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USAF World War II gunner: 'The fascism we fought continues today through Islam and The Left'- Leon Waldman

USAF B-17 gunner, Staff Sgt. Leon Waldman, shares his experience from 50-bombing runs, amidst Nazi German enemy fire. Mr. Waldman recounts his experience shooting off enemy attacks from the ground and the air over Europe. He speaks of how the US winning the nuclear bomb race saved him from risking his life over the South Pacific. 
WWII USAF gunner, Leon Waldman, 95, conveys his views on Veterans Day

Mr. Waldman offers advice about the price of freedom from fascism (particularly that which scapegoats Jews to attain tyranny) which he sees now spreading from Europe to North America.



Excerpts:  
Mr. Waldman: "You know the L.A., the New York Times covered up the Holocaust. They wouldn't print stories about it and some people say it was at the behest of Franklin Roosevelt. Because he didn't want it out too much.  Because he wasn't doing anything about it  - couldn't do anything about it.

JooTube: Or didn't want to.  Did you feel a special job - a motivation - to defeat Hitler?
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Waldman: Yeah, of course being a Jew. Although we didn't know the whole extent of it. We knew he was the son of a bitch (excuse the expression - that's a gentle word, ha, ha).

JooTube: What would Hitler have done if America had not defeated him (American and Russia)?

Waldman: If he had won, we . .  I would be dead, that is for sure.

JooTube: Because you're an American USAF flier?

Waldman: A Jew. You know he would have killed all the Jews in America, just like he killed them in Germany. That was his credo.

JooTube:  What was his aim for America, in general?

Waldman: Well, he would never have defeated America but if he did, we'd have been the same as in Germany!
 

Jerusalem Mufti al-Husseini helped start and perpetuate the
annihilation of Jews with Nazis, expanded into Muslim sphere
Continues . . .JooTube: What's the connection between the Arab-Israeli conflict of today and Hitler's Nazi regime?

Waldman: It's the same thing. It's only worse probably. Because the Muslims are a billion and a half and they're mainly anti-Semitic.  They're a billion and a half people. They've got sixty countries. In the UN there's never a vote in favor of Israel. You got 60 Muslim countries and all the other countries follow them. They follow the oil. The Jews don't have anything, the Arabs got oil. So Europe and most of the United States favors the Muslims. 
But the the Muslim ideology - is it purely about where the borders of the Israel and the Palestinian conflict resolve, do you feel?
Waldman: No it's not borders - as they want us in the ocean!
JooTube: The Jews?
Waldman: They want to drive the Jews into the ocean. That's their stated game. They tell you that. The day Obama signed the Iran (nuclear) peace treaty, the so-called peace treaty - there were thousands of people on the streets singing "Death to America," and "Death to Israel," and "Death to Jews!" And that's their main thrust. They want us all dead! JooTube: You're saying they weren't protesting - that they were celebrating a victory against America and Israel? 
Waldman: Yeah, just unbelievable!
JooTube: So, here on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, what message would you like to convey to the Jewish people, to the young generations? Obviously you're of great grandfather age. What would you tell to your great-grandchildren about the direction of politics in the United States and the defense of Israel?
Waldman: Well I tell them - just look back in history and see who's starting all the wars, and who's starting all the terror and so forth, it's obvious. 
JooTube: Who is it?
Waldman: It's Muslims, if you look around the world, 95% of terrorism is Muslims. JooTube: Is that something that a Palestinian state would solve?
Waldman: No, it'd make it worse. A Palestinian state - it's just a threshold to drive the Jews out of that tiny country into the sea! When they talk about driving into the sea, they're talking about nine miles (width). 

You know, if they get a real independent country, and Israel allowed them have to have armed forces, one night they would rise-up and march into Israel in one hour and drive everybody - they'll kill everybody in their beds. You know, it's impossible. You can't have a country right on your border that wants to kill you and wipe you out.

Israel Film Fest returns to L.A. Nov 12 - 26th - salutes to mega-director Roger Corman; Israeli TV's Avi Nir

THE 33rd ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL in Los Angeles, the largest showcase of Israeli cinema and television in North America, will present from November 12th – 26th over three dozen award-winning Israeli films, documentaries, short films and television series as well as in-person appearances from 25 of Israel’s most acclaimed filmmakers and talent. This encompasses two World Premieres, fifteen U.S. Premieres, six West Coast Premieres and five Los Angeles Premieres.


