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Arlene from Israel: Where Are We All Going? Part 2

Even as I prepare for Pesach, I want to continue reporting on some of the major issues that are confronting us.  “Some,” as the list of issues is overwhelming.  There is good news regarding Israeli defense capacity, and (at least in some quarters) determination to stand strong. Every year, the …

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A doctrine of the liberal hawk.

Several years ago, in an insightful and forceful interview on Israel’s Channel 1, the ever-incisive Melanie Phillips made the following astute diagnosis as to the fate of anyone daring enough to face up to the tyrannical dictates of political correctness: [Dissenting] intellectuals tend to be scorned and abused and vilified …

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Anti-Israel Media Bias Slips Into Even the Jerusalem Post

anti-Israel media bias in Israeli newspaper

The Jerusalem Post inadvertently provides support for the demonization of Israel by using language that plays into the hands of the anti-Zionists. It is in the small details that history is either confirmed or made. In the case of Israel, there are continual efforts to rewrite history and besmirch, not …

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Arlene from Israel: Where Are We All Going?

 It’s a huge question with no easy answers. But this posting is going to start with the good stuff, which we find in some considerable measure here in Israel.  You have read numerous times about the Legal Grounds Campaign, which I co-chair with Jeff Daube.  We have just put out …

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Into the Fray.Two-statism slim chance of success; grim cost of failure .

Obdurate refusal of two-staters to admit any possibility of error reveals ideological fanaticism and intellectual dishonesty. … in our founding statement [we announced] that we would be artisans and partisans of the two-state solution. We adamantly refuse to drift with those who through a failure of nerve, a lack of …

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The sport of politics.

A slight change of tack this week. Sport of politics . I came across an article in the Israeli media this week, but was unable to find it covered in the English language media. I suppose the reason for that was the story is relatively insignificant as far as the rest …

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Arlene from Israel: “Fighting the Good Fight”

When I placed the Legal Grounds cartoon in my last posting, I said I would be sharing more about the EU.  The cartoon was aimed at the distorted perspective of the EU, and it is just the beginning. EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen consistently makes statements about the “fact” …

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Meir Ettinger and “Administrative Orders”

Be’er Sheva district court judge Yisrael Pablo Axelrod on Sunday rejected the petition to release Meir Ettinger from his administrative detention for several hours on Monday so as to attend the brit milah (circumcision) of his firstborn son. Ettinger has been held for the past eight months without trial or …

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Two Sides: Lost me at “Occupation”, Then It Got Worse

two sides to co-existence

Curious about a Facebook link to a post by Ikhlas Ishtaya on the website “Two Sides”, promoting co-existence workshops, I began to read. Her story looked interesting and I was sure I would be moved; after all, they subtitled her piece: “An honest look which goes straight to the heart”. …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser. AM. March 2016

What a week or two. The AIPAC Conference in the United States followed by Purim.  In terms of masks and fancy dress, hard to tell them apart. In fact the whole United States election process seems like an extended Purim spiel. And we Jews, whether in the USA or here …

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Arlene from Israel: Help This Go Viral.

The cartoon from the Legal Grounds Campaign, which I co-chair with Jeff Daube, I ask please that you put this on your Facebook pages and on your websites, and send this out to everyone you can.  We are eager to have this go viral! The issue is clear: Far too …

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Regavim: scathing video accusing the EU of Breaking International law.

Regavim has released scathing video accusing the EU of breaking International Law and is demanding  they stop the illegal European settlement activity on Israeli land. JERUSALEM (30/3/2016) Regavim, the Israeli legal watchdog has released a scathing new viral video accusing the European Union of double standards and demanding they stop …

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Arlene in Israel: Precisely What Are They Thinking?

The good news, my friends, is that in the midst of neighboring mayhem and chaos, Israel managed to celebrate Purim late last week without mishap. This was not a sure thing, by any means, and should not be taken lightly. ~~~~~~~~~~ Three Megillot – scrolls of the Book of Esther, …

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Arlene from Israel: Remembering.

This past Shabbat, the Shabbat before Purim, was Shabbat Zahor, which means “remember.” Everyone is obligated to come to synagogue to hear the Torah reading, which ends with Devarim (Deuteronomy) 25:17-19: “You shall remember what Amalek did to you. How he happened upon you on the way and cut off …

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From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free!

From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free! This is where they’d like us to be.!! How many times have we heard those dreadful words about the fictitious country of ‘Palestine’. With these words etched in one’s mind, how can we possibly for one moment think that the …

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Into the Fray: Two-state dogma – The inanity and the insanity.

As the passage of time exposes how implausible the two-state pipe-dream is, the more desperate, deluded, disingenuous the arguments in its defense become. The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted by degrees… by dint of constant pressure on one side and …

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Take me to your leader.

There is a point of view among many students of Middle Eastern politics that all of its problems would be solved if Israel ended its occupation of the territories captured during the 1967 Six-Day-War and handed them to the Palestinians. After all, no country really wants to control the lives …

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Arlene from Israel: In Memoriam.

 It is with sadness that I note the passing on Tuesday of Salomon Benzimra of Toronto.  Originally from Morocco – what was then the International Zone of Tangiers – he was able to trace his family back to Spain prior to the Inquisition. When it became necessary they had escaped …

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Arlene from Israel: Where to Begin?

I frequently feel overwhelmed by the number of critical issues I would like to share with my readers: I must chose among events competing for attention. That said, I begin with the good news, which is of considerable importance.  (But I ask you please to continue reading past the good …

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The Children’s Intifada… Again

This is the Children’s Intifada. “Knife Intifada” or “Stabbing Intifada” does not cut it.This is the Children’s Intifada.It is, perhaps, the most insidious thing that I have known in my lifetime.Outside of the various fun-filled activities of, say, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the 1970s, I can think of no more …

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