Arlene Kushner

Arlene from Israel: Who We Are.

Eric Mandel, director of MEPIN, wrote an op-ed in the JPost on February 28, entitled, “The real strength of Israel” (emphasis added): He begins by saying that, “Israel’s long-term strength lies with its people.”  In the course of this piece, he describes how he toured significant regions of Israel, and …

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Arlene from Israel: Points Near and Far.

 “Despite a perception by many in Israel of growing international isolation, Israel has many friends in Africa,” Kenya’s Foreign Minister Amina Mohammed said on Wednesday. “Israel ‘has more friends than not on the continent,’ Mohammed, accompanying Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on a three-day trip to Israel, told the Jerusalem Post. …

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Arlene in Israel: One Foot in Front of the Other

 In other words, we keep going, and always will. Let me start today with a light-hearted good news piece, which reflects on Israel’s wonderful side.  (Emphasis is added.) “When Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedic Liat Mizrahi (pictured ) and her team were flagged down by a bystander to tend a …

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Arlene from Israel: Fury.

I will not begin with the good news today.  Sometimes it is inappropriate. The young man you see here – Tuvia Yanai Weissman – is dead. Murdered by terrorists late in the day on Thursday. Twenty-one years old, he was a combat sergeant in the Nahal Brigade and lived in …

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Arlene from Israel: Destructive Obsession.

  What you see above is the Harpy NG, displayed by Israel Aircraft Industries after over two years of development.  Although it looks like a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), it is in fact a missile that is highly maneuverable and can stay in the air for nine hours, loitering until …

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Arlene from Israel: Confusion? And Far Worse

One great thing Israel has going for her is the political cartoon work of Ya’akov Kirschen, who has been doing “Dry Bones” for over 40 years now.   At present, he is developing an online Bones Academy to train an army of cartoonists in the art of Computer Based Messaging – …

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Arlene from Israel: Confusion Abounds

  And yet, the good stuff is with us as well. It’s been a winter here in Jerusalem that has brought some bitter cold (by Jerusalem standards), and periods of heavy rain, interspersed with warm and sunny days. Every year at this time,  I am pleasantly surprised when I am …

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Arlene from Israel: ‘Are We Ready?’

First we note the death of a vigilant and brave security officer: Last Wednesday, two young Border Policewomen outside the Damascus Gate were able to stop three terrorists who had concealed machine guns and other weaponry.  Both policewomen were attacked, and the three terrorists were then quickly shot dead by …

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Arlene from Israel: ‘Successes and Burdens’

 Hi-tech innovations coming out of Israel are fairly non-stop.  Consider: “Made-in-Israel technology is heading toward ubiquity, not just in back-end hardware and software, but even in consumer goods. Case in point: One-third of the smart TVs sold in the world today contain an essential piece of technology made by Tel …

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Arlene from Israel: ‘Virtual Torrent’

 I am referring to the mean-spirited, disappointing and hypocritical statements and actions that we see emanating from prominent world leaders.  This is in addition to the plethora of threats against Israel and the Jews. But let’s hold that for a moment, as we must look at the good first. This …

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Arlene from Israel: Doors Open and Shut.

There is a hi-tech, interactive exhibit on Israel making the rounds internationally.  It is called “Open a Door to Israel,” and consists of a series of brightly colored doors, each of which opens to show, via video and interactive programming, another aspect of Israel – hi-tech innovations, the Israeli people, …

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Arlene from Israel: Shed a Little Light

As you come to the end of this posting, you will discover the upbeat inspiration for its title. But here, at its beginning, I share a “good news” piece that is bitter-sweet.  It could not be otherwise. Yet I count it as very much good news: it is a celebration …

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Arlene from Israel: “Intrusion”

The INS Rehav, Israel’s fifth Dolphin class submarine, arrived home to its Haifa port yesterday with a crew of 50, to much official fanfare. Built in Germany, at a cost of over $400 million (one third of which was picked up by the German government), it is “the most advanced, …

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Arlene from Israel: “Full Agenda”

So much, so much to write about.  I suggested as much toward the end of my last posting on Friday.  But we will not by-pass the good news first: An Israeli hi-tech agricultural start up has developed an Internet of Things technology for crops.  (Internet of Things: IoT, a network …

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Arlene from Israel: A Deep Breath.

Unless we breathe deeply and slowly, and focus on the good that abounds in Israel – and the good that Israel exports to the world – we run the risk of feeling overwhelmed. These are not the best of times (understatement).  And so, good news first (emphasis below added). “Israeli …

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Arlene from Israel: It Is Time.

No good news will start this posting, my friends. That’s not because there isn’t any – there is! and I’ll get back to sharing it next posting – but because it is time for me to write about Duma once again. There is nothing redeeming about this situation, but I …

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Arlene from Israel: Facing Forward

It has been my practice every year, as January first approaches, to speak about the fact that for me the New Year is Rosh Hashana, a time of reflection and prayer.  All the secular new year means to me, I would write, is that I must change the date I …

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Arlene from Israel: “Take a Deep Breath”

The good news today touches several different bases: The Ministry of Defense has announced that David’s Sling air defense system – designed to shoot down rockets with ranges of 100 to 200 km (63 to 125 miles), aircraft, or low flying cruise missiles – has passed its final round of …

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Arlene from Israel: This and That?

The good news?  Lets start with this picture of Yotam Sitboun: Just a week ago, Yotam was, along with 13 others, the victim of a terrorist car ramming during which a portion of his leg was severely damaged.  According to numerous sources, none official – his parents were not talking …

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Arlene from Israel: Shifting Sands.

Which means a rapidly changing political/diplomatic terrain. In this immediate context, news that reverberates positively in two respects (emphasis added): The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology laid a cornerstone on Wednesday in Shantou, in the Guangdong province of south-eastern China, for the first Israeli university in China: The Guangdong …

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