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Danny Danon’s Five Years at the United Nations
Aug 29, 2020  |  by Rabbi Shraga Simmonsprint article
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Middle East Dynamics
Aish.com: Israel’s new peace deal with the UAE is a seismic shift – opening up Israeli technology and export to the second-largest economy in the Middle East. The UAE agreement also weakens the BDS movement as Arab countries move away from boycott. Most of all, the agreement puts to rest the myth that peace in the Middle East revolves around first solving the Palestinian issue.
 
How do you envision Middle East dynamics unfolding over the next few years, and how does the UAE deal impact the Palestinian stalemate?
 
 
 
Danon: Unfortunately, I don't see a Palestinian leadership willing to negotiate directly with Israel. So today we have to speak about a new paradigm. In the past, in order to advance Israel regionally, the paradigm was to first solve the Palestinian conflict. Today it's the exact opposite. We are working with the Arab world and they will help us negotiate with the Palestinians. Today we have full diplomatic relations with Jordan, Egypt, the UAE – and other countries may follow soon. Then maybe we can sit down together and try to resolve the Palestinian conflict.
 
Voting Blocs
Aish.com: The wall of U.N. headquarters is engraved with the visionary words of Isaiah – "They shall beat their swords into plowshares" – hearkening to the U.N.'s original, noble mandate to promote peace and justice. Yet the entire apparatus has been hijacked by corrupt Third World forces – a voting bloc that results in Israel being condemned by more U.N. resolutions than any other nation in the world. Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Abba Eban once said that if the U.N. introduced a resolution declaring that “the earth was flat and Israel flattened it,” it would pass by an overwhelming majority.
 
Over the past five years, how did you manage to shift sentiment toward Israel in such a hostile environment?
 
Danon: When the U.N. was established after the Second World War, it had a clear agenda to prevent war and to promote dialogue. Unfortunately, the U.N. today is not the U.N. that was established 75 years ago. Today you see anti-Israel resolutions in a proportion that doesn't make sense. Twenty-two resolutions every year condemn Israel, and only one resolution condemns Iran. This is absurd.
 
By focusing on three pillars – Judaism, Israel, and innovation – we changed the reality at the U.N. The best example is when I ran for chairmanship of the U.N. legal committee. It was a secret ballot, and I received the support of 109 member states. Only 44 voted against me. I became the first Israeli ever to chair a permanent U.N. committee. This is proof that change is possible.
 
Danny Danon with then-U.S. Ambassador the U.N. Nikky Haley. On the right: U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
 
U.S-Israel Relations
Aish.com: At the U.N., the United States and Israel vote in concert 88 percent of the time; by contrast, other Mideast "allies" like Egypt and Saudi Arabia vote with the U.S. less than 10 percent of the time. In fact, U.S. State Department figures show that for decades, Israel votes with the U.S. more than Great Britain, France, Canada or any other country in the world.
 
Yet Israel has always walked a fine line in asserting its own national priorities. Ben Gurion defied American pressure by declaring statehood; Levi Eshkol boldly defied the U.S. with the 1967 preemptive strike; and Menachem Begin was condemned by the U.S. for annexing the Golan Heights and destroying the Iraqi nuclear reactor.
 
In the past, you’ve spoken against appeasing the United States, saying that “U.S. pressure on Israel hurts Israel and does nothing to advance peace.” This was a theme of your 2012 book, Israel: The Will to Prevail. Having spent five years in such a sensitive diplomatic post, working closely with three American ambassadors to the U.N., has your view of this matter evolved?
 
Danon: Whenever Israel makes decisions by itself without asking permission from friends and allies, in the long run we gain the respect of the world that these were the right decisions. Aside from the examples you mention, Prime Minister Olmert, whose political positions I don't support, deserves credit for his decision in 2007 to attack the Syrian nuclear reactor. President George W. Bush writes in his memoir about the day he told Olmert not to attack – yet after Israel demolished the reactor, Bush’s respect for Israel increased.
 
So you don't always have to appease your allies. We have to do what's good for Israel and the Jewish people in the long run.
 
