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Concise and Factual History of Israel’s Last 4000 Years

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

This is a famous quote that perfectly sums up our world right now but also the Middle East. Our world changed this week when President Trump announced a wonderful decision to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem which is the real capital of Israel.

Naturally, world leaders, the U.N., the media and even the Pope condemned this move. Muslims around the world including Hamas are calling for a day of rage and the media will continue its propaganda and blame Israel for EVERYTHING that happens.

Sadly we also have a growing part of the population who are anti-Semitic on BOTH sides of politics, who not only HATE Israel but will actively spread lies about Israel being evil and Palestine being good. To help counter this narrative, I wanted to share a brief history of Israel that goes back over 4000 years.

(NOTE: This article is NOT MY OPINION on Israel. IT IS FACTS and FIGURES which you can research for yourself. Words in BOLD are key issues to this day and are highlighted to show how much history surrounds them.)

C. 2000 BC: The first Jewish Tribes and Kingdoms settle in Israel.

C. 1000 BC: King David unites all the Jewish tribes in a single Kingdom of Israel with Jerusalem as the Capital. Around this time King Solomon builds the first temple on the TEMPLE MOUNT

C. 930BC: Israel splits into two kingdoms called Israel (North) and Judah (South).

C. 586BC: The Babylonian Empire conquers Judah, destroys the First Temple and most Jews are expelled to Babylon for 70 years (Babylon is modern-day Iraq)

C. 515BC: Jews return from exile and seek to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem which is called the Second Temple.

C. 330BC: Alexander the Great (Greek Empire) attacks and conquers Judah. For the next 200 years Greek and Syrian Kings rule Judah.

C. 140BC: The Jews fight back and finally win independence. They form the Kingdom of Judea which is ruled by the Maccabean Kings.

C. 62BC: The Roman Empire attacks Judea and it loses its independence to the Romans.

0: A famous Jew named Jesus Christ is born in Bethlehem. He is eventually arrested, condemned to death and crucified by the Romans.

66AD: Israel fights for independence.

70AD: Romans invade Jerusalem and destroy the second Temple.

73AD: Jewish resistance starts in Masada and they succeed for a period, however, it is captured by the Romans after three years.

132AD: This is the start of the second war of Independence but is also known as the Bar Kokhba Revolt. Initially, they are successful and have several victories and leads to an independent Jewish State. It only lasts a couple of years as the Romans return and destroy the Independence. The result of this defeat is many Jews are spread all over Europe and Africa which creates the Jewish Diaspora.

Hadrian, who was the Roman Emperor changes the name of Israel to PALESTINA which is the named after the Philistines who are the enemies of the Jewish People.

310AD: The Byzantine Christian Empire begins to rule over Palestina. Christians start to refer to this area as the HOLY LAND.

600AD: Around this time period, very few / no Arabs live in Palestina.

620AD: Mohammed, an Arab tribal leader is the founder of the religion of Islam in Saudi Arabia.

638AD: Muslim armies invade and capture Jerusalem and all of Palestina. They rule for roughly the next 330 years. During this period they build the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount.

1100AD: Muslims rob and kill Christian pilgrims in Palestina. Christian launch the first of four Christian Crusades with the aim of freeing the Holy Land. When they arrive in Jerusalem they kill all the Muslim and Jewish inhabitants and rule for around 200 years.

1300AD: Muslim Mameluks come from Egypt to Palestina and defeat the Crusade. After the defeat, most of the area we know as Palestina and Israel becomes depopulated and abandoned. There are small pockets of clans in some areas but nothing compared to the past history.

1514AD: The Ottoman Empire (Turkey Today) invades and conquers Palestina and rule for roughly 400 years. There are pockets of Jewish settlements in some areas and they live in relative peace. They are allowed to live, follow their Jewish faith and customs, but they are second-class subjects under Islamic Law. Over the next 250 years, Jews start to return to Palestina in small numbers and they mainly return to Jerusalem, Safed, Hebron and Tiberias.

1864: A British Embassy Census shows over 50% of the population in Jerusalem was Jewish.

1916: An Agreement which would later play a larger role in the issues within the Middle East and would be opposed by groups like ISIS is agreed between England and France. This agreement is called the SYKES-PICOT AGREEMENT. This agreement is responsible for the boundary lines in the Middle East that we are familiar with today.

1917: The BALFOUR DECLARATION is a declaration from Britain to establish a Jewish home in Palestine when the Turks are defeated.

1918: Britain assumes control of Palestine. You may have heard it called British Mandated Palestine in the past.

1920: In April 1920 at the San Remo Conference, both Britain and France confirm the Balfour Declaration.

1922: The LEAGUE OF NATIONS (Body prior to the U.N) including 51 countries vote to confirm British rule in Palestine and for them to take steps to set up a Jewish home there to encourage and facilitate Jewish immigration. That September, Britain allocates over 75% of the land an Arab state called Transjordan (Modern day Jordan) with no Jewish settlement allowed. The remaining 20%+ of the land west of the River Jordan is given to Israel. That land is made up of Israel and Judea / Samaria or as you may know it today the WEST BANK.

1920s: After this declaration many Arabs sought to live in peace with the Jews. Although some groups were not happy, and they became militant, attacked Jewish settlements and murdered several hundred people.

1920s & 1930s: Europe see a rise in anti-Semitic behaviour in places like Russia and Ukraine. The result of this is many thousands of European Jews escape and arrive in Palestine.

1933: Hitler takes power in Germany.

1937: Around 1937, Jews are roughly one third of the population in Palestine.

1941 1945: Over 6 million Jews are murdered in the Holocaust by Nazi Germany. During this period, one World leader met with Hitler to not only express support but planned on bring the Holocaust to Palestine to further exterminate the Jews that leader was Haj Amin al-Husseini who was the Palestinian Arab Leader.

1948: On May 1948, Israel is declared an independent Democratic Jewish State. The very next day It is attacked by armies of 5 Arab nations. Despite the long odds (only formed, small army with very arms) the IDF wins.

1964: The Arab League summit is in Cairo and witnesses the creation of the PALESTINIAN LIBERATION ORGANIZATION (PLO) with the stated goals of liberating Palestine and wiping out Israel thru armed struggle.

That May, Egypt closes the Straits of Tiran as Egypt, Jordan, and Syria plan an attack on Israel for the start of June. Israel decides to make a pre-emptive strike and wins in what we call the SIX DAY WAR. After this win, Israel takes control of the Golan Heights, Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula and Judea / Samaria (West Bank).

In September, Israel makes history by offering its first (of many) LAND FOR PEACE deals where Israel would return the lands it won in the Six Day War in return for a promise of peace. At the conference, Arab leaders unite and not only refuse the deal, but they say NO to peace, wont have any negotiations with them and wont even recognize them.

