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Please Sign Our Petition for the United States to Finally Recognize Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights!

The Golan Heights is a region that had been captured by Israel in its defensive war of 1967. It was retained, once again, in its defensive war of 1973, when the Israelis successfully repelled invading Syrian forces.

The Israeli government formally annexed the Golan Heights in 1981. Since then, the Israeli side of the Golan Heights has been relatively peaceful.

The annexation of the Golan Heights is an issue that almost every Israeli, right, left and center, agrees with.

However, as of late, because of the seven-year brutal Syrian civil war, the Islamic Republic of Iran has taken advantage of the chaos of the situation, and Iranian-backed Hezbollah forces have penetrated as far south as the Syrian town of Quneitra.

Iran is on the march, and is determined to build a land bridge stretching from Tehran to Beirut to Damascus and to the Mediterranean Sea.

A United States recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights would send a strong message to Tehran that their hegemonic aspirations must not go on, unchallenged.

By keeping the Golan Heights in the lexicon of “Occupied Territories,” the U.S. is sending a mixed message to the Iranian-Syrian axis that this region is still in play, and is keeping Israel’s northern front as a potential area of conflict.

U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights would put an end to this dangerous delusion. And when Iran constitutes the greatest menace to the region, and one of the greatest menaces to the world, it would constitute a potent form of “reality therapy.”

Please sign this petition now to call on the administration to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

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Syria claimed to capture a key position overlooking the Golan Heights – an area in the northeastern part of Israel that was taken by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) during the 1967 Six-Day War. In May, Iranian forces fired rockets from Syria targeting the Golan Heights, and Iran and its proxy Shi’ite militia groups are expanding their presence in southwestern Syria, attempting to establish military bases on the border.

The Iranian expansion-backed by the Assad Regime- could be catastrophic; the Golan Heights provides Israel with a strategic advantage, and if Israel was attacked from Syria, the Golan Heights would give the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) the ability to withstand ground offensives.

Israel annexed the territory in 1981, and the US has previously assured Israel that it supports the annexation, but has not fully recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan. But members of Congress are now encouraging the Trump Administration to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, in order to counter the presence of terrorist groups in the region, and prevent Iran from taking over the territory.

What are the strategic interests of the U.S. in recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights? How would recognition of Israeli sovereignty potentially help stabilize the region? Our expert panel of Sarah Stern, Zvi Hauser, and Michael Doran explores these questions and more.

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EMET Praises Congress for Restricting F-35 Sales to Turkey
(Washington, DC, July 25, 2018) – Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) praised Conferees for the U.S. Congress for producing a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would stop sales of the F-35 joint strike fighters to Turkey until the Pentagon reports on disturbing actions by Turkey.

The language in this NDAA is a culmination of EMET’s efforts to educate the Congress about the specific danger of the jet sale, and the general danger coming from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey.  For months, EMET has been meeting with offices on Capitol Hill to discuss these issues.  EMET staff have produced two fact sheets for Congressional staffers, detailing our concerns.  EMET has also held two seminars showcasing Turkish dissidents describing the dangerous policies of Erdogan’s Turkey.

The House and Senate Conferees announced the NDAA on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.  The NDAA legislates that the Pentagon stop the delivery of the F-35 joint strike fighters to Turkey until there is a new assessment on U.S.–Turkey relations.  Specifically, the NDAA would require the Pentagon to submit a report to lawmakers on the “overall strategic relationship with Turkey,” all foreign weapons sales to Turkey, and Turkey’s intended purchase of the Russian-made S-400 long-range air-defense system.  The report would be due within 90 days of the passing of the NDAA.  The NDAA also calls on Turkey “to release wrongfully detained U.S. citizens including Andrew Brunson and Serkan Golge.”  This NDAA language was included despite misinformed opposition coming from the administration.  The final votes on the NDAA will be held this week in the House, and in August in the Senate.

