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Republicans Overseas Israel:'For the First Time in 50 Years, Israel will Decide for
As tensions between Israel and the Obama administration escalate following the US
abstention in the United Nations Security Council and a 72-minute long speech by Secretary
of State John Kerry haranguing Israeli policy and the government of Israel, attorney Marc
Zell is confident US-Israel relations will not only recover, but become stronger than ever
With less than three weeks until President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on January
20th, Zell spoke with Arutz Sheva during a visit to the Gush Katif Museum in Jerusalem.
"Every time I come here I relive the extraordinary experience that I had living in Gush
Katif in the last three months to a month before the deportation of the residents of Gush
Katif and the destruction of the beautiful villages they had there," said Zell, who chairs
the Republicans Overseas Israel organization.
Zell opined that with Trump's inauguration, Israel would for the first time be allowed
to pursue its own interest's vis-à-vis Judea, Samaria, and the capital. But with
this new freedom, Zell added, the Israeli government would be obliged to create a coherent
long-term policy for the areas under its control, something successive coalitions have
never been in a position to do.
"It's important to be reminded of the lessons of Gush Katif, especially at this
critical time in history when we're on the cusp of perhaps a new age with the incoming
Trump administration. I think one of the greatest things that the election of Donald Trump
and Mike Pence means for the State of Israel, is that probably for the first time in 50
years we'll have an American administration that will truly back the decisions and the
will of the people of Israel and the State of Israel.
"And that means, conversely, that the State of Israel and the government of Israel must
decide for the first time what its interests are for Judea, Samaria, east Jerusalem, and
the Golan Heights. There's no more room for pussyfooting around here. Israel must decide.
And what Israel decides is in its interests, the American government that will take
office, with God's help, on January 20th will support."
Trump on Saturday night stressed the importance of Israel and criticized Kerry over his
recent comments that Jewish homes in the Land of Israel are an obstacle to peace. "We have
to protect Israel. Israel, to me, is very, very important. We have to protect Israel,"
Trump told reporters at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, according to Politico. He also
said with regards to Kerry's statements, "I disagree with what he has done with
Trump this past week criticized the UN and the Obama Administration for treating Israel
"with disdain and disrespect" and urged Israel to "stand firm" until he takes office on
January 20. Last Saturday, the President-elect said he would work to achieve peace between
Israel and the Palestinian Authority despite the fact that the vote at the Security
Council made it more difficult. "The big loss yesterday for Israel in the United Nations
will make it much harder to negotiate peace. Too bad, but we will get it done anyway,"
The President-elect is a strong supporter of Israel, though during his election
campaign he initially stated he would be "neutral and unpredictable" when it comes to the
Israel-PA conflict. He later clarified his comments and said that while he would be happy
to broker a peace deal, "in order for an agreement to happen, the Palestinians need to
show interest. It's a little difficult to reach an agreement when the other side doesn't
really want to talk to you." Trump has also said he would do his best to bring an end to
"the war that never ends", describing an Israel-PA peace deal as "the ultimate deal".
IDF Ramps Up Cyber Security Operations
The IDF is changing its cyber intelligence processing operational methods. From now,
the entire domain of cyber counterintelligence will be transferred to the IDF
telecommunications division, while all cyber intelligence gathering will remain the
responsibility of Army Intelligence.
A senior IDF officer said that the Chief of Staff's directive is to the effect that by
the end of the multi-annual 'Gideon' program, a cyber division capable of standing on its
own is to be fully operational. However, until then, with the main goal the protection of
the entire military system and its offshoots, it is necessary to divide the cyber network
between the various bodies, and this accounts for the changes currently taking place in
The IDF explained that at this point in time, despite the fact that Israel is
well-positioned in terms of cyber, there is a need for a telecommunications facelift to
improve the division's knowledge and professionalism.
The army began work on the establishment of its planned cyber division six months ago,
but this involves a constant learning, rechecking and monitoring process. The central
staff decision has been made, as explained here, and will eventually lead to the
establishment of the independent cyber division in four years.
Vandals Twist Arizona Family's Chanukah Menorah into Swastika
By Israel Hayom & IsraelNationalNews.com
Unknown vandals mangled a menorah display outside a Jewish family's home in Chandler,
Arizona, twisting it into a swastika, ABC15 Arizona reported. Police were called to Naomi
and Seth Ellis' home at around 5:30 a.m. Friday and helped disassemble the Nazi symbol. An
investigation into the incident has been launched.
According to the report, Seth Ellis had built the 7-foot-tall menorah out of PVC pipes
for his three children, who had asked for a holiday display similar to the neighbors'
Christmas decorations. The father had built the menorah after the children asked for a
public holiday display in place of a Christmas tree. The menorah was made of $100 worth of
PVC pipe painted gold and topped with nine solar-powered lights. To their horror, on
Friday, the family woke up to discover the menorah had been bent into the shape of a
"Just waking up to see that first thing is kind of rattling," Seth told ABC15. "It just
makes me sad and it makes me feel sick that's still how people look at the world in 2016.
I broke down in tears waiting for the police to come and hoping that my kids would not be
awake to see it," Naomi wrote on her Facebook page, in a post showing the display before
and after it was mangled.
"We live in a great neighborhood with kind and welcoming neighbors. We never would have
imagined that someone would spread so much hate here. I'm still not sure how I will
explain this to [my children]. I'm not sure I quite understand it myself. ... How can
people be filled with so much hate and violence? To think that someone would make such an
effort to hurt and vandalize a family is downright sickening," she wrote.
"Just waking up to see that first thing is kind of rattling. It just makes me sad and
it makes me feel sick that's still how people look at the world in 2016," Seth told an
ABC15 reporter. "You have to put it back up. I mean, what kind of statement is it for me
not to put it back up, especially for my kids?" Seth said he would rebuild his menorah "as
many times as he has to."
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