1973: If you know anything about the Jewish Faith, you know Yom Kippur is a very sacred day. On this holy day in 1973, both Egypt and Syria launch a surprise attack on Israel. Over 18 days of fighting and thousands of innocent casualties, Israel defeats Egypt and Syria.

1977: The Egyptian President Anwar Sadat gives a speech to the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) in Jerusalem.

1979: HISTORY is made as Egypt signs a peace treaty with Israel. The terms of the treaty are Israel returns the Sinai Peninsula (Won in the Six Day War), dismantles its settlements and hands over both oil rights and tourist resorts. Egypt agrees not to attack Israel again.

1987: The FIRST INTIFADA is an uprising by Palestinian groups against Israel controlled lands.

1988: HAMAS which is an Islamic Terrorist Organization is founded. In its charter, it states that Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors.

1994: HISTORY is made for a second time as Jordan signs a peace treaty with Israel.

1995: Israel tries to negotiate another land for peace deal, this time with the PLO. Sadly Hamas continues its terrorism and suicide bombings in the area killing many Israelis.

2000: Israel offers yet another land for peace deal to the Palestinian leadership. Not only is this offer rejected, but terrorism goes to new lows and a SECOND INTIFADA starts.

2005: In a move seeking peace in the area, Israel agrees to remove all its troops from Gaza. Instead of peace, HAMAS takes over the area and uses it as a base to launch rocket attacks against innocent civilians. To date over 12,000 rockets have been fired.

2007: President George W Bush is joined by both President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Yet another land for peace deal is rejected by the Palestinians.

2010: Israel offers to renew the moratorium of ceasing to build in settlement area in exchange for a Palestinian Authority recognition of Israel as the homeland for the Jewish people. This was also rejected by the Palestinians.

Closing

In closing I would ask you to consider several questions:

Lastly, consider the outcome of two scenarios One is you wake up tomorrow to the news Israel has decided to give up and put down all of their weapons what would happen? The other is you wake up tomorrow and the Arab world has decided to give up and put down all of their weapons what would happen?

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December 12, 2017 – The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry

Rocket fired from Gaza: IDF returns fire

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council near the Israel-Gaza border Monday evening (11th). No casualties were reported.

The IDF stated that military forces attacked terrorist positions belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in the southern Gaza Strip in response to the rocket fire.

The IDF holds Hamas solely responsible for developments in the Gaza Strip.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Monday (11th) with 28 EU foreign ministers in a breakfast get-together in Brussels, Belgium. This is the first time in over two decades that a sitting prime minister has been asked to address such a gathering, which was made possible by the invitation issued by Lithuania, which holds the current presidency of the EU.

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Palestinian Arab factions Fatah and Hamas have missed a major deadline in their reconciliation bid by failing to exchange power in the Gaza Strip, with the rival movements on Monday (11th) trading accusations of blame.

Sunday (10th) had been the deadline for the handover, a decade after Hamas seized power in the coastal enclave in a near civil war with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Fatah.

(afp.com)

The world is expressing interest in our tunnel destruction technology, but, for now, we are focusing our efforts on the threat in the south, Leiberman told Israeli media.

The most important thing is our security, and we are not ready to share our methods in combating this kind of terror. Additional research and technological updates are still necessary, he added.

Behind the militarys ability to detect and neutralize two terror tunnels dug under Israeli territory over the past six weeks stands an original Israeli innovation developed by the Israel Military Industries and Elbit Systems.

(ynetnews.com)

The IDF warned Hamas on Sunday (10th) that the attack tunnels which it continues to dig into Israeli territory will become a death trap for terrorists.

Speaking shortly after it was cleared for publication that the IDF had uncovered another cross-border terror tunnel near the Gaza Strip border, GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen Eyal Zamir accused Hamas of systematically violating Israels sovereignty, adding that their actions are causing an escalation of violence on the sensitive border.

I have warned in the past, and I will warn the enemy again: Anyone who goes into and stays in a tunnel is risking his own life Terror tunnels are a death trap to you, Zamir added.

(ynetnews.com)

An interfaith group from Bahrain visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories was welcomed with violence by a Palestinian mob as it attempted to visit the Gaza Strip Monday (11th).

Dozens of Palestinian activists gathered in front of the Beit Hanoun crossing in the northern Gaza Strip to prevent the Bahraini delegation from entering, Maan news agency reported.

The mob torched tires and chanted slogans accusing the delegation of normalization with Israel.

The Bahraini group of 30 people, including Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews and Muslims, flew to Israel to visit universities and talk to officials there about topics of common interest.

(maannews.net)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to bring together Muslim countries in Istanbul on Wednesday (13th) as part of Ankaras response to Washingtons recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The meeting is likely to ramp up tensions surrounding Jerusalem, after the Turkish president called Israel a state of occupation and terror on December 10, and the Palestinian Authoritys Jerusalem governor called on Muslim countries to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine at the meeting.

(jpost.com; reuters.com)

BEIRUT US President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital will hasten the countrys destruction, Irans defense minister said Monday (11th).

(Trumps) step will hasten the destruction of the Zionist regime and will double the unity of Muslims, said Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami, according to Iran state media.

The armys chief of staff, General Mohammad Baqeri, said Trumps foolish move is the beginning of a new intifada, or Palestinian uprising.

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Leading Jewish groups spoke out after a Swedish synagogue was firebombed on Saturday (9th) and protests in other European cities against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital included anti-semitic chants.

It is unconscionable that Jews are under attack on the streets of Europe, whether by terrorists hurling Molotov cocktails or openly and brazenly calling for the mass murder of Jews in Malmo, Vienna and Paris, said European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said, Now the world witnesses 20 hooded terrorists firebomb a synagogue in Gothenburg, where Jewish youngsters inside barely escaped injury or death. What more will it take for this democracy to finally deploy the full weight of their law enforcement and judicial powers against anti-Semites and provide full protection for its Jewish citizens?

(jpost.com)

In the period January-November 2017, about 3.3 million tourist entries were recorded in Israel, a 25.3% increase on the same period last year, and a 28% increase from 2015. Revenue from tourism in November reached about $487 million. Since the beginning of the year tourism has injected $4.5 billion into the Israeli economy.

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Israel Honors Wounded IDF and Terror Victims

Israelis must do everything in their power to express appreciation for those who have sacrificed their bodies for the good of the country, said the Deputy Defense Minister.

The Knesset, Israels parliament, on Tuesday marked the National Day of Appreciation for Those Wounded in Israels Wars and in Terrorist Attacks.

Knesset committees held sessions on the topic, and later a special event was held with the participation of Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Yoel Edelstein, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan and Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev.

The event, which was attended by disabled IDF veterans and victims of terror attacks, was initiated by MK Anat Berko, chairwoman of the Lobby for Disabled IDF Veterans and Victims of Hostilities and hosted by renowned military correspondent Carmela Menashe.

