Archive for June 1, 2019

Hezbollah chief: Israel will ‘pay the price’ if US goes to war with Iran

June 1, 2019

Source: Hezbollah chief: Israel will ‘pay the price’ if US goes to war with Iran | The Times of Israel

Hassan Nasrallah says all American forces and interests in Middle East will be annihilated if conflict breaks out, calls Trump peace plan ‘a historic crime’

Lebanese Shiite Muslims listen to a speech by the head of the terror group Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, transmitted on two large screens with a replica of the Dome of the Rock mosque, during the al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day, in a southern suburb of the capital Beirut on May 31, 2019 (Anwar AMRO / AFP)

Lebanese Shiite Muslims listen to a speech by the head of the terror group Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, transmitted on two large screens with a replica of the Dome of the Rock mosque, during the al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day, in a southern suburb of the capital Beirut on May 31, 2019 (Anwar AMRO / AFP)

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The head of Hezbollah warned on Friday that if the US went to war with Iran the whole Middle East would “erupt,” and Israel and Saudi Arabia would suffer.

“All American forces and interests in the region will be annihilated, and Israel and Saudi Arabia will pay the price,” Hassan Nasrallah said.

US President Donald Trump, “his administration, and his intelligence know well that any war on Iran will not remain confined to Iran’s borders,” the head of the Iran-backed terrorist group said in a televised speech. “Any war on Iran will mean the whole region will erupt.”

Nasrallah warned that Hezbollah was a force to reckon with, and said that Israel was vulnerable.

“We have precision missiles in Lebanon, and enough to be able to change the face of the region,” he said.

“Israel is strong but is now at its weakest point. The Zionist entity is afraid of missiles from Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Iraq,” he said. “They’re suffering from ruptures in all areas and lacking in leadership.”

Hezbollah supporters take part in a rally to mark the anti-Israel al-Quds day in Beirut, Lebanon, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Nasrallah on Friday also slammed a proposed US peace deal to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that Trump has dubbed “the deal of the century.”

“It’s a void deal… a historic crime,” he said of the plan, which has already been rejected by the Palestinians.

“This deal is a loss of Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic rights,” Nasrallah said.

Hezbollah is listed as a terrorist group by the United States.

Thousands of Iranians joined annual rallies in support of the Palestinians on Friday, also rejecting the US peace plan.

Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has been drafting the long-awaited peace plan, the economic aspects of which are to be presented at a conference in Bahrain next month.

Hezbollah supporters take part in a rally to mark the anti-Israel al-Quds day in Beirut, Lebanon, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

The United Nations earlier on Friday said it would not be taking part in that meeting on June 25 and 26 in Manama.

In December 2017, Trump broke with decades of bipartisan policy to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in a move that prompted the Palestinians to cut all contacts with his administration.

Israel insists the whole of Jerusalem is its “eternal, indivisible capital.” The Palestinians demand the city’s eastern sector as the capital of their long promised state.

 

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Zionism a key part of Herman Wouk legacy

June 1, 2019

Source: Zionism a key part of Herman Wouk legacy | Commentaries | stljewishlight.com

Herman Wouk, the famed novelist who first became a household name for his 1951 Pulitzer Prize winning “The Caine Mutiny” died last week nearly 70 years after achieving fame. Besides his long career as a writer he was also a lifelong Zionist.

This fact of Wouk’s love affair with the State of Israel has been completely absent from the many articles celebrating his literary career and marking his passing, less than two weeks before what would have been his 104th birthday.

In this small space we will attempt to rectify that.

Again and again — from his 1959 first non-fiction work “This is My God: The Jewish Way of Life” through his pair of books about modern Israel “The Hope” (1993) and “The Glory” (1994) until his second nonfiction book, published in 2000, “The Will to Live On: This is Our Heritage” — Wouk focused much of his literary abilities on Israel.

Perhaps no line in any of his books demonstrates his love of Israel more than this one from “This is My God”: “The first time I saw the lights of the (Israeli) airport in the dusk from the descending plane, I experienced a sense of awe that I do not expect to know again in this life.” Wouk, an Orthodox Jew, synthesized his love of Torah with his love of the reborn Jewish State.

And his view of Zionism is also clearly laid out in “This is My God”: “Zionism is a single long action of lifesaving, of snatching great masses of people out of the path of sure extinction.”

Forty years later in “The Will to Live On,” Wouk, interweaving Jewish history and shared stories of his personal interaction with David Ben-Gurion, Yitzhak Rabin, and other leading Israeli generals and politicians, showed that his love of Israel was clearly undiminished. “The resurgence of Jewry in the Holy Land is nothing but phenomenal,” he wrote.

Wouk had been a U.S. Naval officer during World War II and his love of the Israeli military and respect for its accomplishments was a large part of his two novels about Israel. Those books can be juxtaposed with his pair of famous World War II novels “The Winds of War” (1971) and “War and Remembrance” (1978). In his Israel novels the heroine Natalie Jastrow undergoes a long and tortured journey from American Jewish girl to Holocaust victim to Zionist.

Herman Wouk penned the introduction to the 1980 English version of “Self Portrait of a Hero: The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu.” Yoni’s brothers, Benjamin and Iddo Netanyahu, put together the book. “My parents like his were Zionists,” writes Wouk. Later in the introduction he explains his connection to Israel. “Like most American Jews we believe in Israel and support it, buy Israel Bonds, make frequent trips there; I give speeches for Israeli causes and so forth,” and then relates how the book allowed him to better understand his own son’s desire to make his home in the modern Jewish State.

The Washington PostThe New York TimesThe Jerusalem Post as well as wire services and other newspapers all managed to leave Zionism out of their summations of Wouk’s life. Whether deliberate or not, this missing piece of his life surely matters as one simply cannot understand Wouk without realizing the central place Zionism occupied in his life, no less than his love of Torah and his deep faith.

Wouk’s passion for the well-being of his fellow Jews and for Israel should serve as a reminder to American Jews of how the Greatest Generation also bore witness to the horrors of the Holocaust and the rebirth of Israel. Those who reflected on what they saw were forever changed. Wouk loved Israel and America and we should emulate that attachment to the Land of the Free as well as to the reborn Jewish State.

Moshe Phillips is national director of Herut North America’s U.S. division (online at herutna.org). Herut is an international movement for Zionist pride and education, dedicated to the ideals of pre-Word War II Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky.