The U.S. and Israel, Friends Forever?

Why do I support Israel? Why do Americans support Israel? Better yet why don’t some Americans support Israel? Since 1948 Israelis and Americans alike have been searching for answers to these questions. I support Israel for multiple reasons. However, I am saddened to tell you I am one of the few. I’m one of the few who stand with my Jewish brothers and sisters by reaching out a hand and helping to carry the load that has been placed on their backs throughout history. From the horrors of the Holocaust to blatant betrayal from our very own President Obama, it seems like Israel doesn’t have many friends, but I can assure you I am one of them!

Founded on May 15, 1948, Israel was a tiny nation no bigger than the state of New Jersey. It was established as the “Jewish Homeland,” a state for the most persecuted people in the history of the world. From the moment of its inception Israel was attacked, demonized, and delegitimized by its neighbors. Why? What has Israel done to deserve such a reputation in the world’s eyes? A trip through the history books reveals a multitude of accusations of “War Crimes” brought before the UN – an organization which has proven to be one of Israel’s biggest detractors. All people are entitled to a homeland, peace, liberty, and acceptance. So why has Israel struggled for these fundamental rights?

The battle for recognition is the battle the Israelis have been fighting ever since their state’s creation. This fight doesn’t just play out at the UN General Assembly or on the Gaza strip, but also in college campuses across the United States. Antisemitism has recently come back into style (kind of like Britney Spears). It is now commonplace to walk onto a university campus and witness a “Die-In” or an “Israeli Apartheid Wall.” Campuses such as UC Berkley, UNLV, Columbia, UC Irvine, and countless others all harbor the anti-Israel or anti-Zionist attitudes working to penetrate and indoctrinate the youth of today.

Whether it is staged Die-Ins, anti-Israel speakers, spray painted swastikas, protesting, or actual physical violence, antisemitism is very real on college campuses across the nation. The Muslim Student Association, funded by the Muslim Brotherhood – an organization with a very questionable and controversial past, is a prominent voice for this attitude. This war the Jews are fighting is not a physical war, it is an ideological war. Israel is battling an enemy that denies their entire existence and right to exist. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has openly vowed on countless occasions to “wipe Jews off the map, and cast them in the Mediterranean.” Muslim extremists have also stated (when referring to people they want to eliminate), “it’s the Saturday people first and the Sunday people second.” Israel is seen as the “Little Satan” while America is viewed as the “Great Satan.”

Not only is this a growing problem within the colleges of America, support for Israel is waning in Washington DC. This past Friday, US Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman accused Israel of generating a spate of antisemitism due to their inability to reach a two-state solution with the Palestinian people. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was treated very poorly when he visited the United States earlier this year, days after President Obama called for a return to 1967 borers in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. Better yet, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Netanyahu a “liar” only to be outdone by President Obama who said, “You are sick of him, but I have to work with him every day. ” The US-Israel relationship has remained intact and strong ever since Israel’s founding in 1948, however our current administration is rapidly turning its back on one of our nation’s strongest allies.

Do I have your attention yet?  Our support for the nation of Israel and the Jewish people is vital to our nation’s future success as well as the future success of Israel. It starts with us – college students! Abraham Lincoln once said, “The philosophy of the classroom today will be the philosophy of the government tomorrow.” We have to take a stand on campus and show our professors and fellow students we will not back down from the fight.

Now that we know what is going on, how can we make a difference? Many outlets for pro-Israel advocacy exist on campus and are waiting for students who are ready and willing to take a stand and defend the Jewish people and the land of Israel against on campus antisemitism. Organizations such as Christians United for Israel bring Christian students together in support. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)  takes a more political stance. There is also StandWithUs, Zionists of America, Hillel; there are plenty of ways to make your voice heard. It is our responsibility as young conservatives to ensure our nation’s relationship with Israel remains strong. If you find instances of antisemitism on your campus be it students or professors, say something. Together we can help ensure our generation does our part and preserves this special relationship for generations to come.

Jacob Harmon // University of California at San Diego // @jacobsonlv



  1. Kerry the conservative says:

    Agreed! I am a goy that stands with the Jews! I even took on the Socialist Party when they came to our campus with their anti semetic garbage.

  2. Josh Ernst says:

    Why do you think Israel has been demonized? They used violence to create a state in a land where a people group having been living for thousands of years. What about the Palestinians right to homeland, peace, liberty, and acceptance? Israel has no problem opressing them.

    Also you confuse anti-semitism and anti-Israel sentiment. I’m no supporter of Israel but thta does not make me an anti-semitic. The two are completely different.