Knesset Speaker Edelstein stated that today is a day of profound cross-sectoral gratitude to all of you. Thank you for carrying on your backs the heavy burden of the countrys inception. Your personal stories are intertwined with the story of the country. You all have the ability to conquer every obstacle and reach summits. We in the Knesset stand by you and we will continue to deal with all the problems that have been raised regarding the support the State must provide you.

Netanyahu said, I know that you deal, every day, with injuries to your body and soul. I want you to know that you are not alone. All of Israels citizens embrace you, knowing you have paid a price for each and every one of them. This is a national embrace.

Netanyahu wished a speedy recovery to Asher Elmaliach, the security guard who was stabbed in the chest by a Palestinian terrorist at the entrance to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station on Sunday. Netanyahu noted that Elmaliach had prevented a major disaster.

Culture and Sport Minister Regev said that over the years I have accompanied civilians and soldiers who were injured, and I have witnessed your difficulties and challenges. We should all salute you. Your fight for life is the essence of Israeliness. You give us strength and inspiration.

Deputy Defense Minister Ben Dahan declared, We, the elected officials, must do everything in our power in order to express appreciation for those who have sacrificed their bodies for the good of the country.

MK Berko said, The rights of disabled IDF veterans and those injured in terror attacks are not a social benefit. The State has a huge moral debt to these people, and we need to do more, such as make sure they are employed and give them a sense of self-worth; the sense that they are essential to Israeli society.

Over 100,000 Israeli citizens have been wounded in Israels wars or in terrorist attacks. Because of their injuries, these citizens in their daily routines deal with a range of challenges, disabilities and difficulties.

This salute is commemorated on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Kislev, which is the Hebrew date that coincides with the November 29, 1947 special UN General Assembly decision to terminate the British Mandate and establish a Jewish state in the Land of Israel. The selection of this date symbolizes the link between the circumstances in which these citizens have been injured and the establishment of Israel and the maintenance of its security.

By: United with Israel Staff

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Cantor Goldberg Travels to Israel | Westchester Jewish Center

As some of you are aware, Cantor Goldberg will be taking a leave of absence this spring to accompany his wife, Cantor Shoshi Rosenbaum, as she studies in Israel as part of her rabbinical education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Cantor Goldbergs leave begins on January 15th. From March 15th-April 15th he will be back at WJC and, after spending an additional month in Israel from April 15thto May 15thwill return to us full time. We are delighted to provide Cantor Goldberg with this unique opportunity to be in Israel and look forward his sharing his experiences with us upon his return. Cantor Goldberg will be accessible via email during his leave at cantorecg@wjcenter.org

We are happy to announce that Student Cantor Gil Ezring will help lead our traditional and contemporary Shabbat services during Cantor Goldbergs absence. Gil is a senior in the H.L. Miller Cantorial School (where Cantor Goldberg and Cantor Rosenbaum also attended). Gil grew up in Charlotte, NC, the son of a Conservative rabbi. He has served student pulpits in Connecticut, Maryland and upstate New York. A songwriter of his own rock-influenced Jewish music, Gil is an experienced song leader and multi-instrumentalist. Gil graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Appalachian State University in North Carolina where he student-taught high school chorus and appeared in several opera roles.

Cantor Goldberg and Gil have already met and will be working together to ensure a smooth transition. We hope the entire WJC community will join us in giving Gil a warm welcome!

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RSVP for Israel 2018 | Calvary Church

With Pastors Matt Davis &Eric Wakeling

Experience the Bible come alive right before your eyes. Each site well visit is full of opportunities to see, hear, touch, smell and even taste the same things as Abraham, David, Elijah, Jesus and other heroes of our faith. This first-hand experience will truly transform your view of the people, places, and events of the Bible.

The trip, through GTI Study Tours, will be led by Pastor Eric who has led six trips toIsrael, while Pastor Matt has led eleven trips to the Holy Land and brings a unique perspective from his Messianic Jewish heritage. Come join us for the journey of a lifetime!

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Itinerary Highlights: Learn the life-changing lessons of the Bible in the places theyhappened. We will visit the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Jordan River, Nazareth, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, Petra, Negev, Dead Sea, Masada, Caves of Ein Gedi, Qumran, Jerusalem, Temple Mount, Western Wall, Bethlehem, Yad Vashem, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, and many, many more.

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Finding my Connection to Israel – NFTY

By Micah Symons, NFTY-PAR

Every time I have a chance to run a program or write a piece for NFTY, my mind immediately jumps to Israel. Not because I want all people to fully support Israel(I dont always), nor tell people the simple stuff, like whether or not you should get fries on your falafel (which you definitely should).Youll be surprised to know then when I think of Israel programming, I believe the most complex topic of all: , the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is crucial for engagement in all settings.

Meeting US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (Fourth from right) this summer while attending Alexander Muss High School in Israel.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is complex, and can be difficult for one to summarize in a blog post. At the most basic level, the conflict consists disagreements aboutterritorial control over the West Bank, the status of East Jerusalem and the Old City, and security issues., and . In studying this conflict, one glaring issue arises: How is it possible for me to take action? Israel is halfway around the globe and is thus very difficult to directly work with. While we teach the conflict in our programs and at our events, a topic of this magnitude is not restricted to what we learn in NFTY. Israel can and should be grappled with outside of events so that we bolster our understanding of the Jewish State and heighten our discussions in a programmatic setting. the more we engage with this issue, the more we can use our position as a Reform Jewish community to create change.

So, why study the conflict if we may never fully understand it, or live to see a resolution? As Reform Jews, we look to Israel as a homeland and a place where history, tradition, culture, and religion collide. Our values, like Tikkun Klal (Jewish unity), Tikkun Olam (Repairing the world), and Chinuch (Education) teach us how to treat our homeland. Tikkun Klal commands us to care for Jews across the globe, Tikkun Olam urges us to find a peaceful solution so that all can live in peace and happiness, and Chinuch encourages us to learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and our Arab neighbors, in hopes of one day resolving it. Ultimately, we study it because it is the homeland of the Jewish People and to disconnect from our homeland is to disconnect with our history. We study it because even if we dont always agree with Israel, we must stay engaged to form the argument as to why it may be in the wrong. We study it because at some point, it has affected us, either personally or indirectly. We study it because in 1999, in my home city of Pittsburgh, our movement collectively acclaimed that we are committed to a vision of the State of Israel that promotes full civil, human and religious rights for all its inhabitants and that strives for a lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors. To ignore our movements commitments is to ignore the values of equality, humanity, and peace.

However, having these conversations alone is not enough, for words are nothing without action. This years NFTY Study Theme is The Reform Jewish Voice in Action. We must use our power as a Jewish movement, as youth, and as responsible American and global citizens to start a dialogue and create change. No matter where you identify on the Israeli political spectrum, if you are passionate and informed about the conflict, it is your duty to help others become informed, passionate, and involved as well.

