Arlene Kushner

News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – “Bye Bye Negotiations”

    Shabbat starts late at this season, which allows me the time to do a post – but even so, Shabbat is Shabbat and this will be brief. The nine-month negotiating deadline of April 29 came and went with no resolution of the issues, and no promise of an …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Yom Hashoah

                A day of remembering the heroes and the martyrs here in Israel.  Heroes, too, because there were those who resisted.   As the years go, and more of the survivors are gone, the act of remembering with immediacy becomes more difficult.  Yet …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Throwing Up My Hands

  April 27, 2014: Throwing Up My Hands. How much can one write about the moribund “peace process”?  (Please read through, as I move to another very important subject.) There is only one piece of good news regarding the “peace process”: Netanyahu and the Security Cabinet came through. After a prolonged …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – More on Freedom

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner.   April 23, 2014: More on Freedom Or lack thereof. Before I get to the more current news, I want to back-track just a bit.  Stay with me: see where I am going. As you may recall, at the end of March, we were expected …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Zeman Herutenu

  April 22, 2014: Zeman Herutenu The Time of our Freedom. Another term for the Pesach Holiday which is just completing (last night here in Israel, tonight outside of Israel).  As I picked up news over the holiday that gave me a knot of considerable dimensions in my stomach, I knew …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Winding Down.

  Preparing for the Pesach holiday, just a day away now.  Beginning to turn away from everyday happenings, to focus on ultimate questions, family, and the ritual of Seder.   I will not be posting again before the holiday starts on Monday night.  And I do not know that I will …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Crossing Lines

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner. Has our government finally learned?  No matter what efforts we make, no matter the concessions – in the end it is Israel that faces accusations when things go wrong.  The lesson here is that we should stop trying and refrain from further concessions. What …

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Arlene in Israel – Finished

  The “peace process” is dead, but Kerry refuses to sign the death certificate.  Pathetically, he hovers over the diplomatic corpse as if he can invigorate it with new life.  He’s pushed on before when the situation seemed grim from his perspective. But this time I believe the situation is …

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Arlene in Israel – Recap

  I have no intention here of reviewing matters in the sort of detail I offered yesterday.  It is not necessary, in any event. I’m seeing much the same as I did yesterday: Inherently contradictory comments from Kerry regarding his continued faith in the “peace process” that prompts him to …

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Arlene in Israel – The Insanity Deepens

The current situation regarding “peace negotiations” has evolved into one beyond imagining.  I do not use the term “evolved” to suggest progress to a higher state, I assure you. What is more, everything is in almost hour-to-hour flux.  And so, while I hope to send this out today, I advise …

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Arlene in Israel – TOTAL CONFUSION.

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner.   I had intended to write last night – the night when that last batch of Palestinian Arab terrorists was scheduled for release – to say that we had a temporary reprieve.  It was clear even before last night that they were not going …

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Arlene in Israel – Counting Down

We are almost to that day [March 29th, late at night] when either the final batch of pre-Oslo Arab prisoners will be released, or our government will announce that they are not being released… There is a reasonable chance that the latter situation will prevail.  And, in any event, as …

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Arlene in Israel – Challenges

There is no end to the challenges we are facing here, but I believe I am seeing greater resilience on the part of Israelis – in both official and unofficial positions – with regard to dealing with them.  Let this be a trend that continues and grows. Occurrences described below …

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Arlene from Israel – More Dangerous Nonsense

Before I get to the nonsense, which increases daily, I note with sadness the untimely passing yesterday of commentator, writer, and author Barry Rubin, who served as director of GLORIA (Global Research in International Affairs).  He succumbed after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 64.  Enormously astute …

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Arlene in Israel – The Jordan Valley

  Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat) From multiple sources I am picking up considerable concern regarding the broad implications — diplomatic and security — with regard to any relinquishment by Israel of full control of the Jordan Valley. Apologies that this map says “West Bank” and not, properly, Judea and Samaria.  …

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Arlene in Israel – The Only Game in Town.

  The Only Game in Town Let me qualify this: The only viable game.  I’m speaking of the Levy Report Campaign. I’m not promoting this because I’m working on it. Quite the contrary, I am working on it because I believe it merits enormous promotion. Why do I call it the …

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Arlene in Israel – Levy Campaign

My readers already understand that the Campaign to promote the Levy Report has gotten underway here in Israel, and that it’s a major task. We will be launching a website very soon, and have just put up our FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheLevyReport If you are Facebook savvy, I ask, please, that you …

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Arlene in Israel – Bit of a mess

More than a bit, actually, as Israel is digging out from the snowstorm of the century.  It is the story that has taken headlines in the news for days: Remote communities totally snowed in.  Roads blocked by trees that came down (because the snow is very heavy).  Black ice. Power …

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Arlene in Israel – Obama on His Face

Before we get to Obama, who makes me (as most of you) terribly tired, I would like to address other topics.I have been wanting for some time to write about the issue of Bedouin settlement in the Negev, which has sparked enormous controversy and been used as a weapon against …

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