"This is arguably the most strongly worded and unambiguous support of Israel by any State Legislature in US history," stated Ari Abramowitz, referring to the recently passed local legislation in the state of South Carolina.
Abramowitz, along with his "best friend and IDF commander" Jeremy Gimpel, co-hosts Tuesday Night Live in Jerusalem, a strongly Zionist television program, originally created by Arutz Sheva and filmed before a live studio audience in Israel's capital city.
Recent episodes, however, have been filmed before audiences in various cities in the United States.
The most recent was filmed this past Sunday night in the city of Columbia, South Carolina. The audience was comprised of both non-Jewish and Jewish pro-Israel supporters, leading Rabbi Jonathan Case of Beth Shalom Synagogue in Columbia to comment, “Ari and Jeremy did an excellent job this evening. It is good to know there are so many non-Jews who are so supportive.”
Two members of the South Carolina State Legislature involved in drafting and passing a pro-Israel resolution were featured on the show – Representative Alan Clemmons and Representative McLain R. Toole ("Mac" ).
The resolution states in part, "Be it further resolved that the members of this body support Israel in their natural and G-d-given right of self-governance and self-defense upon their own lands, recognizing that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of the lands of others, and that peace can be afforded the region only through a united Israel governed under one law for all people."
When asked what inspired him to author such a resolution, Rep. Clemmons said, “President [Barack] Obama's stance on Israel returning to the 1967 borders was not representative of the people of America, and definitely not the people of South Carolina and I felt as though I needed to speak up.” Abramowitz stated, “we hope that other states follow suit with South Carolina leading the way.”
He added, "South Carolina deserves to be recognized for showing the character and integrity to remain true to American values and stand up for Israel in the face of the United Nations, the European Union and many elements of the current US administration."
The evening ended with an unexpected request from Gimpel asking the audience members to visit Israel for Glenn Beck's planned August Restoring Courage Rally in Israel.
“Our event tonight should not end here. We must continue boldly standing with Israel and stay connected to our eternal capital of Jerusalem. This August, we ask you to plug into what will be the largest international pro-Israel rally of the decade and bring the truth of Israel to your communities, ” Gimpel said.
Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel also host the Arutz Sheva - Israel National Radio program Israel Inspired - A Light Unto the Nations. Archives can be found by clicking here: