It was an advertising campaign that tugged at the heartstrings, complete with photos of adorable Israeli preschoolers.
The message: These vulnerable children need protection from terrorist attacks.
The campaign worked, attracting thousands of donors and raising nearly $320 million to date for the United Jewish Communities Emergency Israel Campaign. Of that, $20 million was allocated to provide security guards at kindergartens and other schools for which the Israeli budget could not pay.
Using as an excuse Israel’s aborted 10-day siege of his Ramallah compound, Yasir Arafat this week delayed reforms of the Palestinian Authority demanded by the United States. And bolstered by a rise in his popularity during the siege, the Palestinian leader scuttled plans to appoint a prime minister until after the creation of a Palestinian state.
The Jewish community, here and around the world, equates demographics with survival, so it’s only natural that we obsess over our numbers. But we may be willfully ignoring a plausible solution to our ever-worrisome dwindling Jewish population.
As President George W. Bush pressed for a bipartisan congressional resolution in support of military action against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, there was increasing speculation that Syria hopes to delay an attack by creating a confrontation between Lebanon and Israel.
The issue is over water and Lebanonís plans to cut back on the amount of water it will permit to flow south into Israel from the Hasbani River, the leading artery in the region.
Gary Rosenblatt |
Editor and Publisher
CNN’s refusal to run two pro-Israel ads has Jewish officials steaming. “It’s outrageous,” said Ken Bandler, a spokesman for the American Jewish Committee, whose 30-second spot, part of a $500,000 advertising campaign, emphasizes Israel’s shared democratic values with the U.S.
“Shame on them,” said Larry Weinberg, executive vice president of israel21c, of the cable news network.
His California-based group’s ad is “educational, not political,” he said.
Should the Palestinian leadership be judged by its words or its actions? That long-standing dilemma, and source of frustration for Israel, was underscored this week when Yasir Arafat, appearing before the Palestinian Legislative Council for the first time in 18 months, decried terror attacks against Israeli civilians even as Israel reported Palestinian plots to blow up a Tel Aviv skyscraper, bomb a hospital and poison food at a Jerusalem eatery.