UCI Exclusive: Israel And The US – A Dynamic Partnership: An Interview With Ambassador (Ret.) Yoram Ettinger

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Israel and the U.S. – A Dynamic Partnership

FULL TRANSCRIPT of our exclusive interview with Ambassador (Ret.) Yoram Ettinger:

Founder and CEO of the Unity Coalition for Israel, Esther Levens, interviews Ambassador (Ret.) Yoram Ettinger, a leading Israeli consultant to members of Israel’s Cabinet and Knesset. He regularly briefs US legislators and their staff on Israel’s contribution to vital US interests, on the root causes of international terrorism and on other issues of bilateral concern.

Esther Levens, CEO and Founder, Unity Coalition for Israel:

The Unity Coalition for Israel has long been a fan of the work of Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger. He is an author and columnist and has served as Ambassador and Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israel's Embassy in Washington D.C. He is an internationally respected insider on US-Israel relations, Mideast politics and overseas investments in Israel's high tech arena.

CEO and Founder of the Unity Coalition for Israel spoke with Ambassador Ettinger on the wisdom of US investments in Israel which return many more times the monetary and security value to the United States than US taxpayers pay out. Following is a transcript of the Ambassador expounding on the topic which presents Israel in a most positive light not often seen in the mainstream media.

Ambassador (Ret.) Yoram Ettinger:

Thank you. I view it as a privilege to communicate with the Unity Coalition for Israel in general, but especially with Esther Levens who I’ve known for many years and highly respected and admired for your contribution for enhanced US-Israel relations. You have made a difference for which I’m grateful.

When it comes to US – Israel relations, there is the reality  

BDS is a Moral Failure

” … A boycott against Israel is a boycott against humanity and this is a moral failure … “

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Those who participate in singling out and attempting to hurt Israel through boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns are anti-Israel and not pro-Palestinian as they often claim. The purpose of BDS is purely anti-Semitic meant only to inflict harm on Israeli businesses and the Israeli economy and not to help the Palestinians or any others for that matter. If this were not so, those who support BDS would recognize that many Palestinians and Arabs freely and happily work for Israeli companies on both sides of the imaginary “Green Line.” When Israeli industries and factories suffer, Palestinian and Arab workers suffer too.

The BDS crowd either has no conscience or has forgotten the lessons of history. If the church and others who know, or should know, right from wrong fail to stand up against any and all efforts and campaigns which single out Israel and the Jews as somehow deserving of being held to a different and higher standard, then they are failing to recognize the evil at the heart of BDS and anti-Semitism. Such moral failure paved the way for six million innocent people to be murdered for no other reason than Jewish blood coursed through their veins and it must never happen again. Sadly, though, as the Holocaust becomes a distant and fading memory, far too many are loosing any sense of shame at harboring anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiments. It’s almost become fashionable to hate Israel and this is especially egregious when talking about Christians and church leaders who are either indifferent to Israel or who are members of those denominations which have spearheaded BDS campaigns. After all, BDS is purely a campaign against Israel which is antithetical to the Word of G-d.

The Bible talks about a time when evil will be called as good and good will be called as evil. Being a Zionist means believing that Jews should have their own, sovereign nation yet liberal professors and the media speak about Zionism as though it were an evil concept instead of something that is just, right and moral. Some who support BDS think they are somehow helping the Palestinians. These naïve people have bought into the distortions perpetrated by the media and the images staged by the Palestinians themselves show suffering and poverty which they blame on Israeli policies. The Palestinian people are neglected and suffering thanks only to their own government. Their poverty has nothing to do with Israel or Israeli policies.

Israel and other countries around the world pump hundreds of millions of dollars each year into the Palestinian economy which only serves to shore up the corrupt Palestinian government.

Human rights abusers push Cambridge resolution vs. Israel

Hewlett-PackardThere was a time when demonstrating one’s hypocrisy was considered a liability, or at least something worth avoiding. That time has passed, as the members of the Cambridge City Council seem poised to illustrate.

