May 4, 2022

In-Depth Issues:

Israel's Population Reaches 9.5 Million on Eve of 74th Independence Day - Ofer Aderet (Ha'aretz)
    Israel's population stands at 9,506,000, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced Sunday.
    That includes 7.02 million Jews (74%); 2 million Arabs (21%); and 478,000 others (5%), including non-Arab Christians, members of other religions, and those designated as without religion, most of whom are immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
    Today 78% of Israeli Jews were born here, while 45% of the world's Jews live in Israel.

Israel Welcomes Most Immigrants in Two Decades (Jerusalem Post)
    38,000 new immigrants have arrived in Israel since Independence Day 2021, the highest number in two decades, the Jewish Agency reported Sunday.
    About half are from Ukraine and Russia, while 4,000 came from the U.S. and 3,700 from France.
    More than 1,000 came from Belarus and Argentina, more than 700 from the UK, 600 from South Africa, 500 from Brazil, 400 from Canada and others from Australia, Germany, Belgium, Chile, Italy and other countries.

Israeli Army Places 24,068 Flags on Graves of Fallen Soldiers Ahead of Memorial Day - Sharon Wrobel (Algemeiner)
    The Israeli military placed 24,068 flags on the gravestones of security forces who fell in the line of duty ahead of Memorial Day, which began Tuesday evening.
    IDF Chief Staff Aviv Kochavi said: "This day calls on all of the people of Israel to unite in solidarity and in memory. This day slows the pace of the daily routine and makes time for all Israeli civilians to stop and think, to think of those who fell and about" their families.
    See also Remembering Israel's Fallen: Hero after Hero - Elli Wohlgelernter (Jerusalem Post)

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Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming Israeli Intelligence Collection - Lt.-Col. (res.) David Siman-Tov (National Interest)
    According to the commander of Unit 8200, the cyber unit of IDF military intelligence, at least for the foreseeable future, machines will not replace humans' role in intelligence decision-making.
    However, new technologies are changing the intelligence profession.
    In recent years, we have seen unprecedented advancements in automatic translation technology offering a highly accurate level of translation.
    The translation of languages - such as Arabic and Persian - into Hebrew allows intelligence analysts to have direct contact with raw material.
    Another technology focuses on identifying targets for attack, cross-linking many layers of geographic information to reveal anomalies in the data.
    In its May 2021 operation in Gaza, Israeli military intelligence used artificial intelligence to identify many real-time terror targets.
    The writer is a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies and deputy head of the Institute for the Research of the Methodology of Intelligence at the Israeli Intelligence Community Commemoration and Heritage Center.

Israel, Our Greatest Ally in the Middle East - Lieutenant Governor of Florida Jeanette Nunez (Miami Herald)
    Recently, I had the privilege of visiting Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East, alongside five other lieutenant governors from across the county.
    Israel is a vibrant country where faith is palpable and warmth is exuded at every turn.
    Pride is clearly in the Israeli's DNA. They do not apologize for their zeal. They promote it.
    They do not reflect on their trials and lament; they perceive the triumph through their battles.
    They do not wallow in defeat; they learn and surge in victory.
    America's unbreakable bond with Israel is essential if we are to see peace in the region and beyond.
    We must encourage leaders at every level to closely reevaluate policies, such as the disastrous Iran deal.
    We must not allow BDS and anti-Semitism in any form to gain a foothold. We must never forget the horrors of the Holocaust.
    This visit has been an encounter like none other - an encounter with beauty, light, and resilience.
    Israel, though small geographically, is a country with an enormous impact.