Biblical Rights
Aish.com: In 2010, the U.N.’s cultural arm, UNESCO, voted to declare Rachel's Tomb a mosque, and decreed that preserving it as a Jewish site is a violation of international law. Then in 2016, the White House helped orchestrate the passage of Resolution 2334, saying that Jewish presence in the Old City of Jerusalem – including the Western Wall – flagrantly violates international law.
 
In response to such hateful denials of the truth, you donned a kippah and delivered a speech at the U.N. – which subsequently went viral – speaking about the land of Israel as the cradle of Jewish identity. You read in Hebrew from the Bible, then held it aloft and declared: "This is our deed to the land
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Memories of The Blitz 80 years on: ‘Only the staircase of our house was left’
Eight decades after British cities were bombed during the Second World War, Jenni Frazer speaks to those with first-hand memories of the terrifying experience
By JENNI FRAZER 
September 8, 2020, 4:50 pm
A young woman still smiling after being rescued from a London building just wrecked by a bomb dropped by a daylight German Luftwaffe raid.
A young woman still smiling after being rescued from a London building just wrecked by a bomb dropped by a daylight German Luftwaffe raid.
This week, 80 years ago, the German Luftwaffe began a systematic bombing of London, which lasted for a terrifying eight months and five days. More than a million homes were destroyed or damaged in what became known as the London Blitz — and thousands of civilians were killed or injured.
 
Those who have first-hand memories of the Blitz today are in their late 80s or early 90s, and were children during the Blitz — which was carried out in other major British cities, too. Many of the children were evacuated from the capital — though some did return to London, both during the Blitz, and after it ended in May 1941.
 
 
Among those who were sent out of London by their parents were Ron Shelley and his little sister, Anne. Today Ron, a national vice-president of Ajex, is an MBE for his services to the Jewish community.
 
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Back in 1940, however, Ron was 10 and Anne was six years old when their parents sent them out of London to keep them safe. They went, at the outbreak of the war in 1939, to Virginia Water, Surrey, only about 20 miles from London, from their home in Stepney Green.
 
“We assembled in a village hall while people walked round to choose which children they would take home. But nobody picked us, so the billeting officer found Mr and Mrs Hammond, and we were both taken to their home”, said Ron.
 
The children’s parents visited whenever they could. Ron’s father, a ladies’ hairdresser, became an ambulance driver during the Blitz, a scary and risky part of civil defence. Later, despite being 38, he was called up and sent to a unit in India, while the children’s mother continued war work in England. The Shelley children remained out of London for most of the war, more than five years for Ron and around four for his sister.
 
The Shelley family were lucky: their London tenement flat was not caught in the bombing, though plenty of their Stepney neighbours were not as fortunate.
 
 
Firefighters tackling a blaze among ruined buildings after an air raid on London
And though Ron was in Virginia Water, the fires and results of the Blitz bombing could be seen from where he was. “We knew what was going on — one night in December, 1940, we could see the flames in London”.
 
Tragically, the bombing was not confined to London. One day at school in Surrey, the headmaster announced that Dan Plant, a pupil who sat at the next desk to Ron Shelley, had been killed, the night before.
 
Ron explained: “There was a German bomber which was being attacked by a British Mosquito fighter plane, and instead of proceeding to London the German pilot dropped his bombs where he was — over Weybridge, and Dan and his whole family died as a result.”
 
We assembled in a village hall while people walked round to choose which children they would take home. But nobody picked us, so the billeting officer found Mr and Mrs Hammond, and we were both taken to their home
 
Ruth Glassman is today a Jewish Care Meals on Wheels volunteer, though her work has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
 
She said: “My war memories are very blurred —I was a very little girl.
 
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“We lived in a house in Filey Road (Hackney). We lived with my grandfather, my mother’s widowed father. We had the ground floor and the basement level. The first floor was rented to a Mrs Atkins, and the top floor was occupied by my father’s sister, Annie, her husband, Uncle Julie, and their son Roy.
 