  3. Josh – You’re diluted with misinformation. There is, and never has been a land of Palestine. The Jews have occupied that land for thousands of years – proof be told in the Old and New Testament. Where in those or for that matter in the Qua ran does it state “Palestinians”? It doesn’t – what you describe as “Palestinians” are actually Jordanian wretched refuse. Israel is continually demonized for protecting itself. May it be from nations attacking her borders, or rockets being tossed into civilian areas. If you do not support Israel YOU ARE anti-Semitic. It is a country based on a people of a specific RELIGION. Don’t try to hide under the guise that you don’t support a nation, but support their religious rights – you’re full of it! They are the only democracy in the region, and ask Israeli-Arabs who live with the Israeli’s if they would rather see Hezbollah of the Israeli government in charge – guess what their answer would be? Not what you think. Israel oppresses the supposed “Palestinians”? THAT’S A LAUGHER – who do you think gives them financial aide, and supports their communities? The same country that they toss rockets into. You are so uneducated within this subject due to the cloth of anti_Semitism over your eyes that it is pathetic.

  4. Indeed anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment are different issues however when it comes to the college campuses there are instances of both,

    Israel has made offers for peace on 5 different occasions however the PA has denied these offers each time. The PA has openly said they will not recognize a Jewish state or the Jewish people. The fight here is not for the land its for the recognition as a people.

  5. I think you’ve missed the chance to actually get to the root of this issue.

    “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zech12:3).

    2000 BC
    Abraham attempts to offer his son Isaac on Mount Moriah. The angel of theLord stops him and instead a ram is offered.
    (Gen 22:1-19)

    1000 BC
    David makes Jerusalem his kingdom’s capital and the Ark is moved to a sitenear the Temple Mount.
    (2 Sam 5:6-12) (2 Sam 6:1-17)

    1000 BC
    God tells David to build him a Temple. However, because David was a manof war, his son is determined as one who will actually builds it.
    (2 Sam 7:1-13)

    990 BC
    David purchases the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. This locationwas to become the site for Temple.
    (2 Sam 24:18-25)

    950 BC
    Solomon begins the construction of the first Temple of God.
    (1 Kings 1:5-8)

    920 BC
    The Kingdom is divided between north (Israel) and south (Judah) with Jerusalem as capital of the Southern kingdom.

    835 BC
    Joash, king of king of Judah, works to repairs the Temple.
    (2 kings 12:4-14

    825 BC
    Jeoash, king of Israel attacks Jerusalem, breaks down the walls, and plundersthe Temple treasury
    (2 Kings 14:13-14)

    710 BC
    Because the Assyrian ruler Senacherib demanded tribute, King Hezekiahgave him all of the gold and silver in the Temple treasury, even strippedthe gold from the Temple’s door. His actions would prove to be unnecessarywhen an angel of the Lord killed 185,000 advancing Assyrian soldiers inone night.
    (2 Kings 18:15-16) (2 Kings 19:35)

    605 BC
    The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzer marches into Jerusalem, he removes allthe treasures in the Temple, and carries them off to Babylon.
    (2 Kings 24:11-13)

    585 BC
    Jerusalem is invaded again by king Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon, who capturesand destroys the First Temple. The Ark of the Covenant disappears at thistime. It is believed either the Ark was taken to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzeror it was buried somewhere.
    2 Kings 25:8-10)

    540 BC
    King Belshazzar of Babylon uses the Temple vessels as drinking glassesfor a pagan feast. The party is interrupted by a personal message for God.
    (Dan 5:1-4)

    535 BC
    After being stirred up by the Lord, King Cyrus of Persia, makesthe proclamation that called for the Jews to return home to Jerusalem,so they could rebuild the Temple of God.
    (Ezra 1:1-4) (Ezra 6:3-15)

    515 BC
    The proclamation that King Cyrus made for the rebuilding of the Temple was not immediately acted upon. In fact, the decree remained filed away andforgotten until Zerubbabel rose to the challenge of rebuilding the Temple.After some wrangling with government red tape, Zerubbabel received theblessings of king Darius to continue his work.
    (Ezra 5:2-3) (Ezra 6:1-12)

    330 BC
    Alexander the Great captures Jerusalem, but does not harm the Temple.

    170 BC
    Antiochus Epiphanes, King of Syria, plunders the temple and offers a pigon the Temple altar. Daniel predicted Antiochus Epiphanes would be a typeof Antichrist. Where Epiphanes defiled the temple by offering a pig onthe altar, the real Antichrist will defile the Tribulation Temple by offeringhimself to be worshipped. (Dan 11:31) (2 Thes 2:3)

    165 BC
    The Maccabees successful revolt against Antiochus Epiphanes allowed for rededication of the Temple and for the brief freedom of the Jewish people.
    (The book of Maccabees)

    63 BC
    The Roman Empire conquers Jerusalem starting a period of domination ofthe Holy land by foreign force that would last until 1948 AD.

