Israeli government approves increased military budget to counter Iran
October 20, 2021 — The “alternative reality” of imagined victories influencing Iran’s leaders and proxies continues, despite calls to negotiate a new nuclear deal. Israel’s potential reality of making a preemptive strike to thwart Iran’s goals of its destruction and achieving regional dominance through nuclear blackmail is a last resort, although signs point that it may become necessary, as Iran’s leaders refuse to consider peaceful options.
Leaders from Israel and six Middle Eastern nations hold first multilateral meeting
October 19, 2021 — The gathering offers a look at what a future Middle East, with closer coordination among its neighbors, could resemble. However, lingering problems, such as the rejection of normalization with Israel by the Palestinian Authority, remain to pose challenges as the new coalition seeks to pursue progress in the midst of many political agendas.
Herzog urges new battle to combat online antisemitism
October 18, 2021 — The Jerusalem Prayer Team has been deeply involved in the battle of online antisemitism. In May, Facebook shut down the Prayer Team’s page after it was flooded by myriad antisemitic comments for three consecutive days during the 11-day Gaza War. The ultimately failed shutdown was triggered by a concerted campaign that aimed at overwhelming Facebook’s control logarithms.
Iran plays victim at the UN as it calls Israel’s words ‘threatening’
October 15, 2021 — The combination of Iran’s complaints against Israel and America’s increasing compliance with UN policies doesn’t help the already tense situation over Iran’s ongoing nuclear development. Opposing the proliferation of nuclear weapons is one thing the nations agree on, as diplomatic efforts continue and “all options” remain on the table.
US Secretary of State Blinken warns time is running out for Iranian diplomacy
October 14, 2021 — Both US President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Bennett agreed during their initial meeting that Iran cannot obtain a nuclear weapon. As Blinken and other leaders throughout the region concluded, it is becoming clear that other options may need to be considered.
Former US envoy to Israel wants to bring thousands of Muslim tourists to Jerusalem
October 13, 2021 — “The road to peace goes through Jerusalem," David Friedman said. “The key to the Abraham Accords was the trust between a small group of people. The Friedman Center is committed to expanding that trust beyond a small group of people."
Aliyah numbers surge so far to 31 percent over 2020 newcomers
October 12, 2021 — The numbers are something to be celebrated. They show that return to the Jewish homeland has become a high priority for many Jews during the pandemic.
US Congresswoman Tlaib embraces group that supports ending aid to Israel
October 11, 2021 — Since November 2020, "Squad" activist Rashida Tlaib has been calling for a Palestinian state “from the river to the sea,” a well- known Arab war cry meaning the elimination of the State of Israel.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to visit Knesset for launch of Abraham Accords Caucus
October 8, 2021 — The Abraham Accords continue to leave their mark on Israel and nations across the Middle East. In addition to Israel, Bahrain, and the UAE, Morocco and Sudan have joined. Others may also soon follow, as the success of the accords reveal benefits for all parties involved.
Microsoft to launch five new sites in Israel
October 7, 2021 — This expansion will help Israel grow, retain, and recruit the most talented people of the startup nation. Microsoft is not alone among tech companies expanding in Israel. Google, Nvidia, Amazon, Oracle are among other companies helping to build a strong Israel.
IDF will continue targeting Iran’s nuclear program, chief declares
October 6, 2021 — The ongoing calls for Israel’s annihilation only strengthen the importance of the IDF’s efforts to stop nuclear development in Iran before it is successful. The leadership of the IDF remains strong and resilient, preparing for any option that may threaten the nation of Israel and its people.
Israel’s leaders join in comemmorating the yahrzeit of Shimon Peres
October 5, 2021 — Shimon Peres’s impact continues to influence not only his peace center and writings, but also the lives of the many people he directly influenced during his lifetime. I am among those who were privileged to work with him and continue to honor his legacy today through the growing impact of the Friends of Zion Heritage Center in Jerusalem.