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)

Sunday 21 April 2013

A Voice From "Apartheid Israel": Lina Sings "Hallelujah"

Onthe  final of "The Voice" in Israel recently, Lina Makhoul, an Israeli Christian Arab from Akko, enthralled the audience and judges with her beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," and won, leaving Ben Shitrit, who sang Ishfiut Zmanit's "Hakaitz Haakharon" ("The Last Summer") in runner-up position. Ms Makhoul, who's 19, thereby got a record contract and a music scholarship.

(Hat tip for video: reader Shirlee)

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