    20 BC
    Herod the Great starts a remodeling job on the Temple site that will continue until the Romans destroy the Temple in 70 AD. (John 2:20)

    4 BC
    Jesus Christ is born in Bethlehem – four years ahead of His time. [0 or 1 AD] (Micah5:2) (Mat 2:1)

    30 AD
    Jesus is hailed as the Son of David as He rides into the city of Jerusalem. He Predicts the destruction of the second Temple. Jesus is crucified, stopping Daniel’s prophetic clock at the 69 weeks mark. Jesus also gloriously rose from the grave on the third day.
    (Mark 13:2) (Dan 9:24-26)

    70 AD
    Roman general Titus destroys the Second Temple. Because of rumors that gold may have been hidden in the stonework of the Temple, the Roman soldiers completely tore apart the Temple, fulfilling Jesus prophecy that not one stone would be left upon another. (Josephus) (Mat 24:2)

    132-135 AD
    Second Jewish Revolt against Roman was led by Bar Kochba. The revolt failedand much of Jerusalem was razed. Jews were excluded from Jerusalem.

    326 AD
    Queen Helena, mother of Byzantine Emperor Constantine, visits Jerusalemand begins building major churches– including the Holy Sepulchre.

    638 AD
    Caliph Omar Ben Hatav captures Jerusalem placing it under Arab Muslim rule. The Temple mount is at this time buried under tons of debris.

    688-91 AD
    Dome of the Rock (Mosque of Omar) is built by Abd al-Malik over the site where Muslims believe Mohammed was raptured up into heaven.

    715 AD
    Al Aqsa Mosque is built over Jewish and Christian remains most likely because the Arabs wanted to cover-up any evidence of existing rights of the land.

    1099 AD
    The Crusaders capture Jerusalem and the holy sites. The Dome of the Rock is turned into a Church. The Al Aqsa Mosque is turned into the headquarters for the Knights Templar.

    1187 AD
    Lead by Saladin the Muslims recapture Jerusalem from the Crusaders.

    1229 AD
    Emperor Fredrick II of the Holy Roman Empire led the sixth crusade and was able to win back Jerusalem purely by show of force.

    1244 AD
    The Muslims seize Jerusalem from the crusaders for the last time, every Crusade that was to follow failed at the task of capturing Jerusalem.

    1517 AD
    Turkish Sultan Selim conquers Jerusalem for the Ottoman Empire.

    1538 AD
    Suleiman the Magnificent rebuilds city ramparts and wall around Jerusalem.

    1541 AD
    Muslims seal up the Golden Gate to prevent the Messiah’s entrance – as according to Jewish tradition.

    1831 AD
    Jerusalem is conquered by Mehemet Ali of Egypt.

    1840 AD
    Jerusalem yet again comes under Turkish control.

    1860 AD
    The first neighborhood outside Jerusalem’s walls is built by philanthropist Moses Montefiore.

    1918-1948 AD
    With the collapse of the Ottoman Empire following WW I, the British gain control of Palestine.

    1947 AD
    The UN voted to end British control of Palestine and to divide the country into a Jewish and Arab state.

    1948 AD
    14 May – The British Mandate ends 14 May – The State of Israel is proclaimed15 May – Israel is invaded by five Arab states.

    1948-1949 AD
    From May 1948 of to July 1949 the War of Independence is fought. Israel wins an armistice after defeating troops from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.

    1949 AD
    Jerusalem is proclaimed the official capital of Israel.

    1951 AD
    King Abdullah was assassinated on July 20, 1951 in Jerusalem by a Palestinian opposed to Jordanian tolerance of Israel.

    1956 AD
    Israel and Egypt go to war over the Sinai region.

    1967 AD
    On June 5 the six-day war begins: Israel destroys the Arab air forces; captures land three times the area of itself; and most importantly, the Jewish people win the right to free control the city of Jerusalem for the first time in over 2000 years.

    1973 AD
    On Oct 6, during Yom Kippur, Israel’s Arab neighbors launch a surprise attack. This war exacted a heavy toll on the Jewish state. Although no major territory was lost or gained, most Arabs regarded the war as a psychological victory.

    1977 AD
    Egyptian President Sadat visits Jerusalem.

    1979 AD
    Israel-Egypt sign a peace treaty

    1981 AD
    Iraq’s nuclear reactor is destroyed by the Israeli Air Force.

    1982 AD
    To end the PLO’s attacks from Lebanon, Israel launches an invasion of thatof country.

    1987 AD
    The Arab Intifada begins in the West Bank and Gaza strip.

    1991 AD
    Iraq attacks Israel with 39 scud missiles during the Gulf war.

    1993 AD
    On Sept 13, after secret negotiations, Prime Minister Yizhak Rabin signs a peace accord with longtime enemy Yasir Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

    1994 AD
    4 May – Israel and the PLO sign an agreement for the implementation of self-government for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the Jericho area.
    15 June – Full diplomatic relations are established with the Holy City.
    28 July – King Hussein of Jordan and Prime Minister Rabin declare an end to the state of war between the two countries.
    26 Oct – Prime Minister Rabin and King Hussein of Jordan sign a peace agreement ending 46 years of war and strained relations.

