Arlene Kushner

From Israel: Come Out Fighting!

Figuratively, that is: with words. It is what everyone who cares about Israel must do now. For Israel is being attacked with words and visual images as a vicious adjunct to the physical violence at the Gaza fence. ~~~~~~~~~~ Caroline Glick, in her column last Friday, refers to the one …

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From Israel: It’s Time!

Time for me to catch my breath. I have been posting at a furious pace because the world is frenzied. No sooner do I send out my material, then I find myself saying, Oh, I have to write again, about this. Or that. Or something else. I try. What is …

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From Israel: Necessary Confrontation.

We are on a roll!  Today Guatemala officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem. Right after the dedication, the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus held an event in the Knesset celebrating the two embassies newly dedicated in Jerusalem. The Caucus – which has 19 members from diverse parties in the Knesset – seeks …

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From Israel: Bravo!

Today the new US Embassy in Jerusalem was dedicated and what a glorious day it has been. I knew I would watch the entire proceedings, which were very ably presided over by Ambassador David Friedman. What I did not know was how beautiful it would be or how deeply moved …

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From Israel: Center of the World.

Today is Yom Yerushalayim.  We celebrate the unification of our holy city.   Fifty one years ago, during the Six Day War, we liberated eastern Jerusalem from the Jordanian occupation that had existed since the War of Independence. That 19-year period of occupation was the only time the city was …

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From Israel: WOW and WOW AGAIN!

The head spins: things are happening so quickly. But it’s a good spin. A great spin. ~~~~~~~~~~ Let me back-track just a bit. Two days ago, when last I wrote, intelligence indicated the likelihood that there would soon be an attack by Iran launched from Syria; it was expected that …

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From Israel: To Never be Afraid.

There is a song in Hebrew, which many of you may know: “Gesher Tzar Meod.” All the world is a narrow bridge, and the main thing, the main thing is to never be afraid. I will provide a link to this song below. I thought about it as I started …

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From Israel: Triumphant Take!

The YouTube link I provided in my last posting for the incredible Pierre Rehov video on the violence at the Gaza fence,  was not working – you may have discovered the same thing. Pierre confirms that YouTube took it down. He has put it up again with YouTube using a …

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From Israel: Facing Down the Obscenities.

I have selected the term “obscenities” mindfully: in the sense of demonstrating a “crass disregard of moral or ethical principles.” It is important to deal with them, so that we can move on to a better place. We begin with what is going on at the Gaza fence. It seems …

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From Israel: Jaw Dropping!

I knew that our Mossad was the very best, but this is above and beyond.  Many of you are already aware of their incredible feat; nonetheless, I lead off with the news of Israel’s intelligence coup regarding Iran. Last night, Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered a bombshell address, in English, regarding …

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From Israel: Rumbling Thunder.

This post title is apt, first of all, from the perspective of the weather.  This week we have had extraordinary weather for Israel at this time of year.  Torrential, unexpected downpour, and with it, rumbling thunder; on Wednesday, there was even hail. This has generated flash floods in the Negev, …

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From Israel: Hostilities at the Fence.

Sigh. We’ve now seen our fourth Friday with Palestinian Arab violence at the fence separating Gaza from Israel. Last Thursday, the committee of the “Great March of Return” announced that they had moved the “tents of return” 50 meters closer towards the border “as a message of persistence from our …

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From Israel: Rejoice in the Miracle.

The Land of Israel is the sacred inheritance of the Jewish People.  That we have been able to return after 2,000 years of exile is a modern day miracle. I see with clarity the protection of Heaven hovering over us.  I see it in the way we thrive as a …

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From Israel: Way to Go, President Trump!

Or, in the Israeli vernacular, Kol Hakavod! It was Shabbat here when President Trump announced the strike on Syria we had been waiting for; I did not access the news until Saturday evening. Friday evening, 9:00 E.T., (4:00 AM Saturday morning here), the president spoke to the nation. “My fellow …

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From Israel: Ani Ode Chai!

Ani Ode Chai! The English translation—I am still alive!—doesn’t quite have the same impact. It is Yom HaShoah here in Israel today: The Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day. Last night, the official ceremony was held at Yad VaShem. Every year I write about this ceremony, and the stories of …

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From Israel: The World is Bonkers.

The imperative to counter libelous statements and untruths about Israel is always with us. But at this moment in time the situation—in terms of libels, distortions and untruths—has intensified as a function of the “protest” at the Gaza border. One way in which the Palestinian Arabs and their supporters attempt …

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From Israel: Tiresome.

Just as I did a week ago, I turn again to report on what happened at our border with Gaza on Friday, a day that Hamas called “Friday of the Tires.” They had warned that they would bring massive quantities of tires close to the border and set them on …

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From Israel: Let There Be No Mistake!

Had I not been busy with Pesach, I would have written this sooner.  Now that I am at my computer, it is my intention to get this out today: It is imperative to move past biased media reports and Hamas PR, so that everyone can understand with some clarity what …

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From Israel: All Right!

Friday night begins the week of Pesach. This holiday, enormously rich in symbolism, has universal elements regarding freedom and human dignity. But at its core, its powerful message is Jewish: The Almighty brought us out of slavery, in order to be his people, receive his Torah, and then make our …

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From Israel: Sounding the Alarm!

  Matters are certainly not smooth. Not here – and I’ll come to that. But worse, on the other side of the Atlantic. America is in a great deal of trouble. And so I begin by recommending Gloria Greenfield’s latest film, “The Fight of Our Lives.” The film addresses the …

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