How Arab Rulers Undermined a Palestinian State - Roie Yellinek and Assaf Malach (Middle East Quarterly)
    The all-Arab assault on Israel in 1948 was launched in pursuit of the invading states' imperialist goals - not in support of Palestinian self-determination.
    Arab League secretary-general Abdel Rahman Azzam said that Transjordan's Emir "Abdullah was to swallow up the central hill regions of Palestine, with access to the Mediterranean at Gaza. The Egyptians would get the Negev. Galilee would go to Syria, except that the coastal part as far as Acre would be added to Lebanon."
    In the decades following the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, the Arab states did nothing to facilitate the crystallization of Palestinian nationalism and the attainment of statehood.
    This consistent lack of recognition of a separate Palestinian nationality was perpetrated by Jordan, Egypt, and Syria.
    In the years between 1948 and 1967, the Jordanian government systematically erased all traces of a distinct Palestinian identity in an attempt to create a wider Jordanian national identity.
    In 1960, Abdullah's grandson and successor King Hussein declared his firm opposition to the idea of a separate "Palestinian entity" and denounced the "despicable innovation" of the establishment of a Palestinian entity.
    Roie Yellinek is a research associate at the BESA Center and a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute. Assaf Malach is a lecturer at Shalem College and a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Holocaust Survivors Reunite with Long Lost Family Members - Raphael Poch (United Hatzalah)
    Walter and Oscar Blau were sure they were the only ones in their family who survived World War II.
    They recently discovered that they have an entire family living in the U.S., and reunited with them for the first time last month in Jerusalem.
    The brothers, then aged 10 and 6, fled with their families from Austria and were sent to an orphanage in Belgium. They later immigrated to Israel and for decades believed they were the sole remaining survivors of their family.
    Meanwhile, three cousins who managed to flee Austria prior to the war thought that they were the last remaining family members.
    In the U.S., a granddaughter, Suzanne, searched for survivors in various databases and archives in Europe and Israel for 25 years until she finally found a clue and made contact on March 30, 2021, with Daphne Blau, Oscar's daughter.

Unemployment in Israel Hits 50-Year Low - Guy Ben Simon (Globes)
    Unemployment in Israel fell to 2.9% in the first half of April, from 3.7% in the second half of March, the Central Bureau of Statistics reports - a 50-year low.

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News Resources - North America, Europe, and Asia:
  • Russia Accuses Israel of Supporting "Neo-Nazis" in Ukraine
    The Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday doubled down on earlier remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's Jewish origins are "not a guarantee against rampant neo-Nazism in the country." The ministry said that "history, unfortunately, knows tragic examples of cooperation between Jews and the Nazis."
        Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid noted: "Jews did not murder themselves in the Holocaust. The lowest level of racism against Jews is to accuse Jews themselves of anti-Semitism." The Russian Foreign Ministry responded that Lapid's comments "explain to a large extent why the current Israeli government supports the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv."  (CBS News-Reuters)
        See also below Commentary: Russia's Anti-Semitic Attack on Israel Is Shocking and Deliberate - Ksenia Svetlova (Ha'aretz)
  • Iran Nuclear Deal near Death, but West Not Ready to Pull Plug - Arshad Mohammed
    Western officials have largely lost hope the Iran nuclear deal can be resurrected, sources familiar with the matter said. While they have not completely given up on the pact, there is a growing belief it may be beyond salvation. "I sense little expectation that there is a positive way forward," said one source. Four Western diplomats echoed the sentiment that the deal is withering away. (Reuters)
  • IRGC Qods Force Commander: Israel Is a Cancer that Must Be Annihilated
    IRGC Qods Force commander Gen. Esmail Qaani said in an April 29, 2022, International Quds Day address: "The great Imam [Khomeini] said that this cancerous growth [Israel] must be erased from the face of history....The life of this regime is about to end....Quds Day will continue until you are all annihilated. The resistance axis is stronger than ever before, and it will not stop until it annihilates you."  (MEMRI-TV)
News Resources - Israel and the Mideast:
  • Iranian Plot Uncovered to Enlist Israelis as Spies - Yoav Zitun
    The Israel Security Agency said Monday it had uncovered an Iranian plot to enlist Israeli citizens to gather intelligence and even to launch attacks inside the country, using Facebook and WhatsApp. "Security officials call on all citizens of Israel to be vigilant in light of the recent revelations and report any unusual attempt to make contact with them to the police," the ISA said. (Ynet News)
  • Netherlands Rejects Amnesty Report Accusing Israel of Apartheid - Lahav Harkov
    The government of the Netherlands has rejected Amnesty International's report accusing Israel of apartheid against the Palestinians, Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra has said. "The cabinet does not agree with Amnesty's conclusion that there is apartheid in Israel or the territories occupied by Israel," Hoekstra wrote on Friday. (Jerusalem Post)
  • Israel Opens Underground Blood Bank - Nathan Jeffay
    Israel's Magen David Adom on Monday opened a new $135 million underground national blood bank in Ramla - the Marcus National Blood Services Center. The three underground floors are protected by extra-thick concrete walls, blast doors, and airlocks, as well as shielding from biological and chemical attacks. No other country has "a facility like this, with such a high level of protection," said Moshe Noyovich, the engineer who oversaw the project. (Times of Israel)
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis:

