Arab/Palestinian – ME

Into the Fray: ‘Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war’

By adhering to a policy of avoiding confrontations which Israel can win, the government risks leading it into one in which it might lose. It is time for a bold new offensive – before we are overtaken by events. To remain at peace when you should be going to war …

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Palestinian Girl Killed by Uncle: Where Is the Outrage?

On July 2, the body of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khder was found, and all hell broke loose. On the very same day, The Jewish Press reported on the murder of a 15 year-old Palestinian girl named Omaima Jaradat, who was stabbed to death by her uncle near Hebron. Yet …

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Jordan Faces Looming Crisis With ISIS.

Jordan has mobilized its military forces along Jordan’s 180 kilometre border with Iraq – deploying rocket launchers, armored personnel carriers and tanks following the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) reportedly taking control of the Trebil crossing between Iraq and Jordan on 23 June. Other reports said members of this Salafist jihadist group …

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Hamas Prepares for War as Abbas Talks Peace.

Written by Khaled Abu Toameh As Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continues to talk about his commitment to the peace process and security coordination with Israel, his new partners in the “national consensus government,” Hamas, seem to be preparing for war against the “Zionist enemy.” For the first time, Hamas …

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Islamic and Arab Countries Fiddle While Syria Burns.

Australia’s decision on 5 June to no longer refer to East Jerusalem and the West Bank as “occupied territory” but rather “disputed territory” has provoked outrage among Islamic and Arab countries accredited in Australia. They sought and received an urgent meeting with Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on 19 June – …

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Analysis of an Abduction: Return Our Brothers

Written by Mordechai Kedar.   Hamas and Fatah have common goals. That is now obvious. On Thursday, June 12, the weekly edition of the IDF newspaper, Bamachane (literally, “in the boot camp”) came out. On the lower part of the cover the following sentence appeared: “Take precautions. Danger of kidnapping. …

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When You Sleep With A Dog…

Israel has the most amazing newscasters – at least on the radio. They present the news in a professional, clear, and quick way that helps you understand what is happening as you rush from point to point in your lives. They also slip in comments that are at times insightful, …

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Palestine – Negotiating semantic minefield becomes pressing necessity.

Two former Australian Foreign Ministers – Bob Carr (2012-2013) and Gareth Evans (1988-1996) – have published an article this past week engaging in a semantic tug of war with Australia’s current Foreign Minister – Julie Bishop – over Australia’s recently declared policy of refusing to describe East Jerusalem as “occupied …

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Mahmoud Abbas’s wife undergoes surgery in Israel!!!!!!!!!!!

Doctors operate on Palestinian leader’s spouse over the weekend at medical center near Tel Aviv. The times of Israel tells us Doctors in Israel performed surgery on Amina Abbas, the wife of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, at a private clinic near Tel Aviv over the weekend, as tensions between …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – National Anguish.

June 14, 2014: National Anguish. Motzei Shabbat (after Shabbat) And fear.  And fury.  And a terrible sense of déjà vu. Late Thursday evening, three boys disappeared.                                       Eyal Yifrach 19.          Naftali Frenkel 16.         Gilad Sha’ar 16. At this point in time, it’s impossible to piece together …

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UNESCO’s missing ‘hot potato’.

When UNESCO’s exhibit ‘People, Book, Land: 3,500 years of the Jewish people’s links with the Holy Land’ opened in Paris last week, it was one of the hottest days of the year. To the Jewish establishment’s relief, the demonstrators outside UNESCO’s plush headquarters had failed to show up. Hundreds of …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Dark Clouds

  In my last posting I wrote about “rays of light,” and indeed they do exist.  But I would be remiss indeed if I were to convey a simple-mindedly optimistic message.  The somber truth is that we are facing down some exceedingly tough situations. For starters, there is Hezbollah.  I’ve …

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Takeover of Mosul by radical Islamists.

  People should have no doubt that the takeover of Mosul by radical Islamists is an example of what would happen to Tulkarem and Kalkilya should any illogical and irrational withdrawal by Israel from Juda Note the US made Humvees burning, just in case anyone wanted to say anything about …

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Was the ‘Farhud’ Really a Nazi Event?

  Last week was the 73rd anniversary of a cataclysmic event in the tragic annals of Iraq’s Jews: the outbreak, on June 1-2, 1941, of the Farhud. The Farhud – a Kurdish word meaning “violent dispossession”  –  erupted at the peak of World War ll. During two days of rioting coinciding with …

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Palestine – Australia rejects fiction to recognise reality.

Australia will no longer be referring to East Jerusalem and the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) as “occupied territories”. Attorney-General George Brandis made this clear when he read a statement to the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee this week indicating the language of “occupation” was: “judgmental”, “freighted with pejorative implications” and …

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Into the fray: The wages of indolence, impotence and incompetence.

As disappointing as the response of the West to the Hamas-backed PA government is, Israel bears much of the blame for the situation. Palestine, with the boundaries it had during the British Mandate, is an indivisible territorial unit… The partition of Palestine in 1947, and the establishment of the State …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – “That Unity Government”

Shavuot has come and gone and before we go into Shabbat tomorrow night, I want to return to the issue of the PA-Hamas government in order to provide my readers with additional information. This is particularly for readers in the US, who, I must hope and trust, will be inclined …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Incredible.

Last night, I had written my post, which spoke about my unease regarding the possibility of US support for the Fatah-Hamas unity government. What I said was: “Kerry, while expressing concern about Hamas, has had communication with Abbas and will be meeting with him. “He is saying the US will …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – A Done Deal of Sorts.

  In spite of well-founded predictions that this would never happen, a Fatah-Hamas unity government was sworn in today in Ramallah, to much fanfare.  It is to be headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah , former president of An-Najah National University in Nablus, who had been appointed by Abbas. Under …

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Abbas and Hamas: Mortal Friends.

JDU note: Welcome Y.K. Cherson who is an Israeli writer who has written countless articles for sites like Right Side News, Ali Sina’s Faith Freedom and many more.   Cherson and Molschky .   On April 23, it was announced there would be another “eternal” peace agreement between the two main …

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