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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 5, 2018 PAGE 5.&. By Sarah N. Stern (JNS)--Yet anotherwoman was made a widow on Sept. 16, and another four children were made orphans by the egregious act of a Palestinian terrorist, Khalil Jabarin. The victim, Ari Fuld, had simply been running an errand for his wife in a local shopping center in Efrat, just south of Jerusalem. Ari was a true fighter for Israel. He was assistant director of "Standing To- gether," an organization that supports Israeli soldiers. Ari served in the Israel Defense Forces, narrowly escaped death in Lebanon. He saved his shrapnel-ridden vest as a reminder of "who is really in charge." Ari also was an avid de- fender of Israel--not only on the physical battlefield, but also in the battlefield of ideas. He Constantly ran towards danger to defend the Jewish people, going down to Sderot and the kibbutzim neighbor- ing Gaza, exactly when the rockets were most steadily falling. He went into forums and talk shows dominated by left-wing thinkers who pro- fessed the idea that Israel was an "apartheid state founded on original sin" and disabused them of their many pernicious falsehoods. Ari brought moral clarity and truth into arenas that had been imbued with the murki- ness of moral ambiguity and self-doubt about our people's rightful claim to the land. After being stabbed by the terrorist, Ari summoned every last ounce of strength to fight off his attacker, subduing him before he could do any more harm. He was a true fighter for Israel until the very end. He is also the 70th Ameri- can to have been killed by Pal- estinian terrorists since the signing of the Osio Accords (not including two unborn children). Nearly 3,000 Israeli citizens were murdered by Palestinian terrorists in that amount of time. I have constantly marveled at the strength of the families that have somewhere sum- moned up the courage to go on. How one might react when put in this horrific place is deeply individual and subjec- tive. One must never place judgment on the individual response of these profoundly bereaved family members. Having said that, I have been uniquely privileged to have gotten to know some bereaved family members who have somehow managed to summon up the strength to dedicate their lives to finding something constructive from their enormous pain. They are the true heroes in the fight against Palestinian terrorism and the radical Islamic assault on Western civilization. Heroes such as Sherri and Seth Mandell, who took the horrendous murder of their 13-year-old son, Koby, and turned their grief into a place of healing and love by creating camps and retreats for other family members who have lost loved ones to Palestinian terrorism. Heroes such as Stuart and Robbi Force, who used the enormous pain of the murder of their 28-year-old son and former U.S. serviceman, Tay- lor, to pass a law in his name prohibiting American fund- ing to go to the Palestinian "martyr's fund" that rewards the families of terrorist with generous stipends, and thus incentivized terrorism. Heroes such as Arnold and Frimet Roth, whose daugh- ter Malki, 15, an American citizen, was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist at the Sbarro pizzeria massacre in the summer of 2001. Maiki was an aspiring special educa- tor and helped take care of her severely handicapped sister, Chaya. In all, 15 civilians had also been murdered--including one other American Judith Greenbaum, 31, who was five months pregnant at the time--and 130 people were wounded. One person, Chana Nachenberg, has remained in a permanent vegetative state, and five members of a single family, the Schijveschuurder family, were killed. What makes this case particularly egregious is that the architect of this attack, Ahlam Tamimi, has made a career about this and has openly boasted about her act, multiple times. She had been sentenced in an Israeli court to 16 life sentences. While in prison, she was asked by an Israel journalist if she knew how many Israeli children she had killed. She flippantly responded, "I don't know 3?" When she was told that she had killed eight, her response was a gleeful "8! I killed 8 Jewish children!" Unfortunately, in October of 2011, Tamimi was traded alongwith 1,026 other terror- ists in exchange for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, held by Hamas. When she was released from prison, she immediately traveled to Jordan, where she was greeted like a conquering hero. She then became the host of her own Jordanian talk show on the Hamas station, A1 Quds TV. According to