    Remembrance Day for Israel's Fallen Soldiers

  • Remembering Israel's Fallen Soldiers - Amb. Danny Danon
    On Remembrance Day for Israel's Fallen Soldiers on May 3-4, the country unites. The nation stands together to cherish the memory of the brave men and women who gave their lives to fight for and secure their nation's future. Every loss of a soldier tears a hole in the hearts of all the people of Israel. Each one is publicly reported with an extensive description of the circumstances. In addition to these fallen servicemen and women, each year dozens of wounded fighters pass away as a result of their injuries.
        While serving as a reservist, my late father, Joseph Danon, was badly wounded in a battle with terrorists in the Jordan Valley when he was just 29. After a lengthy hospitalization and numerous complex surgeries, the start of his never-ending rehabilitation process began.
        I was privileged to know a large number of severely injured IDF fighters. I will always remember that, despite the heavy price they paid as a result of their horrific injuries, their love for the State of Israel only grew and their belief in the righteousness of our nation's path was never undermined. May their memories be a blessing.
        The writer served as Israel's ambassador to the UN. (JNS)

  • Iran

  • Foil the Financiers of Iran's Terrorism - Richard Goldberg
    If President Biden believes Tehran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is a terrorist organization, he must withdraw his administration's offer to lift terrorism sanctions on the group's top financiers. Given IRGC plots to assassinate current and former U.S. officials, Mr. Biden owes Congress an explanation why he is offering to lift terrorism sanctions on the institutions that illicitly fund the organization.
        The U.S. Treasury Department has revealed that the IRGC's Quds Force had been using the Central Bank of Iran to receive "the vast majority of its foreign currency" since at least 2016.
        The writer, a senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, served as White House National Security Council director for countering Iranian weapons of mass destruction, 2019-20. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Does Anyone Seriously Think that Giving a Bomb and Billions of Dollars Will Make the Mullahs Less Aggressive? - Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
    Revolutionary and authoritarian regimes such as the Islamic Republic of Iran do not alter their malign policies through appeasement and concessions. If anything they regard these as green lights and double down, go twice as bad.
        One of the Islamic Republic's most non-negotiable and critical revolutionary ideals is exporting its ideology and system of Velayat e faqih (Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist) to other countries. This revolutionary notion in Islamic Shiite thought, introduced by the late founder of the regime, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, means an ayatollah should have power over the people across the world, should rule over people and be the final decision-maker.
        The regime calls this core mission "jihad," which has to be achieved through hard power and violence. Iran's constitution calls on the Army and the Revolutionary Guards to fulfill "the ideological mission of jihad in God's way; that is, extending the sovereignty of God's law throughout the world."  (Gatestone Institute)

