Settlements do not reflect the richness of Jewish culture or values. They are an intrusion propagated by government values. Settlements are about land, resources and security with a blindness to all else. Einstein once said a Jewish state with narrow values would do damage to Judaism. It is the settlements which represent that very infection which distorts the perception of Judaism.
U.S. to defend Syrian rebels with airpower, including from Assad (Reuters)
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