Although Turkey is a member of NATO, in a violation of its NATO responsibilities, it has bought the powerful S-400 missile defense system from Russia.  If Turkey also receives the F-35s from the U.S., operating the missile system alongside the F-35s would expose the jet’s secrets to the Russian manufacturers and supply them with crucial information on how to intercept them.  Even worse, President Erdogan has proposed that Turkey and Russia work together on producing an even more advanced S-500 missile system.

Unfortunately, this is not the only example of Erdogan’s Turkey shirking its duties to NATO.  Under Erdogan, Turkey has, at times, refused to coordinate its military strategy with NATO.  Under Erdogan, Turkey is holding two Americans on dubious charges.  Under Erdogan, Turkey has physically threatened fellow NATO member Greece.  Under Erdogan, Turkey has routinely threatened to flood its fellow NATO allies in Europe with Middle East migrants.  And under Erdogan, Turkey has even threatened to attack U.S. forces in Syria for their willingness to work with the Kurds in Syria.

Aside from violating its NATO duties, Turkey under Erdogan has often acting dangerously against U.S. national interests.  As noted by the former U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, Turkey has taken on a “new role” as a main sponsor of funding for radical Islamist ideology.  Turkey assisted Iran in evading Western sanctions, using a ‘gas-for-gold’ sanctions-busting scheme. Turkey aided ISIS by allowing men and supplies to move across its borders, and also played a key role in facilitating its expansion through black market oil sales – over $1 billion worth. Further, Turkey is a leading financer of Hamas, a U.S. designated terrorist organization, providing $250 million a year, and allows Hamas leaders to operate in the country.

Turkey has also acted against U.S. interests by invading Syria and massacring many of the Kurds living in the northwestern enclave of Afrin.  This delayed the Kurds fight against ISIS.  Right now, Turkey is engaging in a “population transfer,” replacing the Kurds—many of whom shed their blood fighting and dying together with American soldiers against ISIS-with Sunni Arab refugees.

Erdogan’s Turkey is also a dedicated opponent of Israel, and has threatened the Jewish State multiple times.

Turkey has also become an Islamist dictatorship under Erdogan.  In January 2018, the annual Freedom in the World report, produced by Freedom House, classified Turkey as “not free” for the first time.  Turkey’s human rights record has been increasingly poor.  Women’s rights have declined, and gays are increasingly threatened.  Turkey has gradually cracked down on the press, and on freedom of speech.  The Kurdish minority is increasingly discriminated against.  And political opponents of Erdogan are jailed, often on the flimsiest of charges.

“I would like to thank the Congressional conferees for their courage in standing up to the Turkish lobby and elements within the administration to prevent Islamist Turkey from receiving the F-35 fighter jets,” said EMET founder and president Sarah Stern.  She continued, “Too many Americans are mentally stuck in the 1990’s, when Turkey was a strong ally of the U.S.  Times have changed, and now Turkey is a danger to NATO, and a menace to American interests in the Middle East.  We cannot allow the Turks to take possession of the F-35’s, knowing that the Turks will allow the Russians to gain access to this jet’s technology.  EMET will continue to educate the Congress regarding this vital issue, until the final votes are taken.  Our nation’s security, and the security of other nations, such as Greece and Israel, depend on it.”

About The Endowment for Middle East Truth
Founded in 2005, EMET’s mission is to educate policymakers in Washington and the general public about the importance of Israel to the United States in their common struggle against radical Islam. For more information, please visit, http://www.emetonline.org. Follow EMET on Twitter and Facebook.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Capitol Hill

