Bernie Sanders Calls Netanyahu a Racist, Could Move US Embassy Back to Tel Aviv

by Ron Cantor

Israel is feeling the Bern now: The Democrat frontrunner to become the party’s candidate for president said if elected he would consider returning the U.S. Embassy to Tel Aviv and he called Israel’s prime minister a racist.

     “Right now sadly, tragically in Israel through Bibi Netanyahu, you have a reactionary racist who is now running that country,” Bernie Sanders said at a Democrat primary presidential debate in South Carolina. U.S. President Donald Trump relocated the American embassy to Jerusalem in 2018 in recognition of the city as Israel’s capital.

     In another move concerning to Israel, in February, Sanders said he will not attend the pro-Israel lobby, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), conference traditionally attended by all presidential hopefuls.

     “The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security. So do the Palestinian people,” the Jewish senator from Vermont wrote on Twitter. “I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights. For that reason, I will not attend their conference. As president, I will support the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians and do everything possible to bring peace and security to the region.”

     As expected, AIPAC blasted Sanders:

“By engaging in such an odious attack on this mainstream, bipartisan American political event, Senator Sanders is insulting his very own colleagues and the millions of Americans who stand with Israel,” AIPAC spokesman Marshall Wittmann said. “Truly shameful.”

Sanders isn’t alone. Another Democrat candidate, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, also said earlier she would not attend. Traditionally, in an election year all of the candidates will be invited to speak at AIPAC — both Democrats and Republicans.

     It is not surprising that Sanders announced he would not attend. The left-winger has spoken at the liberal Jewish anti-Zionist lobby J Street conference. Despite being Jewish and having lived on a kibbutz, Sanders has been a critic of Israel and has called for cutting American aid to the Jewish state.

     It would be a mistake to look at Bernie Sanders and think, “Jewish—so I should listen to him on Israel.” Bernie’s religion is socialism, and it has been for a very long time. He did live on an Israeli kibbutz for a few months when he was young, but that is because the kibbutz system (collective farm) is based on communism, where incentive is low and everything is shared. And it failed miserably after Israel became a state. Without the government stepping in to help, there would only be a handful of kibbutzim (plural) left in Israel. Bernie said:

“I would use the leverage of $3.8 billion,” he said in October. “It is a lot of money, and we cannot give it carte blanche to the Israeli government, or for that matter to any government at all. We have a right to demand respect for human rights and democracy.”

The hawkish former National Security Adviser John Bolton responded to Sanders’ AIPAC comment this week: “What’s next? Ilhan Omar, the anti-Semitic Muslim senator from Minnesota, as Secretary of State?”  Former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nation Nikki Haley called out the Democratic socialist senator on Twitter:

“Bernie Sanders announces that he is not going to @AIPAC. To be clear, he has never attended and has no clue as to what the organization is about or what it stands for. Go back to defending Castro and socialist dictators. We will go back to defending peace, democracy, and our ally Israel.”

Even Jennifer Rubin, a columnist for the Washington Post, said Sanders made an egregious misstep with AIPAC:

“Sanders could simply have declined to go. He could have stuck by his initial matter-of-fact statement objecting to AIPAC’s stances. Instead he chose to demonize AIPAC. His inflammatory attack has already alarmed many Democrats, even critics of AIPAC, and Trump will certainly use Sanders’s extreme view toward the United States’ closest ally in the region against him in the election, not unfairly, to demonstrate that Sanders would injure an important U.S. relationship.”

Editor's Note:  More recently, Bernie was praising Fidel Castro for raising the literacy rate in Cuba. That statement is true, as the literacy rate went from 80% to over 90%. However, Bernie neglected some important details. The education system has been perverted for Marxist indoctrination. NPR radio interviewed a Cuban, who filled in what Bernie did not say. When Cuban children learn the alphabet, they learn that "C is for Castro, and F is for Fidel." Each subject in school is used for indoctrination. Teachers and professors who dare to use unapproved books for their classes have been fired. The indoctrination includes all of society, as indoctrination includes control of the media - newspapers, radio, TV, etc. The Internet is highly restricted, as this would allow people access to more information.

     Also, Bernie's attacks on Israel's human rights policies are entirely fictional. Israel has the best human rights record of any country in the Middle East. And Donald Trump recognized reality when he recognized Jerusalem as the capital.

UN Report Ranks Israel 14th Happiest Country in the World

by Ilse Strauss,

3/24/2020. Eight years ago, the United Nations General Assembly launched a survey to gauge the global happiness levels of its member states. The findings obtained from each of the UN’s member states were noted, processed and released as the first international report on global happiness in 2012. Known officially as the World Happiness Report, the document became a tool that allows heads of states to measure where their citizens fall on the global happiness scale.

