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No, Not Everything Israel Does Has To Do With The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

+Haviv Gur is an Israeli journalist who serves as the political correspondent and analyst for +The Times of Israel 

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I feel that same frustration and anger and I'm not Israeli. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the CBC include Israel as one of the nations providing aid to Nepal. Unusual considering the CBC's traditional anti-Israeli stance.

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Recognizes Israeli Contribution To Aiding Nepal

Link: (http://bit.ly/1dANylu)

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GOD BLESS ISRAEL ,GOD BLESS EVERY SINGLE ONE IN IDF.
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200 Gazan Farmers Tour Tel Aviv Agritech
+Sharon Udasin, +Jerusalem Post 

Voicing their desire for more flexibility at IDF checkpoints, increased farming equipment imports and opportunities to export crops, some 200 Gazan farmers came to Tel Aviv on Thursday to engage in a face-to-face dialogue with a senior defense official.

“We can overcome this problem,” Esaam Dawwas, quality control manager for the Beit Lahiya Cooperative Association, told The Jerusalem Post, following the discussion. “We need the Israeli government to deal with facilities for farmers, open the checkpoints and send us all the machines for agriculture and fertilizer for the farmers. We can solve this problem.”

Dawwas and his colleagues came to participate in the third and final day of the annual Agritech International Agricultural Exhibition and Conference at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. They took part in a conversation in Arabic with Col. Grisha Yakubovich, head of the civil department at the Office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. Among the key issues to arise were the need to boost agricultural trade allowances, and to increase the availability of supplies crucial to farming.

...The Gazans were among 35,000 guests from 117 countries who attended the event, organized by the Agriculture Research Organization’s Volcani Center. On Wednesday, about 400 Palestinians from the West Bank attended the exhibition, Yakubovich confirmed.
 
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Below: Col. Grisha Yakubovich of COGAT briefs foreign ambassadors on the humanitarian situation in Gaza during the war last summer.. (photo credit:FOREIGN MINISTRY)

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Israeli Rescue Crews Are Heroes to Bereaved Nation
Marjorie Miller, +Los Angeles Times 
August 10, 1998

They honed their skills after earthquakes in Mexico and Armenia, bombs in Argentina and Scud missile attacks at home in Israel. Now world experts at rescuing the living from rubble and recovering the dead, Israeli soldiers are running a round-the-clock effort to dig Kenyans out of the ruins left by a terrorist bomb.

"You are heroes," a Red Cross volunteer shouted at the Israelis on Sunday.

"We are not heroes. We are only working," Maj. Ofer Pomeranz answered with a modest shrug.

...But to average Kenyans, the "why" of the Israeli effort is beside the point. To them, the important fact is that about 200 Israeli soldiers arrived to help before anyone else did.

"ISRAELIS STEP IN," the Nairobi Times heralded in a huge front-page headline.

Read the whole thing (http://lat.ms/1GKM8OT)

Hat tip: +David Gerstman 

Below: Rescuers work to help survivors amid the devastation brought in by a bomb explosion in Al-Qaeda's first major international attack near the US embassy and a bank in Nairobi on August 7, 1998 Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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Yet to see Palestinian terrorist sending aid teams
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Arab Youth Use Social Media to Send Message of Peace to Israel
+AlMonitor 

...M. is an Israeli Arab Muslim who served in the IDF. He spoke to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity. Last year, he came across a series of billboards sponsored by the Balad Party as part of its campaign against the recruitment of Israeli Arabs into the IDF. He decided to fight back. “I saw the signs that were hung in Arab villages, and I kept track of the Facebook campaign being run by activists of Balad and the other Arab parties under the name ‘TZaHaL ma bistahal’ ['The IDF isn’t worth it']. It infuriated me,” he said.

