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Representatives from an animal welfare group evacuated dozens of neglected animals from a Gaza zoo on Sunday. This is not the first time animals were evacuated from the coastal enclave.

The evacuation was considered a mercy mission after four lion cubs died in January and a lioness was declawed. The animals had been smuggled into Gaza through tunnels between Gaza and Egypt and were kept in neglectful, sometimes inhumane, conditions. Many animals died of cold and hunger.

Veterinarians and volunteers from Vienna-based Four Paws International transported 40 animals into Israel from the zoo including lions, monkeys, ostriches, peacocks, wolves, a hyena, foxes, porcupines and squirrels. The animals will be resettled in Jordan and South Africa.

Uri Madar, Israel’s agriculture coordinator for Gaza crossings, said the move was “a mission of ethics.” Four Paws International has carried out four such rescues and has treated animals and birds in Gaza before.

“The zoo has been in a bad situation in recent years due to economic and political turmoil,” veterinarian Amir Khalil said. “Most of the animals had a sort of traumatization.”

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One of the reasons Israel takes security so seriously is because of stories like this: A French embassy worker in Jerusalem abused the lax security checks given to diplomats in order to smuggle arms into Gaza.

Romain Franck was sentenced to seven years with a fine of 30,000 shekels ($8,400) by an Israeli court for using his diplomatic car to ferry 70 pistols and two automatic rifles from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.

Franck’s lawyer Kenneth Mann his 24-year-old client showed remorse and that he did it for the money, not out of solidarity with Palestinian terror groups. Franck was paid some 20,000 shekels ($5,500) by a network made up of several Palestinian operatives, Israel said.

“This is a very, very difficult thing for the whole family of course, but they understand that this is the law and they hope that their son will be returned to France as quickly as possible,” Mann said.

Franck was arrested in February 2018. Israeli officials have said he acted on his own without the consulate’s knowledge and that diplomatic relations with France were not affected.

French consulate worker alleged to have smuggled weapons to Hamas in Gaza. (Shin Bet). (photo credit: SHIN BET)

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Democrats keep proving U.S. President Donald Trump right for calling party members “anti-Israel” and “anti-Jewish.” On Sunday, Beto O’Rourke, former Texas congressman and Democrat presidential hopeful, called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “racist.”

“The U.S.-Israel relationship is one of the most important relationships that we have on the planet, and that relationship, if it is successful, must transcend partisanship in the United States, and it must be able to transcend a prime minister who is racist,” O’Rourke said.

O’Rourke made these remarks at a rally in response to a voter question about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“This is somebody who now no longer subscribes to a two-state solution and has vowed to annex the West Bank which will make peace, in the long term, impossible,” O’Rourke said. “This is someone who has joined far-right parties who are inherently racist in their speech and the way that they want to treat their fellow human beings in that part of the world. This is somebody who, in a previous election, warned Arabs were coming to the polls. It’s racism.”

 

To be clear, a two-state solution will never bring peace when the other side is led by terrorist sworn to your destruction. Bibi is not a racist, but he is a shrewd politician who will do what it takes—even siding with despicable people—to win. Beta O’Rouke is just repeating what he hears and doesn’t know the facts. Plus it is now all the rage on the left to bash Israel.

A White House spokesman said that all of the Democratic presidential candidates have failed to adequately condemn anti-Semitism. Not only have they not condemned it in strong enough terms, more and more they are embracing it. Sen. Ted Cruz, who beat O’Rourke in the last election, also noted the anti-Jewish sentiment on the left.

“This is today’s Democratic Party: Viciously attacking the duly elected leader of Israel & falsely labeling him a racist for defending the Jewish people,” he said on Twitter. “There was a time when support for Israel was rightly bipartisan. But then the Dems began courting the anti-Semitic Left.”

One evening so many years ago, I was sitting with my wife in a Tel Aviv restaurant. The only seats were in the smoking area. As I walked in, I saw a man who looked like he was watching TV intently. Then I saw the wire coming out of his ear. Security guard. I then saw sitting at a table smoking a cigar, then finance minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. After an hour he got up to leave and I introduced myself as a new immigrant. His large soft and chubby hand, engulfed mine. It was a brief encounter. While he had already been prime minister once, I didn’t realize that I was shaking hands with the man who would become Israel’s second most iconic prime minister. No one will outshine Ben Gurion—our first.

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Moshe Dayan PT. 2

James Ellerby —  April 8, 2019 — Leave a comment
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We shared in part one how Moshe Dayan rose to fame as a military hero. He joined the Hagana militia at the age of 14 and guided Israel through the Six Day War to one of the most lopsided victories in the history of warfare. In Part two we learn However, in 73, with Dayan still the defense minister, the Arabs launched a surprise attack from Syria and Egypt on Yom Kippur. While Israelis were fasting all over the nation, Egypt and Syria attacked. Expect for a few IDF commanders whose concerns fell upon deaf ears, no one saw it coming. Israel was caught off guard.  

As we will detail in our episode on the Valley of Tears, Israel, though outnumbered by the Soviet-backed Syrians, miraculously drove the them out of the Golan Heights. Israel won the Yom Kippur War, but it was Dayan who blamed for not being battle-ready. 

Dayan’s actions just after the miraculous recapturing of Jerusalem during the Six-Day-War may have sealed his fate, if you believe that God was behind the victory and had an opinion regrding the aftermath. After removing the Israeli flag from the Temple Mount, and then commanding the paratroopers to evacuate, Moshe Dayan declared, “We have returned to the holiest of our places, never to be parted from them again…We did not come to conquer the sacred sites of others or to restrict their religious rights, but rather to ensure the integrity of the city and to live in it with others in fraternity.”

On the one hand, this showed that Israelis were not like the Jordanians, who destroyed every Jewish building or symbol after 1948, when all Jews were removed from the ancient Old City of Jerusalem. On the other hand, if God had returned the Temple Mount to Israel, who were we to allow Islamists free access…to the point that today, I, as an Israeli can only visit the Temple Mount and that with great difficulty, while Hamas activists have constant and free access.

Dayan made it possible for Jews to visit the Temple Mount, but were forbidden to pray. Later, the secularist Dayan remarked that the Temple Mount is a Prayer mosque for Muslims, but merely an historical site for Jews.   

 I remember many years ago, leading a group of tourists up on the Temple Mount. I didn’t know the rules. As I gathered them together I boldly declared, “I don’t care what the Muslims say! This is our Temple Mount and we will pray here whether they like it or not.” As I began to pray the tour guide broke through our little circle in a panic, “You can’t do that! They are listening to you. There are microphones everywhere.” 

Suddenly I didn’t feel so bold, knowing that some Hamas activist was monitoring my bravado. How sad that neither Jews nor Christians are allowed to utter a word of thanksgiving at the place where Abraham bound Isaac, and where the first and second Temples stood—the greatest monument to the existence of Ancient Israel. 

Moshe Dayan, for all his heroics, was a secularist. He was not seeking what was in God’s heart, but what was politically acceptable. He did not want to keep the Golan Heights, but wanted to trade it back to the Syrians for peace—as if that was even a possibility. He opposed the Kibbutzim, the collective farms that settled the Golan. 

Dayan was thought of by his peers to be brilliant, yet irresponsible, brave, yet, not willing to be held accountable for mistakes. While he loved the Jewish people, he had little respect for Judaism, once remarking when rabbis flocked to the Temple Mount just after it was liberated, “What is this? The Vatican?”

Dayan died of a massive heart attack in 1981.

Make sure you go to God.tv so you never miss an episode and you can find me at roncantor.com. Shalom.