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A Gift With Israel’s Approval?

Armored vehicles were transferred to the Palestinian Authority security services as a gift from the EU and were reportedly sent to Judea and Samaria through Jordan, with Israel’s approval.

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan attacked the defense establishment decision stating that the transfer is a “total abandonment of human life and taking an unacceptable risk both of the lives of IDF soldiers and of the lives of the residents of Judea and Samaria.”

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Ceasefire? What Ceasefire?

Many were hopeful that the recent transfer of Qatari money to Gaza would, at least temporarily, calm the terrorist organizations.

Sadly, this is not the case. The firing of balloons into Israel is only increasing. At least three fires have broken out since the morning hours in the Be’eri and Shokeda forests and near Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

In addition to the incendiary balloons, Gaza schools were closed and approximately 10,000 Arabs were called to riot and mark Nakba Day along the Gaza security fence.

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First Anniversary: US Embassy in Jerusalem

At an event on Tuesday marking the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted that the Jewish people are “the only people on Earth who live in the same land where they lived 3,000 years ago, with the same capital, the same language and the same religion.” What makes the feat even more extraordinary, he added, is that the Jews were exiled from the land and came back to it.

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YOM HA’ATZMAUT SAMEACH ISRAEL!

3,000 years old and 71 years young! AFSI is thrilled to be celebrating Israel @ 71. It was this time last year that our Chizuk Mission Trip had the privilege to be in Israel and join in the festivities for Israel @70. In a little over two weeks our group will be travelling to Israel and looks forward to visits throughout the land, meeting with the people….and the enjoying the food!

Watch the Independence Day Flyover from the great big blue skies front row seat HERE.

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ISRAEL’S RIGHT TO DEFEND Weekend of Rockets Over Israel 4 Israeli Civilians Killed. Many Wounded. Lives Shattered.

“We support Israel 100% in its defense of its citizens.” ~President Donald Trump

“The Israeli’s have every right to defend themselves.” ~ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

This past weekend, Israelis living in the south of the country woke up to yet another barrage of rockets from Gaza. Between Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorist groups launched over 600 rockets and mortars at Israelis from Gaza (as of May 5th at 6 pm). Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs report HERE.

The 4 Israeli civilians killed were: Moshe Agadi (58), Ziad Alhamada (49), Moshe Feder (67) and Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Pashwazman (21).

Netanyahu: Gaza Campaign Not Over, Requires Patience and Judgement ~Herb Keinon

Haley: Why Should Israel Sit Back? Former US ambassador to the UN blasts international community’s double standards as Israel is attacked by rockets. ~Arutz Sheva Staff

We at AFSI support Israel’s right to keep its citizens safe by any means it deems best. We hope in the next round, and unfortunately it appears there will be one, that Israel will not hesitate to use whatever means necessary to insure its people a safe homeland.

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Israel Under Fire

The Israeli Air Force carried out a series of strikes north of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night in response to hundreds of incendiary balloons that Hamas launched at Israel earlier that day.

Sirens were sounded early Thursday morning in the Shaar Hanegev and Sdot Negev regional councils in southern Israel.

The IDF confirmed that two launches had been identified from Gaza toward Israel.

The rockets appear to have exploded in open areas, without causing injuries or damages.

The IDF responded that, “Hamas bears full responsibility for all that is taking place in the Gaza Strip, as well as all things coming out of it.”

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SHAME ON THE TIMES!! Holding The New York Times RESPONSIBLE By Helen Freedman

Over 500 people gathered in front of the NY Times building on 8th Avenue @ 40th St. in NYC to protest against the vile, obscene cartoon that had appeared over the weekend in the International edition of the NY Times. It depicted a blind Trump, wearing dark glasses and a yarmulke, being led by a dog with the face of Netanyahu. The outrage over this Der Sturmer type of hatred prompted grass roots organizers, Jeff Wiesenfeld, Hillary Markowitz, Helen Freedman and Judy Kadish of AFSI, to quickly call for the protest at the Times. Starting time was scheduled for 5:30, but hundreds of people had gathered by 4:30. Jeff Wiesenfeld, the MC, opened the program with a denunciation of the Times for its 120 year old campaign of slander and bias against Israel and the Jews. Although the Times attempted to lay the blame for the cartoon on one careless editor, we know that the entire newspaper and its owners are responsible.

