The Longest of Long-Distance Relationships: Israel’s Pacific Island Friends
Think fast: name three of Israel’s closest friends in the United Nations! Be honest, you didn’t name the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, or Palau, did you? They may not have the unique ties or veto power of the United States, but these three South Pacific island countries have powerful relationships with the Jewish state and boast some of the best voting records in the UN on matters relating to Israel.
Marshall Islands – Independent since 1979, the Republic of the Marshall Islands first established diplomatic relations with Israel in 1987. Since then, the relationship has grown such that former Chair of the House Committee on International Relations, long-time Congressman Ben Gilman once said of the Marshall Islands’ support for Israel: “Small nation... perhaps, but [its] courageous...
3 Points Podcast with AJC’s Steven Bayme: Is Anti-Zionism Inherently Anti-Semitic?
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Decades after AJC successfully fought to reverse a UN resolution equating Zionism with racism, the Jewish right to self-determination continues to come under assault. During Operation Protective Edge, some anti-Israel protests around the world turned violently anti-Semitic. In his latest podcast, Dr. Steven Bayme, Director of AJC's Contemporary Jewish Life Department and Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations, asks: Is anti-Zionism today indistinguishable from anti-Semitism?
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Back to School Edition: 5 Things College Students Should Know About Israel
As college students across the United States head off to campus, many may encounter heated discussion about events in Israel and Gaza over the summer. From late-night dorm room chatter and social media, to the lecture hall and quad, here are the five things every college student should know about Israel:
1. Israel withdrew completely from Gaza in 2005. And Israel had one overriding objective in exchange for giving local residents their first chance in history to govern themselves, something not accorded them by the Ottomans, the British, or the Egyptians—Israel wanted quiet on its border. However, since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 after a bloody coup against the Palestinian Authority, involving scores of deaths, the terrorist group has continued to target Israeli civilians. Instead of focusing on the construction of Gaza, Hamas has concentrated on the destruction of Israel, launching thousands of rockets and building dozens of cross-border terror tunnels, with the clear intention to kill as many Israelis as possible.
2. In contrast to Hamas, Israel takes every precaution to minimize harm to civilians in combat. Often forced to confront terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Israel frequently faces the challenge of combatting an enemy that aspires to maximize civilian casualties. In response to this vile practice, Israel has continued to strive to do the exact opposite—minimize the impact of warfare on local civilian populations.
In Operation Protective Edge, Israel dropped leaflets that warned local residents of imminent attacks. Many strikes were called off after Hamas assembled civilian shields to protect legitimate military targets...