“Activists would show up in the main square of Shfaram with bits of rubble, as if the rubble were from Gaza. They carried big signs too, as if they were trying to say, ‘Look what the army that is calling on you to enlist is actually doing in the Gaza Strip.’ Some of the activists would even paint their faces red, as if they were injured, while they tried to relay their message of ‘Don’t enlist!’ to young Bedouin, Druze, Christians and Muslims. I decided to respond to them on Facebook, so I made a page called ‘TZaHaL bistahal’ ['The IDF is worth it'], but instead of getting responses from the young Arabs to whom I was directing my personal campaign, I started to get photos and texts from young people around the Arab world. My jaw dropped.”

The photos and video clips sent from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and other countries can be found on the Facebook page "BeTzaHaL" ("In the IDF") [http://on.fb.me/1dAQr5K], and there are lots of them. One young woman from Saudi Arabia filmed a green Saudi passport. Her voice plays in the background, against a street scene in Jeddah, with a message for the people of Israel: “Good evening. I am a young woman from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. I am a member of one of the better-known tribes of the Hijaz, and I am showing you Darajeh Square, a famous landmark in Jeddah. I’d like to send a message of peace and love to Israel and its dear citizens. I know it is surprising that a Saudi Arabian citizen sends a message to the people of Israel, but it is a basic principle of democracy that everyone is free to voice an opinion. I hope the Arabs will be sensible like me and recognize the fact that Israel also has rights to the lands of Palestine.”

...It is certainly possible that the phenomenon encountered by M. during his private protest is a fringe one, but in an era of open skies and open Internet, no leader, not even a dictator, can block borders once they have been breached.

Read the whole thing (http://bit.ly/1GNckuX)

Below: A friendly message sent to the BeTzaHal Facebook page from Yemen is shown in this undated screen capture. (photo by BeTzaHal)

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Israel Pledges To Reconstruct An Entire Village In Nepal
+Raphael Ahren, +The Times of Israel 

Israel has committed itself to fully rebuilding a village in Nepal that was destroyed by the earthquake that ravaged the country Saturday, Foreign Minister Liberman announced Thursday.

The efforts will start soon and likely take extend several months after Israel evacuates the field hospital it is currently operating in Kathmandu, he said.

“After consulting with various departments in the Foreign Ministry, we decided to adopt a village in Nepal, to assist with its reconstruction and to do our utmost to help people who have really found themselves in a difficult situation,” Liberman told reporters in the ministry’s situation room.

The work Israel plans to execute on the yet undetermined village will include clearing away the debris, building infrastructure and houses, and making sure residents have access to drinking water, he said. 

...“Adopting” a village in catastrophe-ridden areas in not new for Jerusalem, he said. “We did this in Turkey: The State of Israel built an entire village, including buildings and everything that was needed.”

Read the whole thing (http://bit.ly/1QRV3DZ)

Below: Damaged houses are seen from an Indian Army helicopter following an earthquake in the Nepalese area of Gorkha on April 28, 2015. (photo credit: AFP/Sajjad Hussain)

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Gazans should read Orwell's book ..animal farm

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Ice Cream Party Celebrating Iran's 1,000 Hangings

From: "Ice Cream With Raspberries, Iranian-Style"
The nice welcome for Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in New York received a lively lampooning downtown
David Feith And Bari Weiss, +Wall Street Journal 
 
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was in New York this week facing the harsh, skeptical reception appropriate for the high representative of a brutal theocratic terror state on the verge of going nuclear. Just kidding.

Between visits to the United Nations and the “Charlie Rose” television show, Mr. Zarif appeared Wednesday at New York University. The New America Foundation think tank hosted him there to talk statecraft with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. American colleges these days are famously sensitive places, bristling with trigger warnings, protests and boycotts, but NYU and its environs received Mr. Zarif with eerie equanimity.

There was one notable exception. Outside the Greenwich Village hall where Mr. Zarif spoke, a group of activists ridiculed his welcome by sardonically celebrating a recent Iranian-regime milestone: hanging 1,000 prisoners in a mere 18 months. With festive red, white and green balloons to match the Islamic Republic’s flag and an ice-cream truck parked at the curb, the mock celebration’s theme was, “Free ice cream; free Iran’s political prisoners.”

