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The Next Generation of Pro-Israel Leaders

by Keith Koffler on January 11, 2013, 12:19 pm

Worried about the future of Israel? Me too.

If there are not leaders in this country who understand Israel and are devoted to preserving its existence and maintaining the strong ties between our two nations, then the most important bulwark against Islamism in the Middle East may cease to exist.

The Tikvah Fellowship is a non-profit, paid, one-year program for individuals to study full time about the political, religious, and intellectual future of Israel and the Jewish people.

It’s a tremendous opportunity to study and work with leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of Jewish thought and history, Israeli and American politics, religious leadership, journalism, economics, education, and community life.

Faculty members include William Kristol, Victor Davis Hanson, James Capretta, Peter Berkowitz, Ruth Gavison, Yuval Levin, and Michael Walzer. Among the courses offered in the past are “Religion and State in Modern Democracy,” “War, Morality, and Statesmanship,” “Political Foundings,” and “Wealth and Modern Democracy.”

I thought some of you might be interested in applying for the fellowship or knew someone else who would. Anyone can apply, from students preparing for graduate school to those in mid-career thinking about their next step. You can find out more at http://tikvahfellowship.org/.

Keith

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cincycinco January 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm

“Worried about the future of Israel?” – Keith Koffler

Nope. I would be, except I KNOW that Israel is in God’s hands – and I KNOW what God says Israel’s fate is.

And there is not one thing Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can do about it.

I bet that really galls them, too. Maybe that’s why they act the way they do…

rulierose January 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Keith, thank you so much for sharing this link! I just sent it to my 22-year-old daughter, who went from “blase secular American kid” to “on fire for Israel” after her Birthright trip to Israel a few years ago.

as far as Israel being in danger, I go back and forth between agreeing with cincycinco, who says G-d will protect it, and being realistic and worrying about Iran.

I wonder if the liberal “Jews” who voted for Obama (again) in November would make a different choice if the election were next week. surely, eventually, SOME OF THEM have to notice that John “I Heart Al Quds” Brennan is a sketchy guy, and that Chuck Hagel is an anti-Semite…don’t they?

Sadie January 11, 2013 at 6:03 pm

The “taglit” program is a must for the children – an “adult” version for the liberal “Jews” who remain clueless is needed as well.

cincycinco January 12, 2013 at 8:40 am

“as far as Israel being in danger, I go back and forth between agreeing with cincycinco, who says G-d will protect it, and being realistic and worrying about Iran. ” – rulierose

It is always good to agree with cincycinco (wink)! But, there is no need to go “back and forth”, as these seemingly opposed viewpoints are not really incompatable.

Israel’s future – ! in aggregate ! – is assured by the highest of Authorites, and these petty dictators at home and abroad are powerless to change that. You need not look only at the Bible, but at Israel’s more recent history, such as; 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, and an unbelievable number of bombings, shootings, and intifadas, etc., which have ALL posed an existential threat to Israel – which survived them ALL, despite there being no LOGICAL reason to do so. Why do you suppose that was?

That said, it is CERTAINLY possible for INDIVIDUAL Isralies to be murdered by terrorism and killed in wars and by irregular combatants. G_d certainly has NO problem with Israel defending itself, and recommends it repeatedly in His Book!

Some examples;

“In 1 Samuel 25:13, we read: “And David said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff.”

Judges 5:8 reminds us of what happens to a foolish nation that chooses to disarm: “They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?”

“Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight,” David writes in Psalms 144:1. ”

http://www.wnd.com/2001/11/11783/

There are many others, this is a very small sampling of a very large directive for Israel to defend itself. By NO means did I mean to ever suggest otherwise!

So, these views are not irreconcilable. Trust the Lord, BUT defend your country, your home, and your family, and don’t let anyone prevent you from doing either!

HE wants you to do BOTH! THAT is “realistic”!

Bridgeport Guy January 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Let’s worry about putting “America First” leaders
In office instead of Israel first, America second.
Cincycinco says that we should remember
some of the major events in Israel’s past over the
last 70 years. Sure, you got Deirdre Yassin, where
the Israelis massacred men, women and children.
You got the King David Hotel bombing, in which
Israelis killed Brits, Jews and Muslims. You got
the Lavon Affair, which if Israel pulled it off, would
have pinned terrorist attacks perpetrated by them
on Egyptians in order to win sentiment. You got
the horrific attack by Israelis on the USS Liberty
during the Six Day War, in which 34 US sailors
on an unarmed vessel were killed. Sure the
Israelis claim they mistook the Liberty for an
Egyptian ship, but ask the surviving Americans
what they think – they are certain the Israelis
knew they were attacking Americans for a number
of reasons (see Dead in the Water on You Tube).

Sadie January 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm

You forgot to add your name to the list of Israel-haters. You’re short on history lessons.

Bridgeport Guy January 14, 2013 at 4:33 am

Sadie, please explain your claim that I’m
short on history lessons or that I hate Israel. It’s real easy for you
to make the accusation, but back it up if you think I’m making
this stuff up. I feel the United States need need to worry about
our own problems primarily without having to pass muster with
Israel as a pre-condition of placing any political appointments.
I feel that history shows Israel has acted treacherously on
occasion to accomplish its goals. To Israel, the end seems to
always justify the means, therefore the USA better be careful
thinking that Israel is looking out for our best interest.

Waldo Truth January 16, 2013 at 9:36 am

BrIdgeport Guy has an agenda to push. Anyone that brIngs up The King David Hotel whIch was British military headquarters and USS LIberty Is almost always a Jew hater. The Brits would shoot at Jews on the street from the roof of the King David Hotel building.

Why no mention of the USS Stark incident in 1987? 37 sailors died when an Iraqi Mirage jet fired missiles at the frigate.

USS Liberty: What were they doing there? Why dId Israel help them if it were a deliberate attack?

There have been numerous friendly fire incidents in the military. Our own troops murdered Pat Tillman. I dont hear you talkIng about the BrItIsh troops friendly fire too.