TIMES OF ISRAEL
End the Jewish State? Let’s try some honesty, first
by Daniel Gordis
July 8, 2020
…About what do we [Peter Beinart and myself] agree? I share Peter’s deep frustration over the plight of Palestinian Arabs. I, too, worry about racism in Israeli society. I, too, want something big to change here. I also think that the status quo is not tenable for the long run. Yet we also disagree about a great deal. He thinks that Israeli ethnic cleansing of the West Bank is likely; I think (and pray) that is it essentially unthinkable. He discounts the threat of Palestinian terror; I suspect that, living in Jerusalem, it is more of an issue for me than it is for him on the Upper West Side. READ MORE
TIMES OF ISRAEL
Amid Iran tensions, Israel said to ask US to speed up delivery of air refuelers
by TOI Staff and Agencies
July 8, 2020
Israel has asked the US Department of Defense to speed up delivery of its KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft, as tensions rise with Iran. In March the US Department of Defense announced approval to sell new KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft to Israel, with delivery expected in four years. However, Channel 12 news reported Wednesday that Israel has requested that the aircraft be delivered within two years. The report came amid an uptick in tensions with Iran, with Tehran on Tuesday calling for action against Israel following a recent blast at the Natanz nuclear facility that has been blamed on Jerusalem. READ MORE
The Democrats’ New Policy That Could See Bernie and Biden Find Middle Ground on Aid to Israel
by Amir Tibon
July 6, 2020
The issue of U.S. military aid to Israel has divided the Democratic Party over the past year, but a new policy that could unite the party on this thorny issue has been presented over the weekend – to continue transferring assistance to Israel in the billions of dollars, but preventing it from using the funds to boost the settlement enterprise and advancing West Bank annexation. Politicians on the party’s left-wing, most notably Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, have called to condition or withhold the billions that Washington gives Israel in order to pressure it into ending the occupation of the West Bank. READ MORE
Why Cairo has stayed (mostly) silent as Israel considers sovereignty
by Israel Kasnett
July 7, 2020
When Mossad chief Yossi Cohen flew to Egypt last week to meet with the head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service Abbas Kamal and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, he was likely confident that the meeting would go well. Unlike his visit with Jordan’s King Abdullah, also in late June, where Cohen heard more pushback against Israel’s plans to apply sovereignty to Judea and Samaria (Jordan has been highly vocal of its displeasure) Egypt has remained largely silent on the matter. READ MORE
United Airlines to launch Tel Aviv-Chicago route in September
by Zachary Keyser
July 7, 2020
United Airlines said this week it was further expanding its international schedule in September by adding new nonstop flights between Chicago and Tel Aviv. The new direct charter route will be introduced in September of this year. “We are proud of this announcement which is reflected in the company’s expanding flight schedule and looking forward to offering our customers more flight options that will connect Israel and the United States,” said United Airlines Israel CEO Avi Friedman…The flights will depart from Tel Aviv en route to Chicago O’Hare on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Return flights are scheduled for Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. READ MORE
JERUSALEM POST El Al flights to Chicago postponed indefinitely “We still don’t know when we will fly at all,” a company official said. It is still unknown when El Al will fly again despite a deal reached on Wednesday, but it is already clear that El Al’s flights to Chicago have been postponed indefinitely, sources at the company said.
JEWISH PRESS Israel Nationalizes El Al 17 years almost to the day following the 2003 privatization of Israel’s national carrier El Al, El Al’s board of directors decided on Monday afternoon to adopt the Finance Ministry’s rescue plan, according to which the company will receive a $250 million loan with a state-provided 75% loan guarantee, along with the issuance of $150 million shares to the general public. The state will pledge to buy the shares that the public will not buy, which would facilitate the de facto nationalization of the company.
Since we’re debating labels, stop calling it anti-Semitism. It’s Jew hatred.
by Stephen D. Smith
July 7, 2020
…While the phenomenon of Jew hatred is inscribed in ancient texts, the term “anti-Semitism” is actually of relatively recent vintage, about as old as the telephone or the lightbulb. The German journalist Wilhelm Marr coined the term “anti-Semitism” in 1879 to give an air of modernity to long-embraced animosity toward the Jewish people. Earlier Germans were blunter: They called it “Judenhaas,” literally Jew-hatred. Wilhelm, himself a deeply anti-Jewish political agitator, sought a pseudo-scientific and therefore more palatable word. READ MORE
ALGEMEINER Public Campaign Launched to Remove Three-Hour Antisemitic Speech by Louis Farrakhan From YouTube A public campaign has been launched to persuade YouTube to remove a video of the notoriously antisemitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s July 4 address, in which he referred to Jews as “Satan” who should have their brains knocked out by the “stone of truth.” Farrakhan’s three-hour rant, titled “The Criterion,” was streamed live on YouTube and has so far garnered over 850,000 views.
Antisemite of the Week: Zahra Haider – The ‘NowThis’ Jew Hater
July 4, 2020
Zahra Haider is one of the leaders of the antisemitic Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a member of the notorious campus group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and a supporter of convicted terrorists. What’s most concerning is that Haider produces content for NowThis, a widely popular social-media focused news group. She exploits the organization’s large reach to spread antisemitism and hatred of the Jewish state. From her defense of our previous Antisemites of the Week, Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, to her obsessive rants about the evil perils of Israel, Haider uses ‘NowThis’ to spread bigotry to millions of people. READ MORE
REAL CLEAR POLITICS
The Fierce Fight Over America’s Ideals and History
by Charles Lipson
July 6, 2020
Americans do more than tolerate calls to live up to our highest ideals. We embrace them. Martin Luther King knew that when he spoke at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. … So we have come to cash this check.” Honoring that check brings together Americans of all political stripes. Most think, rightly, that King’s dream is the American dream. They do not believe the dream itself is a fraud, an opiate for the masses. READ MORE
THE SPECTATOR Douglas Murray: The new inequality It is a strange habit, the American one of making talk-show hosts into preachers. There is no good reason, after all, why a comedian should be any kind of arbiter of morality or anything much else. Yet in America the court of public opinion accepts the right of the jester to preach the homily too. So it was that, in a period not short on ‘personal takes’ and celebrity messaging, one night in early June on his Late Late Show, James Corden delivered a teary monologue about race relations in America.
TIMES OF ISRAEL
The day Abbas moved from rebuffing Trump to joining forces with terrorists
by David Horovitz
July 3, 2020
At a joint press conference on Thursday, Fatah’s Jibril Rajoub and Hamas’s Saleh al-Arouri vowed to work together to resist unilateral Israeli annexation moves and “topple” the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal…Here, after all, was one of Abbas’s most senior colleagues, a former PA preventive security chief and potential successor who once worked in close coordination with Israeli security forces, grandly declaring that Fatah was henceforth partnering with Hamas…An Islamist terror organization, moreover, that 13 years ago brutally forced Abbas’s Fatah out of the Gaza Strip, and would have long since finished him off in the West Bank too were he not protected by Israel’s ongoing overall security presence there. READ MORE
ELDER OF ZIYON
Israel is doing better than ever. Idiots tying up traffic can’t hurt it.
July 3, 2020
It’s easy to see the sheer volume of anti-Israel material online and in social media and feel like we are losing. But when you step back, you can see that the reality is that Israel is winning in every conceivable field. While the haters scream about “occupation” and “annexation,” Israel continues to grow, get stronger and become more indispensable to the region and the world. Israel is strong militarily, economically and in innovation. Both Western and third-world nations want to be like Israel. They want to learn from Israel. It really is a “light unto nations.” READ MORE