Jews have a unique way of observing the New Year.

It is a time of reckoning, deep thought, and perspective.

This New Year witnesses Israel in a state of change.

Members of Israel’s Knesset Parliament who identify with the Islamic Movement and the Palestine Liberation Organization now hold a veto over Israel government decisions.

What is barely discussed in the public domain is the open rebellion of Arab citizens that spread to Jewish cities within sovereign Israel during the month of May – Lod, Ramle,Acre and Jaffa.

The threat of Hamas to southern Israel and the Hizballah to Northern Israel has been underplayed.

The movie we produced this past summer. THE UNRWA CHILD SOLDIER, shows that UNRWA has fulfilled the prediction made by Israel’s statesman Abba Eban in 1958, who characterized UNRWA at the time as a dagger in the heart of Israel. UNRWA’s 5.3 million population,in 59 “temporary” refugee camps, are descendants of half a million Arabs who fled israel in 1948 when five Arab armies invaded the nascent state of israel. and indoctrinated with one solution : Their “right of return” to villages they left after 1948.

These challenges face the Jewish state in the New Year.

Hard to predict what Israel will look like a year from now.


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David Bedein
David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.