 
A young woman still smiling after being rescued from a London building just wrecked by a bomb dropped by a daylight German Luftwaffe raid.
“We had an Anderson shelter in the garden and a reinforced table, a Morrison shelter, in the basement, thought to be the safest part of the house. It was bought because I was too frightened to go into the Anderson shelter; I remember, [during the Blitz], my father used to cuddle me under the table, while my mother went into the Anderson shelter with the rest of the occupants of the house.
 
Ruth’s father and her uncle Julie became night-time fire-watchers throughout the Blitz, reporting where bombs had landed so that the fire-fighters could attend directly. During the day, her father worked in a factory owned by another uncle, which made sandbags, vital to civil defence work.
 
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Pelosi's absurd response to Trump's Middle East peace deals
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Pelosi made a claim about Trump's peace deals that just makes no sense. How can anyone possibly support someone who is so far removed from reality? This is just too much.
September 17
Can anything that President Trump does be a positive thing? In the mind of Nancy Pelosi, the answer is no. Anything that doesn’t advance the two state solution between Israel and Palestinians is bad. One second. Does she really have such tunnel vision that she can’t even see what is positive about Israel and two Arab countries making a peace agreement?
Pelosi calls peace deal in the Middle East a “distraction”
 
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The disrespect between the Democratic leadership and President Trump has reached such a horrible low that American politics has become dull and predictable. This is not just due to the Democratic party. It is due to the divisive manner of speaking that President Trump has brought into the White House. Unfortunately, this clouds over some excellent policy decisions that he has made. In a normal situation, his accomplishments would place him as a clear front runner for reelection. But since he has been so controversial, there is now a uniquely divided electorate. There are at least 45% of the electorate that will definitely vote for Donald Trump and 45% that will not. That leaves a vicious fight for the 120% of the middle-of-the-roaders who will determine the election.
 
If the election is based on policy, Donald Trump should win handily. If it is based on style, both sides should lose. Donald Trump’s infantile name-calling should not allow him to even win a primary, let alone the Presidency. But, he has mastered the art of working the media to grab maximum attention at no charge. But, Joe Biden’s obvious lack of mental acuity should also be reason enough for him not making it on to the ballot. The state of the American political system has reached a low point. But, this will probably change by 2024 as a new leadership will take over in Congress and the Senate. The American public will probably crave a return to civility after so much rancor and discord in Washington. A unifying candidate will probably be the wining candidate. But, until then, things will be rather rocky.
 

 
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Boris Johnson: Rosh Hashanah marks ‘end of a year many would like to forget’
Prime Minister reflects on 'disproportionate losses' in the Jewish community as he calls on British Jews to 'save the lives of your fellow citizens' this Rosh Hashanah
By JACK MENDEL 
September 18, 2020, 11:31 am
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson reflected on the “disproportionate losses” in the community during the pandemic, closures of synagogues and cancelled simchas – as he wished British Jews a happy new year.
Delivering his Rosh Hashanah message to the community, he said the sound of the shofar would “signal not just the arrival of a new year, but also the end of one that many would like to forget.”
In a year dominated by coronavirus, which has caused the deaths of more than 500 members of the community – and over 40,000 across the country, he said the virus “for reasons we still don’t fully understand, has hit Jews of Britain particularly hard.”
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And the disproportionate losses you have suffered have been compounded by the necessary privations of lockdown.”
Synagogues that have remained open for centuries, welcoming worshippers on Shabbat even as Nazi bombs rained from the sky, were forced to close their doors just when people needed spiritual comfort more than ever.”
It’s been a year of cancelled and postponed bar and bat mitzvah celebrations.”
This comes after Boris Johnson made it illegal to gather in groups of more than six on Monday. Synagogues are allowed to hold greater numbers  – provided congregants in groups of more than six maintain social distancing and followed safety guidelines – within the shul building. This week, Chief Rabbi Mirvis called on the people to abide by virus guidelines at “risk posing a danger to the lives of others”.
 
The Prime Minister said the tightening of restrictions has “come as a real blow to those who hoped to mark the high holy days with some degree of normality.”
Being required to mark Rosh Hashanah without the close embrace of family will make this a difficult end to what has been a very difficult year.”
But, here in the UK and around the world, Jewish communities have never been ones to take adversity lying down”
So I was not in the least surprised to see you responding to the challenges of Coronavirus with typical vim, vigour and ingenuity.”
Reaching out to support one another. Offering spiritual, practical and financial help to friends and neighbours of all faiths and none. And finding new ways to come together as a community for education, prayer and celebration.”
Calling on the community to follow guidelines to stem the flow of transmission of virus – and save lives.
“When it comes to totting up good deeds from the year gone by, I can’t think of anything greater than doing what w
Shana Tova – and may you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”
 

 
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Watch: 2,000-year-old mikveh transported to permanent site
2,000-year-old mikveh unearthed during excavations near Hamovil Junction moved in complex operation to Kibbutz Hanaton area.
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A 2,000-year-old mikveh weighing 57 tons, which was exposed north of Hamovil Junction, was hoisted by crane and transported on a heavy equipment carrier, on its way to a new permanent site in Kibbutz Hanaton.
 
Archaeological excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority began prior to constructing a central interchange at Hamovil Junction in the Lower Galilee, at the initiative of Netivei Yisrael, recently revealed the remains of an agricultural farm from the Second Temple period, including a magnificent mikveh.
 
This is the first Jewish agricultural farm discovered in the Galilee. The excavations were conducted with the help of workers from the village of Manda, students of pre-military preparatory schools, and volunteers from the surrounding localities, including residents of the nearby Kibbutz Hanaton.
 
According to the directors of the excavation, Abed Ibrahim and Dr. Walid Atrash of the Israel Antiquities Authority: "The magnificent mikveh unearthed in the excavation is of an ancient type called 'Jerusalem' - with a narrow entrance and a wide staircase, covered with plaster characteristic of Second Temple-period mikvahs. The agricultural farm in which the mikveh is located existed until it was destroyed in an earthquake in 363 CE. It was restored and rebuilt and continued to exist throughout the Byzantine period - until the 6th century CE."
 
The existence of a tahara facility indicates that the residents of the farm were Jews, who led a religious and traditional way of life, and used to keep tahara as a commandment of the Torah.
 
The mikvahs were used in daily life among the Jews before the destruction of the Temple and especially after it, to the present day. During the Roman period, mikvahs were built in Jewish villages and farms near agricultural installations such as oil presses, work houses, and wineries. Prior to working with agricultural produce, farmers used to immerse in the mikveh to handle agricultural produce, such as olive oil and wine, in purity.
 
According to Ibrahim and Dr. Atrash, “The discovery of the mikveh in Beit Hava changes what we knew about the way of life of Jews during the Second Temple period. Until now, since Jewish farms were not known in the Galilee, it was common to think that Jews in Roman times did not settle on farms outside villages or cities. The discovery of the Jewish agricultural farm away from the village of Sheikhin and the largest Jewish city at the time, Tzipori, shows that Jews also lived on agricultural farms, which may have served as the agricultural hinterland of the city of Tzipori. According to the archaeologists, "the complex operation was made possible in large part thanks to the understanding of the importance of the finds and the cooperation shown by Netivei Yisrael, which even donated its heavy machinery for the operation."
 
Seventeen hundred years have passed since the farm was destroyed in an earthquake, and about fourteen hundred years since the place was completely abandoned, and a huge bridge began to be built in the green valley that would carry a bypass road at Hamovil Junction. One side of the bridge was built at the foot of the hill, and it needed to be anchored. To do this, deep foundation trenches needed to be dug in the rock at the foot of the hill, where the mikveh was exposed.
 
 
Since it was impossible to preserve the mikveh on the site, the idea arose to detach the installation from the rock and copy it to a protected site for display, for the benefit of the public.
 
The Israel Antiquities Authority, together with members of Kibbutz Hanaton, joined Operation Mikveh. The residents, who even launched a mass funding campaign for the cause, proposed placing the ancient mikveh next to the kibbutz's active mikveh. In cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, Netivei Israel, the Jezreel Valley Regional Council and the residents, the necessary funding was obtained to move the ancient mikveh.
 
