The French Jewish Community’s Future

French-American Jew Helen Loeb was invited to speak at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood, Penn. on the terrorist attacks last week in Paris and the state of the France’s Jewish community.

Last year almost 1% of French Jews immigrated to Israel. How many will make aliyah next year?

Last year almost 1% of French Jews immigrated to Israel. How many will make aliyah next year?

Many have come to me in the past few days to express their sympathy and ask about the well-being of my family. Many have also come to me to inquire and reflect about the future of the French Jewish community. So where do I start?

I am appalled by the current developments in France, of course, but also in Brussels and other places in Europe.

I grew up in Toulouse, infamous for the murder of one rabbi and 3 children just about two years ago. The Ozar Hatorah school is just 2 miles from where I grew up, where my mother and sister still live. Used to be known for its aeronautical industry and opera singing, Toulouse has become a symbol of antisemitism and homegrown terrorism.

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Playing Plutocracy: McCutcheon v. FEC

The Supreme Court’s partisan 5 to 4 decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission opens the door for the richest Americans to buy support as many Congressmen and Senators as they see fit. Miles Lofgren writes:

The Roberts court, or five of its nine members, adopted the misanthrope’s faux-naïve pose in ruling that private money in politics, far from promoting corruption, causes democracy to thrive because, money being speech, the more speech, the freer the politics. Anatole France mocked this kind of legal casuistry by saying “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”

Cartoon courtesy of Mike Stanfill.

Abbas Adopts Jesus as a Palestinian

(DEBKA) Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas sent this Christmas message to the world:

“In Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born, a Palestinian messenger who would become the guiding light for millions around the world.”

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said:

“Abbas should check his facts, read the New Testament before spouting such nonsense. But we forgive him, for he knows not what he does.”

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Staying the Course on Iran

Cartoon Courtesy of Yaakov “Dry Bones” Kirschen

— by Steve Sheffey

Iran continues its quest for nuclear weapons. Many red lines have been crossed, and it is easy to find past predictions that Iran would already have a nuclear weapon by now. At least part of the reason for the delay is increasingly tough sanctions, and “a series of covert actions including cyberwar or cyber-sabotage that included Stuxnet, Duqu, and Flame, assassinations of key scientists in the Iranian nuclear program, and unnatural explosions at key Iranian missile and steel plants.”

Iran has been slowed, but it continues to make progress. Some would accuse Israel of crying “wolf.” But as Graham Allison reminds us:

The children’s story about the boy who cried wolf is often cited to counsel against exaggeration of threat. We should remember how the story ends: The wolf actually arrives, and eats the boy.

Allison’s article on Iran is one of the best I have ever read on the subject. If you are looking for one article that explains where we are and what is going on with Iran, this is it.

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Releasing Murderers for Peace Negotiations: The Fight Begins Now

— by David Bedein

The impression that Israel has released 100 terrorists from jail last week, as the Arabs’ term for renewing the peace negotiations, is wrong. Israel has not yet released any murderers. The reality is that the Israeli government must now go through a mandatory “risk assessment” process for every murderer who may be released, as required by Israeli penal law.

In previous murderer releases, the Israeli government ignored that process, because Israeli lives were on the line: Gilad Shalit, Elchanon Tannenbaum, and others who were already dead, but the government of Israel held out the possibility that they were alive, as in the case of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.

Today, no lives of specific people are at stake — only the lives that freed convicts would kill. The Israel Resource News Agency’s Center for Near East Policy Research visited the prisons in which many of these Arab terrorist convicts are jailed, and produced the short film, For the Sake of Allah, where convicts state openly that if freed, they would resume their campaign of murder.

The mandatory “risk assessment” process must be applied for every convict, as mandated by the penal law in Israel. According to the highest sources in Israeli intelligence, such a process would result in the cancellation of some of the orders to free some of the murderers, whose presence on the streets of Israel constitute a threat to human life.

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Dry Bones: Startup Nation

cartoon courtesy of Yaakov “Dry Bones” Kirschen

From the Associated Press:

Waze sale signals new growth for Israeli high-tech

Google’s acquisition of navigation software is not only among largest-ever purchase prices for Israeli startup; it also cements recent push by local high-tech industry into fast-growing consumer market

Google Inc.’s $1.03 billion purchase of Israeli navigation software maker Waze marks an important milestone for the country that affectionately calls itself “Startup Nation.”
The acquisition is not only among the largest-ever purchase prices for an Israeli startup. It also cements a recent push by the local high-tech industry into the fast-growing consumer market.