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Zionism  // Posts tagged as "Zionism"

30 Mar Posted by | Comments

The Election is Over – Now Go and Vote

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a point as he addresses a joint meeting of Congress in Washington

An open letter to my American Jewish friends: Tell me you care by Dr. David Breakstone, vice chairman of the World Zionist Organization and international vice president of MERCAZ Olami. Exercise  your right to vote –  In a recent article, originally published in The Times of Israel, makes his case as to now that the Israel election is over, now is the time to go vote for Israel. PM Netanyahu stands before the U.S. Congress and claims to speak in your name. I’m not going to tell you whether you should feel reassured by that or enraged. I am going to tell you that you have a voice of your own, and a way to make it heard. Now that we who live in Israel have had our say regarding its future, it’s time for you to have yours. As...

08 Mar Posted by | Comments

A Personal Perspective on Israel


For close to 35 years, I have had the opportunity to serve as the head of the American Zionist Movement.  While the movement known as modern Zionism has been in place for well over a century, I believe we can all agree that the past thirty years have been a time to finally appreciate the sheer success of this movement.  In Israel’s early years, the nation’s very existence was a huge question mark and for decades we were never quite sure whether the next attack from our enemies would be the fatal blow that would end our dream.  In many ways that insecurity lasted into this modern period when not only was Israel able to survive, but the Jewish State began to truly thrive. The historic messages of turning the desert into farmland became more and more of a reality....

17 Feb Posted by | Comments

The Casual Lifestyle


A theme has been occurring in my life a few times in the past two months – comfort. As I write this blog post from Costa Rica, I sit in a beautiful home that a friend’s parent’s graciously allowed some of us to stay at while on vacation. The trip has been wonderful. I’ve been to beautiful waterfalls, visited a tropical zoo, Zip-lined through the Rainforest, snorkeled, and much more. Even more wonderful has been the time relaxing, eating and conversing with a group of wonderful people. Our catchphrase for the trip has been “the casual lifestyle”. It’s in times like this when I’m tempted to think that I could live like this forever. I could soak up the rays and eat delicious food with no cares. Sitting on this mountaintop, I could spend the next (God willing) 96 years...