operating from there striking anything else? Russia’s interference in other countries’ elections, Biden also told Putin, “diminishes” its standing. Yet Russia isn’t going to change its bad behavior in the hopes of being liked.

Putin, meanwhile, took questions for nearly an hour, turning them against America. When a US reporter asked about his ban on Navalny’s group, he pointed to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and said that “we don’t want that to happen on our territory.” Biden called that “a ridiculous comparison,” but Putin is playing to his own audience.

Biden had kicked off his chat with reporters by admitting his staff as usual “gave me a list of who I’m going to call on.” Later, he lashed out at CNN’s Kaitlan Collins when she called out, “Why are you so confident [Putin will] change his behavior?”

“I’m not confident he’ll change his behavior! What the hell? What do you do all of the time?” fumed Biden.

Let’s face it: The day was not a success for Biden or for America. Putin basically mocked his counterpart — and the United States — while Biden appeared weak and unfocused. America might’ve come out stronger if there’d been no summit at all.

Miranda Devine

  New York Post

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