On April 23, the Council is expected to adopt a resolution calling for a boycott of Hewlett-Packard, offered by groups retaliating against the company for doing business in Israel. The resolution is orchestrated by the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, funded by and comprised of the usual types who, wishing ardently for Israel to disappear, use the language of human rights to attempt to delegitimize her. They do this, of course, at the behest of some of the worst human rights abusers in the world.

The expected vote is accompanied by no shortage of irony. While professing to be exemplars of open, transparent democracy, council members have conferred in secret with BDS groups to develop the anti-Israel resolution, refusing to make it public so that those who take issue with it — and the public at large — could have the time to respond. It is much better, they calculate, to keep it secret until just before the vote, minimizing the public’s opportunity to scrutinize it, and to ask questions about how it came to be conceived, and by whom.

The City Council’s imminent invocation of human rights against Israel is especially rich. Just seven months ago it declared an official relationship with Dongguan, China, a notorious center of labor rights violations in a country that is a human rights violator on a massive scale.

The hand that Israel has been dealt is encirclement by some of the most depraved enterprises on the planet, each committed to its annihilation, each willing to use the lethal means at its disposal to bring that annihilation about.

There’s Hamas, just yards from Israeli civilians, which has already fired 15,000 rockets into Israel and which has built underground tunnels into Israel to facilitate the massacre of its people. There’s Hezbollah to the north, whose 100,000 rockets are positioned on command to hit every Israeli neighborhood.

There’s Syria’s Bashar Assad, who has slaughtered several hundred thousand innocents and whose chemical weapons sit kilometers from where Israelis live. There’s ISIS and al-Qaeda, operating just outside Israel’s borders. And there’s Iran, funding Hamas and Hezbollah, launching explosive-packed drones into Israeli airspace — and which is months away from deploying nuclear weapons when it sees fit, threatening to use them to remove Israel from the map.

The Cambridge City Council, bless its soul, has not seen fit to take up a resolution condemning any of them. No, it is the Jewish state alone that interests it, and not in a good way, for reasons best left to psychologists to analyze.

The threats that Israel has to try to cope with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, are dangerous ones. They are complex. They are serious. And they are difficult.

An Israeli's message to Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg” … Every time I posted a comment in favor of Israel, your automated response said i was violating Facebook community standards, yet a group calling for the death of the Jews remains … ” ABRAHAM CHICHEPORTICHE

I have used Facebook for years as a platform to share my thoughts, comments and articles. I value that platform because of its global reach. It connected me to some of my friends in France, the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and many other countries. It is a window to the world to differing opinions by allowing me to see what my friends think and share on their walls. It gives me an outlet to speak my mind and to share my thoughts on topics ranging from domestic politics to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

However, I have observed that your social media has reached a point of violent anti-Semitism, at least for me, and I guess many other people too. I am appalled by Facebook’s insistence to allow this on social media. I cannot believe that a group that calls for the death of the Jews, your own people for that matter, does not violate Facebook’s “Community Standards.” Do you realize how dangerous your media has become allowing the anti-Semites of the world to vomit their hate on Israel?

I am disgusted that Facebook not only calls this group socially acceptable, but it endangers the lives of our brothers, our families, our children, and more importantly, our people as a whole.

Free Speech should not be Hate Speech. We all know too well that allowing such a negative behavior only encourages the killing of Jews as we have seen it lately when Facebook users that were anti-Zionists and posting anti-Jewish posts assassinated innocent people in France, Israel or elsewhere.

You were quoted coming to the defense of Muslims after the November 2015 Paris attacks “As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.

So I wonder Mr.Zuckerberg have you forgotten or ignored your statement that all of us

BDS Convinces Durham, North Carolina to Ban Advanced Police Training with Israel

Durham, North Carolina city councilDurham, North Carolina became the first city in the United States this week to ban its police department from participating in training programs with Israel.

