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Syrian Roadmap For Peace With Israel

Syria's Roadmap to peace

In a previous article about founder and leader of the National Salvation Front of Syria, Fahad Almasri, I wrote that I was unable to find an online copy of the organization’s Roadmap for Syrian-Israeli peace.  Within a short time, an email from Almasri himself was waiting to be discovered in …

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Into the fray: Rift on the Right—over Sovereignty (cont.)

A rift is emerging among opponents of the two-state idea, between those who believe Israel can endure as the Jewish nation-state with a large permanent Arab population west of Jordan River, and those who believe it can’t.  Sovereignty extended over territory confers citizenship to all residents of that territory. Sovereignty …

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From Israel: Thumbs Up.

As most readers surely know, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump had their highly-anticipated first meeting on Wednesday. There was much angst on the right here in Israel before the meeting, for Trump was putting out an ambivalent message and Netanyahu was saying he would endorse a “two-state solution.” But …

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From Israel: Know the Facts.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with President Trump in the While House this Wednesday, February 15. It is expected that the “settlements” will be one of their subjects of conversation.  And so, it is a certainty that we are going to be encountering a good deal of media …

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The Day of the Dhimmi is Done.

There are two points concerning Jews and Israel that I very much want to get across to the politically-inclined. The first is that the day of the dhimmi is done. No longer will we allow ourselves to be pushed around as pawns in someone else’s political game. Nor will we …

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Into the Fray: Martin Sherman vs Caroline Glick – on Sovereignty.

Any initiative to apply Jewish sovereignty to Judaea-Samaria without a clear plan for dramatic reduction of its Arab population will imperil Jewish sovereignty over all territory west of the Jordan. One might expect that any support for a single state among Israeli Jews would come from the far Left… Recently, …

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Is Syria’s Fahad Almasri The Middle East’s New Sadat?

Syria's Roadmap to peace

Leader of an opposition movement attempting to forge a path to the establishment of a peaceful regime in Syria, Fahad Almasri continues to reach out to Israel and Israelis. In December, I published a translation of a brief spot on an Israeli news broadcast reporting on a 20-minute video he put …

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From Israel: Ferment and Substance.

We are dealing, shall we say, with a “high energy” time – a time of tumult and clamor and angst, sometimes with decidedly negative overtones. But that does not mean there is no positive substance – or promise of positive substance – beyond the ferment.  Not at all. ~~~~~~~~~~ Here …

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Arlene from Israel: Outrage!

When I posted yesterday, the final outcome on the Amona situation was still pending. I wrote with a note of qualified hope.  First, because I am seeing a shift to the right in this country, which suggests the possibility of constructive action down the road. And then because, foolishly, I …

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Arlene from Israel: Progress, Step by Step.

My blog is still under construction, and my posts have yet to be formatted in final form – but I happily reach out to my readers! This is a long posting — it provides a good deal of information about what is going on in Israel now ~~~~~~~~~~ Government and …

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Punctuating History And Narratives In The Middle East

Ancient map of Israel - history

Here is a way of looking at the history of the so-called Israeli occupation of so-called Palestinian land: History is narratives. Narratives are stories. Stories have beginnings, middles and endings. Human history has no end in sight so nobody knows how this story of our sojourn on Earth is going …

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Into the Fray: Trump – “Can Israel seize the moment?”

Will the Israeli leadership remain captive to old molds of thought—thus proving a constraint rather than a catalyst, impeding rather than inducing, the opportunities the Trump administration may  afford?  There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the …

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Arlene from Israel: Heading Up.

Today I want to do some catch-up. Because of my transmission problems, I haven’t posted since before President Trump’s inauguration. Nothing is ever perfect (and we should face the fact that we probably won’t be happy about everything), but I am confident that the president is going to accomplish much …

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A Jewish town or an Arab town?

In the continuing series on why terminology matters, screaming from the front page of The Jerusalem Post on January 16 was the following headline: “State pressures Bedouin to leave Negev village to make way for Jewish town.” This type of headline has only been seen previously in the likes of …

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Chris Trotter’s dark reading of Israel’s dilemma.

In one of the most polarizing trials in Israeli army history, 20 year old Sergeant Elor Azaria, who shot and killed a wounded Palestinian terrorist in Hebron, was found guilty of manslaughter. Three judges presiding over the military court ruled that he had violated the ‘Purity of Arms doctrine’ of …

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Into the Fray: Generals, gimmicks and gobbledygook.

Are “Commanders for Israel” aware of the deadly defects in their ill-conceived program, but persist in promoting it anyway; or they are unaware of them, and are promoting it out of sheer ignorance?  [After Gamal Abdel Nasser’s death] the ability of the Arabs to coordinate their political and military activities …

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Arlene from Israel: Audacity and Hypocrisy.

It’s the countdown to the swearing in of Trump as the new president of the United States – and this can not come soon enough. For those who have not yet seen it, I want to call your attention to the following: In response to the horrendous UN Security Council …

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Obama’s Choice: Mommy Or Daddy? Dream Or Reality?

Barack Obama

Obama had two terms to prove his mettle. I do not think he meant to do this, but somehow he managed to turn his dealings with the Middle East into what seems like a personal vendetta against Netanyahu. Yes, I know he says he has Israel’s best interests at heart. …

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Martin Luther King and Zionism.

Martin Luther King Jr. fought for the rights of the black minority in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. His passionate words inspired many people to move for equal rights for all Americans. As the last MLK Day of the first Black US President is celebrated, and in the aftermath …

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Are Israeli settlements illegal?

Israeli settlements in the West Bank have been tried in the New Zealand court of public opinion and found to be illegal.  Waikato Professor of Law, Alexander Gillespie, recently declared in the NZ Herald that  “There is no question in international law that these settlements are illegal.”  Similarly, many of …

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