October 2014 — Tishri-Cheshvan 5775, Volume 20, Issue 9
Young Israel of Scarsdale Welcomes
Ambassador Ron Dermer
Young Israel of Scarsdale and Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern welcomed Israel Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer to a Father’s Day breakfast at the synagogue. The Rabbi compared the appointment of Ambassador Dermer to Moses sending out emissaries with Joshua to scout out the land of Israel. “After 2,000 years we are once again constituted as a Jewish people with the fate of the Jewish State in our hands.” Morgenstern relayed that “ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Dermer, ‘I too have a sacred mission for you.’”
Beginning the program, Rabbi Morgenstern welcomed over 200 people attending.
“When it comes to Israel/Iran/Iraq issues, people get it—they just don’t want to deal with it.
They want to ‘sweep it under the rug,’” Israel Ambassador to United States Ron Dermer emphasized again and again at the Israel Bonds Breakfast Briefing, presented on Sunday, June 15.
“I see this happening with the challenge Israel faces with Iran. The world is reaching out to the Iran regime, essentially leaving its nuclear capability intact. Iran has killed hundreds of political prisoners. They stone women. Because of Iran, 200,000 Syrians are dead, from chemical weapons and barrel bombs. We must ratchet up sanctions.
“How many were killed in the Israel-Palestinian conflict since 1921—15,000 on both sides. That is three months in Syria; at Auschwitz 15,000 died in one day. Iran has ICBM’s with nuclear warheads not only for Israel but for you. People around the world get it—they don’t want to deal with it,” Dermer stressed.
Cynthia Blustein, Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds noted that Israel Bonds help the nation remain secure in a turbulent region. “Thanks to Israel Bonds, the nation’s economy is among the best in the developed world with strong GDP; shekel, relatively low unemployment and robust foreign investment.
“We have had $36 billion in sales since 1951 and each bond pushes back against Boycott Divest and Sanction (BDS). We offer fixed and floating rates as high as 4%,” Blustein said.