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Poll Finds American Support for Israel Falls to 10-Year Low

By the Jerusalem Post

American support for Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fell to a record low since 2009, Gallup's annual World Affairs survey reported on Wednesday. One fifth sympathize more with the Palestinians, the poll showed, the highest number by one point in Gallup's trend since 2001. Liberal Democrats have the lowest level of support for Israel in the last 14 years, reaching 43%. The percentage of Republicans saying they sympathize more with Israel in the conflict fell from 87% in 2018 to 76% in 2019. Conservative Republicans were reported as the most sympathetic to Israel, followed by moderate/liberal Republicans and moderate/conservative Democrats. Liberal democrats have the lowest net sympathy for Israel. Sixty-six percent of US adults view Israel very or mostly favorably, down from 74% last year. Gallup stated that the poll was conducted prior to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar's remarks about US support for Israel. The views of political independents remained unchanged.

Saudi Reporter: The US Peace Plan Plans to Divide Jerusalem

By the Jerusalem Post

Saudi Arabia has been in touch with the US administration regarding the peace initiative, as it is rumored that the deal will include recognition of Israel by surrounding Arab countries. A senior reporter for the Al Riyadh, one of Saudi Arabia's most prominent newspapers, claimed that the President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" will divide Jerusalem. The reporter Hadeel Oueis wrote on her twitter account that "The Old City of Jerusalem will be divided in half: the Arab and Christian quarters will go to the PA [Palestinian Authority], while the Jewish and Armenian quarters will fall under Israeli control." Oueis further tweeted that "Arab areas adjacent to Palestinian Area A and B will go to a future Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem." Saudi Arabia has been in touch with the US administration regarding the peace initiative, as it was rumored that the deal will include recognition of Israel by surrounding Arab countries. "Jerusalem will always remain the undivided capital of Israel and it is not something to be bargained with," Matan Peleg, CEO of the Zionist organization Im Tirtzu responded to the report. "With the upcoming elections in Israel, it is important that the public understand the repercussions of this deal and vote only for parties who vow to not give up even an inch of Jerusalem."

UN Rights Chief Laments Israeli 'Dismissal' of Gaza Report

By Israel Hayom and Reuters

The U.N. human rights chief has expressed disappointment with Israel over its "immediate dismissal" of a report about deadly violence by Israel security forces against protesters in Gaza last year. The comments from Michelle Bachelet, a former Chilean president, came on Wednesday during her first annual address to the Human Rights Council since becoming the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights in September. Bachelet lamented that Israel responded to a report published Monday on the Gaza violence "without addressing any of the serious issues raised." The report commissioned by the council found Israeli soldiers intentionally fired on civilians and could have committed crimes against humanity in crackdowns that killed 189 people and left 6,000 hurt by sniper fire. Bachelet made "gross inequalities" in the world a major theme in her speech. Meanwhile, the publication of a U.N. database of companies with business ties to Israeli settlements has been delayed again. The issue is highly sensitive as companies appearing in such a database could be targeted for boycotts or divestment aimed at stepping up pressure on Israel. Goods produced there include fruit, vegetables and wine. Israel has assailed the database, whose creation was agreed by the U.N. Human Rights Council in March 2016, as a "blacklist." Bachelet said on Tuesday that despite progress made since launching the study, further work was needed due to the "novelty of the mandate and its legal, methodological and factual complexity." Her office aimed to finalize and issue the study "in coming months", she said in a letter to the Human Rights Council. The World Jewish Congress said its CEO, Robert Singer, had met Bachelet last month and urged the cancellation of the database. The New York-headquartered group welcomed the delay to publication, saying in a statement the report should be put off for good as it would financially hurt thousands of employees, both Israeli and Palestinian, of targeted companies.

Israeli Commission Rules Far-Right Jewish Power Party's Leader Can Run in Elections

By JTA & IsraelNationalNews.com

The chairman of the far-right Jewish Power party, or Otzma Yehudit, can run in April's elections, the Israeli Central Elections Commission ruled. The commission approved the candidacy of Michael Ben-Ari, who is in the realistic fifth spot on the candidates' list of the Union of Right Wing Parties — a merger of Jewish Power with the more moderate Jewish Home party. The vote not to bar Ben-Ari was 16-15. His candidacy was approved despite Attorney General Avi Mandleblit's opinion that Ben-Ari should be disqualified over incitement to racism. The Jewish Power party allegedly subscribes to the racist, anti-Arab views of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane. The issues are expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court. Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, one of the candidates on the Otzma Yehudit party Knesset list, defended his party to the Central Elections Committee on Wednesday, which dealt with the request of the left and the Reform movement to disqualify Otzma Yehudit from running in the upcoming elections. "Rabbi Kahane was a member of the Knesset, he was a leader," Ben-Gvir said. "We don't subscribe to every law he proposed, but we think that the rabbi was right."

