To get along with other people, it is essential to be able to see things from their point of view -- even if you disagree with them.
Realize that no two people view things exactly the same way. For example, Rabbi Yisrael Salanter said that taking away a broken box from a child is equivalent to sinking the boat of an adult.
Being aware of how someone else perceives a matter will decrease the chances of a quarrel -- even though you might disagree.
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IRS Told to Surrender Documents Containing 'Israel' 'Zion' 'West Bank' 'Judea' 'Samaria' and 'Special Israel Policy'
Congress demands all IRS documents from 2009 till now that could reveal a policy to persecute pro-Israel Americans.
The IRS has been ordered to surrender all documents since January 1, 2009 containing the words "Israel," "Zion," "West Bank," "Judea," Samaria," and "Special Israel Policy" for review by Congress.
Late Tuesday night Israel time, investigative journalist Omri Ceren posted on the Twitter social networking site a copy of a letter dated December 14, 2016, that was sent to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, by House Ways and Means Committee co-chairs, U.S. Representatives Kevin Brady and Peter Rosam.
It said, in part:
"Although the Internal Revenue Service as vowed that it no longer considers inappropriate criteria, such as organization's political beliefs, when reviewing applications for tax-exempt status, the Committee on Ways and Means remains concerned that IRS practices and policies may illegally target Americans and organizations based on their beliefs – in particular, their support for the State of Israel.
"… the Committee seeks documents from the IRS to understand how the IRS has treated tax-exempt organizations connected to Israel with viewpoints different than the Administration's in the past and how the IRS plans to treat such organizations in the future…
"One such pro-Israel organization, Z Street, applied for tax-exempt status in 2009. After much delay in the application process, an IRS agent confirmed to Z Street that its application had been sent for special screening reserved for groups associated with Israel…
"It is distressing that the United States government subjected Americans to discriminatory treatment because of their political and religious beliefs," the letter continues. "It is more distressing that it took seven years for one such group to get fair treatment by the IRS, even as the IRS told Congress that it no longer discriminated against such groups. And perhaps most alarmingly, recent press accounts suggest that even after all of this history, the IRS might even be pursuing new discriminatory policies. Reports state that the Administration is considering the possibility of pressuring Israel to make unilateral concessions to the Palestinians, such as through a United Nations Security Council Resolution, and in that context, also may consider new IRS actions that would affect the tax-exempt status of people or entities based on their viewpoints regarding Israel. Despite the IRS's claim to Congress that it stopped political targeting in 2013, the IRS and Administration's actions over the past seven years lend credibility to these reports…
"To help the Committee better understand the IRS's historical and current position in these matters, please provide no later than 5:00 p.m., January 11, 2017, all documents dating from January 1, 2009, to the present to, from, or within the IRS, containing the words, "Israel"; "Zion"; "West Bank"; "Judea"; "Special Israel Policy"; and/or "Samaria."
Beginning in 2011, Americans living in Israel began to hear stories circulating about friends or family members who also had immigrated on aliyah, or who were involved in Israel-linked activities, who were suddenly receiving notices from the IRS that their U.S. income tax returns for the years 2009 and/or 2010 were under audit.
One American living in Israel who has requested anonymity due to fears of retribution told JewishPress.com that during the process of untangling the long and "intimidating" audit, the IRS case manager assigned to the account said bluntly that American taxpayers whose "returns were coming in from Israel and who were getting money back for any reason, were being red-flagged."
Now the House Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. Congress is ordering the IRS to turn over any and all documents that will reveal whether the Obama Administration has truly been engaged in a "Special Israel Policy."
Hana Levi Julian
About the Author:Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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White House On Defense After Being Exposed as Architect of Anti-Israel 's U.N. Action
White House denies it worked to ensure the anti-Israel measure won approval
Posted By Adam Kredo On December 29, 2016 @ 5:00 am In National Security
Senior Obama administration officials are scrambling to provide explanations after multiple reports, including in the Washington Free Beacon, identified the White House as being a chief architect of a recent United Nations resolution condemning the state of Israel, according to conversations with multiple former and current U.S. officials.
On the heels of the hotly contested resolution, which condemned Israel for building homes in its capital, Jerusalem, senior Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden, have been identified as leading the charge to ensure the anti-Israel measure won approval by the U.N. Security Council.
The administration's denials of this charge broke down during the past several days as multiple reporters confirmed the Obama administration worked behind-the-scenes to help shape and forward the resolution.
The Free Beacondisclosed on Monday that Vice President Joe Biden phoned Ukraine's president to ensure that country voted in favor of the resolution. While the White House issued multiple denials, further reports from Israel and Europe have confirmed a phone call between the leaders did in fact take place.
It also has come to light that Kerry held a meeting in December with senior Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat. Documents believed to have been leaked by Egypt confirm that Kerry and Erekat discussed forwarding the resolution, a charge that senior White House officials continue to deny.
White House National Security Council official Ned Price described such a meeting as a "total fabrication," despite public documents highlighting the powwow between Kerry and Erekat.
One senior Obama administration official who spoke to the Free Beacon said the White House did not help draft the resolution, as Israeli leaders have suggested in recent days.
"We've been entirely clear that this was an Egyptian resolution," said the official, explaining that the effort did not originate with the White House. Reports of a meeting between Kerry, Erekat, and White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice are not correct, the official said.
However, these claims have been disputed by multiple sources who spoke to the Free Beacon both on and off the record about the situation.
Jonathan Schanzer, a Middle East expert and vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the Free Beacon that he spoke with U.S. officials in September who admitted that "a U.N. measure of some shape or form was actively considered," a charge that runs counter the White House's official narrative.
"We know that this administration was at a minimum helping to shape a final resolution at the United Nations and had been working on this for months," Schanzer said.
"This isn't terribly dissimilar from the administration's attempts to spin the cash pallets they sent to Iran," he added, referring to the administration's efforts to conceal the fact that it sent the Iranian government some $1.7 billion in cash.
"The fact is, the administration has been flagged as being an active participant in this U.N. resolution," Schanzer said. "Now they wish to try to spin this as inconsequential. This was an attempt by the administration to lead from behind, as they have done countless times in the past and which has failed countless times in the past."
As with the meeting between Kerry and Erekat, the phone call between Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has been confirmed multiple times by a plethora of sources in the United States, Israel, and Europe following the Free Beacon's initial report.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a weekly cabinet meeting that "the Obama administration initiated [the resolution], stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed."
The administration has not yet addressed the discrepancy between its own narrative and that being revealed in the press.
One veteran foreign policy insider and former government official who requested anonymity in order to speak freely described senior Obama administration officials as "lying sacks of shit" who routinely feed the press disinformation.
A senior congressional aide who is working on a package of repercussions aimed at the U.N. told the Free Beacon the administration is scrambling to provide excuses in response to the breakdown in its own narrative regarding the resolution.
"The administration got caught red handed, and now they're talking out of both sides of their mouth," said the source, who was not authorized to speak on record. "First they claimed the resolution was simply not objectionable. Now they say it will actually help advance peace. These denials only look more ridiculous with each passing day as new evidence surfaces that the White House was behind this anti-Israel resolution."
The Obama administration has been caught several times misleading the public about its campaign to discredit Israel, including the funding of an organization that sought to unseat Netanyahu in the country's last election, according to one congressional adviser who works with Republican and Democratic offices on Middle East issues.
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