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The Knesset’s Immigration, Absorption and Public Diplomacy Committee will hold a hearing on the activities of left-wing American lobby J Street as early as next week, committee chairman Danny Danon (Likud) said Wednesday.
The Knesset plenum voted Wednesday in favor of holding a hearing on the group’s activities at the conclusion of a debate on the subject sponsored by MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima).
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“The code that was broken is more serious than the content."
“American Jewish groups, Right or Left, should understand that they should maintain full solidarity for Israel overseas – and when Tzipi Livni or Haim Oron become prime minister, I will demand the same loyalty from right-wing groups.”
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MK Nissim Ze’ev (Shas), who blasted the organization from the speaker’s podium.
“Their sheer hatred toward the State of Israel and the government’s policies is more terrible than that of Israel’s worst enemies,” he said.
The Jewish state, out of context
...I had time to think about Masada. It stands out as a symbol in Jewish history – a symbol of heroism, but also a symbol of extremism, of the Jewish tragedy of the loss of independence and of the heavy price the Jewish people pay when they split into sects.
We are now approaching the period of the Third Temple, and must learn from our history, especially how not to repeat it.
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Beyond that fact, we must not allow a situation to occur, like at Masada, where we are divided so radically along political lines that our very survival is called into question. We are too few, only two generations after the Holocaust, to allow ourselves the luxury of creating such a rift within the Jewish people.
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There is no question that J Street’s activities are important, but the dialogue between the organization and Israel – or world Jewry as a whole and Israel – should be conducted internally, within the Jewish people
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But it must be understood that Israel is in the midst of an international struggle against delegitimization, and some criticism can unintentionally feed that struggle. The challenge is to find a way to air critiques without aiding those who seek to question Israel’s very existence and create a rift between Israel and much of Diaspora Jewry.
Josephus does not record any attempts by the Sicarii to counterattack the besiegers during this process, a significant difference from his accounts of other sieges against Jewish fortresses. He did record their raid before the siege on Ein-Gedi, a nearby Jewish settlement, where the Sicarii allegedly killed 700 of its inhabitants.