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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 5, 2012 p, Israel's deputy By Maxine Dovere NEWYORK--DannyAyalon anticipates dramatic changes for Israel, the Middle East and Europe, giving a decade as his timeframe. In an exclusive conversa- tion with last Sunday morning in New York, Israel's deputy foreign minister said that, while it is unrealistic to expect any nation dependent on Arab oil to jeopardize its economic wellbeing to pub- licly support Israel, changes in energy availability "will be the next segment of geo-strategic planning" for the Jewish state. Israel's recent discoveries of extensive natural gas resources can change the real politic, according to Ayalon. With the ability to export fuel from its recently discovered--and ex- tensive-natural gas reserves, Israel will be able to dramati- cally alter political relations and current political position- ing within 10 years, he said. Emphasizing the extensive bilateral, albeit under the radar, cooperation in multiple areas between Israel and many of its Arab neighbors, Ayalon told that such cooperation is "a very important reflection of positive bilateral activities Maxine Dovere Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon speaks at the Sept. 21 "Jus- tice for Jews from Arab Countries" conference he hosted in New York. and associations." The prob- lem, he said, is "with votes in publiC'--when privately friendly nations, including Arab and non-aligned coun- tries, are "under public pres- sure" to vote against Israel. Ayalon came to the U.N. to draw attention to the 850,000 Jewish refugees driven out of their homes in Arab countries following the declaration of Israeli statehood. Speaking at the Sept. 21 "Justice for n "ster anticipates gy-driven change Jews from Arab Countries .... We will not arrive to peace "I am very optimistic about radical Islam in the Middle conference he hosted, Ayalon without solving the refugees' howwecanmeetthechallenges East, Ayalon said. It is"time to said the government of Israel problems on both sides of the of the future," he said, noting be not politically correct, but "has decided to flush out the line...with real respect of each the many investors, scientists rather, to be correct," he said. truth--to teach our children for the other," he said. and experts who seek Israeli "Israel is telling the world the truth in a systematic way." Ayalon assuredArab leaders cooperation and assistance, thatiftheUnitedNationsallows For more than six decades, that "this is not something At the Sept. 21 Jewish Palestine to push through [the little was done to recognize designed to discomfort or refugees conference, Ayalon unilateral declaration of state- Jewish refugees. But on Feb. condemn or be an obstacle to was not reluctant to criticize hood], this is slamming the 22, 2010, the Knesset adopted peace." He called the action "a the U.N. door shut on any future peace," legislation declaring the dis- bridge to peace--a real peace "I cannot name one war or hesaid.Despitetherealityofthe cussion of the plight of Jewish with security justice and lon- genocide that has been pre- "automaticmajority'including refugees from Arab countries gevity. Basedonthe trutheven vented by the U.N.," he said. Arab and unaligned nations or- to be an integral part of any ifthetruthisnotcomfortable." Calling the international body dinarily aligned against Israel, peace negotiation. Leaving behind the public "a political organization with- Ayalon called on the "moral The Knesset legislation proclamations and protests out enforcement capabilities," majority of 50 to 60 countries" came after passage of a non- shoutedfromthepublicforum AyalonassuredthatIsrael"will to stymie any proposal of Pal- binding resolution in the of the U.N., Ayalon went on neverallowtheUnitedNations estinianstatehood." United States House of Repre- to take significantly positive, to dictate the mandates of "We hope that there will sentatives in 2008 requiring albeit cautious, positions at peace or Israel's security." be responsibility among the every reference to Palestinian a separate Sunday morning "When [Palestinian Au- responsible countries of the refugees be mirrored by "ex- briefing in New York. thority President] Abu Mazen world," he said. plicitreference" to the refugee "On abilateralbasis, Israelis threatens to go to the U.N. Acknowledging both exis- communities ofJewsfromArab not too isolated, as measured to get the status of a state, it tential