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This is a response to the opinion piece “Settlements hurt chances for peace” (Jewish News, Nov. 18). I take the exact opposite view, i.e., not only do settlements not hurt the chances for peace, but indeed only Israeli annexation of all Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) guarantees, if not peace, at least Israeli security.
According to a New York Times exit poll, 70 percent of American Jews voted for Hillary Clinton while only 24 percent voted for Donald Trump, a smaller number than for Mitt Romney in 2012 (30 percent). This is bewildering from a pro-Israel standpoint. Confused non-Jewish friends ask me why so many Jews always vote for a party against their people’s apparent own self-interest.
“What will be?” a friend asked me yesterday.
Yishai Fleisher, the international spokesperson for the Israeli settlement of Hebron, came to speak at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center at a Sept. 8 event presented by Americans for a Safe Israel. As a student at Arizona State University, both invested in the Jewish community in Greater Phoenix and with family in Israel, I felt it was important to listen to what he had to say.
This year, more than ever, Arizona needs experienced leadership in the U.S. Senate. There is only one candidate on the ballot we can count on to keep our nation safe and stand up for the values that are important to so many of us in the Jewish community. John McCain has spent his life bravely serving our country as a soldier and as a senator. He fights for Arizona, supports common sense legislation and has worked tirelessly to enhance American's standing in the world.
At a summit meeting held last week at the National Museum of American Jewish History, several hundred communal professionals, rabbis, scholars, philanthropists and young intermarried couples gathered to discuss engagement of interfaith families in Jewish life.
In the week before Election Day, there is ample reason to be dejected as we seemingly reach the nadir of political discourse in the public square. Still, I choose to count my blessings for being an American Jew.
Seeming to parallel the dystopian world described by George Orwell in 1984 in which history and fact are manipulated to serve political ends, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently voted 24-6 to approve a resolution stripping the Temple Mount and Western Wall of its Jewish identity, and elevating a Muslim claim to those two sites central to Judaism.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.