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From: Dunggate10/16/13 10:41 AM 
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"Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the uttermost parts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together; a great company shall they return hither. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them; I will cause them to walk by rivers of waters, in a straight way wherein they shall not stumble; for I am become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is My first-born. (Jeremiah 31:7-8)
The Israeli Cabinet, with a unanimous vote in the affirmative, approved “Israel Return”’s proposal to bring 899 Bnei Menashe to the Holy Land on Sunday.
The Bnei Menashe are descendants of the tribe of Manasseh, one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel who were exiled by the Assyrian empire more than 2700 years ago.
By bringing 899 souls to the Jewish State, “Israel Returns” will be more than tripling the number of Bnei Menashe they have brought to Israel in the past year.
“Israel Returns” founder and chairman Michael Freund told Breaking Israel News that they, “plan to bring the first batch of 200 people before the end of the year, followed by 400 people next year and 300 in 2015. This of course is all contingent on funding.”
The cost for all 899 immigrants is a staggering $2.7 million. The Israeli government will likely chip in, but the majority of the money will need to be raised by “Israel Returns”.
“After 2,700 years, the return to Zion of a Lost Tribe of Israel continues,” a joyous Freund added, “may we merit to witness their complete return soon.”


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From: Dunggate10/16/13 4:20 PM 
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Posted by: Doni Kandel  October 16, 2013 , 2:05 pm
"And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it. (Deuteronomy 20:12)
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a special session marking 40 years since the Yom Kippur war, at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem, on October 15, 2013. (Photo: Flash 90)
At a commemoration for the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War at the Knesset on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a fairly transparent speech that would appear to be a defense for a preemptive strike against Iran, according to The Times of Israel.
In a speech to MKs about the war, in which Israel was surprised by a coordinated Arab invasion on the northern and southern fronts, Netanyahu explained that IDF soldiers who fought in the bitter battles of that war “saved us from paying the price of complacency.”
“In the end we won a great victory, but the lessons of the war have stayed with us these 40 years,” Netanyahu said.
“The first lesson is to never underestimate a threat, never underestimate an enemy, never ignore the signs of danger. We can’t assume the enemy will act in ways that are convenient for us. The enemy can surprise us. Israel will not fall asleep on its watch again,” he vowed.
The second lesson, he added, was that “we can’t surrender the option of a preventive strike. It is not necessary in every situation, and it must be weighed carefully and seriously. But there are situations in which paying heed to the international price of such a step is outweighed by the price in blood we will pay if we absorb a strategic strike that will demand a response later on, and perhaps too late.”
Netanyahu added: “A preventive war, even a preventive strike, is among the most difficult decisions a government can take, because it will never be able to prove what would have happened if it had not acted. But the key difference between the [1967] Six Day War and the [1973] Yom Kippur War lies first of all in the fact that in the Six Day War we launched a preventive strike that broke the chokehold our enemies had placed on us, and on Yom Kippur the government decided, despite all warnings, to absorb the full force of an enemy attack.”
Sources close to the Prime Minister’s Office suggested the Tuesday speech was directed at the Iranian issue.
Netanyahu also offered hints at Israel’s negotiating position in peace talks with the Palestinians.
“The third lesson” of the war, he said, “is the strategic importance of buffer zones. [Israel’s] control of the Golan [Heights] and the Sinai Peninsula [in 1973] prevented an enemy penetration deep into the country” in the first days of the war.
Press reports sourced to leaks from the peace talks with the Palestinians have suggested in recent days that Israel seeks to retain security control over the Jordan Valley as a buffer zone to the east.
And, Netanyahu said, “there is a fourth lesson: Peace is attained from a position of strength. In the Yom Kippur War, despite the enemy’s excellent opening position, they learned they could not best us with weapons. Five years later, [Egyptian president Anwar] Sadat and [prime minister Menachem] Begin signed a peace deal, and later [peace accords were signed] with Jordan.
“Now we are engaged in a serious investment in [making] peace with the Palestinians,” Netanyahu added. “Peace was achieved when our neighbors understood we are powerful and will not disappear.”


