On a recent AFSI Chizuk mission to Israel, AFSI was treated to a tour of the underground emergency hospital at Haifa’s Rambam Health Care Campus. We were amazed by what appeared to be a huge parking lot, impeccably clean. We saw how it could be converted, in minutes, into a functioning, state of the art, hospital. Kol hakovod to Rambam. We pray there will be no need to treat great numbers of people, but are grateful that Rambam is prepared.
This week, Israel’s largest hospital in the north, Haifa’s Rambam Health Care Campus, inaugurated a command center for its fortified underground emergency hospital (FUEH).
Situated in proximity to the border with Lebanon, the command center has been operating the Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital (FUEH), designed to treat 2,000 patients from throughout the northern region in time of war.
The Israeli Defense Forces launched a counter strike – a severe blow – following an Iranian missile attack on the Golan Heights Thursday, destroying “nearly all” of the Islamic Republic’s military infrastructure throughout Syria.
“The IDF will not allow the Iranian threat to establish itself in Syria. The Syrian regime will be held accountable for everything happening in its territory,” the press release read.“The IDF is prepared for a wide variety of scenarios.”
PM Netanyahu issued a statement on his Facebook page: “Iran crossed a red line. We responded accordingly.”
The White House issued a statement saying, “The U.S. condemns the Iranian regime’s provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens, and we strongly support Israel’s right to act in self-defense.” Iran’s deployment of missiles is “unacceptable,” and warned Iran would bear “full responsibility” for the consequences of its behavior.
Reports are also revealing unusually strong defense of the Jewish State from the UK, France and Germany.
Today, May 8, 2018, President Trump announced that the U.S. is withdrawing from the JCPOA – the “deal” with Iran, which was NOT a treaty, but an AGREEMENT, which former President Obama pushed through, in order to strengthen Iran, the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world.
The “deal” was supposed to protect the world against the building by Iran of its nuclear bomb, BUT, it allowed the continuing enrichment of uranium, the lifting of sanctions, and the building of ballistic missiles which could deliver nuclear warheads. President Trump cited Israel as showing the history of Iran’s building of the nuclear bomb. The billions of dollars that Obama gave to Iran did not go to the Iranian people, but into Iran’s military budget which has grown by 40% since the “deal.”
President Trump spoke about the efforts to work with France, Germany, England, and the Middle Eastern states to have them cooperate in this withdrawal from the “deal,” which he describes as a decaying, defective, rotten structure.
He concluded his talk by reaching out to the eight million Iranian people, who he described as suffering for the past forty years since the dictatorship took power. He said the Iranian people are entitled to a nation that does honor to its history. He is hoping that a new understanding with Iran will accomplish that, as well as bringing peace and stability to the Middle East.
At the end of his talk, he sat down to sign a memorandum on economic sanctions that would be placed on Iran and on countries that would do business with Iran. He concluded, “America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail.”
A series of legal guidelines for regulating the legal status of thousands of homes in Judea and Samaria was welcomed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. The recommendations were made by the Zandberg Committee – an interministerial team of lawyers.
Shaked praised “the end of the era of uprooting Jewish families from Judea and Samaria with no purpose” and was led by a legal team that found ways to regulate this unacceptable atrocity.
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.
The above information is courtesy of The Israel Forever Foundation.
Tanzania announced on Tuesday that it will open its first embassy in Israel.
The embassy’s opening is scheduled for May 8 and will be located at 12 Abba Hillel Silver Street in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv. That is NOT Jerusalem, but it is a first step.
Tanzanian Foreign Minister Dr. Augustine Mahiga will attend the opening.
Arutz Sheva has learned that Knesset Members will not be invited to the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, currently the US Consulate.
The reason to ban MKs is unclear, but it is possible that he US is concerned about provocations of various kinds, both political and otherwise.
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.
This is today’s AFSI MUST READ.
What is Iran’s reaction to all of this? Find out HERE.