Arlene Kushner

Arlene in Israel – The World Keeps Turning.

It’s official.  Last night the Knesset voted – 93 in favor, no votes against and no abstentions – to disband itself.  We are in a campaign period.  A huge amount of jockeying is now taking place with regard to possible mergers of parties, timing of the Likud primary (which Netanyahu …

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Arlene in Israel – A Political Circus.

It wouldn’t do, I suppose, for the political situation to have clarity for too long. Or for the news to simply be promising.  We’ve now entered the circus arena: the rumors are flying, predictions are contradictory, and some surprising alliances are being suggested as possible. All of this defeats clarity …

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Arlene in Israel – Looking Good.

It’s a long time since I have had a positive – even tentatively positive – sense of the political scene here in Israel. But here we are now, in a time of real turmoil, which nonetheless has within it the promise of something better than the unfortunate situation we’ve been …

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Arlene in Israel – Jewish (and Other) Rights in the Land Today.

Editor’s note: There is some excellent material here to study and to share Please click links and read. Let us begin today by looking briefly at the historical situation that immediately followed Israel’s Declaration of Independence and the subsequent War of Independence.  At the end of the war, in 1949, …

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Arlene in Israel – Kaf Tet B’November.

“Kaf Tet B’November” is precisely this: the 29th of November. Sixty seven years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly voted to recommend the division of Palestine west of the Jordan River into a Jewish state and an Arab state. There are so many lessons to be derived from this …

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Arlene in Israel – May You Live in Interesting Times.

This phrase is usually identified as an “old Chinese curse,” while in fact it is neither old nor Chinese in origin.  What it is, clearly, is ironic, which is why I am using it:  Our “interesting” times are often overwhelming – filled with turmoil and confusion.  Oi! Could we do …

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Arlene in Israel – Shifting Sands

If I said that things were good, I would be nothing but a Pollyanna.  But I do believe there are some signs here in Israel of a shift in perspective that is long overdue and should ultimately provide better policies for a stronger nation. Of course, these shifts are generating …

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Arlene in Israel – Complexities and Hard Truths.

A bit more follow up and analysis before Shabbat… Some of the recommended actions I wrote about yesterday, and more, have been put in place.  Not because I wrote about them, obviously, but because the government in this regard is responding with some appropriate security and deterrence measures: There is …

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Arlene in Israel – A Day Later

The death toll in the Nar Nof massacre has risen to five. Master Sergeant  Zidan Saif, 30 – of the Druse village of Kfar Yanouch in the Galil – was one of the first police officers on the scene during the massacre yesterday, and sustained wounds to his head.  Last …

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Arlene from Israel – Without Words

  Sometimes a situation is so horrific that it renders one speechless.  Such was the attack by Israeli Arabs on innocent Jews praying in Jerusalem this morning.  And so, I’m going to start with photos, which provide greater impact than my words alone would. Once I would have apologized for …

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Arlene in Israel – A Mixed Bag

    I start today with the link to the Dry Bones Blog of Yaakov Kirschen.  Most of you are probably familiar with Kirschen’s absolutely on-the-mark political commentary by way of cartoon.   Kirschen is convinced – and rightly so – that cartooning is a powerful way to reach out …

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Arlene in Israel – Is it getting better?

  First, a correction:  When I wrote about the tragedy in Gush Etzion the other day, I accidentally wrote “Gush Katif,” which no longer exists.  Thanks to those readers who caught this.  Truth is, I have never forgotten Gush Katif (nor should any of us) and occasionally I slip and …

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Arlene in Israel – A Day Later.

Pain compounded. The young woman who was knifed to death by a terrorist in Gush Katif yesterday – Dalia Lemkus, 26, from Tekoa – was laid to rest today. People who know members of the family describe all of them, including Dalia, as warm, caring, giving people. Nachum Lemkus, Dalia’s …

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Arlene in Israel: Perspective.

This latest article from Arlene Kushner in Israel is an important read . Please share with your email lists as well as your Facebook friends. For those of you who are new to the site, Arlene is a very well respected author and journalist in Israel of many years standing, …

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Arlene in Israel – A Brief Follow-Up.

I will not be able to post again until after Shabbat, and so wanted to provide here just a bit of factual “catch-up,” as well as something in the way of a broader overview.  These are difficult days. I just read of one person involved in the issues of the …

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Arlene in Israel – Never Ending.

  I am referring to the grief that is leveled at us, here in Israel, on a regular basis.  I don’t really mean “never ending.” This is hyperbole; some day it will end.  But I don’t know when; I only recognize that we must be strong in all respects as …

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Arlene in Israel – From Terrible to Worse

I do not delude myself. The international scene is not as bad as it could possibly get. Please Heaven, may we never go there. But as I sit down to write I see that it is bloody awful, with escalating ugliness. This summer we had a war of one sort. …

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Arlene in Israel – How Did We Get to This Place?

  How Did We Get to This Place? Our presence here in the land goes back more than 3,000 years. We prayed for millennia, while separated from the land, to be able to return.  Once we did return, our people sacrificed in order to build and protect the land. And now, …

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Arlene in Israel – “Before Shabbat”

On Tuesday, my co-chair of the Legal Grounds Campaign, Jeff Daube, and I participated in a Voice of Israel radio broadcast hosted by Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz. Lior Amihai of ‘Peace Now’ was invited to join our conversation by phone. It was a lively discussion and I invite you …

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Arlene in Israel – Is There No End?

Last night there was a conference, “Israel Returns to the Temple Mount,” at the Menachem Begin Center in Jerusalem – this is an annual event of the Temple Mount Faithful. It was neither a large nor a raucous event. Rabbi Yehuda Glick, Temple Mount activist, was a key presenter: He …

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