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Arab Youth Use Social Media to Send Message of Peace to Israel
+AlMonitor 

...M. is an Israeli Arab Muslim who served in the IDF. He spoke to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity. Last year, he came across a series of billboards sponsored by the Balad Party as part of its campaign against the recruitment of Israeli Arabs into the IDF. He decided to fight back. “I saw the signs that were hung in Arab villages, and I kept track of the Facebook campaign being run by activists of Balad and the other Arab parties under the name ‘TZaHaL ma bistahal’ ['The IDF isn’t worth it']. It infuriated me,” he said.

“Activists would show up in the main square of Shfaram with bits of rubble, as if the rubble were from Gaza. They carried big signs too, as if they were trying to say, ‘Look what the army that is calling on you to enlist is actually doing in the Gaza Strip.’ Some of the activists would even paint their faces red, as if they were injured, while they tried to relay their message of ‘Don’t enlist!’ to young Bedouin, Druze, Christians and Muslims. I decided to respond to them on Facebook, so I made a page called ‘TZaHaL bistahal’ ['The IDF is worth it'], but instead of getting responses from the young Arabs to whom I was directing my personal campaign, I started to get photos and texts from young people around the Arab world. My jaw dropped.”

The photos and video clips sent from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and other countries can be found on the Facebook page "BeTzaHaL" ("In the IDF") [http://on.fb.me/1dAQr5K], and there are lots of them. One young woman from Saudi Arabia filmed a green Saudi passport. Her voice plays in the background, against a street scene in Jeddah, with a message for the people of Israel: “Good evening. I am a young woman from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. I am a member of one of the better-known tribes of the Hijaz, and I am showing you Darajeh Square, a famous landmark in Jeddah. I’d like to send a message of peace and love to Israel and its dear citizens. I know it is surprising that a Saudi Arabian citizen sends a message to the people of Israel, but it is a basic principle of democracy that everyone is free to voice an opinion. I hope the Arabs will be sensible like me and recognize the fact that Israel also has rights to the lands of Palestine.”

...It is certainly possible that the phenomenon encountered by M. during his private protest is a fringe one, but in an era of open skies and open Internet, no leader, not even a dictator, can block borders once they have been breached.

Read the whole thing (http://bit.ly/1GNckuX)

Below: A friendly message sent to the BeTzaHal Facebook page from Yemen is shown in this undated screen capture. (photo by BeTzaHal)

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Israel Pledges To Reconstruct An Entire Village In Nepal
+Raphael Ahren, +The Times of Israel 

Israel has committed itself to fully rebuilding a village in Nepal that was destroyed by the earthquake that ravaged the country Saturday, Foreign Minister Liberman announced Thursday.

The efforts will start soon and likely take extend several months after Israel evacuates the field hospital it is currently operating in Kathmandu, he said.

“After consulting with various departments in the Foreign Ministry, we decided to adopt a village in Nepal, to assist with its reconstruction and to do our utmost to help people who have really found themselves in a difficult situation,” Liberman told reporters in the ministry’s situation room.

The work Israel plans to execute on the yet undetermined village will include clearing away the debris, building infrastructure and houses, and making sure residents have access to drinking water, he said. 

...“Adopting” a village in catastrophe-ridden areas in not new for Jerusalem, he said. “We did this in Turkey: The State of Israel built an entire village, including buildings and everything that was needed.”