    1995 AD
    On Nov. 4, Yizhak Rabin is assassinated after attending a peace rally.

    1996 AD
    On May 29, Benjamin Netanyahu wins a surprise victory over Prime Minister Shimon Peres.

    1997 AD
    On March, Israel angered Palestinians by constructing a controversial housing project for Jews in mostly Arab East Jerusalem. The start of construction was marked by scattered violence in the West Bank and Gaza.
    In September, a failed attempt by Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, to assassinate Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal in Jordan’s capital strained Israeli-Jordanian relations

    1998 AD
    On Oct 23, an interim agreement was signed by Arafat and Netanyahu, known as the Wye River Memorandum, after intensive negotiation involving the leaders of United States, Israel, Palestinians and Jordan. The accord would transfer 13 percent more of the West Bank land to the Palestinians in return for assurances to crack down on Islamic militants who target the Jewish State.

    1999 AD
    On May 16 Ehud Barak defeats sitting prime minister Netanyahu and vows to continue Israel’s withdrawal of troops from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

    2000 AD
    On May 24 Israeli troops conclude their withdrawal from the security occupied zone of southern Lebanon, 18 years after Israel invaded its northern neighbor. Hezbollah guerrillas quickly overrun the Israeli-allied militia.

    Sept. 28, 2000, after Likud party leader Ariel Sharon’s visit to Temple Mount area, Arabs went on a rampage. The unrest that resulted from that initial riot continue to this date.

    2001 AD
    March 6, 2001, Ariel Sharon is sworn in as Israeli prime minister, saying Israel’s “hand is extended in peace.” The 73-year-old former general and war hero has said there can be no negotiations while the violence of the Palestinian uprising continued.

    June 1, 2001 a Palestinian suicide bomber targets a popular seafront nightclub in Tel Aviv, killing himself and 19 Isrealis – mostly teens under 18 – and wounding almost 100 others. The attack became the main catalyst for Israel’s policy of targeting known terrorist leaders.

    2002 AD

    March 10, A Palestinian bomber killed 11 people by blowing himself up in a crowded Jerusalem cafe near Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s residence, and Israel responded by destroying Yasser Arafat’s Gaza headquarters.

    March 14, Israel is conducted its largest-scale military operation since the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, with some 20,000 soldiers deployed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip after a string of deadly Palestinian attacks.

    March 27, A suicide bomber attacks a celebration of the Jewish Passover holiday in Netanya, killing 29 Israelis and tourists.

    2002, The Quartet on the Middle East is established. It consists of the United States, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations. It was created to mediate the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    2003 AD

    January 28, 2003 Ariel Sharon became Israel’s first incumbent prime minister to be re-elected since Menahem Begin won a second term in 1981.

    March 5, 2003 A Palestinian suicide bomber wounded 40 and killed at least 15 bus passengers in Haifa.

    August 19, 2003 A suicide bomber killed himself and at least 20 others, and also wounding more than 100 when a bus blew up in Jerusalem.

    August 24, 2003 Israeli helicopter gunships killed Hamas commander Ahmad Ishtaiwe and three of his Hamas fighters in a missile strike on Gaza City. Three others were wounded. The attack came three days after a raid that killed Ismail Abu Shanab, a Hamas political leader.

    2004 AD

    February 2004 Sharon announces Israeli’s withdrawal from Gaza

    March 2004 Israel kills Hamas’ spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, who is replaced by Khaled Meshaal

    April, 2004 European Union countries roundly criticized plans by the US and Israel for Israel to withdraw unilaterally from the Gaza Strip and retain large settlement blocks in the occupied West Bank, saying it would weaken, not strengthen, prospects for peace.

    2005 AD

    January 2005 Palestinian militants detonate a bomb on the edge of the Gaza Strip, killing at least five Israelis.

    February 2005 Hopes of reviving the Middle East peace process are jolted when a suicide bomber blows himself up outside a seafront nightclub in Tel Aviv, killing five people and wounding about 50.

    July 2005 A Palestinian suicide bomber blows himself up at an Israeli shopping mall in Netanya, eight miles from the West Bank, killing five and wounding at least 30. Islamic Jihad claims responsibility.

    September 2005 Israel withdraws from the Gaza strip

    October 26 2005 A Palestinian suicide bomber blows himself up in the main market at Hadera. Six people dead and more than 30 people wounded. Islamic Jihad says it carried out the attack to avenge Israel’s killing of a senior leader in the West Bank.

