Israelis support Gaza air strikes, but little enthusiasm for ground invasion.
Jerusalem — Ordinarily filled with noisy children, last Friday the Nisu’i elementary school in Jerusalem became a makeshift call-up center for reservists who, just hours earlier, had been told they were being sent to the front.
Still in civvies or in wrinkled uniforms they’d pulled out of storage, the men, religious and not, in their 20s and 30s, sat on the ground and watched as a group of teens played soccer in the schoolyard.
One of the positive things emerging from the tragic hurricane has been the solidarity of Israelis with the many New Yorkers who have lost their homes, or who are still dealing with physical and emotional desolation. Israeli groups such as IsraAID (the Israeli Forum For International Humanitarian Aid) and the alumni from the Ein Prat – Israel Leadership Academy, have come to us as volunteers, doing remarkable work in Breezy Point, Sea Gate and Far Rockaway, among other stricken areas, in conjunction with local agencies.
Yossi Klein Halevi and J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami debate the timing, tone of confronting Jerusalem’s policies.
If we are serious about a covenantal relationship between Israel and world Jewry, diaspora Jews not only have the right but the responsibility to criticize Israeli policies, from the left or the right, that seem to them inimical to Jewish values and interests.
My question is this: What, if any, are the limitations on diaspora criticism of Israel during war? I’m writing to you at a particularly sensitive moment, when Israeli cities and towns are under rocket attack, while Hamas centers in Gaza are under Israeli air bombardment.
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed "de-escalation" of the Gaza conflict.
"Prime Minister Netanyahu called the President today to provide an update on the situation in Israel and Gaza," said a White House statement released late Frdiay. "The Prime Minister expressed his deep appreciation to the president and the American people for the United States’ investment in the Iron Dome rocket and mortar defense system, which has effectively defeated hundreds of incoming rockets from Gaza and saved countless Israeli lives."
The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of two missiles fired at the Tel Aviv area.
The missiles fired on Sunday morning, the fifth day of what the Israeli military has dubbed Operation Pillar of Defense, mark at least four missiles fired from Gaza at one of Israel's major population centers.