Read the whole thing (http://bit.ly/1QRV3DZ)

Below: Damaged houses are seen from an Indian Army helicopter following an earthquake in the Nepalese area of Gorkha on April 28, 2015. (photo credit: AFP/Sajjad Hussain)

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Proud,  like they did  when led  by Moses   they have as  led  by  Jacob since  48.. ,   occupied  the land  without   killing  or  forcing  all  the  ones  in it  out  The Rothschild  bout   the land in small lots  from  the  1920's    from Palestinian   government . In 46-48 the  jews  knew  they  were the new  tenants   so the   previous  owners should have  been  forced  to  vacate  in 48  and  we  wouldn't  be hearing  of Gaza  and Damascus  and  Golan Heights  today. 
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Israel in Nepal: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
+Jim Wald, +The Times of Israel 

Like many, I was cheered by the news that aid for victims of the tragic earthquake in Nepal was quick in coming from many quarters, including Israel.

But as the saying goes, “no good deed goes unpunished,” so I was not surprised to see that the opponents of Israel’s existence were soon out in force denouncing the aid effort on social media. For them, it could be nothing but a blatant attempt to cover up Israel’s horrendous crimes.

...Among the ironies that go unmentioned: one reason that Israel is a leader in providing aid to victims of natural disasters is because it has the advantage—as well as misfortune—of decades of medical experience: the types of crush injuries caused by collapsing buildings are the same whether the cause is an earthquake or a terrorist bombing. (emphasis added)

...Now, as a historian, I like to think that I have a coolly rational and sober understanding of how the world works, without naiveté or illusion. (Edward Gibbon, after all, famously characterized history as “little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.”) Of course nations act out of self-interest as well as altruism. Anyone who finds this surprising or disturbing really has no business commenting on public affairs. In fact, we individuals are not so different: we give to charities because we approve of the good works that they do, but the fact that our donations earn us a deduction on our US income tax is a nice incentive, too.

It is however a leaping non sequitur to go from the realization that nations seek to burnish their image to the accusation that absolutely everything a nation does is for cynical reasons of propaganda and as part of a systematic—even conspiratorial—attempt to conceal vast crimes. All the more so, when this accusation is leveled repeatedly and obsessively against only one country. 

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Recognizes Israeli Contribution To Aiding Nepal

Link: (http://bit.ly/1dANylu)

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Twenty Years After an Iran-Style Deal, North Korea Has 20 Bombs.

From: "China’s Nuclear Warning"
+Wall Street Journal 

Even China is now raising flags about nuclear proliferation. Beijing helped Pakistan get the bomb in the 1980s and has been North Korea’s patron from one Dear Leader to the next. But in February Chinese officials warned a group of Americans that Pyongyang has many more nuclear warheads than previously believed: up to 20 already, perhaps 40 by next year.

The new Chinese assessment, reported Thursday by the Journal, is based on updated intelligence concerning North Korea’s ability to enrich uranium. The North Koreans had no such capability when they signed the 1994 Agreed Framework with the Clinton Administration, which required them to stop their nuclear-weapons efforts.

But Pyongyang cheated on that deal, not least by developing a uranium-enrichment program first acknowledged to the Bush Administration in 2002. The North Koreans tested their first bomb in 2006 and were later discovered to be building a secret nuclear facility in the Syrian desert, which was destroyed by Israeli warplanes in 2007. The Bush Administration rewarded this behavior with a new nuclear deal—which Pyongyang again violated by testing bombs in 2009 and 2013.

That’s the depressing record of Washington’s last diplomatic attempt at stopping a rogue regime from acquiring nuclear weapons, and we only wish that it had proved to be instructive. Yet the deal the Obama Administration is now negotiating with Tehran looks to be incorporating the same mistakes. The Iran deal also has many more moving parts, making it considerably more difficult to enforce. Last time around it was relatively easy to tell when the North was breaking its promises.

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Below: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, at the world powers representatives meeting on a nuclear deal with Iran in Lausanne in March. PHOTO: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

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    Comparative Literature, 1976 - 1980
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When I am not blogging at Daled Amos, I am sharing articles and the great posts of others on my account on Google Plus.

I write about the Middle East in general and about Israel in particular -- especially about issues affecting Israel in the Middle East and how Israel is impacted by policy in the current Obama administration. 
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