This year, on May 2nd we marked Theodor Herzl’s birthday. May 3rd was Golda Meir’s birthday and Lag B’Omer. These are three reminders of the fight for Jewish sovereignty and extraordinary examples of leadership.
Theodor Herzl invisioned the rebirth of the Jewish State at a time when it seemed an impossible, crazy idea. Herzl’s motto was, “If you will it, it is no dream” His dream was realized, but it has not been completed – he intended the Jewish state to be safe, secure, and living in peace. This is the future.
Lag B’Omer celebrates Bar Kochba’s fighting Jewish spirit, driving for freedom from Roman occupation and Jewish sovereignty in our ancestral homeland. It also celebrates the light of Jewish spirituality brought to the world through the vision and wisdom of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.
Gold Meir was instrumental in the formation of Israel, including being one of 25 people who signed on the Independence document. Golda also had the privilege of being Israel’s 4th prime minister and the world’s third woman with the title of Prime Minister. She was Prime Minister during the devastating Yom Kippur War.
Herzl, Golda, Bar Kochba, and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai are all examples of extraordinary leaders, who played key roles in shaping the Nation of Israel. Each, in his own way, fought for the sovereignty of the Jewish People – the freedom to fulfill Jewish life in our ancestral homeland.
New legislation proposed by Knesset member Oded Forer (Yisrael Beiteinu) seeks to cut all governmental cooperation with the New Israel Fund and other foreign bodies in Israel that support organizations funded by foreign governments. This development comes just days following a campaign against the NIF launched by Im Tirtzu. AFSI is proud to say that we have been supporters of Im Tirtzu, and its parent body, the Israel Independence Fund, from its inception.
“In all of the democratic world, only Israel suffers from a phenomenon in which a foreign political organization operates from within as an open and hostile political opposition against the elected government and the military,” said Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg.
Just one day after PM Netanyahu’s stunning and dramatic presentation on Monday that exposed Iran for lying about being compliant in the nuclear ‘deal’, we’ve learned how Israel’sMossad agents smuggled half a ton of top-secret records from Iran’s nuclear program from Tehran to Israel.
In a letter sent to the UN Security Council, Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon wrote:
“Such a hateful diatribe against a people who have undergone thousands of years of intolerable persecution, is completely unacceptable. I call on all leaders of good faith to condemn these repeated hateful remarks and demand a full and sincere apology from Mr. Abbas. The Security Council must not stand idly by in the face of this incitement and apparent denial of Israel’s right to exist.”
Ayalim builds student villages throughout Israel. Ashalim is an amazing village, built by students from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheba. They work and live in the village. In addition they volunteer many hours for the larger community.
CEO of CBN-Christian Broadcasting Network’s Gordon Robertson told The Jerusalem Post conference on Sunday that he realized that”Israel is constantly being subjected to inflammatory words like ‘occupation’ and apartheid,’ but having been to Israel so many times, I said we must do what we can to change the narrative and combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and tell the real story of what Israel is doing.”
Last week, Im Tirtzu launched a new campaign against the New Israel Fund in light of the NIF’s increased anti-Israel activities.
The campaign began by placing a 100-foot long billboard on Tel-Aviv’s Ayalon Highway (along with hanging thousands of smaller posters throughout Israel), and by publishing a new report detailing the NIF’s modus operandi in delegitimizing Israel.
Below are two new videos from the campaign.
The New Israel Fund Against the State of Israel
A new video game developed by one of Im Tirtzu’s volunteers, which depicts the reality for IDF soldiers who are harassed and persecuted by the NIF