     The 2020 report was published last week, scoring 153 countries from the happiest to the least happy. The first 13 slots went to the usual happiness superpowers: Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Canada and the Netherlands—nations known for snow, the northern lights, neutrality, maple syrup and tulips. The 14th spot on the list went to Israel, a tiny nation embroiled in endless conflict and controversy, surrounded by hostile neighbors plotting its destruction.

     The ten happiest countries this year are Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria and Luxembourg. Although the Jewish state did not make the top ten—and slipped a spot from last year’s 13th place—the people of the Promised Land are happier than the Americans, the Germans, the French and more than 140 other nations. Israel also took the top spot as the most joyful state in the Middle East, with its neighbors Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt coming in at 111th, 119th and 138th place respectively. The bottom ten spots on the list went to Lesotho, India, Malawi, Yemen, Botswana, Tanzania, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, South Sudan and Afghanistan.

     Each year, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network uses a variety of polling organizations, official figures and research methods to rank countries by how happy their citizens see themselves as, based on factors like income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom and generosity. The results are published as the World Happiness Report on UN World Happiness Day on March 20th.

     The results of this poll are based on happiness levels prior to the coronavirus pandemic hitting. The report editors did address the global crisis, saying that although there is no way to predict its effect on happiness, calamities in the past have “led sometimes to surprising increases in happiness in the wake of what might otherwise seem to be unmitigated disasters.”

     The editors did, however, speculate as to a possible explanation for the curious case of happiness following such a disaster. “The most frequent explanation seems to be that people are pleasantly surprised by the willingness of their neighbors and their institutions to work in harness to help each other. This delivers a heightened sense of belonging, and pride in what they have been able to achieve by way of mitigation. These gains are sometimes great enough to compensate for the material losses.”

     For the first time this year, the report also measured the happiest towns in the world, with Tel Aviv making the top ten at number 8.

     The Jewish state’s high rankings on official happiness lists have long since been a cause of speculation. In every conventional and hedonistic sense, the happiness odds appear to be stacked quite decidedly against those who call the Promised Land home.

     On the security side of things, Israel is the only democracy wedged into one of the world’s most volatile regions. Its neighbors are at best inhospitable; at worst, violently opposed to its existence and making the Jewish state’s destruction their aim. Israel’s citizens are in the crosshairs of every terror group in the neighborhood, and the country has fought at least one major war every decade since its rebirth.

     Moreover, the Jewish people are heirs to a legacy and history so tragic that it calls for three official annual days of mourning every year. On top of that, nearly 70 years after the establishment of the modern State of Israel, it remains one of the only countries in the world whose right to exist is called into question, its borders disputed, its exports embargoed and its efforts to defend itself vilified.

     Over the years, speculation has been rife as to the wellspring of happiness for the people of the Promised Land. Many have argued cohesion, a sense of family and belonging, while others have pointed to the country’s thriving economy and status as a high-tech superpower. Yet perhaps the source of Israel’s happiness comes from something ingrained in the hearts and minds of Jewish people throughout generations. “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God” (Ps. 146:5), the psalmist declared thousands of years ago. Perhaps Israel has always known the secret of joy unlimited.

by Daniel Mann

Charity and
Compassion Charity did not have its origin in the world of antiquity:u Plato (427-327 BC) said that a poor man (usually a slave) was who was no longer able to work because of sickness should be left to die. He even praised Aesculapius, the famous Greek physician, for not prescribing medicine to those he knew were preoccupied with their illness (Republic 3.406d – 410a). The Roman philosopher Plautus (254 – 184 BC) argued, “You do a beggar bad service by giving him food and drink; you lose what you give and prolong his life for more misery” (Trinummus 2.338-39) Thucydides (ca. 460-44 BC), the honored historian of ancient Greece, cites an example of the plague that struck Athens during the Peloponnesian War in 430 BC. Many of the sick and dying of the Athenians were deserted. (Alvin Schmidt, How Christianity Changed the World, 128-29)

The Romans did the same until they were shamed into changing their ways by Christians who took in the Roman sick. This inspired their enemy, Emperor Julian the Apostate to say:

u The impious Galileans relieve both their own poor and ours…It is shameful that ours should be so destitute of assistance. (Epistles of Julian)

     The Christian faith was characterized by the other-centered-ness of Christ-followers. According to B.B. Warfield, Christians built:

u Hospitals and asylums and refuges for the sick, the miserable and the afflicted grow like heaven-bedewed blossoms in its path. Woman, whose equality with man Plato considered a sure mark of social disorganization, has been elevated; slavery has been driven from civilized ground; literacy has been given by Christian missionaries, under the influence of the Bible. (“The Works of Benjamin B. Warfield”)

     Forgetfulness, regarding the difference that Christ has made, has dulled our confidence and worldview. Schmidt reveals that:

u In the United States the spirit of charity in voluntary associations is greater among church members than among those who are not according to a nationwide study conducted in 1987. Those belonging to Christian churches also give more financially to non-church charities, and they give a higher proportion of their income to such charities. (137)