These resources listed below allow you to get more involved, and live one of NFTYs 13 Principles: Nilmad Vnaaseh, meaning To Learn and To Do. Its time to get to work.

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Israel and Turkey on a course of collision? – Scofield …

The diplomatic crisis between Israel and Turkey heated up again this week following US President Donald Trumps recognition ofJerusalem as Israels capital, with a serious exchange of verbal attacks between the countries leadersas Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered hismost scathing attackon Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who described Israel as aterrorist statethat kills children.

Erdogan, who hadthreatenedeven before Trumps announcement that his countrys response to any change in Jerusalems status could go as far as cutting diplomatic ties with Israel, said in a fiery speech Sunday that Palestine is an innocent victim. As for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist!

We will not abandon Jerusalem to the mercy of a country that kills children, the Turkish leader added.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Turkish President Redcep Tayyip Erdogan. Head-to-head(Photos: EPA, AFP)

In stark contrast to his harsh words, Erdogan also chose to mention the historical ties between Turkey and the Jewish people. For us, it doesnt matter who is the oppressor and who is the oppressed, and we would not avoid standing up against those who oppress otherseven if they are our brothers. Our history includes many examples of that, he said, noting that the Ottoman Empire had taken in Jews who were expelled from Spain, as well as Jews who fled Russia in the 19th century, and that Turkey had also welcomed Jews during World War II.

Erdogans vitriolic comments did not go unnoticed by Prime Minister Netanyahu, who took off his gloves during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron and hit back at the Turkish leader in an unprecedented attack: We wont take any lectures from Erdogan. Im not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villagers in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, who helps Iran go around international sanctions and who helps terroristsincluding in Gazakill innocent people.

Netanyahu with French President Macron in Paris. We wont take any lectures from Erdogan(Photo: MCT)

State officials feared that Erdogan would respond to Netanyahus attack with a drastic move. The response finally arrived from the Turkish presidents close advisor, Ibrahim Kalin: We condemn in the strongest possible terms Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahus remarks targeting the Republic of Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoan, the spokesperson said, adding that Israel, which disregards international law, has occupied the Palestinian peoples hundreds-of-years-old homeland and systematically violates United Nations resolutions, must first account for its own actions.

The Turkish presidents advisor added that just like Turkey is all over the world, it will keep being in Palestine to support those who are right, the law and the oppressed.

But despite the heated exchange of words, state officials in Jerusalem believe Erdogan wont sever diplomatic ties with Israel, as he would lose the option of helping the Palestinians in Gaza and would have no access to the Temple Mount.

Senior Israeli officials admit, however, that Erdogans reactions are not necessarily rational and that emotional responses should also be taken into account. Experts on Turkey, who are finding it hard to believe that Erdogan will restrain himself following Netanyahus comments, are not ruling out the possibility that he will take protest measures like recalling the Turkish ambassador for consultations in Ankara.

Erdogans reactions are not necessarily rational(Photo: AFP)

There is a diplomatic dialogue going on between Israel and Turkey, and the communication channels are constantly maintained. There is a general understanding, however, that as long as Erdogan remains in power we will see no diplomatic breakthrough and the relations will be kept low-profile, possibly developing on the economic, tourist, cultural and other levels.

Erdogan is presenting himself as the Palestinians defender and as Hamas patron, which is why it is in his best interest to maintain a dialogue with Israel. He only stands to lose from cutting Turkeys relations with Israel. In Israel, Erdogan is respected but suspected. Israeli officials understand that he can do no good.

On the other hand, there are those in Israel who believe that tightening the economic ties with Turkey, focusing onthe gas deal, would strengthen the relations and add a strategic dimension to them. Nevertheless, that doesnt stop Israel from pursuing the European gas channel vis–vis Cyprus, Greece and the European Union.

Last Tuesday in Nicosia, the energy ministers of Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Italy signed a memorandum of understanding for a planned gas pipe from Israel to Italy, declaring it a strategic infrastructure project representing an interest shared by the countries and the EU involving natural gas. The planned pipe will be 2,100 kilometers long and its estimated cost is NIS 25 billion (roughly $7 billion). Its construction is expected to be completed in 2025.

The gas pipe would guarantee a long-term export route of Israeli gas to Greece, Italy and other European markets and boost competition in the gas field. As the ministers announced in their joint press conference, the project would strengthen the EUs energetic security and diversify Europes sources of natural gas supply.

Anti-Israel protest in Istanbul, Sunday(Photo: AP)

The EU representative estimated that Europe would need to import an additional 100 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year compared to what it currently imports due to the drop in gas production in the Northern Sea. Europe sees Israel and Cyprus as a secure source for future gas supplies.

The energy ministers expressed their desire to cooperate in research related to the construction and operation of the project. A team comprised of the director-generals of the countries energy ministries, which was formed by the energy ministers last April in Tel Aviv, will keep meeting to discuss the principles of the governmental agreement between the four parties, which is expected to be signed in 2018.

Erdogan wanted to sign a gas deal with Israel in the past to diversify Turkeys energy sources, primarily as an alternative to Russia. In the past year, however, his relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin warmed up, especially on the backdrop of the ceasefire agreements in Syria.

Todays, it seems Erdogan needs Russian gas more than he needs Israeli gas. President Putin was expected to arrive in Ankara on Monday for an official visit, which would include his sixth meeting with Erdogan this year. During the meeting, they were expected to discuss the situation in Syria, the crisis around the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital, as well as the gas issue and the plan that Russia would build a nuclear reactor for energy purposes in Turkey.

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Israel | What’s The Big Data?

How secure is your smartphone? Do you know what you can do to help the hackers who increasingly see it as a desired and lucrative target? Yossi Orens research lab at Ben-Gurion Universityin Israel is dedicated to exploring vulnerabilities emerging Continue reading

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Concise and Factual History of Israel’s Last 4000 Years

