For Israeli right-wingers, the movement that carried Donald Trump into the White House is like a blessed wind filling the sails of a motionless ship on calm seas.
Trump's bold pro-Israel stand filled the right-wing constituency with high hopes, some would say too high, that during his presidency Netanyahu's government would finally be able to implement its version of the Zionist vision. This entails, among other things, constitutionalizing Israel as a Jewish state and annexing at least parts of the West Bank.
No less import, Trump's boldness inspires ministers and Knesset Members to express views they would not dare say prior to his election.
A day before Netanyahu flew to meet President Trump, the head of Jewish Home party, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, said that "after decades of misery, now there is a chance for good tidings, for a new way, getting off the idea of another Palestinian state in addition those in Gaza and Jordan."
At the 14th Jerusalem Conference hosted by Besheva Media Group, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked expressed the same kind of bold spirit. "I view the election of President Trump as a landmark event, in a way, only the tip of the iceberg of an awe-inspiring global chain of events." The State of Israel, she said, "has a rare opportunity to shape its future and borders … it is our duty to do it … we have to make the whole world recognize our legitimate presence in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley … we must stop feeding the illusion that Israel will withdraw, freeze, disengage, hand territories over to our enemies."
Shaked concluded her speech with "For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet" (Isaiah 62:1).
Speaking at the same conference, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan said that "we have here a new historic opportunity for a new era. We return to proudly say that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people." The Temple Mount, he stressed, "is the most holy place for the Jewish people, and only for the Jewish people."
Last, but not least, President Rivlin, who tries hard to pacify every minority, said that over the years Israel has cleverly and patiently extended its sovereignty over East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. He didn't once mention a Palestinian state. Instead, Rivlin said that if Israel decides to extend its sovereignty to Judea and Samaria, it must also grant Israeli residency status to the Palestinians. Rivlin stressed his belief that "Zion is all ours," meaning that Israel and the West Bank should be under Israeli sovereignty.
The next coming months will tell how bold is Israel in turning such clear and unambiguous statements to reality.
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Proponents of the “Palestinian cause” claim Israel cruelly discriminates against and silences them. But the truth is it is they who are without tolerance for opposing views, especially from one of “their own.”
Such is the case of Mahdi Satri, the son of Palestinian Arabs from Gaza who now live in northern Israel.
Satri has become something of an Internet sensation of late after voicing strong pro-Israel positions.
But that has also led to constant threats on his life, prompting Satri to pen a message under the headline “Know That I Died a Dreamer” that has been shared widely on social media.
In the message, Satri vows to continue taking this principled stand “until the last drop of blood in my body.” But the situation has taken a immense toll on the 17-year-old, who said the threats even from his own neighbors had caused him both great fear and tremendous sadness.
“If they succeeded to kill me, know that I died a Zionist defending my country… Know that I died a dreamer. A dreamer looking for a new future empty of hatred and full of love,” he bravely concluded the letter."
In a previous demonstration that, contrary to many of his fellow Arab Muslims, Israeli Jews harbor no inherent hatred for his people, Satri posted the following video of him standing in Tel Aviv with a sign letting Jewish passersby know that he loves them.
The reactions of those Jewish passersby speak for themselves.
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At its triennial gathering in Tel Aviv last month, the board of the Jewish Agency was told that the organization would be increasingly focused on aiding the local Arab population in the coming years.
In fact, that mission has already begun. Whereas the Jewish Agency was historically focused solely on the Jewish community, today it employs 75 Druze and Arabs and has poured around $2.5 million into their respective communities in recent years.
Agency chairman Natan Sharansky told the gathering that “as a Zionist I believe that this is important for the future of our democracy.”
At the same time, Israeli Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh announced the appointment of a new commander for the Northern District who will be focused on mass recruitment of Arab Muslim officers.
“The police has been deepening cooperation with the Arab population by establishing police stations in Arab towns, and conducting massive recruitment effort of officers from the Muslim sector,” Alsheikh said.
Israel has also been proposing increased economic cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, as confirmed by Palestinian Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara in remarks to the Bethlehem-based Maan news agency.
Bishara met late last month with Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon. Israel’s Channel 10 reported that the two discussed a package that would see greater integration in the construction, medical, and high-tech sectors, as well as a range of study and internship opportunities for young Palestinians.