and practical threats to lands. The Knesset proposal by investments, tourism, and is wrong... It is against the Israel, Ayalon said the "threat waspassedbyanunusualcoali- integration of its ideas in the agreements and principles of toourrighttodefendourselves tion: sponsored by MK Nissim real world," he said. the U.N.," he said. Ayalon re- is just as dangerous as the Ze'ev, a member of the right- Warning of the "tyrannyminded that"member" status defense itself." leaning Shas party largely and evil forces threatening all has never been granted to a "We are at the front line, in supported by Jews from Arab of Western Civilization" and state lacking bilateral agree- the trenches... If Israel's well- countries and their descen- attacks by Islamist regimes mentswithitsneighbors."The being is compromised, so will dants, together with a group "because of who we are and Palestinians are trying to put [the well-being of] the entire ofZionistparties, includingthe whatwe represent," Israel, said the procedure backwards," he international community," left-leaning Labor and Meretz the deputy foreign minister, said. "Why? Because they do he said. Using a "no choice" parties. Before a packed room "must be prepared for any not want peace with Israel." analogy, he said Israel"will no Sept. 21, Ayalon said, "There eventuality...Israel today is "We can no longer afford longer be the lamb." will not be a final peace until not defenseless: we have the to be politically correct in the "We shall be the lion, espe- the questions of the refugees capability to defend ourselves, face of anti-Semitism rising cially in the volatile surround- is solved." by ourselves." in Europe" and the threat of ing of the Middle East." Cnaan Liphshiz Joshua Kaufman of Malmo addresses visitors Sept. 23 from Denmark in the city's only Orthodox synagogue. Cnaan Liphshiz Danish Jews arrive in Malmo to show their solidarity with the city's Jewish community. Cnaan Liphshiz Jews from Copenhagen and Malmo attend a Holocaust com- memoration ceremony in Malmo "s Jewish cemetery, Sept. 23. By Cnaan Liphshiz Denmark, Sweden and Norway Some 50 to 100 anti-Semitic special envoy for combating bonds that connect the Jewish president of B'nai B'rith Den- are relatively tiny and used incidents occur here annu- anti-Semitism, saidthatReepalu communities of Copenhagen markwhowasinMalmoinexile MALMO, Sweden (JTA)-- to keeping a low profile, the ally, according to police and had made "anti-Semitic state- and Malmo, despiteculturaland in the 1940s, said in aspeech at Across Scandinavia, the kipah shift to public demonstrations community statistics. Many of ments." Malmo under Reepalu, language barriers. Born in 1943, thecemetery."IfMayorReepalu is becoming a symbol of Jewish against anti-Semitism marks a the perpetrators are first- and she said, is a "prime example" Golde Berman was 4 months were in place then, I'mnotsure I defiance, turning point. The Sept. 23 bus second-generation Muslim im- of "new anti-Semitism," where old when thousands of Jews would be standing here." OnSept. 23, about 70 Danish trip marked the first time that migrants, who make up 30 to 40 anti-Israel sentiment serves as a fled Nazi-occupied Denmark The Sept. 23 bus trip was just Jews took a double-decker bus ScandinavianJewsfromanother percent of Malmo's population thin guise for Jew-hatred. to neutral Sweden en masse thelatest Jewish demonstration from Copenhagen on a 10-mile country had come to Malmo of 300,000. Sieradski says that Reepalu's unsympatheticaboard boats in afamous rescue in Sweden. Earlier this month, bridge across the Strait of Ore- to express solidarity. Malmo, wearing a kipah in Malmo can stance has been among the key operation.Sweden'sJewishcom- some 1,500 people rallied in sund, on the Baltic Sea, to go Sweden's third-largest city and lead to insults, harassment and factors that have galvanized munities mobilized to absorb support of Israel in Stockholm to Malmo in a show of solidarity the site of some of the country's vandalism. Scandinavia's Jews. Aboard the the refugees from Denmark by and Gothenburg, Sweden's two with the embattled Jews of that highest profile attacks on Jews, Rabbi Shneur Kesselman, a bus on Sept. 23 from Copenha- sharing their homes and food largest cities. Many of the dam- Swedish city. All the men on has been a focal point for the Chabad envoy to Malmo, has gen to Malmo, the mayor was a andraisingfunds.Gothenburg's onstrationshavebeenorganized the bus wore kipahs, a rarity in demonstrations, been