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March 10, 2014
40 Missiles, 181 Mortars, 400,000 Bullets Found On Iranian Arms Ship
By The Times of Israel & AFP
The Israeli military announced Sunday that it had offloaded 40 M-302
missiles,181 122-mm mortars, and 400,000 7.62 caliber bullets from the
containers aboard the ship seized several days earlier in the
A combined task-force of sailors, combat engineers and ordnance experts has
begun inspecting the containers offloaded from the Klos-C, and may uncover more
munitions over the next several days. Naval commandos seized the vessel on
Wednesday in the Red Sea between
On Wednesday, soldiers had carried out a preliminary inspection of the ship and
found several dozen advanced Syrian M-302 missiles, with a range of up to 200
kilometers (125 miles) and a payload of up to 170 kilograms (375 pounds). The
missiles were hidden in shipping containers also carrying sacks of concrete with
Iranian markings. The IDF said the Iranian shipment was destined for the
Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
On Sunday, a senior security official in
Meanwhile Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he wanted EU foreign
policy chief Catherine Ashton, in
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz met with soldiers who participated in
the raid and hailed their success on Saturday evening. During the meeting, at a
naval base in Eilat, Gantz told the soldiers that the struggle against the
empowerment of terrorist groups and the effort to keep them from strategic arms
hadn’t ended with their return home to
After consultations between American and Israeli officials, it was decided that
Obama Administration Imposes Travel Restrictions Against Israelis
At the same time the U.S. State Department is relaxing entry requirements to visa applicants with Islamist terrorist connections, and reassuring President Putin of Russia that any sanctions against travel to the US placed upon those responsible for Russia's invasion Ukraine will be limited to no more than a "few dozen" named individuals, it is dramatically increasing its rejection rate of Israelis seeking visas to visit the U.S.
While the State Department denies it, Israeli officials now suspect
their country is being deliberately sanctioned as part of an unannounced
administration policy to punish the Jewish state. This week their fears were
publicly shared by none other than administration ally Sen. Charles Schumer
(D-NY), who, in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry,
demanded an end to the “State Department policy of categorically denying
young Israelis tourist visas that makes it nearly impossible for any young
Israeli to visit the
The harsh and unexplained crackdown against Israeli tourists, first felt in 2009
has been tightening ever since, particularly, say those familiar with the
matter, within the last year. When first imposed, the travel bans were extended
to all young Israelis seeking to visit the
The State Department confirms there has been a 400% increase in the visa refusal
rate for Israeli citizens since 2007, when only 2.5% of all Israeli visa
requests were denied, as compared to 2013 when 9.7% were. In fact, rejection
rates for Israeli visa applicants were so high in 2013, that
Rabbi: Women's Megilah Readings OK According to Jewish Law
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the rabbi of the city of
The Book of Esther, known in Hebrew as Megilat Esther, recounts the events of the Purim holiday, which will be celebrated around the world next week. The holiday calls for the megilah to be read in front of the populace - traditionally being a man reading for a quorum of at least 10 men - twice during the holiday, once during the night and once the next morning.
But not only are women key to the Purim story - the Jews having been saved by Queen Esther - but they are also equally as obligated to the reading as well, despite being exempt from time-bound commandments in most circumstances.
As such, Riskin asked Sunday why some authorities prohibit women from conducting their own private readings. He noted that the Torah calls for "every Jew" to hear the megilah.
"While I do not hold that women are permitted to fulfill men's obligations to hear the megilah on Purim night, how can authorities claim that its is preferable for a man to read megilah for an audience of women?" the rabbi asked. "The issue was even brought to Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, who ruled that there is no problem [with an all-women's reading] and thus, there is no room for doubt."
Hollywood Blockbuster 'Noah' Faces Ban in Arab World
Three Arab countries have banned the
Islam frowns upon representing holy figures in art and depictions of Mohammad in European and North American media have repeatedly sparked deadly protests in Islamic countries over the last decade, fanning cultural tensions with the West.
"Censors for Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) officially
confirmed this week that the film will not release in their countries," a
representative of Paramount Pictures, which produced the $125 million film
starring Oscar-winners Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins, told Reuters. The film
will premiere in the
"The official statement they offered in confirming this news is because 'it
contradicts the teachings of Islam'," the representative said, adding the studio
expected a similar ban in
Noah, who in the Bible's Book of Genesis built the ark that saved his family and many pairs of animals from a great flood, is revered by Judaism, Christianity and Islam. An entire chapter in the Koran is devoted to him.
Mel Gibson's 2004 film "The Passion of the Christ" on Jesus' crucifixion was widely screened in the Arab World, despite a flurry of objections by Muslim clerics. A 2012 Arab miniseries "Omar" on the exploits of a seventh century Muslim ruler and companion of the Prophet Mohammad also managed to defy clerics' objections and air on a Gulf-based satellite television channel.
The publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a Danish newspaper in
2006 touched off riots in the Middle East, Africa and
"Noah," whose official video trailer depicts a burly Crowe wielding an axe and computer-animated geysers swamping an army of sinners hoping to board his ark, has also stoked religious controversy at home.
Jerry A. Johnson, president of a
conservative National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) group, said last month he
wanted to "make sure everyone who sees this impactful film knows this is an
imaginative interpretation of Scripture, and not literal."
Iranian Cleric: Einstein Was Muslim, and So Is Relativity Theory
Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mahadavi Kani made the claim in a video that has been
According to the ayatollah, “Einstein said, ‘when I heard about the narratives of the prophet Mohammed and that of the Ahle-Beit [prophet's household] I realized they had understood these things long before us.’”
Iranian clerics have made this claim in the past as well. In 2012, the late Ayatollah Hossein Borujerdi said that he had had a relationship with Einstein, who wrote to him that “Shi'ite Islam was the most scientific and just religion in the world.”
Albert Einstein, the German-Jewish theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, was offered the presidency of the State of Israel in 1952, even though he was not an Israeli citizen. "I am deeply moved by the offer from our State of Israel [to serve as President], and at once saddened and ashamed that I cannot accept it,” Einstein wrote, citing as a reason his discomfort with diplomatic matters as his main concern, and his age.
“I am the more distressed over these circumstances because my relationship to the Jewish people has become my strongest human bond, ever since I became fully aware of our precarious situation among the nations of the world,” he wrote in a letter turning down the offer. Einstein died three years later, in 1955.
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The Weekly Portion of Tanach
YOU SAY YOU WANT CHANGE?
By Frances Bernay-Cohen
I can't speak for you, but my grandparents came to the United States to find a refuge from "change." They came to The United States where their basic freedoms were guaranteed by the Constitution; where they could build a future on this solid ground.
Whether our forefathers and forI'm sure you will find some truth in this song.
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Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost
By Don Canaan (Commentary)
This year marked the 29th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.
Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.
Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.
Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.
Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.
The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.
Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."
April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.
That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.
Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."
The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.
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