A Great Jewish Sage’s Sermon on the Six-Day War and the Jews’ Return to History

Fifty-three years ago, Joseph B. Soloveitchik, one of the outstanding rabbinic minds of the last century, addressed the Rabbinic Council of America on the subject of Israel’s stunning victory in the Six-Day War, just a few weeks prior. In these “tremendous” events, said Soloveitchik—drawing on Genesis 3:8—“we hear the footsteps of the Almighty walking in the historical Garden of Eden.” (Video, 10 minutes.)

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Spain’s Anti-Israel Agenda

What interest does Madrid have in the creation of a Palestinian state? Elliott Abrams raised this question a few days ago, when discussing ongoing Spanish efforts to block the transfer of arms to Israel. He points to multiple opinion surveys suggesting that Spain is among Europe’s most anti-Semitic countries:

The point of including that information here is to explain the obvious: Spain’s anti-Israel extremism is not based in fancy international political analyses, but instead reflects both the extreme views of hard-left parties in the governing coalition and a very traditional Spanish anti-Semitism. Spain’s government lacks the moral standing to lecture the state of Israel on how to defend itself against terrorist murderers. Its effort to deprive Israel of the means of defense is deeply immoral. Every effort should be made to prevent these views from further infecting the politics and foreign policy of the European Union and its member states.

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