The more things change, the more they stay the same. This is a famous quote that perfectly sums up our world right now but also the Middle East. Our world changed this week when President Trump announced a wonderful decision to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem which is the real capital of Israel. Naturally, world leaders, the U.N., the media and even the Pope condemned this move. Muslims around the world including Hamas are calling for a day of rage and the media will continue its propaganda and blame Israel for EVERYTHING that happens. Sadly we also have a growing part of the population who are anti-Semitic on BOTH sides of politics, who not only HATE Israel but will actively spread lies about Israel being evil and Palestine being good. To help counter this narrative, I wanted to share a brief history of Israel that goes back over 4000 years. (NOTE: This article is NOT MY OPINION on Israel. IT IS FACTS and FIGURES which you can research for yourself. Words in BOLD are key issues to this day and are highlighted to show how much history surrounds them.) C. 2000 BC: The first Jewish Tribes and Kingdoms settle in Israel. C. 1000 BC: King David unites all the Jewish tribes in a single Kingdom of Israel with Jerusalem as the Capital. Around this time King Solomon builds the first temple on the TEMPLE MOUNT C. 930BC: Israel splits into two kingdoms called Israel (North) and Judah (South). C. 586BC: The Babylonian Empire conquers Judah, destroys the First Temple and most Jews are expelled to Babylon for 70 years (Babylon is modern-day Iraq) C. 515BC: Jews return from exile and seek to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem which is called the Second Temple. C. 330BC: Alexander the Great (Greek Empire) attacks and conquers Judah. For the next 200 years Greek and Syrian Kings rule Judah. C. 140BC: The Jews fight back and finally win independence. They form the Kingdom of Judea which is ruled by the Maccabean Kings. C. 62BC: The Roman Empire attacks Judea and it loses its independence to the Romans. 0: A famous Jew named Jesus Christ is born in Bethlehem. He is eventually arrested, condemned to death and crucified by the Romans. 66AD: Israel fights for independence. 70AD: Romans invade Jerusalem and destroy the second Temple. 73AD: Jewish resistance starts in Masada and they succeed for a period, however, it is captured by the Romans after three years. 132AD: This is the start of the second war of Independence but is also known as the Bar Kokhba Revolt. Initially, they are successful and have several victories and leads to an independent Jewish State. It only lasts a couple of years as the Romans return and destroy the Independence. The result of this defeat is many Jews are spread all over Europe and Africa which creates the Jewish Diaspora. Hadrian, who was the Roman Emperor changes the name of Israel to PALESTINA which is the named after the Philistines who are the enemies of the Jewish People. 310AD: The Byzantine Christian Empire begins to rule over Palestina. Christians start to refer to this area as the HOLY LAND. 600AD: Around this time period, very few / no Arabs live in Palestina. 620AD: Mohammed, an Arab tribal leader is the founder of the religion of Islam in Saudi Arabia. 638AD: Muslim armies invade and capture Jerusalem and all of Palestina. They rule for roughly the next 330 years. During this period they build the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. 1100AD: Muslims rob and kill Christian pilgrims in Palestina. Christian launch the first of four Christian Crusades with the aim of freeing the Holy Land. When they arrive in Jerusalem they kill all the Muslim and Jewish inhabitants and rule for around 200 years. 1300AD: Muslim Mameluks come from Egypt to Palestina and defeat the Crusade. After the defeat, most of the area we know as Palestina and Israel becomes depopulated and abandoned. There are small pockets of clans in some areas but nothing compared to the past history. 1514AD: The Ottoman Empire (Turkey Today) invades and conquers Palestina and rule for roughly 400 years. There are pockets of Jewish settlements in some areas and they live in relative peace. They are allowed to live, follow their Jewish faith and customs, but they are second-class subjects under Islamic Law. Over the next 250 years, Jews start to return to Palestina in small numbers and they mainly return to Jerusalem, Safed, Hebron and Tiberias. 1864: A British Embassy Census shows over 50% of the population in Jerusalem was Jewish. 1916: An Agreement which would later play a larger role in the issues within the Middle East and would be opposed by groups like ISIS is agreed between England and France. This agreement is called the SYKES-PICOT AGREEMENT. This agreement is responsible for the boundary lines in the Middle East that we are familiar with today. 1917: The BALFOUR DECLARATION is a declaration from Britain to establish a Jewish home in Palestine when the Turks are defeated. 1918: Britain assumes control of Palestine. You may have heard it called British Mandated Palestine in the past. 1920: In April 1920 at the San Remo Conference, both Britain and France confirm the Balfour Declaration. 1922: The LEAGUE OF NATIONS (Body prior to the U.N) including 51 countries vote to confirm British rule in Palestine and for them to take steps to set up a Jewish home there to encourage and facilitate Jewish immigration. That September, Britain allocates over 75% of the land an Arab state called Transjordan (Modern day Jordan) with no Jewish settlement allowed. The remaining 20%+ of the land west of the River Jordan is given to Israel. That land is made up of Israel and Judea / Samaria or as you may know it today the WEST BANK. 1920s: After this declaration many Arabs sought to live in peace with the Jews. Although some groups were not happy, and they became militant, attacked Jewish settlements and murdered several hundred people. 1920s & 1930s: Europe see a rise in anti-Semitic behaviour in places like Russia and Ukraine. The result of this is many thousands of European Jews escape and arrive in Palestine. 1933: Hitler takes power in Germany. 1937: Around 1937, Jews are roughly one third of the population in Palestine. 1941 1945: Over 6 million Jews are murdered in the Holocaust by Nazi Germany. During this period, one World leader met with Hitler to not only express support but planned on bring the Holocaust to Palestine to further exterminate the Jews that leader was Haj Amin al-Husseini who was the Palestinian Arab Leader. 1948: On May 1948, Israel is declared an independent Democratic Jewish State. The very next day It is attacked by armies of 5 Arab nations. Despite the long odds (only formed, small army with very arms) the IDF wins. 1964: The Arab League summit is in Cairo and witnesses the creation of the PALESTINIAN LIBERATION ORGANIZATION (PLO) with the stated goals of liberating Palestine and wiping out Israel thru armed struggle. That May, Egypt closes the Straits of Tiran as Egypt, Jordan, and Syria plan an attack on Israel for the start of June. Israel decides to make a pre-emptive strike and wins in what we call the SIX DAY WAR. After this win, Israel takes control of the Golan Heights, Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula and Judea / Samaria (West Bank). In September, Israel makes history by offering its first (of many) LAND FOR PEACE deals where Israel would return the lands it won in the Six Day War in return for a promise of peace. At the conference, Arab leaders unite and not only refuse the deal, but they say NO to peace, wont have any negotiations with them and wont even recognize them. 1973: If you know anything about the Jewish Faith, you know Yom Kippur is a very sacred day. On this holy day in 1973, both Egypt and Syria launch a surprise attack on Israel. Over 18 days of fighting and thousands of innocent casualties, Israel defeats Egypt and Syria. 1977: The Egyptian President Anwar Sadat gives a speech to the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) in Jerusalem. 1979: HISTORY is made as Egypt signs a peace treaty with Israel. The terms of the treaty are Israel returns the Sinai Peninsula (Won in the Six Day War), dismantles its settlements and hands over both oil rights and tourist resorts. Egypt agrees not to attack Israel again. 1987: The FIRST INTIFADA is an uprising by Palestinian groups against Israel controlled lands. 1988: HAMAS which is an Islamic Terrorist Organization is founded. In its charter, it states that Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors. 1994: HISTORY is made for a second time as Jordan signs a peace treaty with Israel. 1995: Israel tries to negotiate another land for peace deal, this time with the PLO. Sadly Hamas continues its terrorism and suicide bombings in the area killing many Israelis. 2000: Israel offers yet another land for peace deal to the Palestinian leadership. Not only is this offer rejected, but terrorism goes to new lows and a SECOND INTIFADA starts. 2005: In a move seeking peace in the area, Israel agrees to remove all its troops from Gaza. Instead of peace, HAMAS takes over the area and uses it as a base to launch rocket attacks against innocent civilians. To date over 12,000 rockets have been fired. 2007: President George W Bush is joined by both President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Yet another land for peace deal is rejected by the Palestinians. 2010: Israel offers to renew the moratorium of ceasing to build in settlement area in exchange for a Palestinian Authority recognition of Israel as the homeland for the Jewish people. This was also rejected by the Palestinians. Closing In closing I would ask you to consider several questions: Lastly, consider the outcome of two scenarios One is you wake up tomorrow to the news Israel has decided to give up and put down all of their weapons what would happen? The other is you wake up tomorrow and the Arab world has decided to give up and put down all of their weapons what would happen?

