Why Calling Jesus a “Palestinian Jew” Is both Historically Asinine and Historically Anti-Semitic

In recent months, some Internet commentators and Christian leaders have got in the habit of referring to Jesus as a “Palestinian Jew.” To George Weigel, an eminent Catholic theologian and writer, this “makes as much sense as referring to Jesus as a Latvian Jew or a Luxembourgish Jew, since ‘Palestine’ as conceived today did not exist at the time of Jesus, any more than did Latvia or Luxembourg.”

“Anti-Semitism comes in many forms these days,” Weigel continues, and argues that this form of it has ancient roots. It goes

back to the ancient heresy of the Marcionites: a 2nd-century sect that rejected the Old Testament in its entirety. Marcion and his followers claimed that the Creator God of Genesis and the God of the Jewish people’s Exodus was not the “Father” God to whom Jesus prayed; in fact, the Marcionites claimed that Jesus’s mission, as he understood it, was to overthrow and displace this “God of the Law” with the “God of Love.”

Elsewhere in his essay, Weigel makes clear just how Jewish Jesus was, writing that “Lent is a good time to reflect on the indisputable fact that Jesus of Nazareth . . . was a son of the Jewish people.”

Read more at First Things

More about: Catholicism, Israel & Zionism, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Jesus, Politics & Current Affairs

Hizballah Is Learning Israel’s Weak Spots

On Tuesday, a Hizballah drone attack injured three people in northern Israel. The next day, another attack, targeting an IDF base, injured eighteen people, six of them seriously, in Arab al-Amshe, also in the north. This second attack involved the simultaneous use of drones carrying explosives and guided antitank missiles. In both cases, the defensive systems that performed so successfully last weekend failed to stop the drones and missiles. Ron Ben-Yishai has a straightforward explanation as to why: the Lebanon-backed terrorist group is getting better at evading Israel defenses. He explains the three basis systems used to pilot these unmanned aircraft, and their practical effects:

These systems allow drones to act similarly to fighter jets, using “dead zones”—areas not visible to radar or other optical detection—to approach targets. They fly low initially, then ascend just before crashing and detonating on the target. The terrain of southern Lebanon is particularly conducive to such attacks.

But this requires skills that the terror group has honed over months of fighting against Israel. The latest attacks involved a large drone capable of carrying over 50 kg (110 lbs.) of explosives. The terrorists have likely analyzed Israel’s alert and interception systems, recognizing that shooting down their drones requires early detection to allow sufficient time for launching interceptors.

The IDF tries to detect any incoming drones on its radar, as it had done prior to the war. Despite Hizballah’s learning curve, the IDF’s technological edge offers an advantage. However, the military must recognize that any measure it takes is quickly observed and analyzed, and even the most effective defenses can be incomplete. The terrain near the Lebanon-Israel border continues to pose a challenge, necessitating technological solutions and significant financial investment.

Read more at Ynet

More about: Hizballah, Iron Dome, Israeli Security