Avi Nir of Keshet with I.F.F.'s Meir Fenigstein
The Festival launched the celebration for its upcoming 33rd edition by hosting a sponsor luncheon and honoring: Legendary filmmaker Roger Corman with the 2019 Israel Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award CEO of Keshet Media Group and Executive Producer (Homeland, The A Word, Tyrant) Avi Nir with the 2019 Israel Film Festival Visionary Award Academy Award winning Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv (Skin) with the 2019 Israel Film Festival Achievement in Film Award.

Meir Fenigstein, founder and executive director of the Festival, presided over the event held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills in June. 

Original Poogy-drummer, Meir Fenigstein, discusses plans for Israel Film Festival in L.A. Nov 12-26th


Los Angeles Israel Film Festival's lineup for Nov 12-26th straight from the mouth of exec. director, Meir Fenigstein, original drummer of '70's rock band, Kaveret.


What is Israel Film Festival honoree, movie-making legend, Roger Corman, most proud of in his career?


Accompanied by Joe ("Gremlins") Dante, one of his protegé directors, what is prolific honoree, Roger Corman (New World Pictures), most proud of in his career?


Israeli media-ites' artistic vs patriotic responsibilities - Mike Burstyn at Israel Film Fest '19


In these times of widespread political besmirchment of Israel's image, do Israeli media professionals have a patriotic responsibility to produce and distribute only positive media internationally? In the face of anti-Israel social fashions, if they do, how much of a chance do they have of getting their programs / movies distributed?


33rd ​IFF Festival Chairman and William Morris-partner, Rick Rosen, introduces honoree Avi Nir, CEO of Israel's Keshet Media Group


Avi Nir served as an Executive Producer on Showtime's Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning drama "Homeland," for which he was personally awarded an Emmy® when the show was named Outstanding Drama Series in 2012. "Prisoners of War," Keshet's original Israeli show upon which "Homeland" is based, has sold to more than 20 territories internationally.


At I.F.F., "Gremlins" filmmaker, Joe Dante, (a Gentile) notes Jews' contributions to world cinema

"Gremlins" director, Joe Dante, introduced his mentor, filmmaker Roger Corman, (a baptized Catholic) for a lifetime achievement award from the Israel Film Festival.

The Opening Night Gala presentation will take place on November 12th at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. VIP Opening Night Gala Tickets $125, Regular Tickets $50. Festival screenings will screen at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills and the Laemmle Town Center 5 Theatre in Encino. For further information or to purchase tickets for all Festival events and Opening Night Gala, contact the IsraFest Foundation: 310.247.1800 or email info@israelfilmfestival.org.

Tickets are available to purchase on the website  www.IsraelFilmFestival.com.

Festival 6-pack: $75 (available only at the theatres’ box office as of November 1st) good for 6 Regular Screenings (must be exchanged for tickets at box office). General Admission: $15; Seniors, Students and Children: $13; Matinee Shows (5:00 PM screenings): Monday through Thursday - $10.

Video-reporter, Ari Fuld, (z'l) honored for contesting media's anti-Zionist reportage

Muslim assassin, Khalil Jabarin, 17, sought English-speaker
David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel, addresses
Ari Fuld memorial, introducing donated I.D.F. food truck
(Photo: Shannon Nuszen)

Tishrei 7th/October 6th is Ari Fuld's first yahrtzeit (anniversary of death), and the Fuld family and the Ari Fuld Project invited the public to a dedication ceremony of the IDF Soldiers' Hospitality Truck at the Gush Etzion Junction, where Ari was murdered.

Last September, Ari Fuld, 40, died a hero's death after being stabbed by Khalil Yusef Ali Jabarin, 17, a Palestinian Arab terrorist in Gush Etzion. Despite his fatal wounds, Ari pursued his attacker to save others from being harmed before collapsing and succumbing to wounds. Jabarin, 17, fatally stabbed Fuld outside of a shopping center near frequented by both Israelis living in Gush Etzion and Kfar Etzion settlement blocs and Palestinians in the surrounding towns and villages.

ILTV - Tribute to Ari Fuld – A Hero of Israel

Eve Harow shows you Israel's 'co-existing' Gush Junction Mall where Muslim Palestinian teen slayed Jewish vlogger, Ari Fuld, late September 2018.

