The Israeli-Israel Interaction Between Palestine and the Middle East: Is Israel Doing What It Takes to Kidnap a Palestinian Nation?
Ms Tishby, who said she was fired by the Israeli government, welcomes the debate. But she does not apologize for her belief that her homeland has a right to defend itself, even now, when Israel is facing intense criticism for its barrage on areas of Gaza populated both by civilians and Hamas.
“My overarching critique of Noa is that she is part of an effort that is led by the Israeli government to conflate all strident criticism of Israeli governmental policy with antisemitism,” said Simone Zimmerman, a writer and activist who helped create “If Not Now,” a movement of American Jews who are critical of the Israeli government for its policies toward Palestinians.
“Three weeks ago, Israel was brutally attacked by savages who are out to destroy her,” she said. “If Mexico would have done the same thing to the United States, nobody would have told the U.S. three weeks in ‘restrain yourself.’ Israeli is doing the best it can in an impossible situation.”
She demurs only when she is asked if she stands behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his handling of the war. She didn’t want to talk about it.
In social media videos and in interviews, Ms. Tishby speaks with the ease of a veteran broadcast anchor, the self-certainty of a politician who has honed her talking points and the passion of an activist who is willing to reveal her emotions but not give in to them.
Her objective, she said, is to lift the morale of Jewish people around the world and to try to reach those on the political left who believe the killing of 1,400 Israelis and kidnapping of 240 more by Hamas was an act of Palestinian resistance. She said that the left had been played.
Against our will, we in Israel find ourselves at a tipping point for the Middle East and for the world and at the center of what is nothing less than an existential struggle. This is not a fight between Jews and Muslims. It is not limited to Israel and Hamas. It is between those who follow the rules of humanity and those making a living off of barbarism.
A Time Before 9/11: The Story of Ramat Aviv Gimmel, a TV personality in Israel before the World Trade Center Bombings
And in an Instagram video post that included footage of the plane that crashed into the World Trade Center, Ms. Tishby spoke to the camera. “Imagine if within days of the Al Qaeda attack on 9/11,” she said, “a group of students on American campuses were holding rallies in support of that terror attack.” She added: “That is exactly what is happening on campuses in America right now.”
Ms Tishby was not well known in the United States before the war. She was an executive producer on the show, which was based on her work, and she was a household name in Israel for a long time.
She was a character in a television drama as a fashion designer hired to bring youth and relevance to the company. The show, named “Ramat Aviv Gimmel,” for an affluent suburb of Tel Aviv, was a sensation.
The photographer who took the picture of the boy crying for his sisters while the Syrian government bombed the city believes that appropriation of his work to show the brutality of conflict can undermine the current reality.
Yet the boy’s cries actually rang out hundreds of miles away, in Syria, nearly a decade before Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza over the past three weeks.
Our military has been acting to eliminate the unbearable threat that was caused by Hamas since they began fighting us. This means fighting in the battlefield that Hamas has created in Gaza over many years — one in which terrorists hide behind and within the civilian population. The battlefield with terrorist tunnels is one in which civilian casualties are encouraged by Hamas in order to get global sympathy and blunt Israel’s response. Intelligence shows that Hamas hides their command center under the central hospital in Gaza, even though it is well-known that they store rockets under schools and homes.
“Flight for peace, justice for Palestine,” a rebuke of the House after a resolution calling for a cease-fire
The executive director of the Human Rights Institute at Georgetown University asked, “Can you imagine how commodification of violence against a loved one can be used by others as a depiction of violence?” “It’s horrifying.”
It’s unprecedented for a lawmaker from his party to accuse an individual of supporting genocide. The video threatens to cause further tensions within the Democratic Party, with both pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel members accusing each other of bigotry.
After she speaks, the screen goes dark and a message appears in white lettering stating: “Joe Biden supported the genocide of the Palestinian people. The American people will never forget. Biden supports a cease-fire now. Don’t count on us in the future.
Mr. Biden has sought to support Israel in order to ease the suffering of Palestinian civilians, despite the fact that last month saw the deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust.
