A Syrian mother carries her sick child into Israel. (Screenshot)
If the border between Israel and Syria opened up, millions of Syrians would want to come to the Jewish State, the mother of a sick child brought to Israel for treatment told Israeli news outlet Chadashot recently.
For the first time, a TV news outlet was permitted by the IDF to film Syrians entering Israel for medical treatment. Several women interviewed were full of extensive praise for Israel, explaining that in light of the country’s humanitarian aid, Israelis, who had once been considered enemies, had become like brothers.
Indeed, this development of goodwill was the ultimate goal of Operation Good Neighbor, a IDF mission begun secretly several years ago to provide aid to Syrians who came to the Syrian-Israeli border seeking medical help.
The operation expanded into a humanitarian aid initiative, with the IDF transferring tons of food, clothes, heating and cooking fuel, and even diapers to Syrians suffering under their country’s ongoing civil war.
To date, Israel has treated about 3,000 Syrians injured in the fighting, and nearly 1,000 children.
Syrian women walk through the border gate. (Screenshot)
The Chadashot report followed 21 women and 23 children as they made their way from the Syrian side of the border into Israel early one recent morning. IDF soldiers waited for them at an agreed-upon spot before allowing them, under surveillance, through the gate.
These children had been selected by Syrian doctors as needing the higher-quality medical care available in Israel. One mother told a reporter that she would rather bring her child to Israel than Damascus for treatment.
“The first time you saw an Israeli soldier in uniform, how did you feel?” The reporter asked one woman as they walked from the border towards the coach bus that would bring the group to Ziv Hospital in the northern city of Tzfat.
“I felt that he was our brother,” she immediately replied.
The IDF escorts the mothers and children to a coach bus. (Screenshot)
“In the past Israel was thought of as an enemy,” another explained, “But now that they have reached out their hand to help us, most of the people are with you, they love Israel. They see the true face [of Israel].”
“I am very, very happy” to be in Israel, one mother said, adding that she was not at all afraid of being in a country once considered an enemy. “Why should I be afraid?”
At the hospital, kids were provided with paper and crayons, and sat drawing and coloring with IDF soldiers. Many even drew Israeli flags.
The group was given breakfast, and a medical clown was brought to help relax the children.
A medical clown jokes with the children at Ziv Hospital. (Screenshot)
“Once they understand we’re not going to abuse them but help them, they open up, they start to talk,” Major Sergei Kotikov, IDF director of Operation Good Neighbor, told Chadashot. “And then they start to tell us about what they’ve been through.”
Several women described the difficult living conditions in southern Syria, much of which is engulfed in warfare. One woman became visibly emotional when speaking of her appreciation for Israel, telling the reporter, “I wish we could stay here.”
When asked what would happen if the gates of the Israeli-Syrian border were opened that day, the woman replied without hesitation, “I would be the first to pass through them.”
“And how many would come after you? Millions?” asked the reporter.
“All of Syria would come after me. All of the citizens still in Syria, they would all come.”
The UN Security Council. Photo: Twitter.
American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital should serve as a “reality check” for the Palestinians, the Jewish state’s UN envoy said on Friday, ahead of the start of a special Security Council session on the issue.
“President Trump’s declaration marks a milestone — for Israel, for peace and for the world,” Ambassador Danny Danon said.
The Palestinians, Danon further noted, “can choose violence as they have always done, or they can choose to join us at the negotiating table.”
“The Security Council must send a clear message that there is never an excuse for violence,” he declared. “Violence must never be used as a threat.”
The UN agency is currently dominated by the most oppressive regimes on education and culture. There is China, which recently let writer, poet and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo die an agonizing death in prison, where he was serving an 11-year jail sentence for his support of human rights and democracy.
Then there is Iran, where a dean of journalism, Siamak Pourzand, committed suicide to avoid more persecution by the regime.”UNESCO has been hijacked and abused as a tool for the persecution of Israel and the Jewish people, while concocting fake facts and fake history, meant to… rewrite global history.” — Carmel Shama Hacohen, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO.
Prague Old Town Square, Czech Republic. (Shutterstock)
In a sign of Biblical prophecy that the nations will gaze upon a unified Jerusalem with joy, and following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Wednesday night, the Czech Republic has said that it also recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.
“The Czech Republic currently, before the peace between Israel and Palestine is signed, recognizes Jerusalem to be in fact the capital of Israel in the borders of the demarcation line from 1967,” said a statement issued by the Czech foreign ministry.
A Palestinian protester holds stones during clashes with Israeli troops as Palestinians call for a “day of rage” in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Bethlehem, West Bank, Dec. 8, 2017.
The next few days will show whether the Palestinian Authority (PA) is headed toward the kind of chaos that could result in the collapse of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ government, or whether the Palestinians will manage to contain their outrage over President Donald Trump’s announcement that he recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Afghan protesters shout slogans during a protest againstÊU.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in Kabul, Afghanistan December 8, 2017. (photo credit: OMAR SCOBHANI / REUTERS)
JERUSALEM – Thousands of Palestinians protested in a “day of rage” on Friday in the West Bank, Gaza and in east Jerusalem against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the ancient city as Israel’s capital.
Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Friday, the Muslim holy day, expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and outrage at the US move.
The real national camp—and no, I’m not referring to Likud but to the camp pursuing a Jewish, democratic and incorrupt state—has an actual chance of returning to power.
About one-third of Likud voters are presumably fed up with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s way. It’s true that he’s made achievements. It’s true that the attacks on him were often vile, exaggerated hypocritical and filled with lies, mistakes, and manipulations. But no more. What could have been argued two or three or five years ago, quite rightfully, can no longer be argued today. Something has changed..
Over the last five hundred years, famous rabbinic leaders have called to limit the overwhelming authority of Rabbi Yosef Karo’s Shulchan Aruch and Rambam’s Mishne Torah. (1) They felt that these works do not reflect authentic Judaism and its halachic tradition. (2) The reason is obvious. These great codes of Jewish Law are very un-Jewish in spirit. They present Halacha in ways which oppose the heart and soul of the Talmud, and therefore of Judaism itself. They deprived Judaism of its multifaceted halachic tradition and its inherent music. It is not the works themselves which are the problem, but the ideology which they represent: The ethos of codifying and finalizing Jewish Law.
The New York Times published the Palestinian response to an alleged Saudi peace plan. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly presented it to PLO chief and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas last month.
According to the Times’ report, Mohammed told Abbas he has two months to either accept the Saudi proposal or leave office to make way for a new Palestinian leader who will accept it.
Israel is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the historic visit of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem, that led to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. The move by Egypt, the largest and strongest Arab state, changed the dynamics of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Sadat violated the Arab taboo against good neighborly relations with the Jewish state and opened the way for additional peace agreements. The defection of Egypt from the Arab military coalition eliminated the option of a two-front conventional war against Israel and saved the Israeli taxpayer billions of dollars. The heavy price paid by Israel to Egypt was total withdrawal from the Sinai and removal of settlements. But, in retrospect, it worked out well, turning Israel into “the land had peace
Islamic world more than fifty years ago, when I became fascinated by the classes taught by my Arabic teacher, the late Dov Iron, in Tel Aviv’s Zeitleen high school. From the very first class in early September 1066, I realized that we are being exposed to a culture that differs in every respect from the one upon which I was raised. I realized that the Arabic language is the key to a whole new world, one that thinks, feels and behaves in a way that must be studied perceptively in order to be understood.