Driving in Judea, Yishai Fleisher, discusses online media warriors, like himself and Ari Fuld, countering anti-Zionism (part 1 of 2)

Reporting from the Judean,Gush Etzion Junction Mall where
a Palestinian stabbed Ari Fuld to death in Sept 2018
At the Gush Etzion Junction mall where Yatta-area teen, Jabarin, slew vlogger Ari Fuld, Scott Jacobs assesses the high impact that the work of online, Zionist video journalists make on countering the lies of the liberal mainstream press regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict and Jewish settlements.

Yishai Fleisher: the information battle for Jewish permanence in Judea & Samaria (part 2 of 2)
 

Driving through Judea, Yishai Fleisher uses Ari Fuld as the example for the case for investing in Zionistic media to counter the delegitimization campaign against Israel and Judean/Samarian communities.


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"Heading Home: Team Israel" World Baseball Classic comes to national release


Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic.

After experiencing years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, barely any ever having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land where they are hailed as modern-day Maccabees to the tournament in South Korea where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage.




Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel reflects the journey of a group of young people, who through an indefatigable belief in themselves and their cause defy the world’s expectations. Released in the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.

Infielder, Cody Decker brought the Mensch on a Bench to dugouts as Team Israel's good-luck mascot
"Heading Home: Team Israel" premiered in L.A. Thursday night, September 5th, at the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts cinema - in coordination with the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.

Cody Decker reflects as "Team Israel" WBC baseball docupic opens on "Munich" Olympics anniversary. He compares security between MLB and the World Baseball Classic.



Greg Laemmle at "Heading Home: Team Israel" in L.A.
How Jews confronted discrimination via baseball- which still exists all around.
 


At the Film Festival premier of "Heading Home: Team Israel in April  2108, Josh Rawitch, VP, Communications with the MLB Arizona Diamondbacks, discussed his experience serving in Media Relations when Team Israel competed in the World Baseball Classic division tournament in 2017 in South Korea.



Watch the post-screening discussion between Team Israel infielder, Cody Decker, and Greg Laemmle of the Laemmle Theaters cinema group which are debuting the documentary and post-screening discussions with Cody Decker.

 

In-person guest appearances are scheduled Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday 9/6-12 in NY/NJ and Los Angeles:


Valerie Harper, 80, Gentile actress who championed the image of women, Jews, and Zionism in society

Traditionally in Hollywood, character roles of attractive Jewish women were given to Gentile actresses to portray. As writer Liese Spencer wrote in "If in doubt, cast a gentile" in The Independent:

The rule was, if a woman was attractive she wasn't Jewish, and if she looked Jewish then she wasn't attractive.  . . . Actors were encouraged to get nose jobs and name jobs. Tula Ellice Finklea became Cyd Charisse, Betty Perske became Lauren Bacall."
From 1970-1978, actress Valerie Harper's portrayal of Rhoda Morganstern (on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, spun-off in to her own "Rhoda" series) helped introduce and integrate female Jewish identity into American cultural consciousness. 

Valerie Harper is reunited with Mary Tyler Moore in "Along Comes Mary" episode of "Rhoda" (CBS Archives)

In March 2013, The "Times of Israel" announced: "Zionist 'Rhoda' star has terminal cancer"

"First famous as Mary Tyler Moore’s Jewish sidekick on the former’s eponymous TV show, Harper’s character later earned her own self-titled spin-off, “Rhoda,” which ran for five seasons. The character’s Jewish background had been front-and-center on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” setting the plot in motion on several episodes. Though it faded when she became a protagonist, the character remains one of the most prominent and identifiable Jewish figures to serve at the center of a primetime American TV series. 


An accomplished dancer and stage actress, Harper later starred in a film version of “Golda’s Balcony,” the long-running off-Broadway play, in which she portrayed Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir at the end of her life. Harper, now 73, brought the movie to Israel for the 2007 Eilat Film Festival, where she called “the creation of this state one of the crowning achievements of the 20th century.”  
 
Valerie Harper in promotion for "Golda's Balcony" theatrical national tour, Nov 2005 - May' 06

Warm, humble and down-to-earth, Harper also recalled her first visit to Israel, in 1976, at the height of her television fame. Though she didn’t meet Golda Meir, she remembered sharing tea with Abba Eban, Israel’s widely admired ambassador to the US and UN. "

Ms. Harper survived the skull cancer until August 30, 2019. She was among the Gentile actors whose performing of Jewish roles helped introduce Jewish culture in popular society. 

