Washington, DC – Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, attended today’s historic signing of the Abraham Peace Accords at the White House with President and Melania Trump, Vice President Pence, Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullatif Bin Rashid Al Zayani of the Kingdom of Bahrain.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 15th, 2020 | Author: admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Donald Trump, Middle East, Press Release | Tags: Abraham Peace Accords, Bahrain, Congressman Chris Smith, Israel, President Donald Trump, Press Release, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, United Arab Emirates | No Comments »
By Muriel J. Smith
Editor’s note: In this fifth and final article in her series about her breakthrough treatment for breast cancer, Muriel Smith shares her visit to the Israeli company, Ice-Cure Medical that invented the procedure. Paint the Town Pink
My trip to Israel went off without a hitch. Traveling with friends from Our Lady of Perpetual Help/St. Agnes parish, on a tour with a travel company which had previously taken me to Greece, Turkey, Ireland, and Italy, the trip could only be made more exciting for me now that I knew I would be meeting with the people who had invented the procedure and equipment to perform cryoablation…freezing to death the breast cancer that had been discovered only 47 days before it was ablated.
Sue Jebsen, the nurse who traveled the United States with the equipment used in this trial procedure, and Will Irby, Ice-Cure Medical’s key person in the USA, had made all the necessary contacts and explained to me that while the staff in Israel had seen and spoken with physicians who had done the procedure, they had never had the opportunity to meet with a woman who had undergone it. Sue was in the room when Dr. Kenneth Tomkovich had performed the approximate 45-minute procedure which killed the small tumor in my right breast. It was she who first called that evening to see if I would meet with the staff in Israel while on my trip.admin | Filed under: Breast Cancer, Health Care, Monmouth County News | Tags: breast cancer, CentraState Medical Center, cryoablation, Ice-Cure Medical, Israel, Monmouth County News, Muriel J. Smith, Muriel Smith Breast Cancer, Paint the Town Pink | 1 Comment »
Axelrod Arts Center Presents Israel Film Festival
The Monmouth County Israel Film Festival proudly presents an entertaining, thought-provoking and high-quality line-up comprised of the best Jewish and Israeli films from across the world. This year’s festival will provide you with your pick of award winning documentaries, dramas and comedies!
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A nuclear deal struck between Iran and world powers in Geneva was “bad” as Tehran had obtained “what it wanted”, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Sunday. “This is a bad agreement that gives Iran what it wanted: the partial lifting…
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By Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande
The American Jewish Council once again did an amazing job of making sure we received a broad understanding of what is going on in Israel today. On Thursday we visited Ramallah in Palestine and met with the spokesman for the Palestinian Authority negotiating team. Both Israelis and Palestinians remain hopeful of positive discussions when Secretary of State John Kerry visits next week. He has a huge challenge ahead of him with these peace talks. Everyone brings to the table thousands of years of their people’s history as well as their personal experience to the discussions.
Friday we visited Yad VaShem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum, and it was an incredibly moving experience. It is difficult to imagine how a people moves forward after 6 million are murdered, including 1.5 million children. The museum serves as a stark reminder that there is true evil in the world. The resiliency and spirit of the Jewish people is astounding.
The individual memorials also serve as a reminder to “Never Forget.” I was particularly drawn to the one for a doctor who took care of children whose parents were missing or killed. When the children were ordered to be deported to a camp he went with them, reasoning he wouldn’t leave them alone in life nor should they be alone in death. He is just one of the many heroes in the holocaust.admin | Filed under: Caroline Casagrande, Israel, Middle East, NJ State Legislature | Tags: American Jewish Council, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Carolone Casagrande, Israel, Project Interchange trip to Israel | 4 Comments »
Before coming to Israel I read the book StartUp Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer. It describes how Israel’s policies on immigration, research and development, and military service have lead to a tech boom here. Israel has more companies on the NASDAQ than Korea, Japan, Singapore, India and all of Europe combined. We heard from the CFO of an angel investment company today, who explained Israel’s multifaceted success story. A portion of that success can be attributed to the elite tech units in Israel’s Army.
Before entering college most of the nation’s young people receive millions of dollars in training in the military where they also have access to Generals. Students call teachers by their first names here, which they say leads to a business culture that’s flat and very helpful in a start up environment. Israel has a Chief Scientist who has the responsibility of fostering research and development. There are also great incubator programs subsidized by the government that include free educational seminar speakers and workspace. A percentage of the property tax portion of the rent for tech company start-ups is forgiven.admin | Filed under: Caroline Casagrande, NJ State Legislature | Tags: Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Caroline Casagrande, Israel, Israel trip, Project Interchange | Comments Off on Project Interchange trip to Israel: Day 2
By Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande
I am here in beautiful Israel as part of Project Interchange, a program of the American Jewish Council. Despite the worldwide travel alert, I feel very safe.
For my first seminar, we had a fascinating introduction to Israeli society and politics with Dr. Elinat Wilf, a former member of Knesset. She described Israel for us as an idea of the mind. At the end of the Seder you say, “To next year in Jerusalem.” The worldwide Jewish community decided to make that happen literally by founding Israel. It is an incredibly diverse nation of immigrants. It is a Jewish state, which can be confusing for Americans, who are used to the separation of church and state. Zionism is an idea about bringing ethnic Jews together. I found it very surprising when our speaker identified herself as a Jew who is an atheist. She said many people in Israel are non-practicing Jews religiously, but practice the culture. Israel has a very sizable minority population – approximately 20 percent Muslim and Christian.admin | Filed under: Caroline Casagrande, NJ State Legislature | Tags: Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Caroline Casagrande, Israel, Project Interchange | 2 Comments »
Those who say a nuclear Iran would stabilize the Middle East “have set a new standard for human stupidity.”
In an interview to be aired on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning, Israeli Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyanhu likened the government of Iran to the terrorists that have been killing American citizens and destroying American property in 21 Middle Eastern countries this week:Art Gallagher | Filed under: Art Gallagher, Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran, Middle East | Tags: Art Gallagher, Benjanmin Netanyahyu, Iran, Israel, Meet the Press | 3 Comments »
By Theodore Price, Phd
01.I’m an elderly Combat Infantryman of World War II, who served under Patton in 1945 in the Ruhr and Czechoslovakia. My division helped liberate one of the Holocaust death camps.
Diplomats and political leaders usually express their views with a measure of finesse, but not always. For example, speaking to an audience in Alexandria, Egypt in May 2004, Michel Rocard, France’s Socialist Prime Minister from 1988 to 1991, called the establishment of Israel ‘an historic mistake’
Similarly, shortly after 9/11, the late Daniel Barnard, Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom, declared at a private London gathering, that the current troubles in the world were all because of ‘that shitty little country Israel.'”