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15 Apr Posted by | Comments

In Three Minutes, You Can Effect Change For Israel

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the JUF-JF Board meeting in Chicago, discussing the importance of the current Israel vote; not the recent Israeli elections in Israel, but the most important Israel vote that we in the Diaspora can participate in, the World Zionist Congress (WZC) vote – happening now. Being president of the American Zionist Movement, (AZM) I understand how Zionism has different meanings and emotions depending on one’s relationship with Israel.  However, I cannot stress enough, as Jewish Americans, regardless of our definition, it is our right and opportunity to vote on behalf of Israel.  The more votes America has, the stronger our voice can be heard for Israel and for Zionism. Why is voting so critical this year?  With the State of Israel besieged on many sides, with the current state of relationships between the State...

04 Nov Posted by | 1 comment

This Day in Zionist History: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin


“For Israel, there is no path that is without pain. But the path of peace is preferable to the path of war. I say this to you as one who was a military man, someone who is today Minister of Defense and sees the pain of the families of the IDF soldiers. For them, for our children, in my case for our grandchildren, I want this Government to exhaust every opening, every possibility, to promote and achieve a comprehensive peace.” Yitzhak Rabin spoke these words sixteen years ago. On November 4, 1995 (12 Cheshvan), Rabin, who was then the Prime Minister of Israel, was at a rally for peace in Tel Aviv. It seemed as though, thanks to his brave and bold moves towards peace and the advent of direct negotiations, peace would finally be achieved between the Israelis and...