Archive for January 23, 2020

Christian. Israeli. IDF Officer. 

January 23, 2020

 

 

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Speaks at Leningrad Memorial in Jerusalem 

January 23, 2020

 

 

A comment on one of my pro-Israel vids:

January 23, 2020

Source: Comments – YouTube

I’m an American Marine Recon Special Forces and I’d go fight with and for Israel any day my Brother ! Don’t cry we are Brothers and that’s what Brothers do for each other, I’m GySgt Bray of the 1st Marine Recon Amphibious Assault Unit 11 Bravo MARSOC MARINES 🇺🇸🇮🇱🇺🇸🇮🇱 I’ll die for the Holy Land just as I would for my country…SEMPER FI MEANS ALWAYS LOYAL, GOD BLESS YOU !

 

 

 

 

Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum 

January 23, 2020

 

 

 

World Holocaust Forum: President Putin Inaugurates Leningrad Memorial in Jerusalem: 

January 23, 2020

 

 

Senior Saudi religious leader set for ‘groundbreaking’ visit to Auschwitz Thurs. 

January 23, 2020

Source: Senior Saudi religious leader set for ‘groundbreaking’ visit to Auschwitz Thurs. | The Times of Israel

Saudi prince’s ally Mohammed al-Issa, other Muslim religious leaders and AJC officials also slated to tour a Jewish museum and a mosque in Warsaw, share a Shabbat meal

Mohammed al-Issa, the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, speaking on April 25, 2018 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. (Screenshot: American Sephardi Federation)

Mohammed al-Issa, the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, speaking on April 25, 2018 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. (Screenshot: American Sephardi Federation)

A senior Saudi religious leader is slated to visit the Auschwitz death camp in Poland on Thursday ahead of the 75th anniversary of its liberation by the Soviet Red Army.

Mohammed al-Issa, the secretary-general of the Mecca-based Muslim World League (MWL) and a former Saudi justice minister, is scheduled to arrive at Auschwitz alongside Muslim religious leaders from more than 24 countries and a delegation of American Jewish Committee (AJC) officials.

AJC CEO David Harris said the trip represented “the most senior delegation of Muslim religious leaders to visit Auschwitz ever.”

Issa, the Muslim clerics and the AJC officials will tour the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw on Friday as well as visit the Nozyk Synagogue in the Polish capital and a local mosque, Kenneth Bandler, a spokesman for AJC said, adding that the group will share an interfaith Shabbat meal too.

They also plan to meet with Holocaust survivors on Friday at the synagogue, according to an individual familiar with the details of the trip who asked not to be name.

Issa’s expected visit to Auschwitz comes after he visited the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, in May 2018 and wrote an opinion article in the Washington Post in January 2019 condemning the Nazis’ “heinous crimes.” He also declared that “Muslims around the world have a responsibility to learn” about the lessons of the Holocaust.

The railway tracks from where hundreds of thousands of people were directed to the gas chambers to be murdered, inside the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz Birkenau or Auschwitz II, in Oswiecim, Poland, December 7, 2019. (Markus Schreiber/AP)

“I urge all Muslims to learn the history of the Holocaust, to visit memorials and museums of this horrific event and to teach its lesson to their children,” Issa, who is considered an ally of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, wrote in the article.

From 1940 to 1945, the Nazis killed some 1.1 million people, mainly European Jews, at Auschwitz. They murdered most of the victims in gas chambers.

The AJC’s Harris described Issa’s scheduled visit to Auschwitz as highly significant, emphasizing that he believes it will enhance Muslim understanding of the Holocaust.

“This trip will be groundbreaking. That is no exaggeration,” he said in a phone call.

Pawel Sawicki, an official in the Auschwitz Memorial’s press office, said in an email that while Arab and Muslim clerics, leaders and activists have previously toured the camp, it seemed that Issa is to be the most senior religious leader to visit it.

In May 2019, AJC and MWL signed a memorandum of understanding, in which they agreed to take part in a trip to Auschwitz together this week.

Since 2016, Issa has been the head of the Muslim World League, which carries out Islamic missionary work around the world.

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Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the organization historically propagated “a virulent strain of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic writing, thinking and preaching,” but, under Issa, it has dramatically shifted its approach, pushing back against hardliners and stepping up outreach to other faiths.