In the past week, preparatory work for the extraordinary transport operation was carried out with the help of Hordus Engineering and accompanied by the Conservation Authority of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The mikveh was first hewn on all sides, detached from its base, and surrounded by a steel cage to maintain it and allow it to be hoisted. Today, to the cheers of the kibbutz children and residents, it was hoisted in the air and sent to its new place.
 

 
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First grade teacher reunited with student he helped deliver 6 years ago
6 years ago, he helped a woman give birth. Now, Meir Hajbi is reunited with the child he helped deliver, becoming his 1st grade teacher.
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Shir Aargi, a first-grader in Ma’alot Meshullam elementary school in Rehovot was enthusiastic when he learned who his first-grade teacher was going to be. “Mr. Hajbi was at my birth and now he is my teacher,” Aargi said excitedly.
Meir Hajbi, volunteers as a United Hatzalah EMT when he isn’t teaching or with his own family. Six years ago, he assisted Shir’s mother in her delivery and now once again received the boy when he walked into Hajbi’s first-grade class one month ago. “It is very moving for me to see this unique boy walk into my classroom every morning with his knapsack on his shoulder,” said Hajbi prior to the lockdown that resulted in the closure of Israel’s education system before Rosh Hashanah.
 

 
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FOR FIRST TIME SINCE SECOND TEMPLE: GOLDEN VESSEL USED IN LIBATION CEREMONY [PHOTO SPREAD]
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On Thursday, a bit of the former glory of the Temple was witnessed by three hundred people who took part in the full-dress reenactment of the Sukkot water-libation ceremony.
 
The group set out from the Dung Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem in the early evening, making its way down the steep steps leading to the Shiloah Spring. Led by six Kohanim (Jewish men descended from Aaron the Priest) and accompanied by music, the crowd sang and danced as they passed from the archaeological remains of the ancient City of David, through an Arab village, to the spring which was used in Temple times.
 
(Photo by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz/Breaking Israel News)
The Kohanim wore vestments that were made according to Biblical standards for use in the Temple and several played long silver trumpets that had been prepared by the Temple Institute for use in the Third Temple. One Kohen carried a silver vessel used for the libation while the High Priest carried a spectacular gold vessel prepared this year for this year’s service.
Kohanim (Photo by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz/Breaking Israel News)
 
“A vessel like this has not been seen since the Temples stood,” Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the Sanhedrin and an organizer of the event, told Breaking Israel News.
 
Golden vessel (Photo Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz/Breaking Israel News)
 
The procession then climbed to a plaza overlooking the valley, where a model altar had been constructed of wood. The ceremony, carried out precisely as it was performed in the Temple, took place closer to the Temple Mount than any other Temple reenactment thus far. An equal amount of water and wine were poured into two separate containers. The two liquids then spilled out onto the altar through openings in the containers.
 
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The reenactment altar was decorated with large branches from a willow tree to replicate how the altar in the Temple was decorated for the holiday.
 
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This was followed by the Priestly Blessing
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In Temple times, a libation of water was made together with the pouring out of wine at the morning service on the last six days of the week-long Sukkot holiday.
 
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Though not explicitly mandated in the Torah, the water libation is part of the oral tradition passed down from Moses. Sukkot is a joyous holiday and the water libation was the focal point of this joy. In the Temple, the ceremony would take fifteen hours with accompanying celebrations lasting all night until the Temple service began again the next morning.
 
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“The basis of Sukkot is universal, bringing bounty to all 70 nations, as symbolized by the 70 bulls brought as sacrifices throughout the festival,” Rabbi Weiss said. “The world is facing many universal threats and coming together is vital. The Temple was a way in which the nations could come together in holiness, each nation bringing their aspect of holiness and connection with Hashem in order to avert these universal threats.”
 