targeted manytirnes since subject of frequent condemna- Jewishcommunitygaveupsome using social media and other Scandinavia. "The community here used comingherein2004.Twoweeks tion. of its offices in favor of a Danish grass-roots strategies. Lost December, asmaU group to keep a low profile, but there's ago, someone carved the word FinnRudaizky, aCopenhagen school for the refugees' children. Community members say of Malmo Jews violated security a feeling that we are lost ifwe do "Palest]na" into his new car. alderman and former leader of Many refugees stayed in Malmo. theirnewlyvocalstanceisbegin- protocol by keeping on their nothingnow,'SieradskitoldJTA. "Ihadnoideaitwouldbe like Denmark's Jewish community, LittleGolde, however, wasina ning to have an effect. Malmo's kipahs on the street after at- He attributed the change in this before I came here, and I said he felt there was "a Jewish hospitalon the day ofdeparture, handling of anti-Semitic inci- tendingsynagogue, accordingto Malmo to "a slow build-up" of probablywouldn'thavecomehad duty" to show the Malmo com- Oct. 1, 1943, and her parents dents has improved noticeably Fredrik Sieradski, a spokesman frustration since 2009, when I known," said Kesselman, who munity it was not alone, left her behind. She died in De- since the rallies and solidarity for Malmo's 700 or so Jews, and Israel's war with Hamas in Gaza has four children. "But it would "Leadership especially mat- cember. The Danish Red Cross actions began, Kesselman said. then made a regular habit of it sparked anti-Israel and anti- be very bad for the community ters in conflict situations," he transported her small body to He also credited Rosenthal's every fewweeks. New marchers Semitic demonstrations in the ifI left." said. "Reepalu's approach is herparentsinMalmo, whereshe visit to Malmo in April, during join every time. city, leavingJewswiththefeeling Makingmatterworse, Malmo complicating the situation." was buried, which she met with Reepalu, And in August, hundreds of that they were under threat and Mayor Ilmar Reepalu has ad- "Reepalu needs to be fired," It was Golde's brother-in-law, prompting Malmo police to fol- peoplefromacrossSwedenwent without sufficient protection vised Jews who want to be safe saidAnyaRaben, ayoungJewish Martin Stern, who spearheaded low up on complaints of verbal onpublic'lipahwalks"inMalmo from the authorities, in Malmo to reject Zionism. woman from Copenhagen. "He the solidarity visit from Copen- anti-Semitic abuse. Suspected and Stockholm. "This build-up has finally Thoughhehascondemnedanti- is aproblem, and the fact he still hagen and covered most of the perpetrators whose identities It's not just in Scandinavia. reached a critical mass," Sierad- Semitism, Reepalu has called holds his post is scandalous." costs, are known are now brought in In early September, a flash mob ski said. Zionism a form of"extremism" Following the 30-minute"Now it is the Danish Jews' for questioning, he said. wearing kipahs gathered in The need for Jewish response comparablewithanti-Semitism, drive through the tunnel and turn to return the favor, when "The decision by the political Berlinafterarabbiandhis6-year- became impossible to ignore said the Jewish community had bridgethatsince2000have con- the Jews of Malmo are in their leadership of our community to old daughterwere attacked. The in 2009, community leaders been"infiltrated"byanti-Muslim nected Copenhagen to Malmo, hour of need," Stern said. step up the pressure has yielded yarrnulke-clad crowd included say, when Israeli tennis players agents and deniedthat Muslims the passengers disembarked at Some Danish Holocaust-era yet anotherchange,"Kesselman not just Jews but Christians, showed up to compete in the Da- perpetrated the attacks on Malmo's main Jewish cemetery refugees were on the solidarity said. "Now people stop me on Muslims, local celebrities and vis Cup, which Malmowas host- Malmo Jews. and attended a Holocaust com- bus from Copenhagen. the street to say they support us politicians, ing. Anti-Israel demonstrations Duringhervisittothecountry memoration ceremony. "Fortunately, the attitude in Jews, toencourageustocontinue But in Scandinavia, where erupted and quickly morphed in June, Hannah Rosenthal, One of the headstones there Malmowas different when Iwas to stand up for our rights. It the Jewish communities of into violent, anti-Serniticriots, the Obama administration's is a testament to the strong alittleboy,'AllanNiemann, the changed the balance."