"This day, the day on which the Attorney General's representatives seek to prevent Ben-Ari from running for the Knesset, is a black day for Israeli democracy," he declared. "Members of the Reform movement take one sentence out of context [to libel Otzma Yehudit]. They keep crucial information from the committee." He defended Otzma Yehudit from charges of racism. "To say that there is no room for Israel's enemies is not racism. This is just focusing on a few sentences and taking them out of context. We think that Rabbi Kahane was right about the death penalty for the terrorists, he was right in his struggle for the Jews of the Soviet Union, he was right in the struggle to settle the Land of Israel," he added. When committee chairman Judge Hanan Meltzer asked Ben-Gvir what issues Rabbi Kahane was not right about, he replied: "We would not have submitted a law on racial segregation. I remind the chairman that we were MKs for four years and did not submit any such bill. We do not include all the Arabs [in our statements]. We do not call all Arabs enemies." When asked about Otzma Yehudit's platform that judges should declare their loyalty to the State of Israel, Ben-Gvir said: "We think that every judge should declare their loyalty. Those who are loyal are welcome. Those who are not loyal should not be here. Is that racism?" "Unfortunately, I did not get to know the great rabbi, Rabbi Kahane, but you must deal with the opinions of Ben-Ari and Ben-Gvir, not Rabbi Kahane," Ben-Gvir demanded. "They distributed a sticker here against Arabs. I checked, and it's a sticker from 30 years ago. We talk about the picture of Dr. Goldstein, but look at the picture Tibi has on his wall of the arch-murderer, Yasir Arafat." "Shafir called us Nazis. This did not hurt me. It hurts the 6 million people murdered in the Holocaust. It is possible to disagree, but for serving MKs to call us Nazis is something that is unacceptable in the Knesset. Ben-Gvir added, "As far as I'm concerned, Neturei Karta, those who met with the president of Iran, and [left-wing journalist] Ofer Kassif, are the same." Asked about his position on the Arabs of Haifa, Ben-Gvir replied: "Those among them who were happy that soldiers were killed are enemies. I have no issue with all Arabs, but those who call to 'slaughter the Jew' are enemies."

The Trump Temple Coins that Changed the World now in Silver

By IsraelNationalNews.com

A little more than a year ago, President Donald Trump made a historic declaration that Jerusalem is the "Only Capital of the Jewish State of Israel. "Soon after, Trump proved to the world that he not only makes declarations, but also acts upon his beliefs: He transferred the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. And following this historic event, the TRUMP TEMPLE COINS were minted. The concept was conceived by Prof. Hillel Weiss and the coins were produced by the Mikdash Educational Center in Jerusalem. In the past year, these unique coins have found their way to thousands of people worldwide- from North and South America, China, to Australia, all around Europe and even to Iran - all who support Israel, the Holy Temple, and Trump's declaration. Now they can be obtained in solid silver too!! The Trump Temple Coins are not just medallions or souvenirs. They are precious coins that have an entire story to tell. The main idea conveyed by these coins is that Trump is initiating a prophetic process that will eventually facilitate when the time comes, the rebuilding of the Third Temple. His actions mirror those of King Cyrus who declared to the Jewish people, in exile for 70 years, that "Hashem, The Lord of the World, charged me to build Him a house in Jerusalem." On Monday, March 5, 2018, in Washington D.C., shortly after the Temple Coins were produced, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed President Trump and also compared the President to King Cyrus. "I want to tell you that the Jewish people have a long memory; so we remember the proclamation of the great king, Cyrus the Great, the Persian king, 2,500 years ago. He proclaimed that the Jewish exiles in Babylon could come back and rebuild our Temple in Jerusalem. "We remember a hundred years ago, Lord Balfour, who issued the Balfour Proclamation that recognized the rights of the Jewish people in our ancestral homeland. We remember that seventy years ago, President Harry S. Truman was the first leader to recognize the Jewish state. And we remember how a few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people through the ages" The message on the coin is addressed to all the "Seventy Nations": They are called upon to accompany the Jewish People on their journey to establish the Holy Temple as a place of peace. The Menorah on the Coin. The Menorah was always the symbol of the Jewish Nation. It represents the light of the Temple spreading out to the world, as stated in Isaiah 60:3, "Nations shall walk at Your light, and kings at the brightness of Your rising". On the Arch of Titus is an engraving of the Menorah, carried by Jewish slaves, that essentially depicts the exile and the destruction of the Second Temple. Seventy years later, as foretold by the prophets, the people of Israel came back to their homeland and rebuilt the Temple in Jerusalem. After the Declaration of the State of Israel, the Menorah was chosen to be the emblem of The State of Israel, to show that now, as then, the people of Israel came back from exile to their land. The?Menorah, the symbol of the State of Israel, stands in the center of the coin, together with the ancient Persian emblem and the?seal of the United States?of America. The Ingathering of the Exiles. The coin calls for the continuation of the in-gathering of the Jewish exiles from all corners of the globe –?"Like doves coming back to their nests." They will come to the Land of Israel, to Jerusalem and the Temple, and to the fulfillment of peace in the world, through the establishment of the Third Temple and the realization of the prophetic vision.

How 19th-Century Jews Appealed to President Jefferson

By JTA
Jews have a long history of making sure our heads of state hear from us. So if you're planning on lobbying the President-elect, you could do worse than to model your conversation on a 200-year-old exchange between Thomas Jefferson and 19th-century New York-born proto-Zionist Mordecai Manuel Noah. In 1818, Noah, a former diplomat and journalist of Portuguese Sephardic descent wrote to Presidents Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Madison, outlining an age-old Jewish problem: Jews desired a homeland of their own, but until that day came, it would be nice to be counted equally as Americans. (Seven years later, Noah would try to bring that day about himself by proposing a Jewish homeland on Lake Erie.) Jefferson, no doubt feeling the breath of posterity on his neck, wrote back to Noah, thanking him for a bit of Jewish education and acknowledging that "although Americans are free by the law, we are not so in practice" — that true freedom would only come when everyone's rights were on "equal footing." But Jefferson was far from the first President to set forth this philosophy: nearly 30 years earlier, Washington may have put it more eloquently when he wrote to the Jews of Newport, RI: "Everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid."


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