From: Dunggate10/16/13 4:23 PM 
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"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand for ever. (Isaiah 40:8)
Israel’s National Library struck a deal with Italy’s Biblioteca Palatina to digitize one of the world’s largest compilations of Judaic texts. (Photo: Deror_avi/Wikimedia Commons)
Israel’s National Library, located on the campus of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, reached an agreement last week to produce high-definition images of one of the world’s premier collections of Judaic manuscripts, according to The Times of Israel. The deal, struck with Italy’s Biblioteca Palatina in Parma had both parties agreeing to convert centuries of parchment and paper Hebrew documents to high-quality digital files which will be available to Israeli scholars. A selection of those files will be uploaded to the Internet for general access.
Dr. Aviad Stollman, head of the National Library’s Judaica collection and overseer of the digitization project, said the library’s aim was to have “the heritage of the Jewish people in one room.” Speaking at the library in early October, Stollman praised the Palatina’s cooperation in the project, and said that the National Library was negotiating similar agreements with Oxford’s Bodleian Library and the Vatican Library.
Sabina Magrini, director of the Palatina Library, explained in a Skype conversation with The Times this week that its collection was significant not only because of the size of its Hebrew manuscript collection, but because it was “very rich and various,” with materials fromboth the Ashkenazi and Sephardi worlds from the 13th to 18th centuries.
Of the Palatina’s collection of 6,600 manuscripts, just shy of a quarter are Hebrew texts, the crown jewel of which is an 11th-century codex of the Mishna, Judaism’s core legal treatise. The Mishna, a compiled redaction of Jewish oral tradition, was first set to parchment in the 7th or 8th century CE. Written around 1073 in Palestine, the Parma codex is the second-oldest known version of this compendium of Jewish legal thought.
The founder of the Hebrew manuscript collection, Giovanni Bernardo De Rossi, an 18th-century Italian Christian Hebraist, “was very interested in the Bible,” said Magrini. “Consequently his interest is reflected in his collection, so there are lots of Bibles, lots of manuscripts about biblical texts.” Five hundred or so of the 1,600 Hebrew manuscripts are biblical, but the remainder are a varied assemblage of biblical exegesis, halacha, Kabbalah, Talmudic texts, piyyutim [liturgical songs], prayerbooks, philosophy and astronomy.
Israel’s desire to amass all of the Jewish texts in one place began with its first prime minister David Ben Gurion. Just like the founding of Israel aimed to ingather scattered Jewish communities, Ben-Gurion envisioned an ingathering of Jewish textual exiles in a single institution. “It is incumbent upon the State of Israel to gather in these far-flung [documents] — the far-flung spirit of Israel in the Diaspora,” Israel’s first prime minister wrote to Kaplan on March 5, 1950.
“I don’t envision the possibility of obtaining and concentrating original manuscripts in Israel,” Ben-Gurion wrote, “but sophisticated photographs by new techniques do not fall short in their practical value from the manuscripts themselves, and that is what we must do immediately, without delay, and with every effort.”  


