10
Dec

Israel’s Right Turn

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

Two years before serving out a full four-year term, the 19th Knesset – Israel’s parliament – will be dissolved, and Israelis will head to the polls to vote in a new election. The feeling on the streets here in Israel is one of frustration with our leaders’ abilities to lead.

Polls conducted over the last few days show that if elections were held now, right-wing parties would be the big winners. Netanyahu would remain prime minister. The only change in the Knesset would be a cabinet occupied by right-wing ministers, as opposed to the more left-leaning politicians currently sitting in the government.

What the polls also show is that most Israelis believe peace talks with the Palestinians will be fruitless. In his address to the Arab League just a few days ago, Palestinian Authority (P.A.)…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / elections / Israel
1
Dec

Youngest Netanyahu Son Begins IDF Service

(Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO/ASHERNET)

In Israel, all young people are required to serve in the military. That includes offspring of those in the highest reaches of the Israeli government. The Jerusalem Post reports that today, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s youngest son, Avner, began his service with the IDF:

You’re in the army now! Avner Netanyahu, the youngest son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, began his three-year mandatory army service on Monday, enlisting in the IDF’s Combat Intelligence Collection Corps.

Like every soldier on the first day of service, Avner, accompanied by his famous parents, arrived at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill.

“Like any parents sending their child off to the army,” Netanyahu said, “we are excited to see our son” begin his army service.

He and his wife Sara were “full of pride” at the milestone of their son, and like “every…

   
Posted in: Avner Netanyahu / IDF / Israel
20
Nov

How American College Students React to ISIS, Israeli Flags

How do you think students on a college campus would react to someone waving an ISIS flag and proclaiming the glory of the Islamic State? How would they react to someone waving an Israeli flag? You might be surprised at the results captured in this short film by filmmaker Ami Horowitz.

Posted in: Ami Horowitz / Berkeley / College
10
Nov

Documentary Looks at Lives of IDF Soldiers

This new documentary follows five diverse Israeli soldiers during their first year of service, a fascinating look at the Israel Defense Forces – and an attempt by the filmmakers to offer a more accurate and positive public impression of the Israeli military. The film is being screened on more than 100 college campuses across the U.S. Wish we could see it too!

Posted in: Beneath the Helmet / Documentary / IDF
10
Nov

Responding to Terror

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

You have to hand it to the Palestinians – they sure can turn almost anything into a weapon of terror. And so begins a new phase in the terrorist war against Israel – one in which motor vehicles are the weapon of choice. Following the second vehicular terror attack in Jerusalem in two weeks, Palestinians starting posting cartoons of vehicles portrayed as rockets online and have termed the latest round of attacks against Jews the “Car Intifada.”

A dear friend of mine received a call on Wednesday. Her husband was on his way home in Jerusalem, when a car driven by a Palestinian terrorist rammed into his rear bumper. This is the second time in less than two weeks that someone I know has been a target of a terror attack.

Without a doubt, we…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / intifada / Israel