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Rocket fired from Gaza: IDF returns fire A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council near the Israel-Gaza border Monday evening (11th). No casualties were reported. The IDF stated that military forces attacked terrorist positions belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in the southern Gaza Strip in response to the rocket fire. The IDF holds Hamas solely responsible for developments in the Gaza Strip. (israelnn.com) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Monday (11th) with 28 EU foreign ministers in a breakfast get-together in Brussels, Belgium. This is the first time in over two decades that a sitting prime minister has been asked to address such a gathering, which was made possible by the invitation issued by Lithuania, which holds the current presidency of the EU. (worldisraelnews.com) Palestinian Arab factions Fatah and Hamas have missed a major deadline in their reconciliation bid by failing to exchange power in the Gaza Strip, with the rival movements on Monday (11th) trading accusations of blame. Sunday (10th) had been the deadline for the handover, a decade after Hamas seized power in the coastal enclave in a near civil war with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Fatah. (afp.com) The world is expressing interest in our tunnel destruction technology, but, for now, we are focusing our efforts on the threat in the south, Leiberman told Israeli media. The most important thing is our security, and we are not ready to share our methods in combating this kind of terror. Additional research and technological updates are still necessary, he added. Behind the militarys ability to detect and neutralize two terror tunnels dug under Israeli territory over the past six weeks stands an original Israeli innovation developed by the Israel Military Industries and Elbit Systems. (ynetnews.com) The IDF warned Hamas on Sunday (10th) that the attack tunnels which it continues to dig into Israeli territory will become a death trap for terrorists. Speaking shortly after it was cleared for publication that the IDF had uncovered another cross-border terror tunnel near the Gaza Strip border, GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen Eyal Zamir accused Hamas of systematically violating Israels sovereignty, adding that their actions are causing an escalation of violence on the sensitive border. I have warned in the past, and I will warn the enemy again: Anyone who goes into and stays in a tunnel is risking his own life Terror tunnels are a death trap to you, Zamir added. (ynetnews.com) An interfaith group from Bahrain visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories was welcomed with violence by a Palestinian mob as it attempted to visit the Gaza Strip Monday (11th). Dozens of Palestinian activists gathered in front of the Beit Hanoun crossing in the northern Gaza Strip to prevent the Bahraini delegation from entering, Maan news agency reported. The mob torched tires and chanted slogans accusing the delegation of normalization with Israel. The Bahraini group of 30 people, including Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews and Muslims, flew to Israel to visit universities and talk to officials there about topics of common interest. (maannews.net) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to bring together Muslim countries in Istanbul on Wednesday (13th) as part of Ankaras response to Washingtons recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The meeting is likely to ramp up tensions surrounding Jerusalem, after the Turkish president called Israel a state of occupation and terror on December 10, and the Palestinian Authoritys Jerusalem governor called on Muslim countries to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine at the meeting. (jpost.com; reuters.com) BEIRUT US President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital will hasten the countrys destruction, Irans defense minister said Monday (11th). (Trumps) step will hasten the destruction of the Zionist regime and will double the unity of Muslims, said Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami, according to Iran state media. The armys chief of staff, General Mohammad Baqeri, said Trumps foolish move is the beginning of a new intifada, or Palestinian uprising. (irna.ir) Leading Jewish groups spoke out after a Swedish synagogue was firebombed on Saturday (9th) and protests in other European cities against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital included anti-semitic chants. It is unconscionable that Jews are under attack on the streets of Europe, whether by terrorists hurling Molotov cocktails or openly and brazenly calling for the mass murder of Jews in Malmo, Vienna and Paris, said European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said, Now the world witnesses 20 hooded terrorists firebomb a synagogue in Gothenburg, where Jewish youngsters inside barely escaped injury or death. What more will it take for this democracy to finally deploy the full weight of their law enforcement and judicial powers against anti-Semites and provide full protection for its Jewish citizens? (jpost.com) In the period January-November 2017, about 3.3 million tourist entries were recorded in Israel, a 25.3% increase on the same period last year, and a 28% increase from 2015. Revenue from tourism in November reached about $487 million. Since the beginning of the year tourism has injected $4.5 billion into the Israeli economy. (cbs.gov.il)

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Israel Honors Wounded IDF and Terror Victims

Israelis must do everything in their power to express appreciation for those who have sacrificed their bodies for the good of the country, said the Deputy Defense Minister. The Knesset, Israels parliament, on Tuesday marked the National Day of Appreciation for Those Wounded in Israels Wars and in Terrorist Attacks. Knesset committees held sessions on the topic, and later a special event was held with the participation of Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Yoel Edelstein, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan and Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev. The event, which was attended by disabled IDF veterans and victims of terror attacks, was initiated by MK Anat Berko, chairwoman of the Lobby for Disabled IDF Veterans and Victims of Hostilities and hosted by renowned military correspondent Carmela Menashe. Knesset Speaker Edelstein stated that today is a day of profound cross-sectoral gratitude to all of you. Thank you for carrying on your backs the heavy burden of the countrys inception. Your personal stories are intertwined with the story of the country. You all have the ability to conquer every obstacle and reach summits. We in the Knesset stand by you and we will continue to deal with all the problems that have been raised regarding the support the State must provide you. Netanyahu said, I know that you deal, every day, with injuries to your body and soul. I want you to know that you are not alone. All of Israels citizens embrace you, knowing you have paid a price for each and every one of them. This is a national embrace. Netanyahu wished a speedy recovery to Asher Elmaliach, the security guard who was stabbed in the chest by a Palestinian terrorist at the entrance to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station on Sunday. Netanyahu noted that Elmaliach had prevented a major disaster. Culture and Sport Minister Regev said that over the years I have accompanied civilians and soldiers who were injured, and I have witnessed your difficulties and challenges. We should all salute you. Your fight for life is the essence of Israeliness. You give us strength and inspiration. Deputy Defense Minister Ben Dahan declared, We, the elected officials, must do everything in our power in order to express appreciation for those who have sacrificed their bodies for the good of the country. MK Berko said, The rights of disabled IDF veterans and those injured in terror attacks are not a social benefit. The State has a huge moral debt to these people, and we need to do more, such as make sure they are employed and give them a sense of self-worth; the sense that they are essential to Israeli society. Over 100,000 Israeli citizens have been wounded in Israels wars or in terrorist attacks. Because of their injuries, these citizens in their daily routines deal with a range of challenges, disabilities and difficulties. This salute is commemorated on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Kislev, which is the Hebrew date that coincides with the November 29, 1947 special UN General Assembly decision to terminate the British Mandate and establish a Jewish state in the Land of Israel. The selection of this date symbolizes the link between the circumstances in which these citizens have been injured and the establishment of Israel and the maintenance of its security. By: United with Israel Staff We are honored to thank the young men and women of the IDF who risk their lives every day to protect and defend the citizens of Israel. Join us in sending winter care packages (and personal notes of support) to Israeli soldiers who are out in the cold all day long. Warm up a soldier’s heart with essential winter wear including a fleece jacket, hat, gloves and neck warmer. Keep an entire unit warm by ordering 10 packages! The soldiers greatly appreciate your love and concern. Send a gift and write your personal message to a soldier today! Click Here to Send Your Gift to Israeli Soldiers