From: Dunggate10/16/13 4:27 PM 
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Posted by: Michael Freund  October 16, 2013 , 10:08 am
For a country often portrayed as isolated and alone in the international arena, Israel sure does seem to have a lot of thriving friendships.
Indeed, notwithstanding efforts by the media and the Left to paint a picture of the Jewish state as solitary and ostracized, Israel’s popularity appears to be on the upswing.
In just the past two weeks, the Jewish state has hosted the president of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, as well as an intergovernmental meeting with the entire Greek cabinet.
Meanwhile, President Shimon Peres visited Holland, where he addressed the Dutch parliament and had an audience with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
And Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin is off to South Korea this week on a diplomatic trip.
This flurry of activity came on the heels of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to the US, where he met with President Barack Obama and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in addition to delivering a speech to the UN General Assembly.
Not bad for lonesome little Israel.
Indeed, in what may be a sign of the times, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor announced earlier this month that the Jewish state has decided for the first time to run for one of the rotating seats on the UN Security Council in 2019-20. Asserting that Israel deserves to have a much-coveted seat at the table, Prosor said, “We’re going all-out to win. It’s about time.”
While that goal might seem overly ambitious, particularly given the UN’s traditional hostility toward Jerusalem, it nonetheless signals a growing sense of confidence about Israel’s standing in the world.
And that confidence is not without reason, as an increasing number of countries look to Israel to boost commercial, cultural and scientific ties in a range of fields.
Serbia, Singapore, Kenya and Colombia are just a few of the nations spanning several continents that have very close ties with Israel and are keen to tighten them still further.
Relations with emerging powers such as India and China have never been better, with intensive and extensive economic, trade and security links forging closer bonds of cooperation.
Other prominent countries, such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand, are all solidly pro-Israel, defying criticism from the Palestinians and their supporters to cool their relationship with the Jewish state.
Clearly, the myth of Israel’s isolation is little more than a canard, one that is trumpeted by the Left for cynical political reasons.
Depicting Israel as forlorn and all but anathematized by the international community is a convenient way to press their agenda; insisting that if only Israel would capitulate to the demands of the Palestinians, the world would embrace us, and perhaps even like us, too.
But nations act out of their own self-interest and fortunately, Israel has a great deal to offer, in fields ranging from agriculture to biotechnology to hi-tech.
And in a world where economic strength is increasingly based on knowledge and know-how, the Jewish state’s importance is sure to grow.
Believe it or not, but African nations anxious for aid and technology, Asian countries hungry for trade and eastern European governments hankering for innovation have agendas that extend far beyond what might be happening in Ramallah or Gaza.
Obviously, then, Israel is neither a pariah nor a rogue state – we play an active part in the international community.
To be sure, there are critical issues such as the Iranian nuclear program or the future of Judea and Samaria where Israel’s position diverges from that of most countries. And we most certainly do seem to be on the receiving end of far more than our fair share of criticism.
But that is only one part of a much larger, and more nuanced picture, one in which our web of relationships is far more extensive than many of us realize.
The Left wants us to believe that Israel’s foreign affairs rotate solely around the axis of the Palestinian issue, as though that were the totality of our dealings and discussions with other countries.
Well guess what? It isn’t.
Israel is a lot more popular than the Left would have us believe.
Published in The Jerusalem Post  


From: Dunggate10/16/13 4:34 PM 
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Posted by: Video Manager  October 16, 2013 , 2:18 pm

Addressing the Israeli parliament, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it would be a ‘historic mistake’ to lift the pressure of sanctions from Iran. Netanyahu said it was the international pressure for sanctions which had forced Iran into a position of showing willingness to negotiate and that he believed it would eventually force the Iranians into abandoning their nuclear program. Netanyahu said Iran was merely trying to buy time and trick the world into dropping tough sanctions against it without making any significant concessions on its nuclear ambitions. Representatives of the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany are to meet with Iran in Geneva on October 15 hoping to end a decade of deadlock on Tehran’s nuclear program.


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I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip, he who watches over you will not slumber; Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you, the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm, he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore.

Beautiful views of Israel


From: Dunggate10/17/13 9:22 AM 
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Israeli Anthem Sung by German Girl, Who Loves Israel!


