Israel

INTO THE FRAY: Duma-one year (and three arson attacks) later.

With continuing unsolved arson attacks in Duma, seven months after a coerced confession & an indictment wildly at odds with eyewitness accounts, troubling questions must be raised   “I saw Sa’ad and Reham burning on the ground. Next to them were TWO masked men, one beside each of them. They were …

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Israel’s Eye on the Olympics.

In October 2014, it was reported by the military magazine ‘IsraelDefense’  that an Israeli company had been selected to coordinate security for the 2016 Rio Olympics in a deal worth $2.2 billion. International Security and Defence Systems -ISDS, is a multinational security firm based in Nir Zvi, Israel which will …

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Arlene from Israel: Looking Up.

When Hillary Clinton announced her running mate – Virginia Senator Tim Kaine – on Saturday, she declared that he “is everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not.” http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hillary-clinton-describes-tim-kaine-as-everything-donald-trump-and-mike-pence-are-not-2016-07-23 Well.  It’s very rarely indeed that I agree with Hillary.  But here I do, saying Baruch Hashem (Thank Heaven) for the …

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The parameters of the discussion.

Most westerners – left, right, and center – think of the never-ending conflict between Israel and the “Palestinians” as one between a country with one of the most prestigious and effective armed forces in the world versus a small and hapless, but plucky, indigenous population. What we need to do …

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Into the Fray:What if the GOP wins?–Potential payoffs & pitfalls for Israel.

 The changes in the Republican platform are a welcome development, but they create new challenges for Israel & much depends on how it meets them   Rejecting decades-old policy, the Republican Party approved on July 12 a [2016] platform that does not include a call for a two-state solution to the …

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Arlene from Israel: Where to Turn?

As you have undoubtedly observed, the state of the world is terrible and growing worse.  Social unrest, violence, threats of violence and more are all about us: From yet another – particularly horrendous – terror attack, this one in Nice; to an illegal immigrant problem in Europe that is out …

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The alternate guide to Gaza.

Last Tuesday, SBS screened a programme on Dateline entitled “The Survivor’s Guide to Gaza”.  The blurb for the programme read: “Gaza will be unliveable by 2020 according to the UN, with daily life already a struggle to find food and shelter, but Dateline finds the people bringing innovation and inspiration …

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The Temple Mount and the Jordan Peace Treaty.

On October 26, 1994, Israel and Jordan signed a “Treaty of Peace between the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”. Like most peace treaties, it was designed to normalize relations between former enemies. The Treaty contains a Preamble, 30 Articles, four Annexes and ‘Agreed Minutes.’  The Treaty …

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A confession of a left-wing Zionist.

Zionism injected controversy into Middle Eastern politics not because there were competing nationalist claims for the same land, or because it entailed the creation of a Palestinian refugee issue. There was a time when being a “Leftist Zionist” was no contradiction. Zionism was built on principles of equality, common ownership …

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Into the Fray: Israel & American liberal Jewry: Real reasons for the rift.

Incredibly, according to Israel’s “liberal” detractors,  the only remedy for Israel’s “democracy deficit” is to establish yet another Muslim-majority tyranny.  Israel’s accomplishments have been remarkable.  Israel has created a thriving economy, and has been a refuge for hundreds of thousands of the displaced and the needy. Israel has generated a …

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Arlene from Israel: Stepping Forward.

Our steps here in Israel are not always as smooth as we might like.  But more often than not, when we stumble, we right ourselves (pun unintended) and keep going. A vote that passed in the Knesset Monday night represents a significant step for Israel.  It has been a long …

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The Last War.

Last week marked two years since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge. Over the course of a month and a half, Hamas and other terrorists group operating in Gaza indiscriminately fired over 4,500 rockets aimed at Israeli population centres. Ultimately, Israel was forced to send its soldiers to enter into Gaza on …

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Community construction & the criminalization of Jewish life.

Jews are Indigenous to Israel, including Judea and Samaria

On Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon predictably assailed Israel’s announced decision to build 800 new apartments in Ma’aleh Adumim and eastern Jerusalem. He noted that just four days earlier, the Middle East Quartet (i.e. the U.S., EU, UN and Russia) had issued a report deeming settlement construction an obstacle to …

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Arlene from Israel: Looking Up.

I promised good news in this posting, and you will have it.  We should always be looking up, but sometimes it is easier than at other times. In my last posting, I mentioned talk about annexing Ma’aleh Adumim. This was proposed last Sunday, by the heads of the Knesset Land …

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Arlene from Israel: Cutting Through the Pain.

Here I am, again, skipping over the good news.  My apologies for this, as I know my readers enjoy those good reports (as do I).  But once again, I feel compelled to focus on the not-good news: Some painful circumstances – disease, for example – may be unavoidable.  Others should …

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Palestine in the 1800s

 9,000 Photos from Palestine in 1800’s – with no trace of Muslims or mosques Félix Bonfils (1831-1885) was French photographer and writer who was active in the Middle East. Four years after his arrival he reported 15,000 prints of Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and Greece, and 9,000 stereoscopic-views. He traveled to the region several times and we …

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Arlene from Israel: Resilience in the Face of Obscenity

“You try to scare us so that we’ll wear down, break, and leave, but it’s all for naught. The sentiments in Otniel are not of fear and exhaustion, but rather of cohesion, resilience and especially a strong desire to move forward. The murderers that imagine eliminating us through bloodshed will …

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Anything to say now, Hanin Zoabi or Ayman Odeh?

Hanin Zoabi – Are you going to cry out your rage and horror at the killing of a 13-year-old girl barely past puberty? Ayman Odeh – Are you going to rail against the terrorist and those who sent him, directly or indirectly; sent him to break into her house and …

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Arlene from Israel: Keeping Our Balance.

 Not an easy thing to do – to maintain balance.  We might know where we want to go, yet find the way there exceedingly slippery.  This is what we are dealing with now: the rapids and the uneven stepping stones. ~~~~~~~~~~ I like to sustain my practice of starting with …

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INTO THE FRAY: Utterly unconscionable

The real reason for the rupture of relations with Turkey is not because of anything Israel has (or has not) done. It is a result of what Turkey has become.  Israelis have no conscience, no honor, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism. – Turkish …

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