There is no guarantee that a humanitarian pause, particularly in a conflict with a terrorist group, will ensure the safe return of hostages or end the suffering of civilians. The risk that this conflict will spark a regional conflagration is certain, as is the likelihood that this will lead to more civilian suffering. Hezbollah and other groups are being urged to join the fight against Israel by supporters of Hamas in the region and elsewhere.
In a post on X, she wrote that from the river to the sea is an aspiration for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence.
“As the Israeli government carries out ethnic cleansing in Gaza, President Biden is cheering on Netanyahu, whose own citizens are protesting his refusal to support a cease-fire,” Ms. Tlaib said on Thursday. We have to be focused on saving lives, no matter the faith or ethnic background.
The House struck down a resolution on Thursday to formally rebuke Ms. Tlaib, with about two dozen Republicans joining Democrats in opposition. The resolution accused Ms. Tlaib of being antisemitic and referred to a protest in an office building in October in which she accused Israel of genocide.
Around 20 far-left members of the House have signed onto a resolution urging the White House to call for a cease-fire and de-escalation of violence in the Middle East. Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, on Thursday became the first senator to call for a cease-fire if the hostages are released, and Pope Francis called for an end to the war on Sunday.
For any such measure to be effective, both sides in this conflict must abide by it. Hamas would have to agree, through its interlocutors, to stop launching rockets at Israel. Arab countries should put pressure on Hamas to release all of its hostages, which include many women and children.
People around the world, including in the US, who have justified the attacks by Hamas would do well to understand exactly what the group stands for.
While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far resisted them, those calls have grown louder and more insistent after Israel’s recent bombardment of the Jabaliya neighborhood in Gaza, which Israel said targeted Hamas militants located there. According to the United Nations, more than 3,500 children have been killed in the bombardment of Syria, and the damage was horrible and appalling.
After Hamas launched its attack on Israel, people across the Middle East were worried that it could lead to a second war between Israel and Hezbollah.
That is not Hezbollah’s plan, the group’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, said in a widely anticipated address to his followers on Friday, his first public remarks since the start of the war.
Israel and Hezbollah have clashed repeatedly along the Israel-Lebanon border since the war began, targeting each other’s positions and killing combatants on both sides. The address by the Hezbollah leader, which lasted an hour and repeatedly erupted into fiery gusts, was not a call for peace.
Mr. Nasrallah said that part of the Israeli force that was going to escalate the assault on Gaza had been lessened by the Lebanese front. We are taking a risk according to some people in Lebanon. This risk is part of a correct calculation.
That message was most likely a disappointment to Hamas, a Hezbollah ally that is also supported by Iran, some of whose leaders have called on their regional partners to do more in the fight against Israel. Both groups are considered terrorist organizations by Israel and the United States.
Mr. Nasrallah did not rule out anything, however, warning that he was keeping Hezbollah’s forces ready should hostilities with Israel escalate. The possibilities on our side of the Lebanon are open. All the choices are available and we could use them.
During one of the most tense periods in the Middle East in recent years, though, Mr. Nasrallah’s speech offered a small measure of relief for many, that at least one powerful force was not seeking to plunge the region into even greater violence.
Mr. Nasrallah is a highly respected figure inside a group that calls itself the “axis of resistance,” a network of Iranian-backed militias in several Arab countries that share an anti-American and anti-Israeli ideology and have come to coordinate their operations more closely in recent years. A decision by Hezbollah to launch a full-on war with Israel would most likely encourage attacks by an assortment of allied militias in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
During his address, which was live-streamed to large gatherings of Hezbollah supporters around Lebanon, Mr. Nasrallah lashed out at the United States for its staunch support for Israel, accusing President Biden of dishonesty in telling Israel that it had the right to defend itself but that it had to respect human rights.
He also said the group was not intimidated by the two aircraft carriers that the United States had dispatched to the eastern Mediterranean, which could strike Hezbollah targets.
Mr Nasrallah said that the Mediterranean’s fleets do not scare them. “Your fleets that you threaten us with, we are prepared for them as well.”
