This weekend Israel was experienced by hundreds of millions in an unprecedentedly positive way with #TelAviv “the natural home for camp, party-loving #Eurovision”

The real winner of Eurovision was Israel
by Michael Dickson
May 19, 2019

Israel’s Eurovision entry barely made a dent on the scoreboard but there’s no doubt that the Jewish State was the real winner of the Eurovision Song Content 2019. Israel was hosting the competition for the fourth time in history but for the first in twenty years – and in an era where Eurovision is simulcast on YouTube and more and more countries have joined the contest, in an age of age of instant responses and scrutiny via social media with a global viewing audience that has swelled to 200 million people…Israel can feel vindicated on every level. READ  MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL Israel’s Eurovision chief: Madonna slipped Israeli, Palestinian flags into show Meital Cohen says organizers did not notice pop stars’ backup dancers wore political symbols banned by contest; Culture Minister Regev condemns ‘inappropriate’ display

EURONEWS Iceland’s Hatari raises Palestinian flags during Eurovision results Iceland’s punk rock band Hatari controversially raised scarves showing Palestinian flags during the announcement of their results in Eurovision 2019…A chorus of boos and gasps rained down from the crowd when the Icelandic team unveiled the flags as their name was called, prompted the broadcaster to quickly revert back to the hosts.

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Two of Chicago’s Orthodox Jewish community “outed as Christian missionaries”

A Chicago couple lives like Orthodox Jews — and preaches the word of Jesus
by Josefin Dolsten
May 18, 2019

A few months ago, a couple got involved in the Chicago Jewish community. Rivkah Weber and David Costello started attending an Orthodox synagogue in the West Ridge neighborhood. They looked and acted like Orthodox Jews: Weber covered her hair and wore long skirts, while Costello sported sidelocks and a kippah. The latter took a job at a kosher supermarket. But on Wednesday, warnings started spreading on Jewish Facebook groups in Chicago and beyond saying the couple, the parents of two children, were actually Christian missionaries. READ MORE

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Due to Iran sanctions imposed by Trump “Hezbollah, the best funded and most senior of Tehran’s proxies, has seen a sharp fall in its revenue and is being forced to make draconian cuts to its spending”

Trump’s sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah, and it hurts
by Suzan Haidamous
May 18, 2019

The powerful Lebanese Hezbollah militia has thrived for decades on generous cash handouts from Iran, spending lavishly on benefits for its fighters, funding social services for its constituents and accumulating a formidable arsenal that has helped make the group a significant regional force, with troops in Syria and Iraq. But since President Trump introduced sweeping new restrictions on trade with Iran last year, raising tensions with Tehran that reached a crescendo in recent days, Iran’s ability to finance allies such as Hezbollah has been curtailed. READ MORE

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“The Israeli left asked the country to trust in the willingness and ability of the Palestinian leadership to negotiate a settlement to the conflict”

The death of Israel’s left
by Mark Mellman
May 14, 2019

Right or wrong, fair of unfair, the terrorist response to the Clinton parameters and missile attacks from Gaza after ending the occupation there taught Israelis that the left inhabited a naïve fantasy world. From the Israeli perspective, the ideas advocated by the left were not just wrong, but dangerously wrong. In the public’s view, Arafat’s refusal to accept the Clinton parameters and the ensuing intifada proved there was no partner for peace, while Gaza demonstrated that ending the occupation meant not peace, but rather endless war. READ MORE

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#Hamas ‘salutes’ Labour leader #Corbyn online after he sent message to anti-Israel rally last weekend

Palestinian terror group Hamas THANKS Jeremy Corbyn for his support
by Jake Wallis Simons
May 16, 2019

The Palestinian terror group Hamas has officially thanked Jeremy Corbyn for his support, MailOnline can reveal. In a carefully worded statement issued this evening, the militant organisation, whose armed wing is responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians, ‘saluted’ the Labour leader after he sent a message to a major anti-Israel rally in London last weekend. ‘We have received with great respect and appreciation the solidarity message sent by the British Labor (sic) Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to the participants in the mass rally that took place in central London,’ the statement said. READ MORE

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“Even more unusual for a writer of Wouk’s celebrity was his Orthodox observance and treatment of Jewish religious practice in his writing”

Herman Wouk, legendary author who brought Judaism into the mainstream, dies at 103
by Rachel Gordan
May 17, 2019

Herman Wouk, the bestselling Orthodox Jewish author whose literary career spanned nearly seven decades and who helped usher Judaism into the American mainstream, died Friday at the age of 103. His agent confirmed the news to The Associated Press. Wouk was the author of two dozen novels and works of nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Caine Mutiny” from 1951, which was a fixture on best-seller lists for two years, and the best-selling “Marjorie Morningstar” from 1955.  His novels “The Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance” both became successful television miniseries. READ MORE

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Stephen Harper for Prager: Why Don’t You Support Israel?

Israel is one of the most free and most prosperous countries in the world. Not only is Israel a booming economy and a wellspring of innovation, it is the only democracy in the Middle East. So why is it so controversial to support the Jewish state? Stephen Harper, the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada, lays out several fundamental truths about America’s most critical ally.

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