The decision came after a calculated disinformation campaign carried out by a coalition of antisemitic global, national and local BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) organizations dedicated to Israel’s destruction.

The Durham city council voted unanimously Monday night to prohibit police exchanges after a petition drive by the “Demilitarize!Durham2Palestine” coalition comprised of ten organizations, including Jewish Voice for Peace, Durham for All, Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East, Black Youth Project 100 Durham Chapter, Inside Outside Alliance, Muslim American Public Affairs Council, Muslims for Social Justice, SpiritHouse, Students for Justice in Palestine at Duke University and Students for Justice in Palestine at UNC Chapel Hill.

The petition, which asked the city council to pass the resolution, read: 
The Israeli Defense Forces and the Israel Police have a long history of violence and harm against Palestinian people and Jews of Color. They persist in using tactics of extrajudicial killing, excessive force, racial profiling, and repression of social justice movements. Such tactics have been condemned by international human rights organizations for violating the human rights of Palestinians.

These tactics further militarize U.S. police forces that train in Israel, and this training helps the police terrorize Black and Brown communities here in the US. Additionally, such practices erode our constitutional rights to due process, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly. Durham officials — including former Chief Lopez and current Chief Davis — have participated in these racist police exchange programs.

We are members of Durham’s community committed to peace and justice from Durham to Palestine. We want to live in a Durham that ensures true collective safety for all, and so we demand that the City of Durham immediately halt any partnerships that the Durham Police Department has or might enter into with the Israeli Defense Forces and/or the Israel Police … “

Fauda

Israeli innovation and creativity are by no means limited to technology or medicine: its entertainment industry has also experienced a boom in recent years. In 2017, The Economist wrote about how Israeli spy shows ‘are conquering the world’, and one of these is Fauda, a hugely popular spy drama available on Netflix.  If you haven’t […]

ReWalk

Simply put, ReWalk helps severely physically disabled people walk. They have developed an exoskeleton “walking assistance system” that can enable quadriplegics to walk and even run marathons. What makes this remarkable invention particularly inspirational is the fact that the CEO, Dr. Amit Goffer, is himself quadriplegic.

Mobileye

“Sensing the Future” is the mantra of Mobileye, a $10 billion valued Israeli company that uses algorithms and images from a tiny camera placed in cars to alert the driver of potential hazards, such as pedestrians or steering out of lane. More than 25 global automakers use Mobileye technology to make their vehicles safer, and […]

Iron Dome

Perhaps the greatest military invention to come out of Israel, this air defence system has saved thousands of Israeli lives. Developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd, the Iron Dome intercepts short-range rockets and mortar shells. When these are fired towards Israel, the Iron Dome uses its radar and cameras to track them and shoot […]

Breaking: Trump Deploying US Military to Protect US-Mexico Border

trump-wallPresident Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is ready to deploy the U.S. military to protect America’s border with Mexico from an influx of illegal immigrants.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, the president emphasized the need to defend the border until a wall is constructed between the U.S. and Mexico, according to Politico.

“We are going to be guarding our border with our military. That’s a big step,” Trump said during a meeting with the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. “We cannot have people flowing into our country illegally, disappearing and, by the way, never showing up for court.”

 
Trump also said he had spoken with Defense Secretary James Mattis about using the military to defend America’s southern border.

“We’re going to be doing things militarily until we can have a wall and proper security,” the president said, according to The Associated Press.

In recent days, Trump has been focused on securing the U.S.-Mexico border, particularly amid reports that a “caravan” of migrants, the majority of whom hail from Honduras, was making its way toward the U.S. with the intention of crossing the border.

“The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our ‘Weak Laws’ Border, had better be stopped before it gets there,” the president tweeted Tuesday morning.

“Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!”

Donald J. Trump

 

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 The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our “Weak Laws” Border, had better be stopped before it gets there. Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!

Trump has placed blame on former President Barack Obama for America’s current immigration laws, saying at the White House that Obama ...

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