Arlene Kushner

From Israel: Unacceptable!

Recently I cited a phrase from an old sit-com, “What a revolting development!” I got the citation wrong, but never mind. The sentiment was right. And what I must tell you now is that our current situation is not just unacceptable, it is a revolting development. I watched it unfold …

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From Israel: Facing Down Lies and Hatred.

Lies and hatred and murder. Murder motivated by the hatred that was stoked by the inciteful lies. My friends, I ask that you share this posting as broadly as possible. ~~~~~~~~~~ Friday night, Shabbat, Yosef and Tova Salomon were planning to celebrate the birth of a new grandchild. With them …

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From Israel: The Firestorm and the Lesson.

We’re on the Temple Mount issue, still. The days go by, and the situation gets more and more unreal. Yet at its core, what’s happening tells us a great deal. As you likely recall, the Temple Mount was closed by Prime Minister Netanyahu on Friday, and remained closed on Saturday. …

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From Israel: Terror and the Temple Mount.

It’s being referred to as the “Temple Mount Attack.” In fact, the attack itself, perpetrated by three Arabs, took place very near the Temple Mount outside the Lion’s Gate of the Old City. Early on Friday, the terrorists opened fire on a group of Border Police near the Gate. Two, …

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From Israel: Through the Prism of Victory.

It is not sufficient that I wrote in my last posting about the Knesset Israel Victory Caucus. What the Israel Victory Project does, in speaking of the need for Israel to win, is promote a mindset. It’s important to draw upon it whenever possible. ~~~~~~~~~~ In that last posting, I …

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From Israel: Victory for Israel.

In April, Prof. Daniel Pipes (pictured), president of the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia, launched the Israel Victory Project and initiated an associated Congressional Israel Victory Caucus, to be chaired by Congressmen Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Bill Johnson (R-OH). The Caucus’s stated goal is to promote a new US approach …

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From Israel: Seeking the Good Stuff.

There is lots of “good stuff” going on here. It’s just that sometimes the “bad stuff” – when it is of considerable import and must be shared – takes precedence. Not this time! Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India arrived here in Israel yesterday afternoon for a three-day stay. I …

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From Israel: An Ugly Scene.

As I understand latest reports, on Friday, a compromise was reached by all parties to delay the controversial actions taken recently by Prime Minister Netanyahu with regard to 1) “freezing” of a Kotel plan, and 2) a change in current conversion rules which would have required all conversions in Israel …

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From Israel: A Marker of Note.

Thirty-three years ago, Yuli Edelstein, who is today Speaker of the Knesset (Likud), was arrested in the Soviet Union for secretly teaching Hebrew. A prisoner of Zion, a hero, he served a three-year sentence in a labor camp. On Wednesday, Edelstein delivered a speech to the Russian Federation Council, the …

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From Israel: Thumbs Up?

It’s important to be cautious when analyzing a situation in flux. But this situation appears to be moving in the right direction. Last I wrote, I was indignant, no, even more so, deeply distressed, that Jared Kushner – after having paid a shiva call on Wednesday to the family of …

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From Israel: Revolting!

I struggled to find the right title for this posting – one that would properly reflect my revulsion with what is presently transpiring in the name of “advancing peace.” That’s what we’ve got folks: a “revolting development.” Except our development is absolutely devoid of humor. I finally selected “revolting” because …

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From Israel: Outrage, Once Again.

I was planning to focus on a matter of concessions our government is apparently planning to make. But that has been relegated now to a position below. For a terror attack that takes Jewish life must be the first focus of attention. On Friday, there was a multi-prong terrorist attack …

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From Israel: Advancing Forward.

Intentions may be good, but it’s not always smooth going. ~~~~~~~~~~ Take this situation, for example: Israel has been supplying a solid percentage (over 50%) of the electricity that was being used by the people of Gaza. Some additional electrical power was secured via one generator located in Gaza. And …

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From Israel: The World about Us.

In my last posting I shared several ways in which Israel’s shifting relationships with other nations are yielding positive results. We return to that theme here, to look at other ways in which Israel has developed more self-confident, self-assertive policies. Previously, my focus was on Africa, but Asia also deserves …

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From Israel: Perpetual Rollercoaster.

It’s a “normal” situation for us. We win some, we lose some. Yet, somehow, these last few days, that roller coaster ride seems to have more curves than usual. ~~~~~~~~~~ Take the UN Secretary General, António Guterres. He’d been great lately: he made a statement against the PA youth center …

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From Israel: Fifty Years and Heading Up.

June 5th marks fifty years on the secular calendar since the beginning of the Six Day War—a war in which Israel achieved a stunning military victory over multiple Arab enemies, and acquired considerable areas of land in the process: eastern Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria, and the Sinai. …

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From Israel: A Mixed Report.

In my last posting, I said I thought President Trump’s optimistic statements during his visit about Abbas wanting peace were just PR. I cited Trump’s pointed statement to Mahmoud Abbas at their joint press conference, following their private meeting in Bethlehem, that “Peace cannot take root in an environment in …

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From Israel: Special Days.

How fraught with energy this past week was, with one event running into another.  Moving backwards… Yom Yerushalayim was celebrated on Tuesday night and Wednesday.  Yes, I already focused on this in my last posting.  But that was before the fact; now there is additional sharing to do. Below you …

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From Israel: Celebrate Yerushalayim!

Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) comes first! If you can tolerate a painful pun: it trumps news about Trump (who is in Israel as I write).  I will in due course write about the president’s visit – here and in Saudi Arabia, but now I am inspired by Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day.  …

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From Israel: Balagan of the first Order.

The Hebrew word “balagan” means confusion or muddle. “Ezeh balagan”: what a mess. It is a most appropriate term, I think, for describing the news as it is coming to us these days. ~~~~~~~~~~ The most recent, and potentially serious, flap has to do with what is presumed to be …

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