Israel At War

Why Israel Fights: Heroic Rescue of Hostages

Posted on June 11, 2024

Israel Rescues Hostages but World Blames Rescuers BACKGROUND – TALKING POINTS – DISPELLING MYTHS – ACTIONS – VOICES – STORIES For rescuing its own hostages, Israel is now under attack by the United Nations, international leaders and many anti-Israel voices in America. Israeli commandos launched a meticulously planned operation to free four hostages held by […]

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Prerequisites for a two-state solution are not present

Posted on June 11, 2024

by Rabbi Alan Silverstein, PhD In the spring of 2021, following 11 days of violence between Hamas in Gaza and Israel, President Joe Biden, when asked at a White House press conference if there had been a change in the Democratic Party’s position on Israel, Biden replied, “There is no shift in my commitment to […]

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Defeating Evil Carries an Immense Cost

Posted on June 4, 2024

Wars Against Evil are Necessary – from D-Day to 10/7 BACKGROUND – TALKING POINTS – ACTIONS – VOICES – STORIES 80th Anniversary of D-Day: ‘Into the jaws of death’ Allied forces launched Operation Overlord, a daring and pivotal assault on Nazi-occupied France, known as D-Day, which was June 6, 1944. As dawn broke over the Normandy […]

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Israel Denounced for ‘Just’ War to Save Hostages, End Hamas

Posted on May 29, 2024

BACKGROUND – TALKING POINTS – ACTIONS – VOICES – STORIES The challenges Israel is facing are increasingly complex in Gaza and on the world stage. Hamas use of civilian neighborhoods and tent encampments to harbor their fighters and missile launchers complicates the ongoing mission to rescue hostages and endangers civilians in Rafah. Despite mounting evidence of […]

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Israel is the ‘very definition’ of resilience

Posted on May 27, 2024

by Rabbi Alan Silverstein, PhD Listen to an audio version of this article by clicking here. In the aftermath of Iran’s shocking launch of 350 attack drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles against Israeli population centers, “Times of Israel” blogger Chavi Feldman asked: “What is resilience?” She herself responded: “I can pretty much guarantee that […]

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Torah for this Hour | May 23, 2024

Posted on May 23, 2024

“The Eternal said to Moses…. ‘None shall defile himself for any [dead] person among his kin’.… You shall not profane My holy name’” (Lev. 21:1, 22:32). The shocking experiences we have undergone and continue to undergo this year contain a double danger. Of the first danger, the physical danger of war, none of us needs […]

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Israel Demonized on Campuses and in International Courts

Posted on May 21, 2024

BACKGROUND – TALKING POINTS – ACTIONS – VOICES – STORIES Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and his defense minister could be subject to arrest if an international court has its way. Three leaders of the notorious Hamas terrorist organization also have been accused. This equal footing overlooks the fundamental differences between a democratic state defending its citizens […]

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Torah for this Hour | May 16, 2024

Posted on May 16, 2024

Five hundred, twenty five thousand, six hundred minutes. Five hundred, twenty five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred, twenty five thousand, six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year? Those are the opening lyrics of the song I like most from the musical, “Rent.” How do you measure, how do you count, and […]

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From Darkness to Light: Israel’s Journey of Remembrance and Resilience

Posted on May 14, 2024

BACKGROUND – TALKING POINTS – ACTIONS – DISPELLING LIES – VOICES – STORIES Every year on Israel’s Memorial Day, national sirens sound heralding a moment of silence to honor the Israelis who lost their lives in wars past and present, or from acts of terror. Israelis stop what they are doing wherever they are, and […]

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On Independence Day, do not take Israel’s existence for granted

Posted on May 13, 2024

Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, Southern Front Commander Yigal Allon (to his right) and Yitzhak Rabin (between them) on the southern front during the 1948 War of Independence. (IDF / Wikipedia) Listen to an audio version of this article by clicking here. by Rabbi Alan Silverstein, PhD My parents were born in the second decade of […]

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