    October, 2005 Iran’s new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has repeated that Israel should be “wiped out from the map,” insisting that a new series of attacks will destroy the Jewish state, and lashing out at Muslim countries and leaders that acknowledge Israel.

    2006 AD

    January 2006 Israel’s prime minister Sharon suffers a stroke

    January 2006 Terrorist group Hamas wins the first multi-party elections in Palestine and its leader Ismail Haniya becomes the new prime minister.

    March 2006 In the first Israeli elections after prime minister Sharon suffered a stroke, his new party Kadima becomes the biggest party and Ehud Olmert the new prime minister.

    July 2006 Hezbollah, in Lebanon, launches a massive rocket attacks on Israeli civilians in Northern Israel. The resulting battle became known as the Second Lebanon War.

    2007 AD

    April 2007 Hamas and the al-Qassam Brigades break a truce with Israel with a sustained barrage of rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel May, 2007 Israeli forces seized a Palestinian cabinet minister and 32 other officials in the occupied West Bank and launched air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, stepping up a campaign against Hamas Islamists.

    June 2007 Former British prime minister Tony Blair is named Middle Eastern envoy on behalf of the USA, Russia, the UN and the EU.

    July 2007 Tony Blair makes his first visit to the Middle East as the Quartet’s envoy to the region.

    September, 2007 Israel conducts an airstrike on a site in Syria, targeting what American and Israeli analysts later said was a partially finished nuclear reactor built with the help of North Korea.

    2008 AD

    January- Israel launches spy satellite TESCAR which will be capable of tracking events in Iran, particularly their nuclear program, even at night or in cloudy weather using an advanced imaging system based on synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technology.

    -In a speech given in the southern Iranian city of Bushehr, carried live on state-run television and directed at world leaders, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad advised listeners to “abandon the filthy Zionist entity which has reached the end of the line….It has lost its reason to be and will sooner or later fall,” he went on. “The ones who still support the criminal Zionists should know that the occupiers’ days are numbered.” (

    April- Olmert sends a message to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria indicating that Israel would be willing to withdraw from the Golan Heights as part of a comprehensive peace treaty.

    MAY- Israel marks the anniversary of its founding, 60 years by the Jewish calendar since the declaration of statehood on May 14, 1948.

    June- Egyptian-brokered truce between Hamas and Israel takes effect.

    August- A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel prompting the Jewish state to order border crossings with the Hamas-ruled enclave closed temporarily. (Reuters)

    – General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of staff of the Russian military revealed details of military assistance that Moscow claimed Jerusalem had given Georgia in recent years. “Israel armed the Georgian army,” he told a press conference in the Russian capital. He said Israel provided Georgia with “eight types of military vehicles, explosives, landmines and special explosives for the clearing minefields.” Since 2007, he continued, Israeli experts have been training Georgian commando troops; and Israel had planned to supply Georgia with heavy firearms, electronic weapons and tanks, but that plan was eventually scrapped. (Israel Insider)

    Dec 19- The 6 month, Egyptian-brokered peace between Hamas and Israel expires officially, though it began disintegrating in early November.

    Dec 24- Hamas gunmen launched more than 70 projectiles, the largest barrage since before an Egyptian-brokered truce went into effect in and around Gaza in June but expired five days ago.

    Dec 25- PM Ehud Olmert appealed to residents of Gaza in a “last-minute call” to stop the militants from firing on innocent Israeli civilians. He then added that he would not hesitate to use “Israel’s might” to strike Hamas, but said he would not go into details as to how….In a similar statement by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, made as the Israeli military wrapped up preparations for a possible invasion of Gaza, he warned that Palestinian militants would pay a “heavy price” if the attacks on Israel continued.

    Dec 25- Lebanese troops discovered and disarmed 8 [Katyusha and Grad] rockets set with timers in an area widely considered to be a Hezbollah stronghold, though it is officially under United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) jurisdiction. One officer said the timers were activated and set to launch overnight. Initial report by Ha’aretz news service claim the rockets were aimed at Israel.

    Dec 27- Israel begins airstrikes on Palestinian militants in Gaza.


    Jan 3- Israel Defense Forces begin a ground invasion of Gaza.

    Jan 8- UN Security Council unanimously (with the U.S. abstaining) passed Resolution 1860, calling for the immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Israeli troops. Both Israel and Hamas have rejected the call for peace between them. Hamas has increased it’s rocket and mortar attacks on Israel throughout the conflict.

    Jan 10- The death toll in Gaza tops 900.

    Jan 18- Israel announces a unilateral ceasefire. After Israel’s ceasefire announcement, Palestinian militants fired more rockets over the border, to which Israel responded with an airstrike. Hamas then ordered its own one-week unilateral ceasefire.

    January 21- Israel completes its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. As of January 24 there was no official ceasefire signed between them.

