To get a sense of just how bad Russia’s sudden about face is for Israel, it’s important to remember what jolted Netanyahu into action six years ago

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How Putin Understands the Lapid-Bennett Government
by Caroline Glick
July 31, 2021

Thursday it was reported that the IDF is planning to change its tactics in Syria and will base its operations against Iranian targets in the area on long-range standoff munitions rather than air strikes. Obviously, the move will downgrade Israel’s operational prowess. The report of Israel’s new policy of restraint followed the big story of the week: Russia’s announcement that it assisted the Syrians in intercepting four missiles shot by IAF F-16s at targets in Syria for the first time. Russia’s statement came in tandem with its announcement that it is abrogating its 2015 agreement with Israel to coordinate and deconflict Israel’s military operations in Syria from Russian forces in the country. READ MORE

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“In ongoing fracas around Yair Lapid’s speech on antisemitism’s place in the family of hatreds comes an unstated reckoning between Zionist expectations and a bitter reality”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
A hatred that dwells alone? Antisemitism debate cuts to heart of Zionist vision
by Haviv Rettig Gur
July 26, 2021

On July 14, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid suggested in a speech that antisemitism was not as special as many Jews believe, but rather is but one bigotry among many in the rich and variegated mosaic of human hatred. Antisemitism, he told the Global Conference on Combating Antisemitism gathered in Jerusalem, “exists everywhere…. The antisemites weren’t just in the Budapest Ghetto” of his Holocaust survivor father’s youth. “The antisemites were slave traders who threw chained slaves overboard into the ocean. The antisemites were the members of the Hutu tribe in Rwanda who massacred members of the Tutsi tribe. READ MORE

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“The new Israeli government — which combines parties from the right to the far-left and includes an Arab political party in the coalition — has received positive gestures from across the Middle East”

THE HILL
Israel Is Making New Friends, with Netanyahu Out of Office
by Seth J. Frantzman
July 26, 2021

Nineteen years after Israel’s observer status at the African Union was ended during the Second Intifada, Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has announced that the symbolic status is being restored. This is an important moment for Israel, not only because Israel has repaired relations with dozens of African countries but also because it comes amid a flurry of activity for Israel’s foreign relations. Lapid has been speaking about a new era in relations with the European Union, Morocco, the Gulf, Sudan and many countries. READ MORE

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Gaslighting Jews to get the right poll results

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Jews Gaslighting Jews: A Primer
by Alex Joffe
July 22, 2021

A recent poll purports to capture the attitudes of American Jews regarding Israel and politics. While the poll boasts the sensational result that 22% of American Jews apparently think Israel is guilty of “genocide” against the Palestinians, a closer look shows that the poll was presented with a clear narrative arc designed to manipulate the respondents. Significantly, the poll was conducted by a progressive consulting firm on behalf of an allegedly impartial Jewish political organization that is in reality a spin-off of a Jewish Democratic organization. This gaslighting of Jews by other Jews on behalf of the Democratic Party and its progressive causes is in keeping with longstanding Obama-Biden-era practice. READ MORE

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“The home of an entire family shouldn’t be demolished for the action of one individual,” the Americans pontificated. But the arrogance was only beginning

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The world reacts to Israel with arrogance and hypocrisy
by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner
July 22, 2021

The US State Department reached a new level of sanctimonious ridiculousness when, after the IDF destroyed the home of a Palestinian lone-wolf terrorist who killed one teenager and critically maimed another in a drive-by shooting, the US Embassy in Jerusalem issued an official communique lambasting the Israeli action…“All parties [must] refrain from unilateral steps that exacerbate tensions and undercut efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution,” the communique continued, “and this certainly includes the punitive demolition of Palestinian homes.” READ MORE

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‘This isn’t the first time the Sulzberger dynasty has ducked reporting on antisemitism,’ CAMERA’s Andrea Levin said

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Media watchdog group unveils billboard outside NY Times saying it buries news of attacks on Jewish people
by Brian Flood
July 29, 2021