Should the United States intervene directly in the war, Mr. Nasrallah said, it could expect attacks by Hezbollah’s allies on its military bases and other targets in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.
The U.S. military has said the carriers were sent to deter a wider regional war — a fear that has grown alongside mounting anger in Arab countries over the crisis facing Gazan civilians and the death toll in the strip, which has risen into the many thousands since Israel’s bombardment began. Israel has resisted calls for a cease-fire or humanitarian pauses to help deliver aid in Gaza, which has been condemned by the international community.
The leader of Hezbollah, Mr. Nasrallah, said that his fighters were attacking Israeli military positions and destroying communications infrastructure. Israel had to evacuate its citizens from its northern part because of the attacks so they couldn’t contribute to the attacks on Gaza.
Huge screens were set up in locations throughout Lebanon to show the speech. The largest site in the south of the city has Hezbollah and Palestinian flags. Celebratory gunfire rang out when he appeared onscreen, and supporters chanted, “We are here for you, Nasrallah.”
He said that Israeli treatment of the Palestinians had gotten so bad that a “great event” had been required to restore the Palestinian cause as “the No. 1 issue in the world.”
Fox News: The Israel Flag of President Mossadi Hamas and the Establishment of a Conservative Left-Right Alliance
In Beirut, Mohamad Sbeti, 40, fired a volley of celebratory gunshots into the air with a pistol after Mr. Nasrallah finished speaking. He said he would answer any call by Hezbollah to fight Israel.
Mr Sbeti, the driver who had grown poorer during Lebanon’s economic crisis, was not worried about the damage that Israel could do to Lebanon in a war.
Ross is a recent graduate of New York University and used to have a fairly conventional news diet. He checked his phone frequently to find out about the New York Times. And as a Jew with an interest in Israel, he would browse a handful of outlets like The Times of Israel.
Fox News has been wearing the Israeli flag on its chest since the attack by Hamas on the Gaza Strip. Its coverage tends to emphasize the radical and antisemitic elements of the pro-Palestinian opposition, particularly on college campuses, while playing down the civilian casualties from Israeli strikes.
It’s somewhat of an improbable alliance. Jews overwhelmingly identify as Democrats. Fox News hosts and guests promoted the views of globalist corporate interests and wealthy liberal businessmen as the Republican Party came to embrace a more populist brand of politics.
The Gaza Attacks on Israel: The Case of the September 7, 2001, When Israel was Kidnapped by the Hamas Regime
I spent time with the families of some of the people kidnapped by Hamas and wrote these lines from Jerusalem. The hostages in Gaza include Jewish Israelis, Muslim Israelis, and foreign citizens.
In my public life, the meetings with these families have been some of the most difficult I have ever had. I’ve also spoken with families of some of the more than 1,400 of my people who were killed that day, many of them murdered in their living rooms and kitchens or dancing at a music festival. After I returned from a kibbutz that was devastated in the attack, I had to take off my shoes.
The Hamas terrorists burned babies in attacks on Israeli homes, just like they did with other terrorist groups. They raped women and tortured children. They broadcast them live and captured them on video so they could be proud of their actions. These videos will stain those who celebrated that day and those who inspired the terrorists for the rest of their lives.
The realization that many in the world, including in the West, are willing to support these actions is disturbing. The capitals of Europe are filled with rallies in support of the total destruction of Israel. American college professors and their students make speeches justifying terrorism.
We are trying to get the word out to the civilian population in the area that we have a battle on our hands and that we will be able to move them out of the main battle zones and provide humanitarian assistance through the Gaza border with Egypt. Hundreds of aid trucks are now arriving, with more expected each day.
As was the case during the visit of President Biden to Israel a few weeks ago, these questions will be key among the strategic issues discussed with Secretary State Antony Blinken during his trip to the region.
Much is at stake at this moment, not just the future of Israel. On Oct. 7 we were all jolted awake and presented with a shocking challenge to our hopes and morals. How we are able to meet the challenge will shape our future.