On today’s Israel Uncensored, Josh speaks to political consultant Ruth Lieberman who just returned from the US after working on the election campaigns of several pro-Israel Congressmen. Lieberman is now focusing on bringing more members of Congress to Israel to introduce them to the realities of the situation here, especially life in Judea and Samaria. During the interview Lieberman also applauds the recent policy shift by the US Jewish Federations, which would allow their missions to visit the communities of Judea and Samaria. Will the Federations take advantage of their new reality? Lieberman hopes that if you invite them, they will come.

Josh takes to the streets of Jerusalem for “man on the street” interviews asking born Israelis, immigrants and some tourists in the Mamilla Mall, who they believe will be the better US president when it comes to Israel. Listen to what the people on the Jerusalem streets have to say on the matter. It may surprise you!

On today’s Israel Uncensored Josh speaks to Efrat Mayor and new Foreign Envoy of the Yesha Council Oded Revivi who says that groups around the world are starting to wake up and understand the realities about life in Judea and Samaria. His Succot experience in which his invited breakfast guests, neighboring Arabs, were arrested by the Palestinian Authority, drew world headlines exposing the PA’s true identity.

Jihadist terror struck Israel again on Sunday with two Israelis murdered in a Jerusalem shooting. Fatah, Mahmoud Abbas’ party within the PA, praised the attacker as a martyr. As Israel buried her dead, Rabbi Guy Avihod tells Josh Hasten on today’s show that the attacks prove just how precious life is and how it can be snuffed out in the blink of an eye. Avihod then segways into the importance of the atonement process on Yom Kippur, which leads ultimately to our celebration of life through the building of the sukkah and the holiday of Sukkot.

On today’s Israel Uncensored with Josh Hasten, Rabbi Guy Avihod says that he was actually inspired heading towards the start of the Jewish New Year thanks to the positive and optimistic speech delivered this past week at the UN by Prime Minister Netanyahu. Avihod also discusses how the Jewish holidays are a time to reflect as individuals to better ourselves personally but at the same time are an opportunity to better ourselves as a nation. Listen also to hear how Avihod suggests that the bitter US election race between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton can actually be used by the Jewish nation as a catalyst for positive change heading into the high holidays.

Israel and the US last week signed a historic 10 year Memorandum of Understanding in which Israel will receive $38 billion for defense. Did the Obama administration agree to the terms of the deal at this time in order to pressure Israel to make concessions for ‘peace,’ in an attempt to secure the president’s Middle East legacy? What does Congress think of the deal’s terms?  And ultimately what will the deal mean in Israel’s overall security picture? Dan Diker Fellow and Project Director of the Program to Counter Political Warfare at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs joins Josh Hasten to answer these questions and more about the agreement

One Israel Fund Director of Community Development Natalie Sopinsky explains to Josh Hasten how her organization is essentially the “Jewish Federation” for Judea and Samaria, raising funds for educational, recreational, spiritual and other projects for its residents. At the same time Sopinsky is a resident of the Southern Hebron Hills Jewish community of Sussiya which has made international headlines lately since Arab squatters have set up an illegal encampment nearby. With EU funding, and anti-Israel NGO’s supporting the squatters, will the Israeli government uphold the law by removing the illegal structures? Sopinsky weighs in.

While European football (soccer) might be the most popular game in Israel, this week football players from the Jewish State have been proudly representing their country competing in international pigskin competitions in Italy and in Miami. Hear from Israel Football League Commissioner Betzalel Friedman who joins Josh Hasten from Italy following this weekend’s tackle tournament. While the team might not have won, they showed the rest of the world that American Football in Israel will be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.

On today’s show Josh Hasten speaks to Elie Pieprz Director of Foreign Affairs at the Yesha Council about the council’s preparations to commemorate 50 years of the reunification of Jerusalem, and the reclaiming for the Jewish People of Judea, Samaria, and the Golan Heights. While anti-Israel NGO’s will use 2017 as a platform to falsely accuse Israel of perpetuating an “occupation,” Pieprz explains how the council is encouraging and providing the means for pro-Israel supporters around the world to show their solidarity with Israel’s heartland and its residents.

Last week Nefesh B’Nefesh brought home to Israel 233 new immigrants (Olim) from the US and Canada. The new Olim arrived at Ben Gurion Airport early Wednesday morning in an emotional ceremony in the company of friends and family, IDF soldiers, and others all greeting them in their new homes while dancing as a live band played. Host Josh Hasten attended the moving ceremony and on today’s show shares an interview with his niece who was one of the new Olim.

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