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Embrace Israel: Read & Learn

UPDATED 12/20/23 5:00 PM
From Friday, December 15th, 2023: 
From Monday, December 11th, 2023: 
Israel from the Inside ¤ Daniel Gordis
Starting From the Ground Up: U.S. Policy Options for Post-Hamas Gaza (Israel Policy Forum) ¤ Michael Koplow, Shira Efron
From Sunday, December 10th, 2023: 
Israel from the Inside ¤ Daniel Gordis
From Thursday, December 7th, 2023: 
American Jewish Committee (
The Forward ¤ Liza Schoenfein
Israel Policy Form ¤ Michael Koplow

From Tuesday, November 28th, 2023: 
American Jewish Committee (
The Globe and Mail ¤ Yossi Klein Halevi
From Sunday, November 26th, 2023: 
From Tuesday, November 21st, 2023: 
The Focus Project (
Shalom Hartman Institute (
Yehuda Kurtzer,  Shalom Hartman Institute President and co-editor of The New Jewish Canon
Israel Policy Form,  Koplow Column ¤ Michael J. Koplow
From Monday, November 20th, 2023:
American Jewish Committee (
The New York Times ¤ Roger Cohen,  Reporting from Jerusalem
CBS San Francisco (
From Sunday, November 19th, 2023:
Shalom Hartman Institute (
Israel from the Inside ¤ Daniel Gordis
The Times of Israel: The Blogs ¤ Yossi Klein Halevi 
From Wednesday, November 19th, 2023:
From Friday, November 17th, 2023:
From Tuesday, November 14th, 2023:
Tablet Magazine ¤ Emily Benedek, with quotes from Jeff Jacoby
Israel from the Inside ¤ Daniel Gordis
Anti-Defamation League
Shalom Hartman Institute
From Monday, November 13th, 2023:
Israel from the Inside ¤ Daniel Gordis
From Friday, November 10th, 2023:
Israel from the Inside ¤ Daniel Gordis
From Thursday, November 9th, 2023:
From Tuesday, November 7th, 2023:
The New York Times | Opinion ¤ Bret Stephens (No Paywall)
American Jewish Committee
Jewish National Fund USA
Ideas for Today ¤ Shalom Hartman Institute
Israel from the Inside ¤ Daniel Gordis
The Forward
From Monday, November 6th, 2023:
American Jewish Committee
Israel from the Inside ¤ Daniel Gordis
The Hartman Institute
From Sunday, November 5th, 2023:
The New York Times ¤ Isaac Herzog  (Distributed Nov 3)
From Friday, November 3rd, 2023:
American Jewish Committee
Israel Policy Forum Weekly Briefing
From Thursday, November 2nd, 2023:
American Jewish Committee
Jewish National Fund USA
Israel Policy Forum | Koplow Column ¤ Michael J. Koplow
From Wednesday, November 1st, 2023:
Israel from the Inside ¤ Daniel Gordis
From Tuesday, October 31st, 2023:
The Atlantic
From Wednesday, October 25th, 2023:
JCRC Bay Area
From Tuesday, October 24th, 2023:
Alison Mellon
From Monday, October 23rd, 2023:
Jewish National Fund USA
By Felicia Herman for SAPIR, Special Edition, October 2023
By Yossi Klein Halevi for Jewish Journal, Oct 18, 2023
From Sunday, October 22nd, 2023:
By Doron Almog
By Daniel Gordis
By JCRC Bay Area
From Friday, October 20th, 2023:
Israelis Demand Answers | CNN Opinion Piece
by Janine Zacharia, congregant and former Washington Post Jerusalem Bureau Chief
What This War is About | Opinion piece
by Yossi Klein HaLevi
The American Israel Public Affairs Public Committee
From Tuesday, October 10th, 2023:
By Rabbinical Assembly Israel and Masorti Israel (Hebrew and English)
By Rabbi Naomi Levy
By Bret Stephens
We will dance again.
AIPAC ¤ Wayne Klitofsky
Distributed by AIPAC Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 9:45 AM
Dear Reader,
Yesterday marked nine weeks since the October 7 massacre. Israel is still in shock and trauma from that morning, trying to cope with the horrific loss of life and sense of security. 
Today on ABC’s This Week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated that this war could be over tomorrow if Hamas were to surrender, and that Israel has every right to defend itself especially as the terror group promises to repeat the massacre again and again.
Blinken once again rejected calls for a ceasefire now, reaffirming that it “would simply perpetuate the problem” by keeping Hamas alive and armed.
The Israel Defense Forces continued its operation in Gaza, striking key Hamas strongholds in Gaza City and in Khan Younis. Ground forces continue to work block by block to rid the cities of Hamas terrorists while uncovering massive arsenals of weapons, including guns and ammunition found sewn into stuffed animals inside a school.
Photos and videos are circulating of Hamas members surrendering to Israeli soldiers. For security reasons, the men are stripped to minimal clothes to ensure they’re not wearing suicide vests. 
Israeli officials say that some 7,000 Hamas operatives have been killed thus far and there are some initial indications that Hamas’ military system is starting to collapse. The IDF is said to be interpreting this as a message that it needs to press even harder – they are on the offensive. Intense fighting in Gaza is expected for many more weeks.
As the war continues, America must continue to stand with our ally, Israel. Click here to send an email to your elected leaders urging them to pass the president’s $14.3 billion emergency request for Israel without added conditions. 

A Message to Israel and the World

Mia Schem, the 21-year-old Israeli who was held captive by Hamas for 55 days, shared a post on her Instagram of her new tattoo that reads, "We will dance again." Mia was abducted by Hamas from the music festival on the 7th and was forced to record propaganda videos by the terror group. Her new tattoo is a powerful statement and promise to all of Israel and the world that they will again persevere.
Earlier this week, 13-year-old Ariel Zohar celebrated his bar mitzvah. Ariel’s parents, two sisters, and grandmother were murdered on October 7. Ariel wore his grandfather’s tefillin after Zaka was able to recover it from the remnants of their home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz. His grandfather initially received the tefillin as a gift from his father, who would be killed by the Nazis a year later.
Please continue to follow AIPAC on social media for the latest news and developments about the war.
Wayne Klitofsky
Western States Director


The mission of AIPAC is to encourage and persuade the U.S. government to enact specific policies that create a strong, enduring, and mutually beneficial relationship with our ally, Israel.

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