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Cantor Goldberg Travels to Israel | Westchester Jewish Center

As some of you are aware, Cantor Goldberg will be taking a leave of absence this spring to accompany his wife, Cantor Shoshi Rosenbaum, as she studies in Israel as part of her rabbinical education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Cantor Goldbergs leave begins on January 15th. From March 15th-April 15th he will be back at WJC and, after spending an additional month in Israel from April 15thto May 15thwill return to us full time. We are delighted to provide Cantor Goldberg with this unique opportunity to be in Israel and look forward his sharing his experiences with us upon his return. Cantor Goldberg will be accessible via email during his leave at cantorecg@wjcenter.org We are happy to announce that Student Cantor Gil Ezring will help lead our traditional and contemporary Shabbat services during Cantor Goldbergs absence. Gil is a senior in the H.L. Miller Cantorial School (where Cantor Goldberg and Cantor Rosenbaum also attended). Gil grew up in Charlotte, NC, the son of a Conservative rabbi. He has served student pulpits in Connecticut, Maryland and upstate New York. A songwriter of his own rock-influenced Jewish music, Gil is an experienced song leader and multi-instrumentalist. Gil graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Appalachian State University in North Carolina where he student-taught high school chorus and appeared in several opera roles. Cantor Goldberg and Gil have already met and will be working together to ensure a smooth transition. We hope the entire WJC community will join us in giving Gil a warm welcome! Al Sassoon and Sharon WeinstockSpiritual Life Committee Co-Chairs

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RSVP for Israel 2018 | Calvary Church

With Pastors Matt Davis &Eric Wakeling Experience the Bible come alive right before your eyes. Each site well visit is full of opportunities to see, hear, touch, smell and even taste the same things as Abraham, David, Elijah, Jesus and other heroes of our faith. This first-hand experience will truly transform your view of the people, places, and events of the Bible. The trip, through GTI Study Tours, will be led by Pastor Eric who has led six trips toIsrael, while Pastor Matt has led eleven trips to the Holy Land and brings a unique perspective from his Messianic Jewish heritage. Come join us for the journey of a lifetime! Register Online at GTITours.org View Photos from 2017 Trip Itinerary Highlights: Learn the life-changing lessons of the Bible in the places theyhappened. We will visit the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Jordan River, Nazareth, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, Petra, Negev, Dead Sea, Masada, Caves of Ein Gedi, Qumran, Jerusalem, Temple Mount, Western Wall, Bethlehem, Yad Vashem, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, and many, many more. Unique All-Inclusive Tour Includes: roundtrip airfare, excellent hotels, all meals, hydration backpack, flashlight, flight pillow, luggage tags, detailed journals, bottled water on bus, and all tips, fees, and taxes for this 13-day trip to Israel. Total Cost: $4,490 per person double occupancy ($500 deposit required to register.)$100 discount for booking before June 18, 2018. Register Online Todayor contact Lois Chandler at 714-550-2312 Download: Add To My Calendar

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Finding my Connection to Israel – NFTY

By Micah Symons, NFTY-PAR Every time I have a chance to run a program or write a piece for NFTY, my mind immediately jumps to Israel. Not because I want all people to fully support Israel(I dont always), nor tell people the simple stuff, like whether or not you should get fries on your falafel (which you definitely should).Youll be surprised to know then when I think of Israel programming, I believe the most complex topic of all: , the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is crucial for engagement in all settings. Meeting US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (Fourth from right) this summer while attending Alexander Muss High School in Israel. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is complex, and can be difficult for one to summarize in a blog post. At the most basic level, the conflict consists disagreements aboutterritorial control over the West Bank, the status of East Jerusalem and the Old City, and security issues., and . In studying this conflict, one glaring issue arises: How is it possible for me to take action? Israel is halfway around the globe and is thus very difficult to directly work with. While we teach the conflict in our programs and at our events, a topic of this magnitude is not restricted to what we learn in NFTY. Israel can and should be grappled with outside of events so that we bolster our understanding of the Jewish State and heighten our discussions in a programmatic setting. the more we engage with this issue, the more we can use our position as a Reform Jewish community to create change. So, why study the conflict if we may never fully understand it, or live to see a resolution? As Reform Jews, we look to Israel as a homeland and a place where history, tradition, culture, and religion collide. Our values, like Tikkun Klal (Jewish unity), Tikkun Olam (Repairing the world), and Chinuch (Education) teach us how to treat our homeland. Tikkun Klal commands us to care for Jews across the globe, Tikkun Olam urges us to find a peaceful solution so that all can live in peace and happiness, and Chinuch encourages us to learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and our Arab neighbors, in hopes of one day resolving it. Ultimately, we study it because it is the homeland of the Jewish People and to disconnect from our homeland is to disconnect with our history. We study it because even if we dont always agree with Israel, we must stay engaged to form the argument as to why it may be in the wrong. We study it because at some point, it has affected us, either personally or indirectly. We study it because in 1999, in my home city of Pittsburgh, our movement collectively acclaimed that we are committed to a vision of the State of Israel that promotes full civil, human and religious rights for all its inhabitants and that strives for a lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors. To ignore our movements commitments is to ignore the values of equality, humanity, and peace. However, having these conversations alone is not enough, for words are nothing without action. This years NFTY Study Theme is The Reform Jewish Voice in Action. We must use our power as a Jewish movement, as youth, and as responsible American and global citizens to start a dialogue and create change. No matter where you identify on the Israeli political spectrum, if you are passionate and informed about the conflict, it is your duty to help others become informed, passionate, and involved as well. These resources listed below allow you to get more involved, and live one of NFTYs 13 Principles: Nilmad Vnaaseh, meaning To Learn and To Do. Its time to get to work.