American law (18 USC, Section 2332), anytime an American citizen is murdered by terrorists abroad, our government has jurisdiction and is directed to prosecute the perpetrator to Victims on page 15A r By Fiamma Nirenstein (JNS)--I feel a certain per- verse pleasure in the fact that Italy is getting a taste of the United Nation's complete bra- zenness and double standards now that it has announced that it will send investigators (not "peacekeepers') in order to ascertain to what extent Italy is failing to uphold hu- man rights. Now perhaps Italy will be- gin a process of re-evaluating its relationship with the world body, and stop voting or ab- staining in order to please the automatic majority that solely condemns Israel. As when, on Dec. 23, 2016, former U.S. President Barack Obama took a parting shot at Israel by ordering his U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers to abstain on a resolution that not only betrayed Israel, but also subverted its traditional caution, which had always upheld Resolution 242 as a benchmark, and not the unilateral Palestinian con- demnation of settlements. Or associating itself with special- ized organizations, such as the U.N. Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that makes irratio- nal and misguided moves like declaring the Western Wall as part of Muslim heritage. All U.N.-related institu- tions are privy of any basic common sense, including the Human Rights Council and the International Court of Justice. Association with dozens of U.N. organizations becomes, year after year, increasingly embarrassing. Moreover, their behavior costs the world's taxpayers an arm and a leg, and is regularly predisposed towards protect- ing tyrants and covering up their human-rights violations while undermining Western values. Which are by no means perfect, but if the latter were less willing to bend in order to receive a caress from its enemies, well then, perhaps it could facilitate some change. Why? It's simple: because out of 193 member states that make up the United Nations 119 belong to the so-called "Non-Aligned" group, and 57 are part of the Islamic group. The U.S.-based non-govern- mental organization Freedom House deems less than half of all these countries "free." Therefore, it's truly a stretch of the imagination to assume thatwe are witnessing democratic debate inside the U.N. General Assembly. This is an absurd notion because many of its delegates repre- sent countries that don't even knowwhat democracy is. Ear- lier this summer, in June, U.S. Ambassador to the United Na- tions Nikki Haley, who since her mandate began has been an exemplary bearer of truth, announced that her country will leave the Human Rights Council (UNHCR) because it's "a cesspool of political bias." The body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world has 47 members who are elected for staggered three-year terms. Africa and Asia hold 13 seats; Latin America and the Carib- bean hold eight seats; Western Europe and others, including Canada, Australia and New Zealand have six seats; and Eastern Europe also holds six. We (meaning, the West) are outnumbered. The vast majority have atrocious hu- man-rights records--from Venezuela, where the op- position has been physically crushed; to the Philippines, where political assassination is commonplace; to Ethiopia, Cuba and subsequently all the Arab countries in the grips of war, which have left hundreds of thousands slaughtered, and perpetuate violence and mass murder without anybody say- ing a damn word. The list of absurdities at the United Nations is infinite: Iran sitting on the Commission on the Status of Women, Syria on Disarmament (perhaps chemical weapons weren't in- cluded!); the lack ofconsensus on a resolution defining ter- rorism (because your terrorist can be my freedom-fighter); 20 years without any emer- gency meeting of the General Assembly, apart from sum- moning it together in order to attack Israel; two-thirds of the resolutions of condemnation of the HRC devoted to Israel while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with the Chinese, Russians and Iranians, skid by unharmed through months and years of U.N. meetings at all levels and in all branches. Rwanda and Sudan have also been basically ignored, and so, too, have other exterminations and mass murders. Therefore, as far as Italy-- now accused of neglecting the human rights of immi- grants and minorities--is concerned, it's not that it shouldn't be exempted from asking its government fun- damental questions about the problems of refugees, foreigners, and migrants. No, it's necessary that Italy discusses this; it's a difficult Madness on page 15A IS a soun By Yoram Ettinger (JNS)--Contrary to con- ventional wisdom, U.S.