The impressive roster of speakers, including Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Prof. Alan Dershowitz, Rabbi Elie Abadie, and Alex Landsman, all sounded the same note in different ways. The shameful record of the Times, the evil words leading to evil deeds such as the latest terror attack in Poway, CA, the Times’ support for the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel Congressional trio of Omar, AOC, and Tlaib, and the need to actively combat the rising anti-Semitism in America and world wide, were all laid out in detail.

Another theme that the crowd seemed to enjoy was that of the duplicity and uselessness of our Democratic elected officials. Where was the “Shomer Yisrael” – Schumer, on this issue? Where was Nadler? Engel? Any Democrats? There was only disgraceful silence. It was agreed that they would have to be voted out of office if possible. On the other hand, the crowd was urged to contact President Trump and PM Netanyahu, expressing concern about their depiction in the blasphemous cartoon and offering full support to them.

AFSI’s Charlie Bernhaut again made powerful signs accusing the Times of having blood on its hands and finding it guilty for its 120 year record of anti-Semitism. Hillary Markowitz did an amazing job preparing professional signs and arranging for the sound and stage. A large contingent of the press was present, due in part to the superb efforts of our PR professional. The protest was covered prominently in the New York Post and major Israeli media outlets. It will be interesting to see if it gets covered in other US or international mainstream media or whether the fake news philosophy will prevail.

Watch the video of the protest courtesy of Ido Siman Tov HERE.

Israeli Envoy Calls for Criminalizing Anti-Semitism After NYT Cartoon ~Tovah Lazaroff

Israeli Ambassador Calls NYT ‘Cesspool of Hostility’ ~Ron Kampeas

NYT Publishes Another Anti-Semitic Cartoon, Days After Global Outrage ~Hagay Cohen

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Sderot Comes to America

“We came from fire to fire,” ~Israel Dahan, father of 8-year old Poway shooting victim, Noya Dahan

Dear Readers:

What happened in Poway, California this past Shabbat is what the residents of Sderot, Israel experience on a regular basis. SHEER TERROR AND A FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES.

It happened again in America. On Shabbat morning, around 11:30 am Pacific time, when a lone gunman entered the Chabad of Poway in California and began shooting. One woman, Lori Gilbert Kaye, aged 60, was killed trying to protect the Rabbi (she’s pictured here). Some are saying she’s the heroine who took a bullet for everyone. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, leader of the Chabad of Poway, pleaded with the gunman to stop but was shot at. Goldstein lost one finger on his right hand and had surgery for a finger on the left hand. Almog Peretz, 34 years old, and his 8-year old niece Noya Dahan sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Sderot resident Peretz was visiting his family in Poway for Passover. Before moving to Poway, the Dahan family moved to Mira Mesa, CA from Sderot, Israel. In their new home in American, they experienced anti-semitism in 2015 with swastikas spray painted on their home. See HERE. It’s ironic that Dahan and her family moved from Sderot to American in order to get away from the rocket attacks on Sderot.

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We’ve Been Saying It All Along! Trump Drops “Two-State” Solution

AFSI has never advocated for a “two-state” solution and now The White House is saying it too as they begin to share comments on the forthcoming peace plan. Along with old terminology used in trying to forge previous attempts at at bringing about peace, the term “two-state solution” is being dropped by the White House. Time to change the thinking.

Jared Kushner, White House Senior Advisor, discussed the much anticipated, upcoming “deal of the century” and said that if people focus on the old traditional talking points, we will never make progress.” In an interview at the recent TIME 100 Summit, Kushner mentioned the Arab peace initiative of 2002 and called it: “…a very good attempt. But if that would’ve worked, we would’ve made peace a long time ago on that basis,” and added that the current peace team decided to put out a different plan.

We like Herb Keinon’s piece in The Jerusalem Post: ‘Deal of the Century’ Will Set New Baseline for Mideast Diplomacy. Keinon offers that the Trump peace plan may be less about reaching a final settlement now, and more about setting down new parameters for a changed reality.

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