  • Other Issues

  • The Cynical Manipulation and Misleading of Congress by Rep. Ilhan Omar - Amb. Alan Baker
    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) recently introduced a series of resolutions in Congress calling on the U.S. to become a full member of the International Criminal Court and to establish within the State Department a new "Office of Global Criminal Justice."
        The U.S. has been at the forefront of international activity in the sphere of international criminal justice. But with regard to the International Criminal Court, the U.S. position has been consistent since the establishment of that Court in 1998, in opposing the danger and likelihood that the Court will be politically manipulated. The justification for those fears became all the more evident when the Palestinian leadership started to politicize the court, to turn it into their own private Israel-bashing tribunal.
        Omar's primary aim is to find a way to enhance U.S. activity against Israel through the creation of mechanisms within the U.S. administration that she could use as platforms to hound Israel.
        The writer, who heads the international law program at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, served as legal adviser and deputy director-general of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
  • The UN Is Living in a Fantasy World - Zoe Strimpel
    The once-noble UN, formed in 1945 to be the very imprimatur of humane global order, is in fact often biased, ideological and actively obstructive of the pursuit of international justice - with subsets of its 193 member states clubbing together to advance all manner of malign interests. All in the name of peace and human rights, naturally.
        Although the UN helped bring Israel into being in 1947, since the 1970s, strong anti-Israel alliances within the UN have produced volleys of resolutions designed to isolate, undermine and harm the Jewish state, checked solely by America's vetoes at the Security Council. Moreover, the world's many anti-Semitic countries are free to gang up on Israel year after year.
        The UN is home to the permanent Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat, the Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices in the Territories, and the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. (Telegraph-UK)

  • Anti-Semitism

  • Russia's Anti-Semitic Attack on Israel Is Shocking and Deliberate - Ksenia Svetlova
    An experienced diplomat, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov knew perfectly well what he was saying when he erupted into a tirade about Jews, anti-Semites and Hitler in an interview this week on Italian TV. When Putin and his loyal servant Lavrov need to justify the crusade against a Ukrainian president who happens to be a Jew, any comparison, metaphor, hyperbole or blood libel is good enough. Nothing is sacred.
        To many in Israel, it came as a shock, a sharp departure from what is commonly described as "Putin's philosemitism." But for Russian speakers in Israel, Ukraine and Russia, there was nothing new. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, anti-Semitism in Russia certainly did not disappear. In times of crisis - for instance, when a Russian intelligence plane was downed in Syria (by Syrian air defense systems), or when Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram won the gold medal for rhythmic gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics, ending Russia's 20-year monopoly - the social networks were suddenly full of anti-Semitic malice.
        After a horrific 2018 fire in a Kemerovo trade center, various Christian circles argued that the Jews were behind the tragedy, as it coincided with a Jewish holiday. Ultra-nationalist Russian Orthodox circles, which have enjoyed increasing access to the Kremlin, have long propagated anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
        Since the invasion of Ukraine, Russian TV propaganda has condemned Russian Jews who "left their motherland in a critical hour and are now hiding in Israel," and lists artists and journalists, both in Russia and abroad, critical of the war, explicitly mentioning that all of them have Jewish names.
        The writer, a former member of the Knesset, is director of the Israel-Middle East program at Mitvim - the Israeli institute for Regional Foreign Policy. (Ha'aretz)
  • ADL: "Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism" - Aaron Bandler
    Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt told the ADL's 2022 Virtual National Leadership Summit on May 1: "To those who still cling to the idea that anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism, let me clarify this for you as clearly as I can: anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. Anti-Zionism as an ideology is rooted in rage" because it aims for "the negation of another people, a concept as alien to the modern discourse as white supremacy. It requires a willful denial of even a superficial history of Judaism and the vast history of the Jewish people."
        "When campus organizations like SJP [Students for Justice in Palestine] interrupt speeches, disrupt events and call for an end to any action that normalizes any relationships, or programs associated, with Israel or Israelis...that is extremism. When groups like Jewish Voice for Peace tweet out 'Jews, hands off Al Aqsa,' when they absolutely know that such language is inflammatory, that the community literally is nowhere near the Al Aqsa Mosque, let alone even permitted to pray there, that is extremism."
        When the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) promulgates conspiracy theories "of interconnected Jewish organizations that supposedly are planning and plotting to harm Muslims, including the groundless accusation that the Israeli military secretly trains U.S. police to harm people of color...that is extremism."  (Los Angeles Jewish Journal)
        See also Transcript: ADL Chief Targets Anti-Zionist Extremists - Jonathan Greenblatt (ADL)