EMET on Capitol Hill hosted Congressman Gus Bilirakis, FDD scholar and former Turkish parliament member Dr. Aykan Erdemir, the pro-Kurdish opposition US representative of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Giran Ozcan, and EMET’s Director of the Kurdistan Project, Diliman Abdulkader. The panel was moderated by EMET founder and president Sarah Stern. Our panel analyzed the implications of the June 24th Turkish elections called by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Leading Turkey since 2002 with the Justice and Development Party (AKP), internally Erdogan has tilted state institutions to further solidify his position, he has targeted political opposition groups, academics, journalists, and the Kurdish minority all while labeling those speaking against his rule as “terrorists.” Erdogan has distanced himself from his short-lived “zero problem with neighbors” policy as he has made more foes than friends in the region. He has threatened Greece with military action while continuing to have a foothold in Northern Cyprus. His incursions into Syria targeting US-backed Kurdish forces has created a diminishing of relations with the United States. Under Erdogan, Turkey has pivoted towards Russia by purchasing Russian missiles incompatible with NATO defense systems. The panel examined the outcome of the elections, what Turkey’s future holds under Erdogan and how this will affect US-Turkish relations.

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July 9th, 2018

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Sarah Stern considers herself shy and unassuming, but when it comes to Israel she is a fierce warrior for truth and righteousness. A lifelong Zionist, who worked in major pro-Israel organizations, ultimately determined to strike out on her own to promote messages she wasn’t hearing elsewhere.

Along the way, she has encountered great defenders of Israel both within and without the Jewish community; her annual “Rays of Light” gala deliberately honors courageous non-Jews – including Arabs and Muslims – who go against the tide in their writing or activism, offering perspectives that promote Israel as a beacon of democracy and light.

Sarah embodies these values no less, and has earned a broad following behind her passion and unwavering, unapologetic commitment.

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ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to interesting and inspiring Jewish men and women making a difference in our world. Some are already famous, some not yet so. But each is a Jew You Should Know.

The host, Rabbi Ari Koretzky, is Executive Director of MEOR Maryland (www.meormd.org), a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at www.meor.org.”

Originally published on: http://jewsyoushouldknow.libsyn.com/episode-041-the-emet-founder-a-conversation-with-sarah-stern

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Dr. Mordechai Kedar discusses recent developments in the Middle East since the horrific use of chemical weapons by the brutal dictator, Bashar al Assad of Syria, which killed at least 48 innocent people and injured some 500 more. The United States responded with its allies the United Kingdom and France, with precision targets aimed at destroying the nuclear weapons facilities and research labs. Syria’s seven-year long civil war has diminished smaller non-state actors and has cleared the way for larger states and their proxies to grab a piece of the shattered state. Turkey with its FSA and Al Qaeda supporters attacked our allies the Kurds in Afrin Canton, and Iran and its Hezbollah proxies have set up bases across Syria and are well under way in completing a land bridge towards Israel’s northern border. Meanwhile, Russia has continued to undermine US strategy, protect Assad’s horrific crimes and is now intending on selling the dictator S-300 missiles which will ultimately threaten Israel’s sovereignty and security. Dr. Kedar analyzes and assesses the potential for a direct conflict between Russia and the United States in Syria.

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Yesterday, June 26, 2018, EMET held a conference call featuring Dr. Aykan Erdemir and examined what repercussions the reelection of President Erdogan will have on U.S. -Turkish relations. A recording of the call can be heard here:

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Sarah Stern Presents the 2018 Speaker of Truth Award to Khaled Abu Toameh in Israel

Khaled Abu Toameh is an award-winning Israeli Arab journalist and TV producer who has been reporting about the Palestinians for more than 30 years. He studied at Hebrew University and began his career as a reporter by working for a PLO-affiliated newspaper in Jerusalem.  He is a Senior Fellow with the Gatestone Institute and the Palestinian Affairs Correspondent for The Times of Israel. He previously worked for NBC News and The Jerusalem Post.  Abu Toameh’s articles have appeared in numerous newspapers around the world, including The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, and the Sunday Times of London.  In his articles, Abu Toameh exposes Palestinian lies, and explains why Islamic fundamentalism is the main obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

Click here to watch the video of Khaled Abu Toameh’s remarks presented at the 2018 Rays of Light in the Darkness Dinner

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