Despite the 21st century's era ethnic touchiness for "cultural misappropriations," Ms. Harper used the celebrity status she gained portraying "Rhoda" to draw attention to Israel's qualities, in the face of challenges, by portraying Prime Minister Golda Meir in a national tour in 2005/06 Tovah Feldshuh portrayed Golda's Balcony off, then on-Broadway- in a long, popular run.
TV and film director Jeremy Kagan directed Ms. Harper's film version of "Golda's Balcony" - the first motion picture based on William Gibson's one-woman play.

NY Israel Parade '08 (r-l) Valerie Harper, Ron Rifkin, Rich Kind, Lainie Kazan






When honored as a Grand Marshall at NYC's 2008 Salute to Israel Parade, she explained her understanding, learned through that role, of Israel's strategic importance to the free-world in limiting Russian hegemony over the oil-producing Middle East - which she learned and conveyed in portraying Israel's fourth prime-minister.

During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Prime Minister Golda Meir, wrestled with Henry Kissinger to replace Israel's arms stock lost in staving off the surprise-onslaught by the Russian-supplied armies of Egypt, Syria, and Iraq.




On Ms. Harper's passing, Prof.  Kagan spoke with JooTube about his professional experience with Ms. Harper and other Gentiles who introduced Jewish characters to the public.
Jeremy Kagan directing Robby Benson in The Chosen (1981)

He also directed "The Chosen" with Maximilian Schell, Robby Benson, and Rod Steiger.  We talked about the image of the Jewish-American, the American-Israeli.

We spoke about the contribution of Ms. Harper and other Gentiles to the image of the Israeli and the American Jew in the public eye.  

Transcript from video interview: "Here I am, okay! I'm Jeremy Kagan - I am a filmmaker, film-director, direct television, direct movies, and I am a full-tenured professor at the University of Southern California- the School of Cinematic Arts. Lots of words but that's somewhat of my titles for what they're worth.



Question: You have directed to movies of seminal interest of the American Jewish representation in the United States. What were they?

I directed a movie called "The Chosen" which is from Chaim Potok's masterpiece. And actually I directed the movie called "Crown Heights" for Showtime which was about the Crown Heights riots. My first two features starred two Jewish actors- a picture called "Heroes" with Henry Winkler, and a picture called "The Big Fix" with Richard Dreyfuss. So I've had a lot of sort of Jewish subjects and characters in my movies.  And then I directed Valerie Harper in "Golda's Balcony."
Robby Benson in Jeremy Kagan's "The Chosen" location

Question: Valerie Harper unfortunately passed away yesterday, yes?

I already miss her. She was in my mind the last two days and the way the mind works, sometimes we pick up energies and then I've just learned just hours ago that she had passed although I know she was quite sick. And I wish her soul, her neshama, reaches a level of performance and giving that her being here in this planet exemplified for all of us- of the capacity to give and Valerie's contribution to the Jewish community in America - to the Jewish community worldwide - is a major gift to all of us so I want to thank her so and wish it a good journey!

Golda's Balcony comes from a play that was written by William Gibson. Initially this actually brilliant playwright had written a play with many characters in it. But after he saw it on Broadway and even as Golda who was still alive actually came and actually saw it as well it came backstage and talked to him he felt it really needed to be rethought. And then he came up with the idea of a one-woman show. And he rewrote the play so that's what it became. 

Valerie took that on and performed it around the country around the United States to audiences of five and six thousand. Big, big theaters and major cities all across the country. 

Valerie herself, this play specifically about why the word Golda's Balcony relates to the fact that supposedly there is a balcony in an area hidden in somewhere in the desert where the all of the atomic bomb materials and research is done.

And there's a balcony that goes down deep into the earth and during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Golda was faced with the possibility of using the bomb in order to save Israel from being destroyed by this surprise invasion from the Egyptian and Syrians. And she actually considered it. And since he knew that that was part of her consideration and she sort of when she saw the play it was said "You got things right" but never said anymore. That he wanted this play to deal with the great terror (that we still have at this very moment) of using nuclear weapons and so that's the balcony that she went on to see where and how this is all goes down.