MWL, which was founded in 1962, is subsidized by the Saudi government; it also supports mosques and Islamic centers globally.

Satloff, who accompanied US Holocaust Memorial Museum director Sara Bloomfield in walking Issa through the Washington museum, also said he thought the Saudi religious leader’s expected visit to Auschwitz carried “a special meaning.”

“The fact that the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, which once represented the worst face of Muslim leadership on issues related to the Jews and Jewish history, is going to Auschwitz — normalizing discussion of the Holocaust and marginalizing deniers — is something remarkable,” he said.

Abdel Wahab al-Shahari, the director of MWL’s communications, said he was checking whether Issa would be available for an interview, but ultimately did not say whether he would be able to do so or respond to follow-up messages.

Mohammed al-Issa, the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, beside senior Saudi officials, including Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman, at a meeting between a delegation of Evangelical Christians and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on September 10, 2019, in Jeddah. (Joel C. Rosenberg Delegation)

Joel Rosenberg, an Evangelical Christian and an American-Israeli author who has met with Issa twice in Saudi Arabia, said that he believed the Saudi religious leader has the backing of the Riyadh’s leadership to make the trip to Auschwitz.

“He definitely would not be making this visit if the crown prince did not want him to do so,” Rosenberg said in a phone call, referring to Issa as in the “close orbit” of Prince Mohammed.

Saudi Arabia has undertaken a number of social and economic reforms in recent years and has demonstrated greater openness to Israel, but has also come under heavy criticism following Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, which the CIA assessed was ordered by Prince Mohammed.

In the next week, Issa is also expected to visit Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where more than 8,000 Muslims were killed in July 1995 by Bosnian Serb forces.

 

Bloomberg: I opposed Iran deal, but the way Trump left it was wrong 

January 23, 2020

Source: Bloomberg: I opposed Iran deal, but the way Trump left it was wrong | The Times of Israel

Former New York mayor now running for US president says that although 2015 pact was ‘not perfect,’ the US was obligated to keep its word once it had signed

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks at a rally in New York City, January 15, 2020. (Scott Heins/Getty Images via JTA)

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks at a rally in New York City, January 15, 2020. (Scott Heins/Getty Images via JTA)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The position of the top seven Democrats running for president on Iran policy is, at least to some degree, public knowledge.

Yet pinning down a position for Mike Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who was not included in the last debate, where he might be forced to elaborate a position on one of the burning issues of the day, was more difficult. (He has high enough polling numbers to qualify for a debate, but has not crossed the outside contribution threshold set by the Democratic National Committee because he is bankrolling his own campaign.)

In 2015, Bloomberg was skeptical of the emerging nuclear deal that traded sanctions relief for Iran for a rollback in its nuclear program. And he was peeved by the way US president Barack Obama sold it to the public, which Bloomberg decried as divisive.

After the Jewish Telegraphic Agency last week published a story on where other Democrat presidential hopefuls stand on Iran, a spokesman for the candidate got in touch to clarify where Bloomberg stands today.

“Mike was initially against the Iran deal but thinks it was a mistake for President Trump to unilaterally walk away from it,” the spokesman said.

Trump abandoned the agreement in May 2018 over the objections of the other parties: Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

“While the agreement was not perfect — it did not address Iran’s ballistic missile program, and it gave the regime political cover to step up its aggression in the region — the US had an obligation to keep its word once the agreement was in place,” the spokesman said. “The US withdrawal has allowed Iran to abandon its own obligations under the deal and has left the world with few tools to stop it.”

The spokesman also said what Bloomberg would do to redress Trump’s withdrawal from the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, going into more detail than most of the other candidates.

“The first thing to do is re-establish the coalition that realized the danger of Iran marching toward a nuclear weapon. Collective pressure will be needed to change Iran’s behavior,” the spokesman said. “This should be the starting point for the use of diplomacy. We should also be prepared to employ the leverage that sanctions have provided.

“Next, Iran must come back into compliance with the JCPOA requirements. That will require addressing the advances it is likely to make between now and next year — advances that could shrink its breakout time. After rejoining, in order for any new arrangement to be sustainable, we must also be ready to address other inadequacies in the deal, which include the need to extend fast-approaching sunset clauses, curtail Iran’s ballistic missiles, end its destabilizing regional activities and institute more intrusive monitoring.”