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II Torah portion of the week: Devar’m (Deuteronomy) Parsha Eikev, Chapter 7, Verses 7-26
I US Post Offices Reportedly Refusing Mail to Israel
ADL complains to US Postmaster General after mail to Israel turned away in several states.
From: Arutz Sheva (Israeli TV and International news service)
8/14/2014, 1:52 PM
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has written to complain to the US Postmaster General, after receiving widespread reports that US post offices around America have been refusing to accept mail to Israel.
In the last several days ADL reports that it has received complaints from Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey, revealing postal customers were incorrectly told that the US Postal Service is not accepting mail for Israel due to Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
“The postal employees have told these individuals that current USPS policy says that mail to Israel cannot be accepted because of the current crisis,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.
Foxman added Onlythat, “Only once employees sought clarification from supervisors in Washington did these post offices accept packages and letters to Israel.”
Writing to US Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, ADL stated that the phenomenon presumably stems from a misunderstanding by postal workers, who apparently thought the temporary suspension of service to Israel during a 36-hour period in July was a permanent policy change.
That suspension came after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned flights to Israel, following a Hamas rocket landing near Ben Gurion International Airport. The ban was later lifted, but not before Hamas declared it a “great victory.”
The issue of mail to Israel being denied comes as Wall Street Journal reports on Wednesday night revealed that US President Barack Obama’s administration blocked a weapons transfer to Israel during the operation, and further ordered closer scrutiny of future Israeli weapons requests.
II Torah Portion of the week: Eikev
Parsha: Eikev Chapter 7 Verses 12-21
12 And if you do obey these rules and observe them carefully, the LORD your God will maintain faithfully for you the covenant that He made on oath with your fathers:
13 He will favor you and bless you and multiply you; He will bless the issue of your womb and the produce of your soil, your new grain and wine and oil, the calving of your herd and the lambing of your flock, in the land that He swore to your fathers to assign to you.
14 You shall be blessed above all other peoples: there shall be no sterile male or female among you or among your livestock.
15 The LORD will ward off from you all sickness; He will not bring upon you any of the dreadful diseases of Egypt, about which you know, but will inflict them upon all your enemies.
16 You shall destroy all the peoples that the LORD your God delivers to you, showing them no pity. And you shall not worship their gods, for that would be a snare to you.
17 Should you say to yourselves, “These nations are more numerous than we; how can we dispossess them?”
18 You need have no fear of them. You have but to bear in mind what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and all the Egyptians:
19 The wondrous acts that you saw with your own eyes, the signs and the portents, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm by which the LORD your God liberated you. Thus will the LORD your God do to all the peoples you now fear.
20 The LORD your God will also send a plague against them, until those who are left in hiding perish before you.
21 Do not stand in dread of them, for the LORD your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.
22 If, then, you faithfully keep all this Instruction that I command you, loving the LORD your God, walking in all His ways, and holding fast to Him,
23 The LORD will dislodge before you all these nations: you will dispossess nations greater and more numerous than you.
24 Every spot on which your foot treads shall be yours; your territory shall extend from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River—the Euphrates—to the Western Sea.
25 No man shall stand up to you: the LORD your God will put the dread and the fear of you over the whole land in which you set foot, as He promised you.
(“Your territory shall extend from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River—the Euphrates—to the Western Sea.” (Mediterranean.) Please look at a map of the Middle East and see where the Euphrates River is to the east of Israel. This happens also to have been the territory delineated for the Jewish Homeland with the British Balfour Declaration.
No “West Bank”, No Jordan, No Iraq shown until Britain and France designed a map of their own dividing up the Ottoman Empire after WWI to suit their own colonial ambitions.) jsk
#Operation Protective Edge
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