“This must necessarily be done from a Biblical basis and from Jerusalem,” Rabbi Weiss said, citing a verse from the Prophets.
And the many peoples shall go and say: “Come, Let us go up to the Mount of Hashem, To the House of the God of Yaakov; That He may instruct us in His ways, And that we may walk in His paths.” For instruction shall come forth from Tzion, The word of Hashem from Yerushalayim. Isaiah 2:3
The United Nations imitated this by establishing Israel as one of their first acts but they have strayed since then, the most egregious act being their attacks on Jerusalem which were attempts to delay the building of the Third Temple. President Trump clearly recognizes this and has called on the UN to either fix themselves or to disband.”
At the ceremony Rabbi Azriel Ariel announced the birth of the red heifer.
“This is the beginning of a long process that will, God willing, allow us to purify all of Israel, Rabbi Ariel said. “This is not us forcing God’s hand. We are simply performing mitzvoth (Torah commandments) as given to us in the Torah.”
He explained that the actual preparation of the ashes will be in two years. Until that time, it is considered an egla (calf) by Jewish law. At the age of two, it becomes classified a para  (heifer) and can be sacrificed and burned, it’s ashes used in the purification ritual.
In the meantime, the rabbis will be studying the relevant laws and the Kohanim will be preparing for the ritual.
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Neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement targets Jews on Yom Kippur
"This year, the modern-day successors of the Nazis, known as the Nordic Resistance Movement, have mounted a vile and vicious campaign of hate against Jews in Northern Europe."
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Members of the Neo-nazi Nordic Resistance Movement march through the town of Ludvika, 2018 (photo credit: ULF PALM/TT NEWS AGENCY/VIA REUTERS)
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The neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement targeted Jews in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland with antisemitic campaigns throughout the week leading up to Yom Kippur - the holiest day in the Hebrew calendar.
Websites belonging to the neo-Nazi movement reported actions taken by the group in almost 20 different cities. Pictures allegedly showing the actions taken by the group show members confronting Jewish worshipers and standing in front of synagogues, antisemitic posters placed in public areas and flyer distributions in public areas.
 
 
IDF exposes the shocking truth about recent explosions in Lebanon
Where is the international world? Why are they not outraged by this? It is time they start focusing their attention on what really matters.
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Explosions in Lebanon have made the news. But is the international world outraged by why these explosions are happening? It is time to wake up!
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Explosions in Lebanon
The explosions in Lebanon have caused death and damage. And who is responsible? Hezbollah! A terrorist organization. An organization that uses human shields. They do not care what happens to the Lebanese people. Hezbollah has caused them to suffer time and time again.
 
But the international world is not outraged. They are not doing anything to improve the lives of those suffering under Hezbollah.
Israel is trying to bring the world’s attention to the problems that should really be focused on. The stability of the Middle East is at risk because of those who do not care about human life.
 
Using humans as shields is horrific. It is time the international world cared!
 
Israel is What’s Right in the MidEast
It is kind of absurd and ironic. The UN and the international world spend so much time criticizing Israel, yet they refuse to spend a breath condemning Hezbollah for what they are doing to the Lebanese people. The Middle East is filled with countries that want to not only destroy Israel, but destroy the Western world and Western values. The world should be thanking Israel for protecting the freedoms that so many hold dear. They should be thanking Israel for standing at the front lines against terrorism.
 
 
Israel defends its people. Israel even defends the civilians of its enemies. How many countries do that?
 
It is time for the world to open its eyes to the truth: The truth about Israel, and the truth about the countries which surround the Jewish state. Israel is what is good and right about the Middle East. It is the lighthouse in a region that is lost at sea.
 

 
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Auschwitz connects note found in boy’s shoe with father’s briefcase
Extraordinary discovery by researchers establishes connection between case owned by Ludvik Steinberg and a shoe worn by Amos Steinberg, killed in 1944, containing a hidden message
By JENNI FRAZER 
September 30, 2020, 3:55 pm
Case discovered by the Auschwitz museum, linked to a shoe worn by Amos Steinberg, inscribed with a message from his family
 After some extraordinary detective work by the Auschwitz Museum, a briefcase at the memorial has been linked to a child’s shoe which was identified in July as belonging to a little boy called Amos Steinberg. The briefcase, says the Museum, almost certainly belonged to the boy’s father — and he survived the Holocaust. 
 