     Schmidt claims that this is the heritage of several hundred years of vigorous church preaching on charity:

u With these early American precedents, it is not surprising that astute foreign observers noted that the United States has, virtually from its inception, been a shining example of a charity-minded country…When Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States in 1831, he astutely observed: “If an accident happens on the highway, everybody hastens to help the sufferer; if some great and sudden calamity befalls a family, the purses of a thousand strangers are at once willingly opened and small but numerous donations pour in to relieve their distress.” (138)

     In the 1890’s, Amos Warner identified the churches as “the most powerful agent in inducing people to give.” Even as late as the 1940’s, Gunnar Myrdal remarked:

u “No country has so many cheerful givers as America.” He attributed this cheerful giving, or “Christian neighborliness,” as he called it, to the “influence of the churches.” (138)

     Historically, charity and Jesus are inseparable. In The Charity Organization Movement in the United States, Frank Dekker Watson concluded that:

u It is difficult to understand the great influence that charity exerted on the acts of man unless one realizes how religion, especially Christianity, has reinforced by its teachings the instinct of sympathy and altruism. (12)

     What has given the West its incredible vision and vitality? Carlton Hayes states,

u From the wellsprings of Christian compassion our Western civilization has drawn its inspiration, and its sense of duty, for feeding the poor, giving drink to the thirsty, looking after the homeless… (Christianity and Western Civilization, 56)

     Schmidt writes that before the advent of Christianity there were “no established medical institutions for nursing and ministering to the general populace”:

u As the growth of hospitals spread across the nation, it was predominantly local churches and Christian denominations that built them… [However], the Christian identity and background of many American hospitals is now being erased.

u The physician and medical historian Fielding Garrison once remarked, “The chief glory of medieval medicine was undoubtedly in the organization of hospitals and sick nursing, which had its organization in the teachings of Christ.” Thus, whether it was establish hospitals, creating mental institutions, professionalizing medical nursing, or founding the Red Cross, the teachings of Christ lie behind all of these humanitarian achievements. It is an astonishing mystery that the Greeks, who built large temples…never built any hospitals. (166-67)

     The same was true for Rome, prompting historian Philip Schaff to assert that , “The old Roman world was a world without charity.”

Editor's Note:  It should be noted that Christian charity had its roots in Judaism.  RAC

Hamas Threatens to Infect

Israelis With CoronaVirus

United With Israel News   March 23rd

Hamas threatened to intentionally infect Israelis with coronavirus if Qatar does not fork over millions over dollars to the Gaza-based terror group. Hamas has relayed messages to Egypt and Qatar threatening to put half of the Israelis into shelters and increase the number of corona patients if Qatari financial aid is not handed over to the Gaza Strip in the near future. The Lebanese Al Akhbar newspaper, which has reliable sources in Hamas, claims that in response to Hamas threats, Israel responded that it would not tolerate renewed attacks from the Gaza Strip.

     The demands of Hamas come as it seeks to increase aid to the Gaza Strip due to the state of emergency in dealing with the virus and following fears that Qatari aid to Gaza will be postponed. Al Akhbar reported that Hamas is demanding that mediator countries pressure Israel to provide medical equipment to prevent the spread of the virus, which has already been detected in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, the Hamas Health Ministry Director-General announced that two civilians, who returned from Pakistan last Thursday, were infected with the virus. He also called for the closure of restaurants, cafes and event halls and for the halt of Friday prayers at mosques until further notice.

David Silver's Comment: Failing to Prepare is Preparation to Fail - Pray for the Best .... Prepare for the Worst.  

FBI: Extremist Groups Encourage Spread of Coronavirus to Police, Jews

(JNS) Neo-Nazis and other racist extremist groups are “encouraging” those who have contracted COVID-19 to spread the virus to police officers and Jews “through bodily fluids and personal interactions,” the FBI said last week in an alert.

     The bureau warned local police agencies that extremists want their followers to use spray bottles to spread bodily fluids to police officers on the street and to spread coronavirus to Jews by going “any place they may be congregated to include markets, political offices, businesses and places of worship.” Of course, many of these places are currently closed.

     “Anti-government folks in America love to target law enforcement as a symbol of America’s authority,” said Don Mihalek, executive vice president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation. “It’s just sad that that’s their focus at a time of crisis in the nation.”

     The Anti-Defamation League said in a report released in February that neo-Nazi and white supremacists are using fears associated with coronavirus to fuel hated against Jews and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on social-media platforms.

     Michael Masters, head of the umbrella group Secure Communities Network, which coordinates security for Jewish organizations and synagogues around the United States, said that “while the world faces a deadly pandemic, it’s a stark reminder that certain groups, notably the Jewish community and law enforcement, must also continue the battle against those who wish to hurt or kill them.”

     He added that “as the economic situation remains fragile and civil society disrupted, the potential for the followers of hate to act becomes more likely … and more deadly.”