    FEB 13- Despite a temporary truce between Hamas and Israel, two rockets and a mortar shell fired from the Gaza strip hit Israel. Israel responded to the unprovoked attack with an airstrike.

    Feb 20- Chairman of the conservative Likud party, Benjamin “Bibi” Nentanyahu, was chosen over Kadima leader Tzipi Livni to form Israel’s next government, following the Feb 10th parliamentary elections.

    March 31- Benjamin Netanyahu is sworn in as Prime Minister.

    April 7- Israel successfully tested an anti-missile system designed to protect the country against Iranian attack, the Defense Ministry said, perfecting technology developed in response to failures of similar systems during the 1991 Gulf War. The intercept of a dummy missile was the 17th test of the Arrow system, a U.S.-Israeli joint venture. Israeli defense officials said the interceptor was an upgraded Arrow II, designed to counter Iran’s Shahab ballistic missile. (AP)

    May 28- Israel defied a surprisingly blunt U.S. demand that it freeze all building in West Bank Jewish settlements, saying it will press ahead with construction. (AP)

    July 5- The head of Mossad, Israel’s overseas intelligence service, has assured Benjamin Netanyahu, it’s Prime Minister, that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets flying over the kingdom during any future raid on Iran’s nuclear sites. (The Sunday Times)

    July 6- Iran is driving to produce up to 1,000 long-range ballistic missiles with a range of 1,550 miles, as well as 500 mobile launchers, over the next six years, according to Israeli military experts. “The Iranians are making great efforts to obtains a significant number of missiles,” according to Tal Inbar, head of the Space Research Center near Tel Aviv. “They already talk of how one of the ways they will overcome (Israel’s) missile defense systems is by firing salvoes of missiles.” (UPI)

    July 8- Experts believe Israeli intelligence agencies have been hacking into Iranian computer systems in an effort to disrupt or contaminate networks with viruses and malicious software.”We came to the conclusion, for our purposes, a key Iranian vulnerability is in its online vulnerability,” an unnamed recently retired member of Israel’s security cabinet told the Reuters news agency. “We have acted accordingly.” (ABC News)

    July 27- CEO of Delek Energy, Yitzchak Tshuva, “Israel today is independent completely independent with blue and white [Israeli-made] energy. The largest company in the project, Noble Energy, made a statement that confirmed the size of the find. With drilling at Tamar and Dalit, we have already confirmed a very substantial amount of natural gas resources, perhaps over two decades of future supply based on projected needs, said Charles D. Davidson, Noble’s CEO. Plans are now being made to being to bring the gas online as soon as 2012. Income generated by the local gas could be as much as $35 billion. 6.3 trillion cubic feet is the estimate of the total amount in the gas reserves. (

    Aug 18- Unnamed Israeli officials, according to Haaretz, are accusing the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) of holding back incriminating evidence related to Iran’s nuclear program.

    Sept 28- Iran test fires medium-range Shahab-3 and Sajjil missiles that are capable of reaching parts of Europe, Israel and US bases in the Gulf.

    Oct 17- The United Nations Human Rights Council Friday endorsed a controversial report on alleged Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip, advancing a process that has roiled Palestinian politics and that Israeli leaders have warned could derail the U.S.-sponsored peace process. The council, led by a coalition of Arab states, voted 25-6 to approve the report on the three-week war between Israel and Gaza-based militants led by the Islamist Hamas movement. China and Russia also supported the resolution, which calls on the United Nations to refer Israel to the International Court of Justice if it does not investigate alleged violations of international law on its own. (Washington Post)

    Nov 3- Israeli naval commandos stopped an arms shipment… on its way from Iran to the Lebanese terror group Hizballah by way of Syria. The weapons were being transported by a cargo ship flying the Antiguan flag. Buried amidst the vessel’s “civilian” cargo were 36 shipping containers carrying 500 tons of weaponry for Hizballah. The cache seized from the cargo ship MV Francop included approximately 3,000 Katyusha rockets, 3,000 recoilless gun shells, 9,000 mortar bombs, 20,000 grenades, and more than half a million rounds of small-arms ammunition. (Right Side News)

    Nov 13- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for US President Barack Obama to live up to his campaign promises of change for the United States, and make a decision to support either Israel or Iran. US State Dept spokesman, Ian Kelly, responded, “Israel is a very, very close friend of the U.S., and we don’t think we have to choose between Israel or any other country.”

    Nov 26- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez spoke out against Israel during a visit from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying, “We know what the state of Israel stands for — a murderous arm of the Yankee empire.”

    Dec 30- Amidst mounting concern that Israel is planning to launch a preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, some are warning that they don’t have the firepower to completely wipe out the Islamic Republic’s suspected weapons program, and in the case of an Israeli strike, there is fear of an Iranian retaliation like nothing the nation has ever faced before.


