Jewish World 11:33 AM 3/9/2014
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The Jay Shapiro Hour
Torah Tidbits Audio
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.
The essence of the conflict that is termed the Israel-Palestine Conflict is that we Jews as Zionists challenge the Arabs not only nationalistically and politically as regards whose country is this land - Eretz-Yisrael or Eretz-Yishmael - but the issue is on a more fundamental intellectual, theological, philosophical and cultural level.
We challenge those who term themselves Palestinians to define who they really are.
We challenge them to coexist with us.
We challenge them to share a Holy Site.
We challenge them to be tolerant.
We challenge them to be more liberal and humanist.
We challenge them to adopt a different moral code of behavior.
We challenge them to be more democratic.
We are not perfect but we are better even as we know we can be better.
Do they want to be better?
Do they wish to liberate themselves mentally, emotionally and psychologically from their hate and rejection?
Can they accept sharing and cooperation, even on water and sanitation issues to save and preserve this land?
The growing of grapes and the production of wine has been a recent Yesha success story over the past decade.
What we do need is a good advertising campaign.
I caught this:
Fifty Shades of Grey Wine Launched
You've read the book, you're going to watch the movie, now you can drink the wine. E.L. James has launched a range of Fifty Shades of Grey wine...It comes in two flavours: Red Satin and White Silk...her website even lists the appropriate drop to go with various sections of her books (read here *contains spoilers*) - so this development is perhaps not a surprise. So, if you're looking to seduce your very own Christian or Anastasia, make sure to get a bottle of Satin or Silk in, and the Fifty Shades classical album on the stereo and you surely cannot fail.
Okay, we need not all need to know what that is all about, but you get the idea, break out to reach out.
Our Wines, Maybe Not Tuscany But Lots of Torah.
Anyone reading this have ideas?
The harvesting season is upon us and soon, the grapes will be in barrels.
The Oslo Process kicked in 20 years ago.
There are many things one can write about its effects, its influences and its results.
One theme I stress is that for true peace to evolve out of the mess Shimon Peres, Yossi Beilin and Yitzhak Rabin got us into, is that the generation of schoolchildren who grew up during this period, from kindergarten on to university, must be weaned away from the hatred, the inculcation of animosity and the deprecation of the Jews and the anti-Israel incitement that the Palestinian Authority to this day is engaged in and corrupting the minds of their youth.
All this negativity must be unraveled and healed. Peace programming must be in the schools.
If not, no peace.
So, to my not-surprise, one Brad Parker over at the closed-thinking Open Zion site, you can read this in Palestinian Youth and the Failure of Oslo:
Instead of growing up with a law-based, negotiated settlement founded on universal human rights principles, justice and respect for human dignity; Palestinian youth have had their futures stifled and suppressed by systemic discrimination, constant settlement expansion, and prolonged military occupation.
One-sided blindsiding of any outside observer who might not be aware of the foundations of Arab terror based on mobilized youth. All Israel's fault.
Again, relieving the Arabs of any responsibility for their predicament.
According to the official announcement
Secretary Kerry will travel to Jerusalem on Sunday, September 15 to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The purpose of the visit it to have an in-depth discussion with the Prime Minister on the final status negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, following on the Secretary’s meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in London last Monday. They will also focus on developments in Syria.
"Kerry" doesn't rhyme with "worry". But "bury" comes closer.
And there is a connection.
The behavior of Kerry and his President is simply not encouraging for Israel as we look past Syria to Iran.
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the conclusion of his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry today (Sunday, 15 September 2013):
"We have been closely following – and support – your ongoing efforts to rid Syria of its chemical weapons. The Syrian regime must be stripped of all its chemical weapons, and that would make our entire region a lot safer.
The world needs to ensure that radical regimes don't have weapons of mass destruction because as we've learned once again in Syria, if rogue regimes have weapons of mass destruction, they will use them. The determination the international community shows regarding Syria will have a direct impact on the Syrian regime's patron, Iran. Iran must understand the consequences of its continual defiance of the international community, by its pursuit towards nuclear weapons.
What the past few days have shown is something that I have been saying for quite some time, that if diplomacy has any chance to work, it must be coupled with a credible military threat. What is true of Syria is true of Iran, and, by the way, vice versa.
John, I appreciate the opportunity we've had to discuss at some length our quest for peace with the Palestinians and the ongoing talks. We both know that this road is not an easy one, but we have embarked on this effort with you in order to succeed, to bring about a historic reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians that ends the conflict once and for all."