by Ari Lieberman
Islamic Terror: As Europe reels from a pandemic of deadly Islamist terror attacks, the European Union is turning to Israel for assistance. From its formidable cyber capabilities to its tactics and training, Israel is a recognized world leader in the fight against terrorism and nations plagued by Islamist violence and terrorism are seeking its counsel, expertise and technology. (Including providing security to the current Olympic Games!)
Water Shortages: Israel no longer suffers from water shortages and in fact, exports large quantities of water to Jordan. California, which has suffered from extreme drought in recent years, has partnered with Israeli water technology companies to alleviate its water problems. Texas has followed suit and many third world countries have requested Israeli assistance in water purification.
Green Technology: Every Israeli home is equipped with solar panels to capture the sun’s rays and convert it into usable energy... After a catastrophic blackout in India in July 2012 that left between 600-700 million Indian citizens without power, India turned to Israel for assistance.
Rescue Assistance: When man-made and natural disasters struck Haiti, Japan, Turkey, Kosovo, Nepal, Haiti and the Philippines, Israel was among the first to send medical and rescue assistance.
Military Realm: In every field, from cyber warfare and defense to green energy to water technology to disaster relief, Israel has contributed immeasurably to the world but it is in the military realm where Israel has made lasting contributions that have made the world significantly safer.
Israel is a nation that is much maligned and vilified. Most of the vitriol is spewed by rabid Islamists and their anti-Semitic allies affiliated with either the radical left or the fringe right. For these groups, there is no hope. They are steeped in mindless hate and xenophobia. (With the help of hypocritical Western anti-Semitic governments of the West they are prevailing!)
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
Since April 2014, the beginning of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, nearly 9,500 people have been killed in the violence and over 22,100 injured. Each month civilian homes have been destroyed or looted, and several dozen are killed or injured. This is not reported, no international ‘outcry’, and nothing is done about it and nobody cares, because it is not Israel!
Jerusalem Police detained seven Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount on Sunday, the 9th of Av, for “breaking the rules” set by the Waqf, the Jordanian charity that runs the compound. They said Shema Israel” and “Hashem Hu Ha’Elohim.” Another Jewish visitor was arrested for tearing his shirt, a Jewish expression of mourning. As the Jews were being arrested, dozens of Muslims started ganging up on the cops and the visitors, screaming that same incriminating call of faith in God, except in the approved Arabic. (Arabs were not arrested!)
The Fatah group listed a number of its achievements. At the top: the killing of 11,000 Israelis. The current Fatah post is likely linked to the upcoming Palestinian municipal elections, set for October 8. The other achievement is losing 170,000 “martyrs.” (They should not complain about fact that Israel helped those martyrs to ‘have’ 72 virgins, should they?)
The Best Resource Israel has is Jewish People!
Standard & Poor's (S&P) Ratings Services affirmed Israel's credit ratings as 'A+/A-1' with a stable outlook. The agency assumes Israel's economy will grow at an average rate of about 2.5% in 2016-2019, despite risks of weaker global demand.
France condemned Israel over last week’s demolition of several illegal structures, funded by the French government, in a village north of Jerusalem. Paris also joined the US in denouncing the razing of three European Union-funded illegal shelters in Judea and Samaria. The US State Department said it was “troubled” by Israel’s “provocative” demolitions. (They were not “troubled” when Jewish homes were destroyed and 8,500 Jews were forcefully expelled from Gaza!)
Former National Security Council chairman Prof. Uzi Arad told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Subcommittee “We in Israel are frighteningly provincial... We don’t know the methods (for national planning), and we aren’t learning them... national planning is nonexistent." In the US and UK, Arad added, the National Security Council does long-term planning, but it is not one of its responsibilities by law in Israel. Arad explained that planning is an attempt to affect the future towards a defined goal. (Israel must define the national goal! Otherwise, what is the future of the Jewish state?)
With an eye on October’s municipal elections in the Palestinian territories, the Hamas terror group has produced a slick video showing a supposedly prosperous Gaza Strip under its rule, featuring smiling people holding up signs with the hashtag “Thank you Hamas.”
Addressing the recent revelations that humanitarian aid organization employees were transferring funds to Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims” "I, the Prime Minister of Israel, care more about Palestinians than their own leaders do." (He has been in office for a while. Where is a plan and action to end the terror against Jews in Israel once and for all?)
Quote of the Week:
“Diaspora Jews (and Israeli ones) should not support the misguided policies of Israeli leaders and that Israel should look to North America for moral guidance. Please do not tell me how you support Israel when you dismiss our biblical land – Judea and Samaria. This land was never occupied. This holy land was returned to Israel at the end of the 1967 war… Please tell me, how do you plan to make peace with Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, the PA and ISIS?” - Rabbi Richard Jacobs - Most of the times, Israeli governments do not represent long term interests and goals of Jewish people, by engaging in perpetuating negotiations with the enemies! It only gave credibility to Arab terrorists and diminished Israel’s political standing.
Olympic Games and Dirty Politics.
by Steven Shamrak (Aug 2004)
Nothing has changed since 2004l it has only become worse! Arab and Muslim teams are not disqualified by IOC for refusing compete with Israel. Fake athletes of the fake nation are still invited to participate.
Only fools and hypocrites would argue that sport and politics do not mix. From the beginning any sports event had a political connotation. Participants almost always represented their villages, cities, tribes, ethnic and religious groups, kingdoms or countries.
It was a warm moment of hope this weekend when I saw the athletes of both Koreas walking as one team during the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games. Even when countries are divided by a physical and ideological border, their leaders made a bold gesture of unity. Then there was Afghanistan and Iraq, both sincerely welcomed back after gaining their freedom from political and religious tyrannies.
I was surprised when I saw the Taiwanese team walk out under the banner of Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong came out as a separate political entity. Obviously, the Chinese Government is playing some political games. And, the International Olympic Committee and Taiwan, in the spirit of the Olympic Games, clearly did not want to irritate a powerful member and neighbour.
Out of many legitimate political causes that the IOC could promote as a part of the Olympic Games I would like, for instance, to see the representatives of Kurdistan, the nation of 35 million people, whose land is divided between five or six countries.
There are many other forgotten people and countries that would benefit from Olympic participation: Tibet, Kashmir, the Basques and Chechens are only some of the nations and countries who are still illegitimately occupied by others. They are in real need of international moral support.
To support them however, means confrontation with countries like China, Russia, India, Pakistan and others. And, we are told, that the Olympic Games are not about confrontation. They are about peace. If this is so, why out of all causes the IOC choose and had been given legitimacy to the most illegitimate and ugly one?
It was sad to see in the Olympic stadium two athletes of fictitious people, from the never existed state of Palestine. It seems that the IOC’s sensitivity and intention of harmony and peace applies to all people and nations except Jews and Israel.
I do accept the notion that politics has always played a part in sport. But this is ugly politics - and it makes sport unattractive and dirty!