Rare Biblical Discovery Traces Jewish Presence in Israel back to King David’s time

Rare Biblical Discovery Traces Jewish Presence in Israel back to King David’s time
A rare archaeological find offers fresh insight into the biblical era of King David, as recorded in Scripture, and ancient Jewish history in the Land of Israel.

A unique inscription from the time of King David was discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Valley of Elah, Israel’s Antiquity Authority (IAA) announced Tuesday.
The Valley of Elah, located near the modern city of Beit Shemesh, is famous as the spot where the Israelites were encamped when David slew the giant Philistine warrior Goliath.
A roughly 3,000-year-old ceramic jar broken into numerous shards was discovered in 2012 in excavations carried out by Professor Yosef Garfinkel of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and lecturer Saar Ganor, directors of the IAA’s Khirbet Qeiyafa Archaeological Project. Letters written in ancient Canaanite script could be discerned on several shards, sparking the curiosity of researchers.

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10 Ways the World is Biased Against Israel

10 Ways the World is Biased Against Israel
David Harris

It’s appalling to see how Israel is treated by a totally different standard than other countries in the international system. Of course, Israel deserves scrutiny, as does every other nation. But it also merits equal treatment — nothing more, nothing less.
First, Israel is the only UN member state whose very right to exist is under constant challenge.
Notwithstanding the fact that Israel embodies an age-old connection with the Jewish people as repeatedly cited in the most widely read book in the world, the Bible, that it was created based on the 1947 recommendation of the UN, and that it has been a member of the world body since 1949, there’s a relentless chorus of nations, institutions, and individuals denying Israel’s very political legitimacy.

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Obama the Jew

Obama the Jew
On Jewish matters, comparing Obama with his predecessors.

Last week, President Obama said that he is “the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat” in the Oval Office. Which means, he said, that when people say he’s “anti-Israel,” “it hurts.”

Since taking office, Mr. Obama has said many noxious things. Mostly overlooked was something he said at a meeting with Senate Democrats early this year: that he understood why the senators were opposing his deal with Iran, because (according to the New York Times) “he understood the pressures that senators face from donors and others.”

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Nine Questions Obama Wasn’t Asked on Israel


Mr. President, You are NO Friend of Israel

Mr. President, You are NO Friend of Israel
By Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison , CP Op-Ed Contributors

President Obama, you recently gave an interview to Israeli television claiming you are “the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office.” That’s so far from the truth even a GPS cannot find it.

First, there was George Washington. His address to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport in 1790 was the first time in history any national leader spoke to the Jews as fully equal fellow citizens. Then, there was Thomas Jefferson, who thought the Great Seal of the United States should have been the Children of Israel and their Exodus from Egyptian bondage. President Lincoln was so beloved by American Jews that they called him “Rabbi Abraham.”

Then there was FDR. President Roosevelt met the first King of Saudi Arabia. He didn’t bow to him, Sir, as you did to that desert despot’s son. But President Franklin D. Roosevelt insisted on holding Divine Services on board his warship, the USS Quincy, before his Sunday meeting with the Saudi king. Roosevelt got nowhere pleading with King Adbul Azziz for a homeland for the Jews. But at least he maintained his dignity and our national honor. . .

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A One-Sided Attack on Zionism

A One-Sided Attack on Zionism
The many problems with the documentary ‘With God on Our Side.’
Gerald McDermott

The documentary With God on Our Side is anything but balanced. It does not give “both sides their due” but instead interviews only Israelis on the far left and ignores Christian Zionists who defend the rights of Palestinians. The result is a one-sided attack on Israel that treats social and political realities with the same ideological insouciance which the documentary assigns to John Hagee and his band.
One interviewee in the film claims—without rebuttal—that Jews did not live in the land for two thousand years. The truth is that Jewish communities have lived in the land through all this time, flourishing in Jerusalem, Galilee and coastal cities in the 9th and 11th centuries, and then rebounding after being massacred by Crusaders in the 12th century. By the early 19th century, long before the rise of Zionism, more than ten thousand Jews lived in what is now Israel. . .

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Read headlines about Natalie Portman’s recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and you would be forgiven for thinking that the 2010 Oscar winner appointed herself as Israel’s chief critic by virtue of her cinema stardom – a move that would not be so unusual for most Hollywood elites. But if you read the interview itself, you will find that Portman deserves credit and emulation for the careful way in which she discusses Israel, her Jewish faith, and the importance of principled parenting.

Here are four principles Portman applied that we all would do well to imitate:

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Antisemitism and Anti-Israelism on Campus

Antisemitism and Anti-Israelism on Campus

Daubing swastikas on walls has always been a deliberate way to convey hostility— a short-hand for inspiring hate, fear and intimidation.

A college fraternity at Stanford University was vandalized with swastikas and other written epithets in late April.

Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., also suffered recent attacks, with swastikas found in a campus library in April and one scratched into a student’s car in January 2014.

Reading of this vandalism, I was reminded of an incident I experienced in the fifth grade, some 55 years ago. . .

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