-Is- rael relations have outgrown their one-way-street mode, evolving into a mutually ben- eficial two-way relationship. The United States enjoys a well-deserved, high return on its annual $3.8 billion investment in Israel, which it calls "foreign aid," even though Israel is not like any other foreign country that receives aid from America. The strategic compatibil- ity between the United States and Israel is underscored by the two allies' national secu- rity orientation--allocating 3.6 percent and 4.7 percent of their budgets, respectively, to defense. This is much more than any European country: Britain allocates 2.1 percent, France 1.8 per- cent, Germany and Italy 1.1 percent. The scope of U.S.-Israel strategic cooperation has surged since the 1991 de- mise of the Soviet Union, which transformed the bi- polar globe into a multipolar arena of conflicts, replete with highly unpredictable, less controllable and more dangerous local and regional threats. Israel's experi- ence with such threats has provided the United States with a unique advantage in the face of three criti- cal challenges: the Iranian ayatollahs' megalomaniacal vision; the clear and present threat of Islamic terrorism; and the need to bolster the pro-U.S. Arab regimes that are existentially threatened by the Shi'ite ayatollahs and Sunni terrorist regimes. In addition, U.S.-Israel strategic interests have con- verged further in response to the aftermath of the Arab Spring, as Europe's posture of deterrence declined, the United States drastically cut its defense budget, and Israel's military and com- mercial capabilities surged. In July 1950, amid the aftermath of Israel's War of Independence, Gen. Omar Bradley, first chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that "the Israeli army would be the most effective force south of Turkey, which could be utilized for delaying action [extending the strategic hand of the U.S.]." His assessment was rejected by the State De- partment and the Pentagon, both of which opposed the 1948 establishment of Israel, contending that it would be decimated by the Arabs, and if not, it would probably be come an ally of the Soviet Union. But today, in 2018, Brad- ley's assessments have been proven true as pro-U.S. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman, as well as Jordan and Egypt, seek to deepen their strategic ties with Israel. They view Israel as a most effec- tive ally in the face of lethal threats posed by the anti-U.S. ayatollahs, the Islamic State group and Muslim Brother- hood terrorists, irrespective of the unresolved Palestinian issue. Incidentally, the Arab states have never consid- ered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a major issue. Their fundamental objection to Israel was about the existence ofan"infidel" Jewish state in "the abode of Islam." In 2018, Russia lends credence to Gen. Bradley rec- ognizing Israel's enhanced strategic posture, accepting Israel's military operations against the rogue ayatollahs and Hezbollah terrorists in Syria, which has been a Moscow satellite since the late 1960s. Moscow recognizes the impact of the Israel's pos- ture of deterrence on the Washington-Moscow balance of power. The 1967 Six-Day War stopped the offensive by pro-Soviet Egypt against Saudi Arabia and other pro- U.S. oil-rich Arab countries. A 1970 Israeli military mobi- lization forced the rollback of the pro-Soviet Syrian inva- sion of pro-U.S. Jordan. The 1967 and 1973 Israeli military victories over Soviet-armed Egypt and Syria provided the U.S. military with a rare study of Soviet military systems and Soviet battle tactics. The (first-ever) June 1982 destruction of 29 of the most advanced Soviet surface- to-air missile batteries and the downing of 83 Soviet MIGs employed by Syria in- troduced innovative battle tactics and technology to the United States. The 1981 and 2007 Israeli airstrikes on nuclear reactors in pro- Soviet Iraq and Syria spared America a nuclear confron- tation in 1991, and prevented a much more traumatic Middle East. And the list goes on. Some 70 years after the establishment of the State of Israel--notwithstanding the minute size of its popu- lation and territory--the Jewish state has emerged as a uniquely stable, democratic, reliable, creative and effective ally of the United States in the Middle East. That includes cooperation on commercial, military, scientific and tech- nological issues. Yoram Ettinger is a former ambassad r and head fSec- ond Thought: A U.S.-Israel Initiative.