Keep Israel Safe - Herzliya Conference 2013
The RIGHT of Israel to exist and the will to exist must be the number one issue and goal of every Jew whether secular or religious and no matter whatever political conviction he or she may have. Hitler did not care how Jewish you were when he stripped the European Jews of all dignity and forced them, by any mean possible, into Ghettos first, and from there to the concentration camps killing factories.
In the 21st century we see a new Hitler come to power, named Mahmud Ahmadinejad, and the rise of a global Nazi movement named Islamonazism.
If any Jew, being religions, secular, assimilated, even married to a Moslem or simply a denier and self hating of his or her Jewishness thinks that he or she can and will escape the Islamonazis intentions to eliminate him or her, he or she needs to look back only 70 years. The Nazis did not spare any Jew, no matter how near or far to Judaism he or her were, and the Islamonazis will do the very same.
The difference is that now, ALL Jews have a home to go to, or run to, where they will be protected or be able to fight for their survival; it is the nation state of the Jewish nation, Israel.
The Herzliya Conference
Along the ongoing efforts of Jews who understand the vital importance to defend Israel, The Herzliya Conference was born.
The Herzliya Conference is the largest, and growing, national security and public diplomacy conference in the world, that takes place each year in Israel. Established in 2000, the primary objective of the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at the Inter-Disciplinary Center, (IDC), Herzliya is to contribute to Israel's national policy and to constantly upgrade its strategic decision-making process. The Herzliya Conference and the work of the IPS at the IDC pride the discussion of important public policy and national security issues facing Israel and the United States.
This week, at a breakfast meeting that took place at the home of Marvin Markowitz, organized by Jacob Segal of Investors Research Group and the Israeli Chambers of Commerce, a group of most concerned and/or curious people gathered to listen to Richard Heideman about the Herzliya Conference 2013. Heideman, a senior counsel at Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, PC law firm, is the chairman of The Israel Forever Foundation and the chair of the Herzliya Conference International Advisory Board.
Speaking Passionately For Israel
Richard Heideman spoke passionately, had much to say, and I second him.
Richard Heideman, R-Wife Phyllis, L-daughter Ariana
Photo: Orly Halevy
In defense of Israel we cannot be silent. To speak up, write and participate in activities that support this goal is crucial.
The three points of importance to promote are:
We have to make sure that the United States of America is and remains a staunch supporter and openly shows ongoing unquestionable and undenied support for the state of Israel.
There must be a red line established on Iran's nuclear ambitions, and
Demand for direct negotiations, with NO preconditions, and peace talks to which the prime minister of Israel must be publicly invited by the Arab-Palestinians.
Apart from her surrounding enemies, Richard goes on, one of Israel's main battlegrounds and a struggle stage is the United Nations arena. There, when voting per country, no matter what Israel tries to do, she loses from the get go. The majority members of this questionable organization make believe that Jews just landed in the ancient land of Israel due to the Balfour Declaration or some political agreement of world powers that took place in the San Remo Conference after the Ottoman Empire was dismantled. And these propagated claims have settled well, even with the European and US diplomats, which is, of course, not the fact. Rather it is anti-Israel propaganda.
UN Triple Standard
When it comes to Israel, inherently, the UN applies a triple standard, one for democratic states, one for Tyrannical states and one is reserved only for Israel.
Toxic, verbal and visual anti-Israel - anti-Semitism is prevalent in the UN; attacking, maligning and delegitimizing Israel is the meal of the day in the UN cafeteria. Calling Israel an Apartheid state and that all the bad and wrong that takes place in the world is Israel and Jews' fault has become the UN second nature.
The picture that is painted in the UN is that Israel is Goliath and the UN member states are David.
The defense or barrier wall that Israel built, as would have every country in the world under the same circumstances, separates her citizens from and protects them from murderous Arab-Palestinians attacks coming from the Palestinian Authority territory. This wall is now called into question, about whether it is even legal. In other words, the UN is questioning Israel's right to defend herself, with any possible means, like any other country! For many of the UN member nations, Jewish blood is Hefker, it is of no consequence. The people who have provided materials to build this protective wall are now accused of war crimes. Opponents dare to even say the wall is illegal. How dare they?
Terrorists In The UN
Shamelessly, Mahmoud Abbas, the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), a declared terrorist organization until the Madrid Conference in 1981, is welcome in the UN corridors as if he is a world statesman.
If the Arabs and their cohorts cannot kill the Jews and destroy Israel physically, as they have tried thus far, they are aiming to kill Israel legally, delegitimize her legality and this is the battle field Israel has entered into in the 21st century.
Mahmoud Abbas' main objective is to make the Palestinian Authority a UN member state, so he can take the Arabs' battlefield against Israel to the UN and the International court. There he can charge Israel with war crimes and racism; accuse her of being an Apartheid state, a human rights abuser, and delegitimize Zionism, as Zionism equating racism has already become part of the UN mantra against Israel. If Israel "gains" the pejorative scorn name "apartheid state", as South Africa was known to be, her chance of surviving as a Jewish state is nil.
So let us get it straight. Though Israel proclaims herself to be a secular, democratic and Jewish state, Israel cannot exist as a secular, democratic unJewish state. Such concept is oxymoronic per se. Israel is meant to be a Jewish State and nothing else will do.
My question to my Jewish nation is: if all the above does not give every Jew the chills and instill in him or her the drive to join the troops who defend Israel, what would?
Join the troop, partake in The Herzliya Conference, an intellectual conference that creates an environment for open stage speeches and debates on issues that one will not be able to be part of or hear elsewhere. The 2013 Conference will be addressing the global, regional and national political turbulence.
I say, the time to stand up and be counted is now.
Nurit Greenger sees Israel and the United States equally, as the last two forts of true democratic freedom and since 2006, has been writing about events in these two countries. Contact her by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org Read more stories by Nurit Greenger.
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