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WATCH: American Jewish Leader Urges Mass Aliyah to Israel
I think it is safe to say that when large numbers of American Jews, particularly non-orthodox, secular Jews, make Aliyah (move to Israel), the end is near. For most American Jews the idea of living in Israel is laughable. But what this one leader in the video below rightly identifies is that Israel is becoming the only safe haven for the Jewish people.
Indeed our father Theodore Herzl became a Zionist only when he saw unbridled anti-Semitism against a French officer who was banished to Devil's Island. Herzl concluded 40 years before the Holocaust that the only safe place for the Jewish people would be our own country.
Jeremiah spoke of two ways the Jewish people would come home.
"But now I will send for many fishermen," declares theLord, "and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks."
Fisherman are those like Herzl and this women in the video below, pleading with Jews to come home to Israel. Fisherman pull. However, if that doesn't work the hunter's, the anti-Semites, will drive the Jewish people back to Israel. As horrible as radical Islam is, God will use it to bring the Jewish people home.
The promise clear and is coming to pass before our eyes.
"Do not fear, for I am with you;I will bring your descendants from the east,and gather you from the west;I will say to the north, "Give them up,"and to the south, "Do not keep them back.Bring My sons from afar,and My daughters from the ends of the earth" (Isaiah 43:5-6, MEV).
"I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries wherever I have driven them and bring them again to their folds, and they shall be fruitful and increase.I will also set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they will fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor will they be missing, says theLord. The days are coming, says the Lord, that I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the earth. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely. And this is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness"(Jer. 23:3-6, MEV).
Ron Cantoris the lead pastor of Tiferet Yeshua congregation in Tel Aviv, a Hebrew-speaking outreach to Israelis. He is also the author of Identity Theft, Leave me Alone—I'm Jewish and his newest book coming out this spring, The Jerusalem Secret, a novel about the first Jewish believers. Ron blogs at messiahsmandate.org. For the original article, visit messiahsmandate.org.
"Inspire a woman, you inspire a family. Inspire enough families, you inspire a community. Inspire enough communities, you can change the world."If you wanted to have the greatest influence on the direction of the Jewish people, whom should you target? The Jewish mother, that’s who.
In 2008, eight Jewish women from different walks of life, affiliations, observance, and ages began a powerful dialogue. They agreed that it was time to empower and inspire women with the rich beauty of their Jewish heritage, and the JWRP was born.
The JWRP seeks to inspire women to transform themselves, transform their families, their communities, and the world. Our flagship program is Momentum, an eight-day journey through Israel. Momentum is more than a tour of Israel; it is an opportunity to deeply explore ourselves. Thousands of women from 19 different countries have already experienced this life-changing trip, paying only their own airfare, and returning home with the best gift of all—a deep, eternal connection to Israel, a profound kinship with each other, and a heart filled with Jewish values.
We work in partnership with a wide spectrum of community organizations, from Jewish outreach centers to Federations. Our partners recruit the women, staff the buses and continue the journey through continually evolving follow-up programming that keeps the inspiration going and helps to create bonds that extend not only to communities, but globally.
One of the most exciting results of our trips was the impact on families. We started hearing from our participants: “My husband has to see this and hear this!” We also heard from our partnering organizations, and finally, from the husbands themselves: “We are behind our wives, we don’t understand, please do a trip for us!” So we responded with Momentum opportunities for men, which have quickly become one of our greatest follow-up programs, helping to lift the family together.
Did you know that in Jewish tradition we place rocks in lieu of flowers on a new grave? The reason is because flowers die, while stones are eternal and represent the lasting soul. Stones are also "to build" and show our determination to rebuild after tragedy strikes. Two weeks ago, Daphne Meir, a mother of six, was cruelly murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in front of her children in their home in Otniel, Israel. As we join her family and the entire nation in mourning, we remember that terror cannot uproot us, and our small stones will build when we stand unified against evil. In Daphne's memory, help the community she loved so much build a much-needed permanent building for its nursery- and kindergarten-aged children.
The Zionist response to terror is to show the enemy they do not get what they want – the pushing of the Jewish people into the sea. Look who's planning to move to Otniel, the place of the recent tragic attack.
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