Amos Steinberg was born in Prague on June 26 1938. On August 10 1942, Amos, his father Ludvik (or Ludwig) and his mother Ida were first imprisoned in Theresienstadt, and then deported from Czechoslovakia to Auschwitz.
Documents show that mother and son arrived at the concentration camp on October 4 1944 and were almost certainly murdered in a gas chamber on the same day.
 
But the family was split up at Theresienstadt and Ludvik was apparently sent to Auschwitz on an earlier transport. “We know”, say the Museum, “that he was transferred from Auschwitz to Dachau on October 10 1944. He was liberated in the Kaufering sub-camp”. So six days after his wife and son had been murdered, Ludvik was still being processed in the Nazi system. 
 
This summer, members of the Steinberg family, who live in Israel, contacted the Museum, and sent additional biographical information and some family photographs.  
 
Ludvik Steinberg changed his name to Yehuda Shinan and emigrated to Israel in May 1949. He became a teacher and principal of several schools in Israel. He was highly valued and liked by his pupils and teachers who worked with him. He still loved music and worked as a cantor in several synagogues. He also conducted choirs. He died in 1985. His second wife, Chana, whom he had met before the war in Prague, died in 2014. They had six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
 
The link between Amos’s shoe and the battered case was not easy to find. The case was already in the Museum collection and documentation showed that at least two men named Ludwig or Ludvik Steinberg were at Auschwitz.  
 
But barely seen on the case is the number “541”, almost invisible to the naked eye. After infrared technology showed the number, the researchers understood that this was the number under which Amos was registered on the transport list to the Theresienstadt Ghetto. That clue, together with material in the case itself and the date on which the Steinberg family arrived in Auschwitz, has led the Museum to believe that the case did belong to Amos’s father.
Note found inside Amos’s shoe
Credit: Auschwitz Museum
The director of the Auschwitz Museum, Dr Piotr Cywinski, said: “I am deeply grateful to the Steinberg family for the information they have given us and for supplementing our knowledge. With this gesture, objects inextricably linked to Auschwitz lose the anonymity weighing down on them — sometimes unbearable — and acquire a deeper, individual significance. 
 
Piotr Cywinski (Source: Wikipedia. Author: Pawel Sawicki)
“As an object of great documentary value, the shoe is proof of the suffering of a particular person, and along with thousands of other objects that we preserve at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial, evidence of the genocide that took place here”.
 
The plan now is to move the case with Ludwig Steinberg’s name on it to the main exhibition — and the guides at Auschwitz will be told about the heartbreaking link between it and a child’s shoe.
 

 
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Bibi's speech to the UN changed the world's view of the Mideast
y Phil Schneider - October 1, 2020 2204 0
The dual agreements between the UAE and Israel and Bahrain and Israel were unprecedented on multiple levels. First of all, this was not one, but two agreements, that were signed on one day with two Arab countries. Secondly, the agreements proved once and for all, that the basis for peace in the Middle East does not need to be about land swaps. On the contrary, the key to peace in the Middle East is the willingness by countries to simply shun a state of warfare and strive for economic prosperity.
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President Trump is not a brilliant peacemaker. But the peace agreement that the Arab countries and Israel have signed is indeed a master stroke of brilliance in how it switches the norms of the Middle East. There are multiple countries in the Middle East that are indeed threatened by Iran. Israel is not the only country. The smaller countries like the UAE and Bahrain are both threatened by radicalization in their midst. The key to their combating these forces is economic prosperity. As long as these countries continue to be magnets for prosperity, they will not have major internal protests that foment unrest. So, the UAE and Bahrain may not have had a major change of heart and decided that Israel is wonderful. But, it’s sufficient that their interests vis-a-vis Iran line up with Israel’s interests. This is a basic concept of international diplomacy.
 
Both President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu deserve tremendous praise for their accomplishments. But more than anything else, they deserve praise for minimizing the Iranian threat through a mix of strong sanctions and containment of the Iranian threat in the Middle East. On foreign policy in the Middle East, President Trump and Netanyahu deserve much praise.
 

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