A large billboard has been set up outside The New York Times’ headquarters that accuses the paper of “burying” news of attacks on Jewish people decades after it admitted to downplaying the Holocaust.  The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA) is responsible for the billboard addressed directly to chairman and publisher A.G. Sulzberger.  “Hey, Mr. Sulzberger, The New York Times apologized for burying news about Nazi antisemitism,” the billboard states. “Why are you burying the full truth about attacks on Jews today? Get back to us at CAMERA.ORG.”  READ MORE

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Central Fund of Israel and American Friends of Beit El targeted by Democrat congressmen challenging tax-exempt status

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Tlaib, AOC Join Call for Treasury to Strip Tax-Exempt Status From US Charities ‘Supporting’ Israeli Settlements
by Sharon Wrobel
July 29, 2021

US Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and five other Democrats have called for the US Treasury to stop granting tax exemptions to American charitable organizations active in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. In a July 22 letter sent to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the group expressed their “extreme concern that US charities are funding and providing direct support to Israeli organizations that are working to expand and perpetuate Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise in violation of international law, including supporting the dispossession and forced displacement of Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem neighborhoods.” READ MORE

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“The IOC has never before heeded the call to remember slain athletes, at times suggesting that honoring the Israeli athletes could be divisive”

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For first time, Olympics opening ceremony honors Israeli athletes murdered in Munich
July 23, 2021

For the first time ever, the Olympic Games held a moment of silence during the opening ceremony for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered during the Munich Olympics in 1972. There, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September attacked members of the Israeli Olympic team, ultimately killing six coaches and five athletes, as well as a West German police officer who participated in an unsuccessful raid to free the hostage athletes. Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano, widows of two of the murdered athletes, have long advocated for the International Olympic Committee to acknowledge the massacre in the opening or closing ceremony. READ MORE

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Iranian Judoka says ‘todah’ to Israelis for support

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Iranian defector wins judo silver medal, dedicates win to Israel
by Yaron Steinbuch
July 28, 2021

An Iranian defector who won the Olympic silver medal for Mongolia in judo has dedicated it to Israel – saying “Thank you” in Hebrew for the country’s support. Saeid Mollaei left his native country after his coaches ordered him to lose in the semifinals of the 2019 World Championships in Tokyo to avoid facing the Israeli Sagi Muki in the final, the Times of Israel reported. The judoka moved to Germany before acquiring Mongolian citizenship. He told the Israeli Sports Channel that he appreciated all the support  he received from the Jewish state as he pursued his Olympic dreams. READ MORE

JERUSALEM POST Lahav Harkov: Palestinian Olympic official urges athletes to forfeit Israel matches Rajoub repeated his lament against Arab states that cooperate with Israel in sports, emphasizing that some Israeli sports leagues have activities in the West Bank.

THE MIRROR Second judo competitor quits Tokyo 2020 Olympics instead of facing Israel’s Tohar Butbul This comes just days after Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine withdrew from the Games having noticed the potential for a fight with Butbul.

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Shmuley Boteach: “Jews are regularly portrayed as being sexually repressed”

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Orthodox Jews Have the Best Sex
by Shmuley Boteach
July 21, 2021

I have not watched the new Netflix series “My Unorthodox Life,” a show supposedly about how fashion executive Julia Haart lives her life in freedom from the repressive orthodox Judaism in which she was raised. I’m not boycotting the show because it attacks Judaism. This has become weirdly common on Netflix. Indeed, you’d think its executives would at least have come up with a more creative name that using the exact same title as the 2020 Series “Unorthodox.” Nor am I skipping the show because of Julia herself; I’ve never met her and I have nothing against her. Many people who are raised religiously abandon it and that is their choice. READ MORE

JERUSALEM POST Orthodox world divided over Netflix show ‘My Unorthodox Life’
Netflix series on fashion mogul Julia Haart has religious community on the offensive. Throughout the nine-episode series, Netflix’s new hit My Unorthodox Life is packed with the superficial trappings of a soapy reality show: stiletto designer heels, helicopters to the Hamptons and a trip to Paris Fashion Week.

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