Netanyahu in Washington: An Eleventh-hour Plea for Sanity

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On Tuesday, March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu laid out in an address before a joint meeting of Congress, a compelling rebuttal to the President’s case for the phased deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran.  He diplomatically paid court to President Obama for supplying both known and secret support for the Jewish nation of Israel, and thanked him for his continued friendship.

We didn’t need Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come tell us how big a threat a nuclear enabled Iran will be. Well-informed Americans already know that Iran’s acquisition of a nuclear weapons production capability in the hands of their apocalyptic regime will fan the flames of war in the Middle East and put the entire world at risk. Continue reading

Rabbi Fought with Terrorists, Died While Saving Others

Rabbi murdered J'm synagogueEditor’s note: You may not understand all the words (in Hebrew or Yiddish) interspersed throughout the following article, but the underlying story is deeply moving. Aryeh Kupinsky was one of the victims of the vicious massacre at a Jerusalem synagogue last week. His courage during his last moments of life saved the lives of many others and his story is a testament to his life, which in itself was an inspiration. May his memory be blessed.
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At the shiva house today for R’ Aryeh Kupinsky, I heard from his brothers that Aryeh fought with the terrorists during the terror attack last week in Har Nof. He threw everything at them — shtenders/lecterns, chairs, books — everything he could get his hands on, and he physically fought with them. They said when the terrorists were finally killed by the police, there were many other injuries on the terrorists besides the gunshots which killed them — inflicted by R’ Aryeh. R’ Aryeh yelled at people to get out — while he fought with the terrorists it allowed others to escape. He did not go down without a fight, and he saved people till the end.

‘Terrorism = National Security’ as Policy: A Bad Idea

The savage attack on worshippers at a Jerusalem synagogue this week demonstrated in the most horrible and graphic manner the futility of America’s obsession with ‘peace talks’ between Israel and the so-called ‘Palestinians’. Although it has been demonstrated countless times before, in terrorist attack after terrorist attack, every American administration in recent years has adopted the flawed policies of previous administrations, creating a moral equivalence between the terrorism of non-state actors and a nation’s right to self-defense. America has built its foreign policy around it.

What they don’t seem to get is this: there is no moral equivalence between the Palestinians and the Israelis.There can be no moral equivalence between non-state terrorists who murders civilians in violent terror attacks and a sovereign state with the responsibility to provide security to it citizens. In just the last fourteen years, 1,246 Israelis, most of them civilians (including the elderly, women, and children) were killed at the hands of Palestinian terrorists. These attacks have been brutal and unprovoked. They have ranged from random attacks on individual Israelis to a mass murder at a Passover Seder in 2002, in which a suicide bomber killed 28 Israelis and injured 140 more.

Israel’s response was massive then, as it should be now, and America should be standing shoulder to shoulder with Israel, fighting the scourge of Islamist terrorism that threatens both countries. Continue reading

The Lessons Learned from Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

The attack by two Palestinian terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) early today at 7:00AM Israel Standard Time at the Kehillat Yaakov synagogue in  Jerusalem sent a shock wave through Israel and the Jewish diaspora.
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The perpetrators shot and slaughtered four rabbis; three Americans and one  Briton, dual citizens,six other worshipers were wounded  at early morning minyan prayers   CNN reported:

The four killed were all rabbis: Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 58; Aryeh Kopinsky, 43; Moshe Twersky, 59; and Calman Levine. Goldberg was a dual British-Israeli citizen, and the other three were U.S.-Israeli citizens — which is why the FBI is investigating the attack, according to a U.S. law enforcement official.

An arm of a Jewish worshipper wrapped in tefillin (phylacteries) was chopped off by one of the two assailants. Blood according to one of the eyewitnesses was splattered over the pews, prayer books and prayer shawls or tallit of the dead and wounded. Continue reading

Infant Murdered as Car Plunges into Crowd in Jerusalem

chaya-ziselThree month old Chaya Zisel Braun was run down and killed by a Hamas terrorist at the Silwan Light Rail Station in Jerusalem. Eight other persons in the crowd were injured as 21 year-old Abdel Rahman Al-Shalodi plowed through them onto on the station platform. Hamas issued a statement calling Al-Shaludi’s murder of Chaya Zisel an “act of heroism”. Al-Shaludi had previously served time in an Israeli prison on terrorist-related charges. Continue reading

It’s Okay. Don’t Cry for Us Israelis

I’m sitting here in Jerusalem after a week of heartbreak over three murdered teens, followed by  two weeks of sirens, bomb blasts, and finally, the funerals of young IDF soldiers, of whom one-third are students who should be taking their final exams, instead of risking their lives.  I’m  reading on the internet about what a horrible person I am as an Israeli and as a Jew, and what a terrible, immoral country I live in. Continue reading