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Should Israel trust Obama to negotiate-away Iran's nuclear weapons? Ron Dermer Israeli Amb. to U.S.

Incoming Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer reveals his views on Iran, other pressing issues in JooTube video interview

Exclusive interview Israeli Amb. to the U.S. Ron Dermer regarding Christian support for Israel - and the world's vital stake in ensuring a strong, safe Israel. Recorded at the NRB Convention in Nashville, TN on 24 Feb '14 

‘Iran already has a nuclear bomb,’ Israeli paper claims by Joshua Davidovich, September 27, 2013, The Times of Israel 

Unnamed government analysts quoted by Maariv say Tehran has crossed all red lines and is already in possession of at least one nuclear weapon 

Iran Has the Bomb By Peter Vincent Pry in the American Thinker February 20, 2014

U.S. intelligence is not good enough to so precisely and with such high confidence monitor and verify the status of Iran's nuclear weapons program.

Video: "How to overcome the maligning of the Jewish state"- Ariel Univ.'s Prof. Abraham Sion at San Diego Z.O.A.

Prof. Abe Sion challenges anti-Zionist shibboleths in So. Cal

The professor who directs the Center for Law and Media at Israel’s Ariel University says the Jewish state must argue its case more vehemently in the courts of law and public opinion, and to do that it must be willing to invest the money it takes to counter propaganda from the Palestinians and their backers in the Arab and Muslim world.

Prof. Abe Sion spoke before an audience of 60 persons at a meeting of the San Diego chapter of the Zionist Organization of America, on January 27th. The meeting was held in a sanctuary of Chabad at University City. 

Sion said that until recently, Israel had spent only $10 million on hasbara — its public relations message — and of that $6 million went to salaries. That amount, he said, is less than many corporations spend on their public relations.  Today, he added, the numbers are even worse.  He quoted Israel’s consul general in New York, Ido Aharoni, as saying Israel’s public relations budget is only $8 million, with $6 million continuing to go for salaries. Such an amount is far too little, he said, to counter the unremitting propaganda war on Israel by Palestinians, their Arab and Iranian backers and Jewish leftists.

After showing a video of pro-Palestinian demonstrators invading a store in Paris, and emptying from the shelves, without paying for them, every product produced in Israel, Sion likened the Arab propaganda wars on Israel and the Jews to the 1930s when vicious cartoons, and a campaign of singling Jews out for derision, preceded the Holocaust.

Sion, whose university sits in Samaria–beyond the 1949 “Green Line” and within the area often described in the media as the West Bank–said supporters of Israel must refute the argument that the territories captured by Israel in 1967 are “occupied Palestinian lands.”  He said when the League of Nations conferred upon Great Britain its mandatory power after World War I, the area called “Palestine” was officially declared a homeland for the Jews as part of that Mandate.  The League also created Iraq, Syria and Lebanon as homelands for Arabs.
Linda Sax (S.D. ZOA chapter Treasurer); author Sabene; Prof Abe Sion,
S.D. chapter Pres. Howard Dyckman; Zionist Christian J.J. Surbeck

Britain, said Prof. Sion, divided Palestine, giving more than a majority of it away to the Hashemite family of Saudi Arabia, thereby creating today’s Kingdom of Jordan.  After World II, the United Nations devised a partition plan for the remainder of Palestine, which the Jews accepted, and the Arabs rejected.  The Arab rejection made the plan null and void, he argued.   International law, if properly understood, should be that Israel, from the Mediterranean Sea to the boundary of Jordan, is a Jewish state, in which proper care must be taken to protect the rights of minorities who live among the Jews.  The 1949 Green Lines were simply lines of the armistice after newly-created Israel defeated invading Arab armies.  Contrary decisions by Israel’s Supreme Court and the International Court at the Hague ignored the guiding legal documents, he said.

Those who call a Jewish state an “apartheid” state should consider surrounding states “double apartheid” states because Jews are forbidden to live within them, and there certainly is no protection for the rights of others, Sion said.

American-trained Jews from former Soviet Union compete for Israel in Winter Olympics

Five Israeli athletes set to compete in Sochi By ALLON SINAI i02/06/20 THE JERUSALEM POST

Short-track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov will be the first team member to compete on Monday; 
Israelis will also participate in figure skating and skiing events
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Olympic rings in the Coastal Athlete's Village in Sochi, February 4, 2014Photo: REUTERS
Short-track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov will carry the Israel flag in Friday’s Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Israel has sent five athletes to Russia, two more than it did to the Games in Vancouver four years ago.
Israel has never sent more than five athletes to a Winter Olympics, with the delegations in 2002 and 2006 also numbering five members.
The team in 1998 totaled three athletes, with figure skater Michael Shmerkin being the country’s lone representative in Lillehammer in 1994 in what was Israel’s debut at the Winter Games.
Bykanov will also be the first Israeli to compete in Sochi when he takes part in Monday’s 1,500-meter short track event.
The 24-year-old, who moved to Israel from Ukraine in 1994, will also participate in the 500m and 1,000m races and is aiming to reach the quarterfinals in all three of his events.
Israel’s figure skaters will also all be in action next week, with the duo of Evgeni Krasnopolski and Andrea Davidovich to compete in the short program of the pairs event on Tuesday and in the free skating the following day.
Krasnopolski and Davidovich, who are based in Hackensack, New Jersey, booked their place at the Olympics in the Nebelhorn Trophy, the final qualifying event for the 2014 Games held in September, by ending the pairs’ competition in 10th place.
Alexei Bychenko, who also trains in Hackensack, will compete in the men’s figure skating competition next Thursday and Friday.
Bychenko, 26, ended this year’s European Championships in 14th place and qualified for the Olympics by finishing in fifth place in the Nebelhorn Trophy.
According to the Olympic Committee of Israel, Bychenko is expected to finish at least among the top 24 skaters, while Krasnopolski and Davidovich should come in among the top 16.
Skier Virgile Vandeput will compete in the second week of the Olympics when he takes part in the giant slalom (February 19) and slalom (February 22).
Vendeput is expected to finish among the top half of skiers in both events.