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What we were talking about this week

Syria, Iran and Israel

The big news this week has been the Iranian attack on the Golan Heights and the subsequent Israeli operation on Iranian military targets in Syria. You would have received an update last night with all of the most up-to-date details.

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I posted a short video of the sirens going off in Israel’s north on the ZFA Facebook, just to alert our followers of the situation. Unsurprisingly, the Israel haters came out in full force in the comments section.

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Just one day before the attempted Iranian strikes on the Golan Heights, President of the ZFA, Dr. Danny Lamm AM released the following statement:

Citizens in Israel’s north have been warned to open their bomb shelters as Iran and Syria threaten devastating military action against Israel. Israel has responded with pre-emptive strategic strikes on Syrian military bases and is preparing to defend its citizens as and when the need arises.

Dr Danny Lamm AM President of the ZFA said, “Repeated statements from Iranian FM Javad Zarif calling for Israel’s annihilation should never be taken lightly, and Iranian military activity in Syria shows no signs of slowing down. At the end of the day, Israel has to deal with what is happening on its north-eastern border, and will do everything it needs to do to protect its citizens.”

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I came across this tweet this morning that I had to share from the Foreign Minister of Bahrain, Khalid Ahmed Al-Khalifa, who said, ““As long as Iran continues the current status quo of its forces and rockets operating in the region, any country – including Israel – has the right to defend itself by eliminating the source of danger.”

I could not agree more!

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Palestinian rioters set fire to humanitarian aid crossing – anti-Israel mob comes out to play

Last Friday, as part of the weekly protests carried out along the border between Israel and Gaza, Palestinian rioters set fire to fuel and gas pipes on their side of the Kerem Shalom crossing – you know the border crossing that provides the people with Gaza with truckloads of humanitarian aid weekly?

Just last week, humanitarian aid delivered to Gaza from Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing included 72,345 tons of cargo; 2,230 trucks carrying supplies; 50,800 ton of building material, 8,020 tons of food, 1,597 fuel tanks and 1,486 tons of gas.

So what is the point?

An Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said “Hamas thereby acts against the interests of Gaza residents and worsens their situation for its own purposes.”

Strangely, our local media has been very vocal when it comes to reporting on the Palestinian protests, making them sound like peaceful marches against a “brutal” Israeli army, but have remained silent when it comes to the firebombs, the kites carrying swastikas, and the exploitation of women and children.

All of this is doing an incredible disservice to people on both sides of the border who deserve so much more than terrorist Hamas.

On the ZFA Facebook page, I posted the video below, asking the question, “The people of Gaza deserve so much better than what their “leadership” is giving them at the moment.

Is this what a “peaceful protest” is supposed to look like?”

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The anti-Israel mob came out in full force (just like with our later video on Syria), commenting on the post and declaring that Israel (and by extension, the ZFA) is full of lies. And this is with video evidence staring them right in the face. It has gotten fairly vicious, and it amazes me just how the Israel hatred runs so deep.

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Iran – ZFA Statement and President Trump Withdrawal from the Nuclear Deal

Statement from Dr. Danny Lamm AM on Iran:

“The material recently released to the world by Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu proves that the much vaunted Iran nuclear deal – the JCPOA agreement – was founded on more than one lie made by Iran to the P5+1 members, to the IAEA, to its own people and to the world at large. The Israeli operation proves once again that the current regime in Iran cannot be trusted.

There are some who were quick to question the discovery suggesting it disclosed nothing new but they did so even before the entire contents of the large volume of material was fully disclosed, let alone analysed. This suggests that Israel’s detractors are more concerned with covering their backs for making a bad deal or with reaping the benefits financially of dealing with a rogue state than with making the world a safer place.

Those who believe the JCPOA is the best option we have available should think long and hard about the implications of placing further trust in an agreement with a regime that is not prepared to make itself accountable for its actions.”

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On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump announced that he was withdrawing the US from the nuclear deal with Iran, and vowed to impose the highest levels of economic sanctions. He talked a lot about how bad the deal was, but resonated with me the most was when he said, “We will not allow a regime that chants ‘Death to America’ to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth.”

This is what Israel deals with on a daily basis, and it was much easier for those looking at the situation from the outside to try to convince Israel to accept the original deal when it was on the table. But the reality is, Israel is in the firing line, and they must do everything they can to protect themselves, even if that meant not supporting the deal from its very inception.

Following President Trump’s announcement, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu declared, “Israel fully supports President Trump’s bold decision today to reject the disastrous nuclear deal with the terrorist regime in Tehran. Israel has opposed the nuclear deal from the start because we said that rather than blocking Iran’s path to a bomb, the deal actually paved Iran’s path to an entire arsenal of nuclear bombs, and this within a few years’ time. The removal of sanctions under the deal has already produced disastrous results. The deal didn’t push war further away, it actually brought it closer. The deal didn’t reduce Iran’s aggression, it dramatically increased it, and we see this across the entire Middle East.”

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Take that BDS Movement – Netta Barzilai is through to the Grand Final of Eurovision

Despite the BDS movement encouraging countries NOT to vote for Israel’s entrant into the Eurovision Song Contest, Netta Barzilai, she has made it through her semi final to the Grand Final on Saturday!

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More Jerusalem embassy preparations

Earlier in the week, it was a case of everyone doing their part to pitch in ahead of the official opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, was photographed putting up the first of a number of street signs pointing people in the right direction to the Embassy!

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Hot on the heels of the United States and Guatemala it looks like Paraguay will be moving its Embassy to Jerusalem at the end of the month. The President of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes is planning to come to Israel to open the Embassy himself and it looks like the date will be either 20 or 21 May!

This is great news and it would appear that the tide is slowly changing. Which country should be next? I am looking directly at you Australia!

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