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Liminal Space:  BAMIDBAR • 57715784, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Rabbi Sacks Legacy — In English, the book we begin this week is called Numbers, and for an obvious reason. It begins with a census, and there is even a second count toward the end of the book. On this view, the central theme of the book is demography. The Israelites, still at Sinai at the beginning of the book, but on the brink of the Promised Land by its end, are now a sizeable nation, numbering 600,000 men of an age to embark on military service.

HAMAS’ PROPOSAL ?                       

Read the Full Transcript of President Joe Biden’s Interview With TIME: June 4, 2024 — President Joe Biden sat down for an interview with TIME at the White House on May 28. Over the course of the interview, Biden spoke at length about his foreign policy agenda, including his views on China, Taiwan, Ukraine and Israel, as well as concerns about his age as he runs for re-election.

WATCH:  Most Hostile Speech Ever Caroline B. Glick, JNS, June 3, 2024 — After Shabbat began in Israel on Friday, U.S. President Joe Biden presented a ceasefire deal which he claimed was Israel’s proposal. In the latest IN FOCUS, I went through Biden’s speech line by line, to figure out if this is Israel’s proposal or Hamas’s proposal.

Who Can Declare Victory If a Ceasefire Would Leave Hamas in Power? – Analysis:  Seth J. Frantzman, Jerusalem Post, June 1, 2024
Don’t Blame Israel First:  Daniel Henninger, WSJ, June 5, 2024
Does Biden Reject Israel’s Right to Self-Defense?:  Caroline Glick, JNS, May 31, 2024
Biden’s Mixed Messaging on Israel Confuses Friends and Foes Alike:  Gabby Deutch, Jewish Insider, June 5, 2024

For Further Reference:

Biden’s Plan to Save Hamas:  Daniel Greenfield, JNS, June 6, 2024 — After families across Israel had lit their Sabbath candles, returned home from synagogue services and begun their festive meals, President Biden looked at his watch in D.C.

Who’s Really Prolonging the Gaza War?: Editorial Board, WSJ, June 5, 2024 — President Biden’s comments about Israel keep getting worse, as an interview released Tuesday in Time magazine shows.

How Many Terrorists Does Hamas Really Have at This Point in The War? Seth J. Frantzman, Jerusalem Post, June 6, 2024 — Hamas may have up to 12,000 fighters left, according to US officials who spoke to Reuters. This assessment would mean that Hamas has lost around half its strength in eight months of war.

Hamas Rejects Biden’s Deal, Claims Gaps Between his and Israel’s Proposals David Israel, Jewish Press, June 6, 2024 — According to Saudi news outlet Asharq Al Awsat, citing sources in Hamas, the terrorist group on Thursday morning expressed great pessimism regarding the possibility of reaching an agreement for a ceasefire and the release of hostages.

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