    August 3 – Lebanon border clash – Lebanese Armed Forces fired at two IDF officers who were on a brush-clearing operation on Israel’s side of the border, killing one officer and seriously wounding the other. The IDF return fire killed two Lebanese soldiers and a Lebanese journalist.

    December 2 – A bus carrying cadets from the Israel Prison Service’s officer course en route to evacuate prisoners from the Damun Prison in northern Israel was engulfed by the largest forest fire in Israel’s history, killing 44 people.
    March 10 – During a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Israel announced approval to build an additional 1,600 apartments in a large Jewish housing development in northeastern Jerusalem. The U.S. government subsequently issued a strongly worded condemnation of the plan.
    September 2 – U.S. launched direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Washington DC.

    September 14 – A second round of Middle East peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority concluded in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

    September 26 – The Israeli 10-month moratorium on construction of new settlement homes in the West Bank expired.

    May 31, 2010 ¬ The Gaza flotilla raid was a military operation by Israel against six ships of the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The flotilla, organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İHH), was carrying humanitarian aid and construction materials, with the intention of breaking the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    June 14 – One Israeli policeman was killed and three policemen were injured when Palestinian Arab militants opened fire on their vehicle on Highway 60, south of Hebron.

    August 31 – 2010 Palestinian militancy campaign: August 2010 West Bank shooting – Four Israelis, including a pregnant woman, were killed by Palestinian Arab militants in a shooting in the West Bank next to Kiryat Arba, when a gunman opened fire on their car. Hamas claim responsibility for the attack.

    December 18 – An American Christian missionary, Kristine Luken, was murdered and her British-born Israeli friend was seriously wounded by two knife-wielding Arabs while hiking in a forest near Beit Shemesh, on the outskirts of Jerusalem.[48] Four Palestinian Arabs, members of a Palestinian terror cell, were later indicted for the attack, which was described as nationalist orientated.


    January 17 – The leader of the Israeli Labor Party, Ehud Barak, and four other Labor Party MKs resigned from the party and formed a new “centrist Zionist and democratic” faction called “Independence.”

    February 19 – The U.S. vetoed a draft of a UN Security Council resolution critical of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

    April 7 – The Iron Dome mobile air defense system successfully intercepted a Grad rocket launched from the Gaza Strip at the Israeli city Ashkelon, marking the first time in history a short-range rocket was ever intercepted.

    June 5 – Israeli forces defensibly fired on pro-Palestinian protesters attempting to breach the Syria-Israeli border in the Golan Heights on Naksa Day, marking the anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War; Syria claimed that close to 20 people were killed and over 325 injured, while Israeli officials confirmed at least 12 jures. – cite_note-40

    July 10 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Israel’s recognition of the Republic of South Sudan and offered the new state economic help, following its declaration of independence from the Sudan the previous day.

    July 14 – ongoing: 2011 Israeli housing protests.
    September 2 – A UN report investigating the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid was published which found that the IDF acted “legitimately” in trying to enforce Israel’s blockade of the Gaza strip, except for the lack of a final warning to the activists and the use of “excessive” force.

    September 2 – Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador, downgraded ties with Israel and canceled all military agreements with Israel, hours before the UN report investigating the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid was published.

    September 9 – Israeli embassy attack: several thousand Egyptian protesters forcibly infiltrated into the Israeli embassy in Egypt, situated in Giza, after breaking down a recently constructed wall to protect the compound. The six embassy staff members in a safe room were evacuated eventually from the site by Egyptian commandos, following the personal intervention of US President Barack Obama. Following the attack, the deputy ambassador remained in Cairo, and 85 staff members and their families returned to Israel.

    September 14 – Israel evacuated the Israeli embassy in Jordan following a warning of a violent anti-Israel demonstration planned to take place near the embassy building. Nearly all the embassy staff returned to Israel at midnight.

    September 23 – During the opening of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, made a bid for a UN recognition in a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and have the East Jerusalem as its capital.

    September 23 – The quartet of Middle East negotiators – the United States, the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations called on both Israel and Palestine to resume negotiations.

    September 27 – An explosion destroyed the Arab Gas Pipeline in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula supplying natural gas to Jordan and Israel.

    October 5 – Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the discovery of quasicrystals.

    October 11 – The US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration disrupted an attempt to bomb the Israeli and the Saudi embassies in Washington DC and an alleged terrorist plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador, with possible links to Iran.

    October 18 – Israel and Hamas began a major prisoner swap in which the Israeli Army soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held in captivity for over five years, was released in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian and Israeli Arab prisoners held in Israel, of whom 477 prisoners were released immediately, including 280 serving life sentences for planning and perpetrating terror attacks, and 550 prisoners to be released in December 2011. Source:

    Simply put… God says you are either for me or against me. You don’t have to take it any further than that. People hate God or they love the creator.

