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August 19, 2021
U.S. Suggested Israel Adopt "Afghan Model" in West Bank - Ariel Kahana (Israel Hayom)
In 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tried to convince Israel to adopt its "Afghan model" by having U.S.-trained Palestinian forces provide Israeli security.
Kerry wanted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to go to Afghanistan and see first hand the supposed success in building the military there.
He sought to convince the Israelis that under any peace deal, Israel could rely on U.S.-trained Palestinian forces.
But Netanyahu politely refused, citing the principle that Israel must not rely on foreign forces for its security.
See also The Lesson of Afghanistan for Israel: Self-Reliance - Lahav Harkov (Jerusalem Post)
The lesson of Afghanistan "is that Israel's doctrine of self-reliance has no replacement," said former Israel Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
"Israel understood all along that its defense doctrine cannot be based on foreign forces, but the ability of Israel to defend itself by itself."
"The idea that Israel could rely on foreign forces was firmly rejected by Israeli prime ministers from [Yitzhak] Rabin through [Benjamin] Netanyahu."
Taliban Face Financial Crisis without Access to Foreign Reserves - Peter Beaumont (Guardian-UK)
Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers are likely to face a financial crisis, with foreign currency reserves largely unreachable and Western aid donors, who fund 75% of the country's institutions, already cutting off or threatening to cut payments.
On Wednesday, Afghanistan's central bank governor, Ajmal Ahmady, disclosed that the country has $9 billion in reserves abroad, including $7 billion in U.S. bank accounts.
The Taliban have relied heavily in the past five years on hugely increasing their trade in opium. In 2020, the country accounted for 84% of global opium production.
But there is a huge disparity between the money the Taliban have had available to fund their military campaign and what they will need to govern.
Palestinian Firefighters Aid Israel in Fighting Massive Jerusalem Wildfires (Al-Monitor)
Palestinian firefighters came to Jerusalem to help extinguish severe wildfires in forested areas west of Jerusalem this week.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz tweeted, "I would like to thank PA Chairman Abbas for his initiative to send the firefighters who came to assist Israel."
Palestinian firefighters also responded to fires in Israel in 2010 and 2016.
Why Has the Debate about Ben and Jerry's Riveted the Attention of American Jews - Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS)
Ben & Jerry's announcement to keep dessert away from several hundred thousand Jews living in both Jerusalem and in areas that were illegally occupied by Jordan from 1949 to 1967 is being taken as a triumph for the BDS movement, which seeks the extinction of the Jewish state.
Like it or not, the battle over Ben & Jerry's is fast becoming a crucial test of the strength of the growing BDS movement and its fellow travelers, as well as that of the pro-Israel community.
Ben and Jerry's Israeli Boycott Is Contrary to Human Rights and Decency - Joel Griffith (Miami Herald)
The Ben & Jerry's boycott of the West Bank is a dagger aimed at Israel. This boycott maligns the world's only Jewish state while denying the right of self-determination for Jews living in their ancestral homeland.
The "Occupied Territory" label, maliciously applied to the West Bank, ignores the Jewish people's historical connection to the land along with Israel's rights under international law to prosper there.
This region is the heart of the homeland of the Jewish people. In Hebron, thousands flock each week to the Cave of Machpelah. Purchased by Abraham nearly 4,000 years ago, it's the burial place of the Jewish patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) and matriarchs (Sara, Rebecca and Leah).
In Jerusalem, King Solomon constructed the Holy Temple more than 3,000 years ago.
Israel also possess a legal right to thrive in this homeland, dating back to the League of Nations in 1922.
As Simon Maccabee said 2,160 years ago: "We [the Jews] have not taken strange lands, nor are we ruling over foreign territory. We have returned to our ancestral inheritance, from which we had been unjustly expelled by our enemies. And now that we have been blessed with the opportunity, we will hold onto our ancestral land."
The writer is a research fellow at The Heritage Foundation.
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