  • Anti-Semitism at Harvard

  • Anti-Semitism Comes to Harvard - Lawrence H. Summers
    During my presidency of Harvard 20 years ago I warned that “serious and thoughtful people are advocating measures that would be anti-Semitic in their effect if not their intent."  In light of the resounding endorsement of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions by the Harvard Crimson, it is clear to me that anti-Semitism is being practiced in both intent and effect.
        Free expression must be sacrosanct in an academic community. Academic freedom, though, does not mean freedom from criticism or the right to have contemptible views treated with respect. It is no shield against moral bankruptcy.
         There is nothing "anti-First Amendment" about calling out anti-Semitism. Indeed, not identifying and attacking anti-Semitism in our midst would be a major moral failing, especially when it comes in conjunction with proposals to instrumentalize the university by having it engage in anti-Semitism.
        BDS crosses the line by singling out the world's only Jewish state for opprobrium in a way totally disproportionate to its deficiencies.
        The writer, former president of Harvard University, served as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. (New York Sun)
  • Why Did the Harvard Crimson Decide to Take On Israel? - Dan Diker
    The Harvard Crimson editorial board's April 29 editorial "In Support of Boycott Sanction and a Free Palestine" legitimizes and normalizes BDS's core claim and genocidal rhetoric. While it claims to oppose all forms of anti-Semitism, the Crimson's uncritical embrace of Harvard's Palestine Solidarity Committee thrusts Harvard's daily paper into a cauldron of the new Israel-targeted anti-Semitism, rendering the Crimson either unschooled or willfully blind to the radical roots and extremist ends of the PSC and the international BDS Movement. The Crimson's board exhibits either stunning ignorance of BDS's political ideology or malice in endorsing the PSC's totalitarian goals.
        Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement and a stalwart Harvard PSC guest, has repeated ad nauseum that BDS does not seek a two-states-for-two-peoples compromise. It seeks Israel's destruction. In 2019, the German Bundestag unanimously condemned the BDS movement as anti-Semitic, resolving that a boycott of the Jewish state is reminiscent of Nazi propaganda and its Juden boykott of the 1930s.
        The writer, a Harvard graduate, heads the program to counter political warfare and BDS at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. (Israel Hayom)
  • I Am a Crimson Editor and I Stand with Israel - Natalie L. Kahn
    The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement - overwhelmingly condemned by Congress in a 2019 resolution passed 398-17 - is not just a boycott; BDS rejects Jewish self-determination altogether. The Crimson editorial in support of "Palestinian liberation" and BDS is part of a larger trend of singling out Jews, conveniently neglecting our half of the story. In 2019, FBI data indicated American Jews were 2.6 times more likely than Black people and 2.2 times more likely than Muslims to be victims of hate crimes.
        The Editorial Board believes it is advocating for the underdog in the name of social justice, but the "overwhelming power imbalance" has always been against the Jewish homeland, surrounded on all sides by those who wish to destroy it - the same wish that has led Israel's neighbors to declare war on it again and again.
        I do my best to keep my personal views out of my work at the Crimson. But when my people and our homeland come under attack, I will not stay silent. This editorial does not represent me; I do and always will stand with Israel.
        The writer is president of Harvard Hillel and associate news editor for the Harvard Crimson. (Harvard Crimson)
  • The Crimson Editorial Contradicts Every Important Harvard, Journalistic and Human Value - Ira E. Stoll
    How are Israeli students, or Jewish students, supposed to feel valued and included when the Crimson is calling for a boycott of the Jewish state - literally, advocating exclusion in the form of unlawful discrimination on the basis of religion and national origin.
        The Crimson's position is so extreme it is almost laughably obsolete. Just months after diplomats from Israel's Arab neighbors such as the UAE, Morocco, Egypt and Bahrain showed up in Israel to deepen trade, security and people-to-people ties, the Crimson wants to revert to the bad old days of Arab rejectionism.
        Nowadays, the Crimson is propped up by annual giving from alumni. We may ask ourselves why we'd volunteer to fund an organization participating in a campaign to wipe the Jewish state off the map and to rid Harvard of any Israelis.
        The writer was president of the Crimson in 1993. (Harvard Crimson)

