Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Monday, 17 September 2012

Shana Tova (video)

Shana Tova to my Jewish readers.

An upbeat offering:

 (Hat tip: reader Jean)


  1. Happy New Year to you, Daphne, thank you for your fascinating blog over the past year. And Happy New Year to all Jewish readers.

  2. Wishing a Happy New Year to Daphne and to all the Jewish readers.
    Happy Rosh Hashana from IDF Soldiers

  3. SHANA TOVA 5773 to you DAPHNE and all Jewish readers

    wishing you a L'Shanah Tova U'Metuka.
    filled with Joy, Health, Peace, Prosperity, Sweetness, Love and Security in the coming year.

    keep up the great work

  4. A telling exchange from the Today Tonight show about the riots.
    Rebecca Kay: “No offence Joe, [but] you have restrictions against your religion, you can’t say anything bad about Jewish people. We don’t have them kind of protections.”
    Joe Hildebrand: “I’m not Jewish.”
    Kay: “Oh, aren’t you? Are you sure?”
    Hildebrand: “I’m pretty sure.”

    Also Bolt tonight was great.
    Andrew Bolt with Steve Price, September 18

  5. Re Pappe on Q and A
    War of words on Q&A

    My impressions.
    Pappe was given an almost endless free kick by Jones, there was no mention of his outright fraudulent work.
    Irving Wallach was much better than I expected, throwing in the Nazi Mufti of Jerusalem was brilliant. The only flat point was his Aboriginal anecdote, not helped by Clover Moore’s pathetic answer egged on by Jones. He would have been better of referring to the criteria for native title “claimants must establish there has been an acknowledgment and observance of laws and customs on a substantially uninterrupted basis”.
    Sheridan was great.
    Holding the panel on Rosh Hashanah was also mentioned.

  6. Many thanks, Rita, Jean, and Ian - thanks also for the great links!!