Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) this year is May 21-22 and is the anniversary of the liberation and unification of Jerusalem under Jewish Sovereignty that occurred during the Six Day War.
Shown here are David Rubinger’s famous photographs of IDF soldiers after liberating the Kotel (Western Wall) in June 1967.
The liberation of Jerusalem in 1967 marked the first time in thousands of years that the entire city of Jerusalem was under Jewish Sovereignty.
Watch Ambassador David Friedman deliver this year’s message
Read more HERE
Israel finally has a new government after three elections and more than a year of political stalemate. As it gets to work dealing with the calamitous effects of COVID-19, one of the main questions now is whether or not it will set in motion the Trump Mideast peace plan, which includes negotiating with the Palestinians and applying Israeli law to the Jordan Valley, and parts of Judea and Samaria. In his speech before the swearing in ceremony at the Knesset on Sunday, Netanyahu said, “It’s time to apply the Israeli law and write another glorious chapter in the history of Zionism.”
Americans For A Safe Israel reiterates its position that no peace plan with the Arabs can come to fruition as long as they continue to deny Israel’s right to exist and maintain Jew hatred as their predominant political ideology. We also reiterate our position that Sovereignty must be applied now.
Will Israel apply sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria?, by Israel Kasnett. Jewish News Syndicate – May 20, 2020
Is this Iran’s response to the recent cyber attack on its port facilities? This morning, Regavim’s website was hacked in an Iranian cyber onslaught. A video implanted on Regavim’s homepage illustrates an Iranian attack on Tel Aviv and Haifa.
Following the recent cyber attack that targeted port facilities in Iran – a cyber-op attributed to Israel – this morning, a counter-offensive was launched. Both the Hebrew- and English-language websites of the Regavim Movement, a public non-government organization dedicated to protecting state land, were taken over by Iranian hackers, as were hundreds of Israeli internet sites.
Yakhin Zik, Director of Operations at Regavim: “We hope our website will be up and running again soon. Meanwhile, our battle to preserve Israel’s national resources continues unabated, and we will provide updates through social media.”
Download the video implanted by hackers on the Regavim sites.
The above news was sent to us by our friends at Regavim. Read more about the cyber attack in: Cyberattack: Anti-Israel message takes over multiple Israeli websites, by Tzvi Joffre. Jerusalem Post – May 21, 2020
It’s been a long haul for the Israeli people! After three consecutive elections, Israel’s Knesset approved a new government on Sunday by a vote of 73 to 46.
Benjamin Netanyahu will continue to serve as prime minister until October 2021, when Benny Gantz, the new defense minister, will take over.
The new government will have 35 ministers, swelling to 36 once the coronavirus crisis is over, according to the coalition agreement. That will make it the largest government in Israeli history.
Americans For A Safe Israel congratulates Israel on its long-awaited new government and wishes it hatzlacha and much strength as it forges ahead. In addition to managing the country post-coronavirus, Israel has much work ahead of it in combating the ongoing strategic threats it faces. AFSI will also be watching closely for a swift execution of Israel’s rightful and lawful application of Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.
The ministers of Israel’s 35th government, by Times of Israel Staff. Times of Israel – May 17, 2020
Netanyahu vows to fight ICC’s war crimes probe as one of new government’s key objectives, by News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff. Israel Hayom – May 18, 2020
The student branch of the far-left communist Hadash party at Hebrew University is facing sharp criticism for publishing an inciting video last week against IDF soldiers and Hebrew University.
The video was published by the group ahead of “Nakba Day” and accompanied with subtitles in Arabic, Hebrew and English. It begins by depicting a timeline accusing Israel of perpetrating a range of crimes against humanity since 1948, and then takes aim at IDF soldiers studying at Hebrew University.
AFSI will continue to expose the enemies of Israel even if they are from within. The problem here are the free speech policies of Hebrew University. The difference between the right to free speech and inciting hate against the IDF, protector of Israel, must be clearly defined. We suggest Hebrew University offer a mandatory course for all students: The Truth About Israel 101.
Hebrew University student group video takes aim at IDF soldiers, by Arutz Sheva Staff. Arutz Sheva – May 18, 2020
A large, bipartisan group of 69 senators and 262 House representatives sent a letter on Wednesday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to call on the International Criminal Court to halt its investigation regarding the US and Israel, saying it was politically motivated.
The letter reads: “We believe the prosecutor’s decision to investigate the Israeli-Palestinian situation and request to the Pre-Trial Chamber to determine the court’s jurisdiction over disputed territories constitutes a dangerous politicization of the court and distorts the purposes for which the court was established,” the members of Congress added.
The group argued that the ICC should only be a “last resort for the prosecution of the most serious international crimes.” It noted that the Palestinian Authority is not a state, and therefore, “does not meet the criteria to qualify” to bring allegations against another country.
While ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda accepts false Palestinian territorial claims, she is making a political judgment against Israel. The letter issued by the US Congress cannot be underestimated – it is a critically important statement in support of the Jewish Nation State. Americans For A Safe Israel welcomes it as a very strong position in support of Israel.
AFSI expresses sincere thanks to Representatives Elaine Luria (D-VA) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI) who spearheaded the House version of the letter and Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) who led the Senate version. They’re leadership has helped teach the truth about Israel.
#MikePompeo #USCongressLetterToInternationalCriminalCourt #FatouBensouda #ElaineLuria #MikeGallagher #BenCardin #RobPortman #ICCPoliticallyMotivated
Congress to Pompeo: ICC has no jurisdiction over disputed territories, by Omri Nahmias. Jerusalem Post- May 14, 2020
On Tuesday morning, IDF Sgt. Amit Ben Yigal (21) was murdered after a large rock was thrown at his head. This terrorist act occurred as troops carried out arrests in the Arab town of Ya’bad.
The Golani Reconnaissance Battalion was carrying out a series of arrests in the village and had detained four wanted Palestinians – two suspected of involvement in a terrorist organization, and two suspected of throwing stones.
After completing arrests around 4:30am, a group of ten locals began throwing stones toward IDF troops. “The rock hit the soldier directly in the head,” IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Hidai Zilberman told reporters. “The soldier was wearing a helmet. But it hit him at an angle.”
Could Yigal’s death have been prevented if the IDF were allowed to open fire on the terrorist? The Almagor terror victim’s organization now demands that the Justice Department and State Attorney’s Office allow opening fire at rock throwers. (This would comply with US ordinances where rocks are declared deadly weapons.)
AFSI mourns the viscous and senseless loss of one of Israel’s finest. With ongoing acts of terrorism against the Jewish State, there can be no realistic expectation for peace.
#AmitBenYigal #SlainSoldier #IDFTroops #GolaniReconnaissanceBattalion #NeverAgain #HeWasMyOnlySon #Almagor #IsraelTerrorVictims #RockThrowers
IDF soldier killed during arrest raid in West Bank, by Anna Ahronheim. Jerusalem Post, May 12, 2020
Hundreds Mourn for Fallen Soldier, YNet – May 14, 2020
Demand: Approve opening fire on rock-throwers, by Mordechai Sones. Artuz Sheva – May 12, 2020
Americans For A Safe Israel congratulates Minister Gilad Erdan on accepting Prime Minister Netanyahu’s offer to serve as Israel’s next ambassador to the United Nations as well as the United States. He will replace current Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and current Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer.
Erdan is a known leader having worked vigorously against the anti-Israel BDS movement and has a well-rounded understanding of the issues in the Arab/Islamic war against Israel.
AFSI looks forward to supporting Minister Erdan in his new positions. Strengthening Israel and US Israel relations along with combating the enemies of the Jewish people and the State of Israel is our shared goal.
#GiladErdan #OurSharedGoal #Israel’sNextAmbassador #PublicMinisterGiladErdan #IsraeliAmbassadorToTheUnitedNations #IsraeliAmbassadorToTheUnited States
Gilad Erdan named as next Israeli Ambassador to the UN and the US, by Arutz Sheva Staff. Arutz Sheva – May 11, 2020
The Palestinian Authority is taking advantage of the absence of Civil Administration inspectors during the coronavirus shutdown. They are consolidating a takeover of “Tel Aroma,” a Hasmonean fortress in Samaria, according to Israeli NGO Regavim.
Sunday the NGO reported that a fleet of heavy engineering tools from the PA and the Beta Village Council arrived at Tel Aroma and paved a road leading toward the remains of the fortress.
Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan assessed the destruction of the site, saying: “Enforcement authorities must give this matter the attention it deserves; they have a responsibility to live up to, this is their job and we expect them to do it. This systematic destruction of Jewish heritage sites throughout Judea and Samaria cannot continue. We demand that they put an immediate stop to the ongoing destruction of Tel Aroma; we call upon the relevant authorities to take action without delay.”
#TelAroma #Samaria #HasmoneanFortress #SamariaRegionalCouncil #YossiDagan #Regavim
Report: Palestinians exploiting corona to destroy Hasmonean-era fortress, by JNS. Jewish News Syndicate – May 11, 2020
Regavim Video #1. May 10, 2020
Regavim Video #2. May 10, 2020
Israel’s thirty-fifth government will be sworn in this Thursday at 1:00 pm, Knesset Speaker and Blue and White party chief Benny Gantz said today.
Gantz finalized the timing for the swearing-in of the unity government, initially set for Wednesday afternoon.
Due to the upcoming visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the swearing-in was pushed back to Thursday.
It’s Final: Israel’s new government to be sworn in on Thursday, by Arutz Sheva Staff. Arutz Sheva – May 11, 2020