Golda “knew how to reach into the heart of American Jews and was constantly coming to America to raise money”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Who (or what) was Golda Meir’s one true love? A new biography has answers
by JP O’Malley
November 17, 2017

… Golda was prime minister that [1970] summer, and her tumultuous five years in office are now the centerpiece of a remarkable, definitive new biography called “Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel” by Francine Klagsbrun. The riveting account of Golda’s extraordinary journey, from her impoverished childhood in Russia to her status as a universally-recognized head of state, also references the end result of my quest to meet this unique politician. READ MORE

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Not your mom and dad’s alphabet book: “I is for “Intifada”

NEW YORK POST
Kids’ book called ‘P is for Palestine’ is stirring up outrage among moms
by Sara Dorn and Stephanie Pagones
November 19, 2017

A children’s book titled “P is for Palestine” is infuriating some New York Jewish mothers — who charge that it’s nothing but anti-Semitic propaganda disguised as a kids’ alphabet book. “Omg. Crazy. I’m livid at this,’’ one woman wrote on Facebook. “I can’t believe it’s real and in NYC!” READ MORE

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“Trump administration puts Palestinians on notice that it will shutter their office in DC unless they enter serious peace talks with Israel”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Palestinians reject ‘extortion’ in face of US move to close PLO’s DC office
by Eric Cortellessa
November 18, 2017

The Palestinians will not give in to “extortion” after a US threat to close their diplomatic mission in Washington, the Palestinian Authority foreign minister said Saturday. In an interview on Palestine Radio, Riyad al-Malki said the Palestinians are waiting for further communication from the US government. “The ball is now in the American court,” he said. READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL US may close PLO’s DC office over Abbas urging ICC to prosecute Israelis

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“The IDF has become more flexible in accommodating modern-Orthodox women, who increasingly are choosing to serve in the military out of a sense of duty to defend Israel”

WASHINGTON POST
Why a growing number of religious women want to serve in the Israeli military
by Ruth Eglash
November 10, 2017

…All Israelis are drafted into the military at age 18, with a few exceptions. Israeli Arabs, both male and female, are not required to serve, and the same goes for the ultra-Orthodox. Young, religiously observant women, known in Israel as modern Orthodox, traditionally have opted to enroll in national service, volunteering in schools or the community for a year or two, instead of the military. But that is changing. Since 2010, the Israel Defense Forces has recorded a surge in the number of religious women who want to serve. These figures have almost tripled, from 935 in 2010 to 2,499 last year — a welcome development for a military whose recent efforts to draft ultra-Orthodox men have been largely unsuccessful. READ MORE

YNET Number of women in combat roles reaches record high

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“The European continent has once again enveloped itself in a toxic cloud of antisemitism and European Jews today find themselves cornered from all sides”

MIDA
Smashing Jewish Skulls in Europe
by Judith Bergman
November 16, 2017

Last week, an elderly Jewish woman from London’s Stamford Hill neighborhood, which has a large Orthodox Jewish population, had her head smashed into a brick wall by a Polish man yelling “Zyd” (Polish for Jew) at her. It must have slipped the attacker’s mind that the time for smashing Jewish skulls with impunity belongs to the not so distant past, when Europeans hunted Jews as a recreational pastime. On the other hand, the Polish assailant may have simply thought that it is open season on Jews in Europe once again. After all, all he has to do is look around him to see that Jews are once more hunted in the streets of Europe and that very little happens to their tormentors as a consequence. To begin with, the only non-Jewish media outlet that even bothered to report the attack was Breitbart News. Ironically, the same Breitbart that is vilified as being ‘anti-Semitic’, despite its consistently pro-Israel stance. READ MORE

BREITBART New York Times’ Bret Stephens Embraces Anti-Israel Propaganda to Bash Steve Bannon

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“Amazon’s headhunting is creating pressure on local Israeli technology firms to retain their top employees”

JNS.ORG
Amazon Goes On Aggressive High-Tech Hiring Spree in Israel
November 14, 2017

The online retail giant Amazon is reportedly in the midst of a massive hiring spree in Israel and is offering unusually high salaries to attract top high-tech talent to its new Tel Aviv-based research and development (R&D) center. Some reports state that Amazon has offered prospective hires salaries as high as NIS 100,000 ($28,180) per month, and is typically offering salaries of around NIS 60,000 ($16,900) per month with additional bonuses, in its bid to lure programmers. READ MORE

JNS.ORG Israeli economy flexes its muscle as shekel is deemed world’s 2nd-strongest currency

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Some American Jews: “Israel had no right to make its views heard in America if doing so discomfited them”

COMMENTARY
U.S. Jews and Israel’s Right to Be Heard
by Evelyn Gordon
November 15, 2017

The growing divide between Israeli and American Jews was a major topic of conversation at this week’s annual meeting of the Jewish Federations of North America. It was also the topic of a lengthy feature in Haaretz, which largely blamed the Israeli government. Inter alia, it quoted former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro as saying, in reference to that majority of American Jews who identify as non-Orthodox and politically liberal, “There is an idea that has some currency in certain circles around the Israeli government that says, ‘You know what, we can write off that segment of American Jewry because in a couple of generations their children or grandchildren will assimilate.’” READ MORE

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