  • Weekend Features

  • Educating the Arab and Muslim World about the Holocaust - Yaakov Schwartz
    Sharaka, a grassroots organization founded in December 2020 to strengthen the bond between Israel and the Arab world following the Abraham Accords, is participating in the International March of the Living Holocaust commemoration, which includes a two-mile trek from Auschwitz I to Birkenau in Poland. There are delegates from the Emirates and Bahrain, as well as Syria and Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and eastern Jerusalem. They include authors, activists, social media influencers and politicians.
        Dan Feferman, Sharaka's director of communications, said, "For too long because of the conflict, the Arab world has either minimized, downplayed, ignored, or denied the Holocaust, claiming it's a conspiracy....This is really meant to be an eye-opening trip. All of these people through their various platforms - traditional media, social media - are going to relay this and use this as a platform to start a wider movement of educating the Arab and Muslim world about the Holocaust."
        Aysha Jalal, who works at Bahrain's National Commission for Education, Science and Culture for UNESCO, visited Israel with Sharaka this past October and visited Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust museum. She then wanted to see the extermination camps for herself. "It's a very hard experience, but we have to see it....I always heard that the Holocaust didn't happen."  (Times of Israel)
        See also Holocaust Denial Still Common in Arab World but Views Are Changing - Ksenia Svetlova (Media Line)
  • U.S. Ignored Diplomats Who Raised Alarm about Hitler before WWII - Rich Tenorio
    In Watching Darkness Fall: FDR, His Ambassadors, and the Rise of Adolf Hitler, author David McKean recalls that in 1938, William Dodd, the U.S. ambassador to Nazi Germany, publicly declared that Hitler wanted to kill all the Jews not just in Germany, but in the entire European continent. The author, a former U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg during the Obama administration, also describes how William Bullitt, who served as ambassador to the USSR and France, helped get Sigmund Freud out of Austria after the Anschluss in 1938.
        When Roosevelt first took office in 1933, "the United States, frankly, was also quite an anti-Semitic country at the time," said McKean. Breckenridge Long, an ambassador to Italy who praised Benito Mussolini, hindered Jewish refugees from reaching the U.S. while serving as assistant secretary of state during WWII.
        However, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt overruled Long to save the mostly Jewish passengers on the refugee ship SS Quanza in 1940. The U.S. was "quite isolationist. The American people wanted to keep it that way," said McKean. (Times of Israel)
        See also View the Video: Nobody Wants Us - The Story of the SS Quanza
    In 1940, 86 exhausted Jewish European refugees were trapped on the SS Quanza in the port of Hampton Roads, VA. They were hoping to be allowed into America, but the U.S. was turning away refugees at this critical time in history. (PBS)

The Ramadan Escalation in Jerusalem - Amb. Dore Gold (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
  • There has been an effort by those who wish to promote violence to use the Muslim holy month of Ramadan as a war cry to mobilize people. But there's really no basis in Islamic theology for doing that.
  • A number of years ago, the idea was put forward to put cameras on the Temple Mount to see who exactly is smuggling weapons into the Al-Aqsa Mosque. But both the Muslim religious Wakf and the Jordanians opposed this idea.
  • When I visited Abu Dhabi I saw security cameras at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most beautiful mosques in the Muslim world. Cameras have also been installed at the Great Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. But for some reason, they are not acceptable at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
  • If you go to Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, you will see people there of many different faiths. Israel, as a caretaker of the holy sites in Jerusalem, should follow the precedents around the world where there are religious sites that are free and open.
  • While we have to respect Muslim religious sensitivities, at the same time, a place like the Temple Mount should be open for all faiths.
  • I believe we can coexist. I have been having meetings with Muslim colleagues from the Arab world and we demonstrate understanding for each other. That's what we should be promoting.

    The writer is president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. This is from a podcast by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute New Books Network on April 27, 2022.
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