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As tensions between Iran and the United States surge, there has been a dramatic increase in confrontation in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the most important waterways on Earth. The regime in Tehran has threatened closure of the Strait in retaliation to the United States withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and the accompanying US decision to end sanction waivers on Iranian oil imports, but as yet has not carried out this threat. Nearly 20 percent of the world’s oil travels through this waterway. If the Strait was closed to shipping by Iran, there would be serious ramifications.
BDS is an acronym for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement which targets Israel’s political and economic stability. To accomplish their destructive goal, this movement employs thinly-veiled anti-Semitic rhetoric and the well-coordinated presentation of false narratives about Israel. BDS is a global propaganda campaign designed to single out Israel as an outcast among nations and deteriorate support for Israel especially among the next generation. The primary aim of the BDS movement is to bring about the economic destruction o f the state of Israel by gradually defaming the Jewish state until the international community is convinced that Israel has no right to exist or defend herself from her enemies.
The phrase literally means to repair the world, but what does that mean in the modern context and how does it relate to Israel? The Talmud, a central text of Rabbinical Judaism, says “If you save one life, it is as if you have saved the world.” Tikkun Olam is a concept in Judaism to behave and act constructively and beneficially. In the modern era, it is the idea that Jews bear responsibility not only for their own moral, spiritual, and material welfare, but also for the welfare of society at large. Contemporary Rabbis view the term as meaning “the establishment of Godly qualities throughout the world”
THE DECLINE OF A COMMUNITY
In the early 1900’s 20% of the Middle East & North Africa was Christian. The history of Christianity in this region is deep. Today Christians make up just 4% of the population. Indigenous Christians by the millions are persecuted in certain Muslim majority countries where Christianity was once prevalent. Today they are persecuted simply for being Christians. Open Doors USA, a non-profit organization serving the persecuted church throughout the world says Christians are persecuted in over sixty-five countries. Among the worst are some of Israel’s neighbors: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian territories.
Since 2005 the United States has provided over $2 billion in aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). These taxpayer dollars enable the LAF to procure American military weapons and training. Recent estimates from the LAF suggest that as much as 80% of its military hardware comes from the Unites States. The reasoning behind this support is explained as follows: U.S. assistance for the LAF is a key component of our policy to reinforce Lebanon’s sovereignty and secure its borders, counter internal threats, and build up its legitimate state institutions. Additionally,
On October 27, 2018, a gunman opened fire in the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue, killing 11 worshippers and wounding two others, while shouting, “All Jews must die.” It was deadliest attack against Jews on US soil, ever. That day, the United States watched in horror, at a loss to pinpoint what precipitated such a heinous and atrocious occasion of murder. Yet, however shocked Americans were, this was not an isolated incident; the world’s oldest hatred had simply reared its ugly head yet again.
For decades, the United States and Israel have maintained strong bilateral relations based on a number of factors, including robust domestic US support for Israel and its security, shared strategic goals in the Middle East, a mutual commitment to democratic values, and historical ties dating from US support for the creation of Israel in 1948.
While CUFI does not generally engage on issues outside the Middle East, there are times when issues relevant to Israel take place well outside that region. The alliance between two of the world’s most leading sponsors of terror and weapons proliferators, North Korea and Iran, is highly relevant to anyone concerned with American and Israelisecurity.
From 1945, when Turkey entered World War II aligned with the Allies, relations between the U.S. and the Republic of Turkey were friendly. In 1947, due to difficulties in Greece repressing a communist rebellion and the Soviet Union’s demands for military bases in the Turkish Straits, the U.S. declared the Truman Doctrine. In that document, the U.S. delineated its intentions to ensure Greece and Turkey’s security which resulted in significant military and economic support from the U.S. to both countries.
The S-400 Triumph (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is a Russian-made mobile surface-to-air missile system. It is designed to engage aircraft, UAV’s, cruise missiles and includes terminal ballistic missile defense capabilities. The fourth generation system of long-range Russian SAMs, the S-400 missile system is the successor to the S-200 and S-300 systems.
The Golan Heights is a plateau controlled by Israel that borders Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. The area is of great strategic importance as it is effectively the high ground in the area. The Golan Heights overlooks Israeli towns and agricultural centers, and its topography – specifically to where Israel’s line of control extends – would significantly hamper the ability of modern conventional armed forces to invade Israel. In addition, the territory overlooks the Sea of Galilee, a significant water source for Israel.
Hamas is the acronym of al-Harakat al-Muqawwama al-Islamiyya—the name of the Islamic Resistance Movement, a Palestinian Sunni-Islamist terror organization that is legally banned by the United States, Canada, the EU and Israel. The second wealthiest terrorist organization in the world and the de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip, it poses a direct and immediate threat to the safety and security of Israeli civilians.
The alliance between Iran and Syria began to flourish in the years following the Islamic Revolution in Iran that overthrew the Shah in 1979. Syria was the first Arab state and the third in general to recognize the newly established Islamic Republic; it also had the distinction of being the only Arab country that explicitly stood by Iran during the bloody Iran–Iraq War (1980–88). While Syria under the Assad regime is supposedly secular and Iran is a Shiite Islamic Republic, the alliance is driven by common political and strategic goals. Most importantly, both sides declare themselves as fully committed to “resistance” against Israel.