Question: Did Valerie Harper play Golda both on Broadway and the film?

She played it all. In New York she played it and every major city in the United States. And then her partner her husband, Tony Cacciotti - and my sympathies go out to Tony right now because obviously it's a great loss for him - it's a great loss for all of us - but a personal great loss for him and time the grieving is what's happening for him) I'm sure. But he then said "let's make a movie of this, it's so successful!" 

People loved her performance. That means these she had packed audiences everywhere she went. I went to see a performance in Phoenix. Six thousand people, standing ovation, major applause, and I was I was so moved I was crying twice and midst of the piece because it's an emotional piece. I went backstage to see her and like I saw her and I started weeping and she smiled gave me a big hug and I said look if there's any way I can help make this happen as a movie I'll do it.

We then came up with an idea because they were limited finances that we would do that all against and this is a term of some of your viewers I'm sure know - all against green screen - meaning there would be no sets.  It would just be her against the green screen. And she plays more than Golda - she plays Golda's husband, she plays other characters that Golda had to deal with, and she would play all these characters - and sometimes she would play both of them - and I would make it so that you in the film, she would be quote talking-to-herself - and then we, in the green screen, we created an entire environment. So when the war was happening (which is part of this story) we were able to get all the documentary footage from the war and that all was playing behind her on these green screens (that now no-longer were green). And so if you watch the DVD, it's this incredible energetic rather sort of, I don't know if I'd call it experimental (because, I mean, so many movies have taken advantage of green screen) but it but it has its own feel. It's a fresh way of taking on a piece of theater and making it cinematic - and she was spectacular!

Here is the trailer for the movie:

Question: What role did Judaism or American Jewishness play in Valerie's life - having portrayed Rhoda Morgenstern for the years both on Mary (Tyler Moore Show) and on her own show?

You know, I talked to Valerie about this because Valerie (she's not Italian, she's not Jewish) yet she has played these kind of characters and brought such reality to them. Now there are two factors that allowed that to happen - one it was a personal reality for Valerie when she was a young person. Some of her best friends were Jews and she hung out with them and with their families. So she kind of knew the social relationships, the way certain people talked, the way that certain kinds of things happen between them, attitudes she knew this. So it was very easy for her as an actor to recreate it. And some of these people who as I said were her best friends.

Barry Miller, Rod Steiger, and Robby Benson in "The Chosen
And as she grew up as a young woman, some of her best friends - when she was a gypsy on Broadway - they were, and I know them, they were Jewish girls and so this was part of her environment she just was affected by. 

But the other part is what a great actor can do and that is find within themselves another human being and bring that to the fore. And that's you know when we watch great performances we say "boy, look at this - how did they do that?" 


"The Chosen" Barry Miller and Maximilian Schell (1981)
And in my case, I've worked with three non-Jews. And these three non-Jews have created Jewish characters that I think are excessively believable to a Jew or to a non- Jew: Maximilian Schell and Rod Steiger in the movie that I mentioned, "The Chosen." 

Rod played a Rebbe - he did his homework, but that Rebbe existed in him somewhere and he brought it out. Maximilian's but you played a more contemporary, intellectual Jew. Very easy because he was a very smart guy on his own to get to that kind of Jew.



 

And Valerie, well you've seen what she's played from Rhoda to Golda. But I mean that a great actor finds those beings in them. And then there's a third factor this is a little bit woowoo some viewers would say. And that is - I actually think a Jewish neshama was inside ... a Jewish soul was inside somewhere deep in her now that maybe inside everybody I says I'm suggesting and certainly an actress all fine but I have a feeling somewhere that was there.

So I mean we see Valerie continuously through her life stepping up and speaking for Israel stepping up and speaking for Jewish concerns. Stepping up and raising its a dog up for various Jewish issues I mean that's ... she just did this continuously - besides playing Jewish characters. And we owe her a lot!


Question: What do you feel the Jewish people owe Gentiles who have helped establish Jewish identity in the public realm?

Well, I think first we have to recognize Torah itself which is saying, you know, you need to be recognized that you once were a stranger and you need to have compassion for the stranger. You need to feed that other person who is in need as much as you because in essence we're all created by HaShem. So recognizing people who are not Jews who are making major contributions to helping both the acceptance of us as a people, the acceptance of Israel as a nation - we need to say "thank you."

