Arlene Kushner

Arlene in Israel: Saga Part Two.

I confess.  Listening to Kerry’s speech on Wednesday night was very difficult for me.  Because it made me ill.  The claims of friendship for Israel, the protests that the Obama administration has always had Israel’s best in mind – all delivered in a calm steady voice radiating faux sincerity.  Stomach …

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Arlene from Israel: A Saga of Bitterness and Hope.

 I highly recommend an analysis that has just come out from Alan Baker, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center and the head of the Global Law Forum.  I think you will find this article highly informative and considerably reassuring.http://jcpa.org/dangers-un-security-council-resolution-2334-2016/   ~~~~~~~~~~ The bitterness?  It’s palpable. …

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Arlene from Israel: Anger, and Not Panic.

By last Thursday, Egypt’s President Sisi had withdrawn sponsorship of Security Council Resolution 2334, which says that all “settlements” in the “Palestinian territory” including eastern Jerusalem constitute a flagrant violation under international law, and calls for cessation of all “settlement activities.”  Sisi was responding to pressure from Netanyahu and from …

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Arlene from Israel: Holding on to the Good.

 As we can find it… Motzei Shabbat – Saturday night – we light the first candle of Chanukah.  And so we begin today with mention of this celebration that marks the victory of the Maccabees over the destructive influences and power of the Syrian-Greeks in the Second Century BCE. We …

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Arlene from Israel: Heads or Tails.

I am sitting at my computer, trying to make heads or tails of various events here in Israel and elsewhere, and boy is it tough!  There’s not a whole lot of clarity right now. But I’m going to lead off with a good news piece. This one is a bit …

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Arlene from Israel: Tough Times.

 In these tough times, I will start with the heavy news before moving on to what is good. The residents of Amona have decided not to take the final offer that was made to them by the government.  The basic outlines of that offer: They would have had to leave …

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Arlene from Israel: A Time of Turmoil and Hope.

 We’ve moved past the immediate trauma of the fires – which were at least 50% arson – and it would have been lovely to have had a respite, a time of ease, however short, in the nation.  But that is not the case, although I believe we are headed towards …

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Arlene from Israel: After the Flames Die Down.

Today I will focus on just one subject.  For the fires that have raged here in Israel during the last several days have surely been uppermost in everyone’s mind.   It began on Tuesday with a major fire in Zichron Yaakov, a community near the Mediterranean, on the south edge …

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Arlene from Israel: Getting It Straight.

No easy task, with all that’s flying.  But we need to try.  It means telling it like it is. Caroline Glick has written many excellent columns over the years, but in my opinion the one she released last Friday – “The Ellison Challenge” – was exceptional for its direct and …

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Arlene from Israel: Ain’t Over Yet.

The ugliness emerging from the American left, that is; nor do I expect it to be over any time soon. The secretive Democracy Alliance donor club – closely associated with George Soros and his MoveOn.org – has reportedly just concluded its first meeting since the presidential election. The Alliance, known …

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Arlene from Israel: Unsettled.

“Unsettled” is probably a major understatement with regard to what’s going on, here and in the US.  Doesn’t mean all bad.  Not at all – it’s a mix with a great deal that is exceedingly promising. But before I address that mix, just one great news item: “The United Nation’s …

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Arlene from Israel: Baruch Hashem.

Baruch Hashem which means, “thank Heaven.”  I want to share my thoughts briefly on this day after election day.  After this, promise, I will turn to what is happening here in Israel (along, undoubtedly, with further comments on America). I am thankful on several counts.  First, because I didn’t expect …

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Arlene from Israel: The Very Last Word on the Election.

OK, so I said yesterday that my posting was the last before the election.  And now here I am again.  With good reason.  Most importantly, I want to share the link to Trump’s fantastic video finale for the campaign.  I urge you to view it and then consider sending it …

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Arlene from Israel: Fate of America.

“Since a new FBI probe was announced by FBI Director James Comey a week ago, concerning the discovery of possible additional emails connected to Hillary Clinton, she has stepped back in her campaigning.  Instead, in some measure, she has been relying on others, including the president, to campaign for her. …

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Arlene from Israel: Hope Grows.

Hope for a strengthening of the US, as Hillary may be headed for defeat.  Hope that America may not implode. I’ve had a suspicion for some time that the polls showing her ahead were not accurate, and that many more intended to vote for Trump than the numbers indicated.  But …

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Arlene from Israel: Normal?

We are now past the holiday season and I would like to say that we’re back to “normal,” but I’m no longer sure what that means.  Actually, I’m not quite sure there is such a thing these days. But, having just come from the holidays, I can deliver good news …

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Arlene from Israel: A Different Sort of Posting.

My friends, it is the middle of Sukkot – what we call Chol Hamoed, a semi-holiday.  I am bent on doing the good stuff – being with family, going into the Old City, etc.  I do not have time for a full “regular” posting, which takes hours beyond counting. But …

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Arlene from Israel: The Lows and Highs.

While I have a number of good news items to report, unfortunately I must begin with a low.  Sadly, first matters first. On Sunday, with the holy day of Yom Kippur drawing near, a terrorist took two lives in Jerusalem. One victim was Jerusalem resident Levana Malihi, 60, a grandmother …

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Arlene from Israel: As We Begin a New Year.

 I’m going to begin with some inspiring words that go beyond my normal “good news.”  This is extracted from commentary by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in the Koren Rosh Hashana Machzor [Prayer book] with my emphasis added: “There is mystery at the heart of Jewish existence, and it is written into …

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Arlene from Israel: Looking Up.

The first and most important reason we are looking up is because Rosh Hashana starts Sunday night.  This is a time of reflection, and drawing closer to Heaven.  With intention and effort, we can become what we are meant to be. As I will likely not post again before Rosh …

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