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"And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them: ‘If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, my heart shall be knit unto you; but if ye be come to betray me to mine adversaries, seeing there is no wrong in my hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and give judgment.’ (1 Chronicles 12:18)
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) personally approved the exposing of ten Israeli spies operating against Iran according to The Washington Post. (Photo: Mohammed Al-Ostaz/Flash90)
The identities of ten Israeli spies operating in Iran were exposed by Turkey David Ignatius wrote in a column published in The Washington Post on Thursday.According to Ignatius, Ankara’s decision to expose the alleged Mossad informants came early last year as Turkish-Israeli relations continued to deteriorate following the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident.
Ignatius cites sources as saying the Turkish action was a “significant” loss of intelligence for Israel, and “an effort to slap the Israelis.”
According to Ignatius, the Mossad was running part of its Iranian spy network through Turkey. The Turkish intelligence conducts aggressive surveillance inside its borders, which enabled it to monitor covert Israeli-Iranian meetings.
Israel, Ignatius writes, ties Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan to the Iranian intelligence. Despite that, Israel’s ally the US continued dealing with Fidan on sensitive matters and Washington did not protest the Turkish action directly to Ankara.
Fidan, who is a key adviser to Erdogan, has “rattled” key allies in the past by revealing sensitive information collected by Israel and the US to Iran, according to Ignatius.
The decision to reveal the identities of the spies was personally approved by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Ignatius. The columnist speculated that the premier’s move may explain Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s initial refusal to apologize to Erdogan, who has made it a point to assume a more adversarial position toward Israel, in hopes of boosting Turkey’s regional standing, over the deaths of Turkish civilians on the Mavi Marmara.
Ignatius cited assessments by American intelligence officials who believe that the Mossad was taken by surprise considering that the Israeli spy agency had to that point enjoyed a 50-year working relationship with Turkey.


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"Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples, a prince and commander to the peoples. (Isaiah 55:4)
Republican Joshua Wander, who currently lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel, is running for mayor of Pittsburgh (Photo: Screenshot).
Joshua Wander, a 43-year-old father of six from the Ramat Beit Shemesh is running on the Republican ticket for Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Wander, who recently moved to Israel to take a job as an independent security consultant said that he would be willing to terminate his current contract if he were to win the election, which will take place on November 5.
“I sort of fell into the position of being nominated,” Wander told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, explaining that because other potential Republican candidates dropped out at the last minute, he was essentially chosen by default.
According to local news station WPXI, Wander’s absence from a candidate’s forum on Monday led Bill Peduto, the Democrat running for the office, to quip: “I don’t think we’re going to be having any debates, but that’s OK.”
Wander has stated that he intends to return for debates, and the local Republican chairman told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that the “peripatetic candidate,” as the paper has dubbed Wander, “hasn’t been gone that long” and that “he’ll be back.”
According to experts, Wander’s odds of winning is not high and his absence will not improve his chances.
Pittsburgh has not elected a Republican mayor since 1934. Wander says he is running to give residents an alternative.
“It’s not a matter of if I win or lose,” he told the Post. “I already won the election by virtue of the fact that I am giving the electorate the other option that they wouldn’t have otherwise.”
He added that despite having sold his house prior to coming to Israel, he was here only for work and has maintained a residence in Pittsburgh in case he is elected.
“I did sell my house there.
That was a question of the market being very profitable at the time. It was a good time to sell. It had nothing to do with our subsequent move,” Wander stated.
He couldn’t be “too explicit” about his work here, he said, but was willing to say that “it is understood that as soon as I win as mayor of the city of Pittsburgh I will cancel my contract” and go back.
“I have a family with six children and I have to support them, and especially considering the history of the Republican party [in Pittsburgh], I can’t quit my day job and decide I’m just going to run full time,” he added.
Wander originally came to Israel as a student in 1987, and subsequently served in the IDF and got married before returning to the US to further his education at a local university. During his time in Israel, he says he became an activist with the anti-Oslo Accords Zo Artzeinu movement, worked as an advisor to the Moledet Knesset faction and even spent time as an editor at JPost.com.


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"Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. (Proverbs 19:20)

Prime Minister Netanyahu is set to meet with Pope Francis for the first time since his ordination when he travels to Rome next week. (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO/Flash90)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to travel to Rome next week, where he is set to meet with Pope Francis for the first time, according to the Jerusalem Post. Netanyahu will meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry there as well his office announced Wednesday.
The prime minister is expected to meet with Kerry on October 23 and discuss Iran and the ongoing peace talks.
President Shimon Peres met with the pope in April, and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein spoke with him at the Vatican last week
While there has been much conversation as to when the pope will visit Israel, no official date has been set as of yet. During his meeting with Edelstein, the pope said, “I will come, yes I’ll come,” in response to the Knesset speaker’s


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