And I want to say personally a major thank you to Valerie. Because, you know, I hope people who watch this actually go get the DVD and watch the DVD and see who Golda was created by her. And you will not think that's a non-Jew playing - you'll think that's Golda! And now you will learn who Golda was and all of Golda's contributions to that nation, and to us as a Jewish people. 

And by the way, on that DVD, if you're interested, there are people who knew Golda ... I went and traveled this country and in Israel and interviewed people from Ehud Barak to people that were in her cabinet - to ask what was it like to work with this remarkable human being and so that's on the DVD too. So in honor of Valerie, go watch it and see what she was doing for us - and see in fact what Golda did for us!"

Prof. Kagan also credits Ms. Harper's "Rhoda Morganstern" character as an extension of Mary Richards' role (as crafted by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns, and developed by David Davis and Lorenzo Music) in the evolution of society's acceptance of women's equality and independence.


Footnote: Valerie Harper's performance of Golda's Balcony is out of print and available on DVD used (priced as rare). The film of Tovah Feldshuh's portayal of Golda's Balcony (which JewTube covered at the 2019 L.A. Jewish Film Festival) is playing at Jewish Film Festivals in North America from September to May, 2020.

The relationship between Jeffrey Epstein and Jewish philanthropist Leslie Wexner, explained

"The relationship between Jeffrey Epstein and Jewish philanthropist Leslie Wexner, explained" by Ben Sales in J.T.A. Aug 13, 2019 
Leslie Wexner/ Jeffrey Epstein (Laura Adkins/Getty Images)

One of the most befuddling questions surrounding the Jeffrey Epstein saga is why Leslie Wexner, a billionaire entrepreneur, entrusted all of his money to Epstein, a secretive financier with no college degree. 

Since the Epstein sex scandal resurfaced this year, these questions have dogged Wexner, the owner of Victoria’s Secret who at one point was Epstein’s only known financial client. Wexner was very close with Epstein and trusted him as a money manager and legal representative. 

Epstein was found hanged in his jail cell on Saturday in what officials are calling a suicide. 

As the scandal has unfolded, Wexner and his associates have put out a series of statements on Epstein and their relationship. His connection with Epstein has also led to stormy discussions among the recipients of his largesse about the ethical dilemmas they face.

How much has Leslie Wexner given to Jewish causes? Plenty. The Wexner Foundation is among the most prominent private Jewish charities in the world. In 2017, according to tax documents, it gave $3.6 million in charity, much (but not all) of it to Jewish educational causes, as well as more money for educational programs. The foundation is best known in the Jewish world for its graduate fellowship, which awards scholarships to 20 promising graduate students in Jewish fields, including rabbinical school, cantorial school, Jewish educational school or another degree program. More than 1,800 people have participated in its program aimed at providing volunteer board leadership with lessons in Jewish history, thought, texts and contemporary issues. The foundation runs a variety of other programs, including training for Israeli public officials. 

Here’s a primer on how the two became so close, and why their relationship poses a dilemma for many in the Jewish community. 

4th anniv of "Stop Iran Rally" - a teaching moment for Democrat politicians & voters

Protesters oppose Obama's nuclear Iran plan in Times Square
July 22, 2019 (photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/GettyImages)
While Iran featured less prominently on the second night of Democratic presidential candidates' debates, moderators asked candidates in the first round (June 26th) whether they would reenter the Iran nuclear deal "as it was originally negotiated." Every candidate on stage, except for Sen Cory Booker (D-NJ) responded yes, even as they continued to criticize parts of Pres. Barack Obama's accord.  (source: Bryant Harris in al-Monitor, "Intel: Where candidates came down on Iran in Democrat debates" 6/28/19)

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "I think that any objective look at the consequences of doing that (resuming the JCPOA) would come to the conclusion that it would actually hurt the interests of the United States and the region and so on.  . . 

 “To go back to the JCPOA means letting Iran get nuclear weapons.”  Quoted 27 June at the Israel Hayom conference in Jerusalem in conversation with editor-in-chief Boz Bismuth. (source: Jacob Kornbluh in Jewish Insider)

Not only are the Democratic candidates opposing Pres. Trump's strategy to renegotiate the arrangement, but the anti-Trump media has turned a public majority against it - without understanding (other than Iran threatens military conflict) the logic in Pres. Trump's strategy to elicit a stronger deal.

