Arlene Kushner

From Israel: The Bright and the Dark.

There is a fair measure of dark news that must be shared. But the flip side in many instances is bright: for I see growing strength in the responses to what is ugly and threatening. We must be grateful for this and do all we can to encourage yet more …

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From Israel: Never Easy.

No one ever said it would be easy. When something turns out as we hoped it would, we might murmur “Fantastic!” and allow ourselves a momentary sense of ease or satisfaction. But in no time at all – bang! – we are likely to confront a stumbling block. Then we …

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From Israel: “A Fine Line”

Purim is upon us – it will be celebrated after Shabbat, except for Jerusalem, a walled city, which celebrates Shushan Purim a day later. I do not expect to write again until some time after Shushan Purim. And so I want to now wish everyone a Purim Sameach! With a …

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From Israel: A New Day.

After listening to the speech President Trump delivered to a joint session of Congress last Tuesday night, I came to the conclusion, with gladness in my heart, that he has the potential to be – not merely a good – but an excellent president.  One who will repair America on …

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Arlene From Israel: Heading Forward.

It was heartening when the almond trees began to flower a couple of weeks ago. These trees are the earliest to bloom and a harbinger of spring. They are ubiquitous here in Israel and show up in various places in my Jerusalem neighborhood. And today, spring is in the air. …

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Arlene from Israel: “A CALL for ACTION”

This is urgent. There are attempts on the left to derail the nomination of David Friedman as US Ambassador to Israel.  His nomination has not yet passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Without any delay, if you are a US citizen with a US address, please email the key Senators …

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From Israel: Thumbs Up.

As most readers surely know, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump had their highly-anticipated first meeting on Wednesday. There was much angst on the right here in Israel before the meeting, for Trump was putting out an ambivalent message and Netanyahu was saying he would endorse a “two-state solution.” But …

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From Israel: Know the Facts.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with President Trump in the While House this Wednesday, February 15. It is expected that the “settlements” will be one of their subjects of conversation.  And so, it is a certainty that we are going to be encountering a good deal of media …

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From Israel: Ferment and Substance.

We are dealing, shall we say, with a “high energy” time – a time of tumult and clamor and angst, sometimes with decidedly negative overtones. But that does not mean there is no positive substance – or promise of positive substance – beyond the ferment.  Not at all. ~~~~~~~~~~ Here …

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Arlene from Israel: Outrage!

When I posted yesterday, the final outcome on the Amona situation was still pending. I wrote with a note of qualified hope.  First, because I am seeing a shift to the right in this country, which suggests the possibility of constructive action down the road. And then because, foolishly, I …

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Arlene from Israel: Progress, Step by Step.

My blog is still under construction, and my posts have yet to be formatted in final form – but I happily reach out to my readers! This is a long posting — it provides a good deal of information about what is going on in Israel now ~~~~~~~~~~ Government and …

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Arlene from Israel: Heading Up.

Today I want to do some catch-up. Because of my transmission problems, I haven’t posted since before President Trump’s inauguration. Nothing is ever perfect (and we should face the fact that we probably won’t be happy about everything), but I am confident that the president is going to accomplish much …

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Arlene from Israel: Audacity and Hypocrisy.

It’s the countdown to the swearing in of Trump as the new president of the United States – and this can not come soon enough. For those who have not yet seen it, I want to call your attention to the following: In response to the horrendous UN Security Council …

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Arlene in Israel: Standing Tall with Tears.

The four soldiers who were killed in the terrorist truck ramming on Sunday have been named: Cadet Shir Hajaj (22) of Maaleh Adumim. Cadet Shira Tzur (20) from Haifa. Cadet Erez Orbach (20) from Alon Shvut. Erez Orbach and Shira Tzur had joint Israeli-American citizenship. All four were buried on …

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Arlene from Israel: Heading Forward.

Were that I had only good news to report.  But painfully this is not the case.  And in a situation such as we are facing now, the good news, which does exist, must wait. There seems no end to this: In the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem today (Sunday) a …

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Arlene in Israel: Saga Part Two.

I confess.  Listening to Kerry’s speech on Wednesday night was very difficult for me.  Because it made me ill.  The claims of friendship for Israel, the protests that the Obama administration has always had Israel’s best in mind – all delivered in a calm steady voice radiating faux sincerity.  Stomach …

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Arlene from Israel: A Saga of Bitterness and Hope.

 I highly recommend an analysis that has just come out from Alan Baker, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center and the head of the Global Law Forum.  I think you will find this article highly informative and considerably reassuring.http://jcpa.org/dangers-un-security-council-resolution-2334-2016/   ~~~~~~~~~~ The bitterness?  It’s palpable. …

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Arlene from Israel: Anger, and Not Panic.

By last Thursday, Egypt’s President Sisi had withdrawn sponsorship of Security Council Resolution 2334, which says that all “settlements” in the “Palestinian territory” including eastern Jerusalem constitute a flagrant violation under international law, and calls for cessation of all “settlement activities.”  Sisi was responding to pressure from Netanyahu and from …

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Arlene from Israel: Holding on to the Good.

 As we can find it… Motzei Shabbat – Saturday night – we light the first candle of Chanukah.  And so we begin today with mention of this celebration that marks the victory of the Maccabees over the destructive influences and power of the Syrian-Greeks in the Second Century BCE. We …

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Arlene from Israel: Heads or Tails.

I am sitting at my computer, trying to make heads or tails of various events here in Israel and elsewhere, and boy is it tough!  There’s not a whole lot of clarity right now. But I’m going to lead off with a good news piece. This one is a bit …

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