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Israel and Turkey on a course of collision? – Scofield …

The diplomatic crisis between Israel and Turkey heated up again this week following US President Donald Trumps recognition ofJerusalem as Israels capital, with a serious exchange of verbal attacks between the countries leadersas Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered hismost scathing attackon Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who described Israel as aterrorist statethat kills children. Erdogan, who hadthreatenedeven before Trumps announcement that his countrys response to any change in Jerusalems status could go as far as cutting diplomatic ties with Israel, said in a fiery speech Sunday that Palestine is an innocent victim. As for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist! We will not abandon Jerusalem to the mercy of a country that kills children, the Turkish leader added. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Turkish President Redcep Tayyip Erdogan. Head-to-head(Photos: EPA, AFP) In stark contrast to his harsh words, Erdogan also chose to mention the historical ties between Turkey and the Jewish people. For us, it doesnt matter who is the oppressor and who is the oppressed, and we would not avoid standing up against those who oppress otherseven if they are our brothers. Our history includes many examples of that, he said, noting that the Ottoman Empire had taken in Jews who were expelled from Spain, as well as Jews who fled Russia in the 19th century, and that Turkey had also welcomed Jews during World War II. Erdogans vitriolic comments did not go unnoticed by Prime Minister Netanyahu, who took off his gloves during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron and hit back at the Turkish leader in an unprecedented attack: We wont take any lectures from Erdogan. Im not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villagers in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, who helps Iran go around international sanctions and who helps terroristsincluding in Gazakill innocent people. Netanyahu with French President Macron in Paris. We wont take any lectures from Erdogan(Photo: MCT) State officials feared that Erdogan would respond to Netanyahus attack with a drastic move. The response finally arrived from the Turkish presidents close advisor, Ibrahim Kalin: We condemn in the strongest possible terms Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahus remarks targeting the Republic of Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoan, the spokesperson said, adding that Israel, which disregards international law, has occupied the Palestinian peoples hundreds-of-years-old homeland and systematically violates United Nations resolutions, must first account for its own actions. The Turkish presidents advisor added that just like Turkey is all over the world, it will keep being in Palestine to support those who are right, the law and the oppressed. But despite the heated exchange of words, state officials in Jerusalem believe Erdogan wont sever diplomatic ties with Israel, as he would lose the option of helping the Palestinians in Gaza and would have no access to the Temple Mount. Senior Israeli officials admit, however, that Erdogans reactions are not necessarily rational and that emotional responses should also be taken into account. Experts on Turkey, who are finding it hard to believe that Erdogan will restrain himself following Netanyahus comments, are not ruling out the possibility that he will take protest measures like recalling the Turkish ambassador for consultations in Ankara. Erdogans reactions are not necessarily rational(Photo: AFP) There is a diplomatic dialogue going on between Israel and Turkey, and the communication channels are constantly maintained. There is a general understanding, however, that as long as Erdogan remains in power we will see no diplomatic breakthrough and the relations will be kept low-profile, possibly developing on the economic, tourist, cultural and other levels. Erdogan is presenting himself as the Palestinians defender and as Hamas patron, which is why it is in his best interest to maintain a dialogue with Israel. He only stands to lose from cutting Turkeys relations with Israel. In Israel, Erdogan is respected but suspected. Israeli officials understand that he can do no good. On the other hand, there are those in Israel who believe that tightening the economic ties with Turkey, focusing onthe gas deal, would strengthen the relations and add a strategic dimension to them. Nevertheless, that doesnt stop Israel from pursuing the European gas channel vis–vis Cyprus, Greece and the European Union. Last Tuesday in Nicosia, the energy ministers of Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Italy signed a memorandum of understanding for a planned gas pipe from Israel to Italy, declaring it a strategic infrastructure project representing an interest shared by the countries and the EU involving natural gas. The planned pipe will be 2,100 kilometers long and its estimated cost is NIS 25 billion (roughly $7 billion). Its construction is expected to be completed in 2025. The gas pipe would guarantee a long-term export route of Israeli gas to Greece, Italy and other European markets and boost competition in the gas field. As the ministers announced in their joint press conference, the project would strengthen the EUs energetic security and diversify Europes sources of natural gas supply. Anti-Israel protest in Istanbul, Sunday(Photo: AP) The EU representative estimated that Europe would need to import an additional 100 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year compared to what it currently imports due to the drop in gas production in the Northern Sea. Europe sees Israel and Cyprus as a secure source for future gas supplies. The energy ministers expressed their desire to cooperate in research related to the construction and operation of the project. A team comprised of the director-generals of the countries energy ministries, which was formed by the energy ministers last April in Tel Aviv, will keep meeting to discuss the principles of the governmental agreement between the four parties, which is expected to be signed in 2018. Erdogan wanted to sign a gas deal with Israel in the past to diversify Turkeys energy sources, primarily as an alternative to Russia. In the past year, however, his relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin warmed up, especially on the backdrop of the ceasefire agreements in Syria. Todays, it seems Erdogan needs Russian gas more than he needs Israeli gas. President Putin was expected to arrive in Ankara on Monday for an official visit, which would include his sixth meeting with Erdogan this year. During the meeting, they were expected to discuss the situation in Syria, the crisis around the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital, as well as the gas issue and the plan that Russia would build a nuclear reactor for energy purposes in Turkey.

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Israel | What’s The Big Data?

How secure is your smartphone? Do you know what you can do to help the hackers who increasingly see it as a desired and lucrative target? Yossi Orens research lab at Ben-Gurion Universityin Israel is dedicated to exploring vulnerabilities emerging Continue reading Cyber is a great business. Its growing geometrically because there is never a permanent solution, its a never-ending business, said Benjamin Netanyahu, Israels Prime Minister, at Tel-Aviv Universitys7thAnnual Cybersecurity Conference. Thomas Bossert, Assistant to the U.S. President for Homeland Security Continue reading The cost of cybersecurity is proportional to the square of the number of products required for adequate defense.ThisCyber Law(you read it here first) means that the proliferation of types of cyberattacks and attackers leads to the proliferation of innovative security Continue reading The2017 Check Point cybersecurity surveyfound that almost 65% of U.S. IT professionals did not feel confident in their organizations overall security posture. Israeli startupCyberGymaims to bolster their confidence and enhance their defensive skills by providing training that immerses the participants Continue reading We are building the next big consumer product company and we are doing it online, says MindBlowers founder and CEO, Carmit Turgeman. The company launched 8 month ago at the London Design Festival as an incubator for consumer product ideas, Continue reading The number of startups using AI technology has nearly tripled in size since 2014, and based on a three year average growth rate, 95 new AI startups are founded each year in Israel. Almost 300 startups were founded between 2014 Continue reading

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