This week four years ago, more than 10,000 people gathered for a "Stop Iran Rally" in New York's Times Square. They watched experts explain the folly in Obama / Kerry's JCPOA (Iran nuclear weapons agreement) to the legislators who would be voting on it.

Experts and luminaries delivered rational, impassioned arguments why Congress should reject approving this flawed plan - which has since been revealed by Israel's Mossad that Tehran still sought to obtain nuclear weapons, despite its pact with world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for a loosening of sanctions


Benjamin Netanyahu shows U.N. General evidence of Iran's untrustworthiness and violations under the JCPOA

Speeches on this playlist (advance through list via button in upper right):



  1. Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, Stop Iran Rally emcee, Jewish Rapid-Response Coalition;
  2. Helen Freedman - Chair, Americans for a Safe Israel;
  3. Alan Dershowitz - Harvard Law School professor (ret.)
  4. Col. Allen West - ret. US Army Iraq War, gives impassioned challenge to Obama;
  5. Clare Lopez - former CIA analyst;
  6. Caroline Glick - political columnist Jerusalem Post;
  7. Rabbi Abraham Cooper - Simon Wiesenthal Center;
  8. Col. Richard Kemp - led British Forces in Afghanistan;
  9. Mort Zuckerman - formerly Newsweek; publisher N.Y. Daily News;
  10. Navy Admiral James "Ace" Lyons - US Military leader (died 12/12/18);
  11. Major Gen. Paul Vallely - senior military analyst, Fox News;
  12. Frank Gaffney, Exec. Dir, Center for Security Policy;
  13. Steven Emerson - Exec. Director, The Investigative Project;
  14. Monica Crowley- radio broadcast journalist, Fox News;
  15. James Woolsey - former C.I.A. director;
  16. Robert Morganthau - retired NY District Attorney (d. 7/21/19);
  17. Kasim Hafeez - reformed Muslim-extremist from Britain;
  18. US Rep. Trent Franks;
  19. NY former Gov. George Pataki;
  20. Richard Allen - rally co-organizer;
  21. Kevin McCullough - talk radio host, NYC;
  22. Concerned NYC man on the street about Obama's plan;
  23. Jeffrey Wiesenfeld;
  24. Col. Richard Kemp - led British Forces in Afghanistan;
  25. Herbert London - founder, The London Center for Policy Research (died Nov. 10, 2018);
  26. Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R- MI) WMD-expert;
  27. Genevieve Wood- The Heritage Foundation;
  28. Lauri Regan - Stop Iran Rally co-organizer;
  29. Sarri Singer - Survivor of Iran-funded terror;
  30. Tony Lo Bianco - actor, "The French Connection," "Police Story";
  31. Vered - an Israeli-New York designer/ fashionista;
  32. Scott Jacobs - video-journalist, JewTube.Info;

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu shows UN Gen. Assembly Iran nuclear red-line, 27 Sept 2012

Bostonian, Larry Saloman, expresses pride at witnessing Israel Prime Minister telling US Congress-people about the flaws of the Iran JCPOA nuclear weaponizing terms which Obama was pushing them to ratify.



Libertarian, FreedomFest conference session on Israel's economics jumps the rails

Steve Forbes chats with John Stossel as Mark Skousen gathers FreedomFest '17 speakers for a group photo
The panel at the libertarian, FreedomFest '17 Conference, "Capitalism vs Socialism: Which Way, Israel?" got a bit testy when former president of the Arab Bankers Association of North America, Ziad Abdelnour, changed the direction from the examining of Israel's maturation from Socialism to Capitalism - into chiding Israel for not resolving the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Panel moderator Gene Epstein (Barron's magazine columnist) called on Ziad less after this- giving more time to co-panelists George Gilder, co-founder of Discovery Institute, author/radio commentator Michael Medved, and author Rabbi Daniel Lapin. 




The following video is a compilation of Mr. Abdelnour's speaking opportunities.

Michael Medved reacts to Mr. Abdelnour's conduct on the panel. 


Rabbi Daniel Lapin shares his views on the donnybrook and the group of anti-Zionists who support Mr. Abdelnour's critical views.


George Gilder (author "The Israel Test") explains the Lebanese financier's performance and defends Israel against anti-Israelism from Christians and Muslims.