America needs the Jewish state's technology and innovation as much as it needs us.
America's enemies understand deeply and intuitively that no U.S. goals or resources in the Middle East are remotely as important as Israel. Why don't we?
Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas is in Europe this week seeking to convince the Spanish and Norwegian governments to support the Palestinian bid to sidestep negotiations with Israel and have the UN General Assembly recognize Palestinian sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem in addition to Gaza.
On December 24th 1977, at the very beginning of the negotiations between Israel and Egypt in Ishmalia, I had the opportunity to have a short discussion with Muhammad Anwar Sadat the president of Egypt.
This is the key question which most are simply unwilling to address. It is the reason we have so much turmoil in our world.
As we watch dictators in the Arab world being deposed after decades of complete control it makes you wonder. Have the masses decided to adopt “democracy”? Is this what is happening all over the world? I think not.
It has been some time since our meeting at Herzlia High School. Our photos finally arrived from the school photographer and for that we are grateful. Vanessa and myself were invited by the heads of the Zionist Club at Herzlia High, Illan Scher and Jessica Snape, to come speak at a Monday assembly meeting. This invitation was a result from the time SAZ spent at the Bnei Akiva camp at Hartenbos during December 2010.
The assembly, with numbers around 500, consisted of all the students and teachers of Herzlia High School. During the assembly I was able to share on my experience and involvement with Israel and reasons why I support the Jewish state. I was also able to share more information on SAZ and why an organization like SAZ is needed for a time such as this. It was very new for the school to invite a Christian Zionist to speak at an assembly.
For the school it was a great way to connect with someone different than their own Jewish leaders. One of the main points that I made, on reasons why I support Israel, was drawing comparisons to my Afrikaans roots and South Africa. For me as an Afrikaner, my heritage, history, language and culture is all engrained in the land of South Africa. South Africa is where I am home and when I leave it, I am always a stranger. This is the same for the Jewish people and the land of Israel. Their history, culture, identity and heritage is all wrapped into the love and promise of the Holy Land. I believe in this promise as well and therefore I will stand with Israel.
There was one huge surprise for Vanessa and myself on this morning, my talk preceded that of the Israeli Ambassador to South Africa. The Ambassador shared on the present political climate in Israel, struggles of the nation, and how Israel is working hard to build on their relationship with South Africa. What a blessing for one of the diplomatic leaders of Israel to know that SAZ supporters are working hard on educating, advocating, and loving the State of Israel.
SAZ will continue the relationship with Herzlia High School and will be speaking at more meetings of this esteemed institution in the future. SAZ would like to thank the Principal Mrs. Mariane Marks, Illan Scher and Jessica Snape for making this meeting possible.
Rehgert van Zyl
SAZ Youth League Chairperson
In the current turmoil of the “Arab Spring”, the Gulf States of the Middle East have now taken steps to bolster their Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) as a bulwark against destabilizing forces and also as a counter to the existential threat emanating from the Iran/Syrian axis.
In your annual conference you have passed a policy calling for a boycott of goods from “illegal” Israeli West Bank settlements”. You claim this is not anti-Semitic.
About the Iranium movie
Iran's nuclear program presents a threat to international stability. Yet successive American administrations-Republican and Democratic alike-have misread the intentions and actions of the Iranian regime.
PC: As I first wrote in 2001-2002, the new anti-Semitisim also consists of a rather frightening, genocidal anti-Zionism.
Hanukkah, (variously spelled Chanukah, Hannukah etc.) pronounced 'hah noo kah, (the first "H" is sounded way back in your throat like "X" in Spanish) is a holiday of national liberation.
a DVD that offers a glimpse into the experiences of Jewish college students who are actively involved in the daily struggle of supporting the State of Israel and fighting against biased misinformation both in and out of the classroom.