  6. “When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews — this is G-D’s own truth”

    -Martin Luther King

    God Bless Israel

  7. Finish the quote, Marcus.

    “…. Because bigotry in any form is an affront to us all.”

    Anti-Islamic sentiment was not common during his time. The world was still reeling from the effects of anti-semitism during World War II, and the genocide of Jews in Germany. MLK was standing up for those persecuted and it holds true today. But today it is the Palestinians who are persecuted. In 2009, there were nine Israelis killed by Palestinians. That same year, 1024 Palestinians were killed by Israelis. Tell me who is doing the killing?

    Killing is wrong no matter who you support, and supporting a side in this conflict is as foolish as choosing a side in any war. But at this time, I see the Palestinian people as the ones who need our support, not Israel, who receives full, unwavering support from the US, is recognized by the UN, and even has nuclear weapons. I support the one being trampled, not the trampler. I’ll never say that either side is right because this conflict should never have began, and I refuse to support anything against peace, but I won’t stand by as one sided facts are thrown as if this is some kind of fair fight between two nations. It’s a settlement of people being silently killed and dehumanized, in a position very similar to the plight of the Native Americans and we know this was wrong. So why does America support this? This is killing. Anti-semitism is certainly a problem in the Arab world, but anti-Islamic persecution is a problem in much of the rest of the world.

    How does one stand idly by as large groups of innocents are killed with no qualms from the rest of the world, and little media coverage outside of being labeled as terrorists, just as the Jews were massacred by Hitler? It’s time to wake up, WWII happened and we can’t cry about the past, we can only help the people of the present and future from the same horrors that have happened. Genocide can only be tolerated by a brainwashed public who believe that it is in “self defense” or “national security” or “retaliation”; all of these arguments were used by Adolf Hitler in justification of Jews dying in the Holocaust, and are used today as justification for killing Palestinians. If anyone understands this, it should be the Israelis. Get real.

    Well, if you MUST support a side, just remember that the first casualty of war is the truth.

  8. I will finish this for you Logan. Israel when it first became a recognized state was given a very small portion of the land at this same time the UN offered the arab people living there the same statehood recognition which these arabs at this time refused and instead mounted a military assault upon this newly formed nation. In typical fashion they lost and were kicked out. There was no nation of Palestine and never has been a people known as Palestinians. The Roman’s when they conquered a rebellious nation of Israel got so mad at the Jews that they not only wanted to eradicate them from their land but from all of history as well and renamed the area on their maps to be Palentine. The people that live in the areas around Israel as we know it today are in fact Edomites and a mixture of migrant arab workers that came to work in Israel after Israel began to re-establish the land. This land that is so hotly disputed was nothing more than swamps and marshes and wasted land. Fast forward to 1967 and again these same arabs once again tried to wipe out Israel and again were soundly defeated. So knowing your history and understanding what happened after 1967 is important. Arabs cannot defeat militarily the Israelis. The displaced arabs that were kicked out were in turn used as puppets to create this constant fighting you’ve seen all these years by these Islamic countries. At anytime the so called refugees could easily have been allowed into their arab countries and assimilated and prospered. But they were denied, kept in squalor camps, and have been used back and forth for years as a constant battle against Israel’s right to exist. They are held up and said pity us look at how badly were are treated by Israel and yet the whole time they plot to kill Israeli people, they make constant war against the Israelis, and they do not want their own nation as it’s been proven time and time again all they want to do is wipe out Israel.

    Yes war sucks, atrocities are going to happen and have, yes the Israelis have done wrong to people and been over the top in response according to the worlds ideology of over the top… But if you lived there and were under constant threat of war, constantly being hated just for being a Jew, and having rockets lobbed at your homes daily you’d probably wish it to stop and do what you felt would be best to protect your own home and family as well.

    So Logan war sucks but it’s not Israel that is out there trying to be at war. Examine the facts, start telling the arab world to grow up and stop acting like the barbarians they are, tell them to except Israel as a neighbor, stop the constant hate, allow the Edmoties to assimilate into their lands as they have tons of room for their arab brothers, and quit saying pity the poor Palestinians because they do not even exist and have never been at all in the entire history or this world. These people deserve to do something productive in the world rather than being the welfare blight that we the world have made them. The land is Israels not to be divided by liars and thieves for they do not want peace at all they just want Israel dead and pushed into the sea as they constantly call for it daily.

  9. All of this fighting would have never started nor continued, if religion was never created. Think of the three religions listed above; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. How many people over history, and still today, have died over a belief in a higher being and after-life? With something so uncertain, and something that was developed in ages we now look back and call “primitive”, why do we bother fighting over fairy tales people in the Middle East authored while looking for a meaning for life?

    Take away religion, and you take away the problems.


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