Arlene Kushner

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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From Israel: Say It Proud!

“Say It Proud!” It’s about time! Actually, past time. MK Avi Dichter (Likud), chair of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, has been promoting a version of this bill for years now. But the situation has shifted, making success not only possible now but very likely. The bill – …

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From Israel: Up, Down, All Around.

Sometimes even if we track the news carefully (or maybe especially if we track the news carefully) we find it very difficult to determine what’s really coming down the road. And this has particularly been the case these last days. ~~~~~~~~~~ A case in point has been the issue of …

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From Israel: Mercurial.

It’s a given that the political scene is rarely static.  But the present – both here and in the US – seems particularly fraught with shifts and unpredictability.  The trick is to identify what’s real and what currents flow unseen beneath the surface. Today I want to take a look …

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From Israel: Peace Process Parody.

A parody is an imitation of something – a speech, song, etc. – done for comic effect in order to ridicule. And so, what I’m going to present here is not a parody in the strict sense of the term.  It is a self-parody.  No need to imitate words spoken …

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From Israel: Amazing Israel.

Every year I write about this, and every year it astounds me yet again: The transition within a moment in time from mourning to joy, from Yom Hazikaron – Memorial Day, when we remember those who died for our country, to Yom Ha’atzmaut – Independence Day, when we rejoice for …

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From Israel: Strength of a Nation.

Tonight we began Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day, here in Israel: a day of national mourning. At 8 PM, the siren sounded, calling everyone to stop in respectful silence. Tomorrow the siren will sound yet again. Visitors will flock to the military cemeteries of the country, to honor the memory of …

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From Israel: Riding the Waves.

When I was a kid (a million years ago), I loved to ride the waves.  I would move out to meet an incoming wave and coast up on its front surface to its foaming crest, an exhilarating experience.  I would then drop down its back surface as the wave broke …

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From Israel: Awe.

I know of no more appropriate word to describe the strength, resilience and courage of survivors of the Holocaust – the Shoah. Today is Yom Hashoah here in Israel, more properly known as “Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day.” ~~~~~~~~~~ As I do annually, last night I watched the teches, the …

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From Israel: What Is Normal?

We are back to routine after the Pesach week – and a splendid week it was in many ways. I wanted to say we are “back to normal,” but it is unclear to me precisely what constitutes “normal.” The balagan (confusion) of daily life, with its good and bad, is …

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Arlene in Israel: Never ending.

I wrote yesterday about the marvelous statement made by MK Ohana. I knew there was a stand-alone video of his statement but didn’t locate it until after I had posted. It is powerful, and makes important points. And so I want to share it here with readers: Please, note the …

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Arlene from Israel: Hard Truths and Iron Determination.

This morning, Elhai Taharlev, 20, a member of the prestigious Golani Brigade of the IDF, was murdered in a car ramming at the Ofra Junction. I do not believe there is anyone who thinks it is a coincidence that this happened just five days before Pesach. Elhai was from the …

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Arlene from Israel: Confusion, Confusion.

That was pretty fast.  I indicated in my last posting of just a day ago that I likely would not post again before Pesach.  And yet here I am. But when I see the need to clarify something I had written, I like to take the opportunity to do so: …

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Arlene from Israel: We Are Not Surprised.

Before I begin my news, I would like to make a request of my readers: The Legal Grounds Campaign, which I co-chair with Jeff Daube, is seeking to increase its membership. Numbers are very important in demonstrating the strength of our campaign.  This is especially so with regard to the …

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Arlene from Israel: Muddled Messages.

If there is anything that is not muddled right now, it is the news that David Friedman has at long last been confirmed as the new US Ambassador to Israel.  The vote in the Senate on Thursday was 52 – 46, with Democratic Senators Bob Menendez of New Jersey and …

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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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