Reflections on Divine Providence for the Tenth Anniversary of Israel’s Founding

In a sermon given on the eve of Yom Ha-Atsma’ut in 1958, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik considered the previous decade of Israel’s existence from a theological perspective, and responded—for the most part indirectly—to the arguments put forward by religious opponents of Zionism. Drawing on the story of the biblical Abraham’s troubled years in the land of Canaan, Soloveitchik asserted that the young country’s troubles should be proof that its establishment was the fulfilment of God’s will. He responded to the naysayers by confessing that he “cannot understand . . . how Jews can have the temerity to choose someplace in exile to protest the Land of Israel.” (Video, Yiddish with English subtitles, 14 minutes.)

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More about: Anti-Zionism, Israeli Independence Day, Judaism

Iran’s Dangerous Dream of a Triple Alliance with Russia and China

Aug. 16 2022

Unlike Hamas, which merely receives support from the Islamic Republic, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)—with which Israel engaged in a short round of fighting last week—is more or less under its direct control. In fact, the recent hostilities began with a series of terrorist attacks launched by PIJ from Samaria, which might in turn have been a response to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s call “to open a new front in the West Bank against the Zionist enemy.” Amir Taheri writes:

In Gaza, the Islamic Republic has invested heavily in promoting Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. . . . Islamic Jihad is in a minority in Gaza, hence the attempt by Tehran to help it create a base in the West Bank.

Reliable sources in Baghdad say that [Iran’s expeditionary and terrorist paramilitary] the Quds Force has been “transiting” significant quantities of arms and cash via Iraq to Jordan, to be smuggled to the West Bank. The Jordanian authorities say they are aware of these “hostile activities.” King Abdullah himself has publicly called on Iran to cease “destabilizing activities.”

But such schemes, Taheri explains, are part of a larger strategic vision of creating a grand anti-Western alliance even while engaging in nuclear negotiations with the U.S. and Europe:

Last month, Khamenei praised Vladimr Putin for his invasion of Ukraine. And this month, China’s ambassador to Iran, Chang Hua, praised the Islamic Republic for supporting China in “asserting its sovereignty” over Taiwan.

It is clear that some dangerous pipe-dreamers in Beijing, Moscow, and Tehran have fallen for the phantasmagoric vision of “three great powers” banding together and with help from “the rest,” that is to say, the so-called Third World . . . to destroy an international system created by the “corrupt and decadent.”

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More about: China, Iran, Islamic Jihad, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Russia, West Bank