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Arlene from Israel: Not to Panic.

Mahmoud Abbas delivered an address at the UN General Assembly yesterday.    It was the address that he had promised would include a “bombshell” at the end. Bombshell?  Presumably, that he was walking away from the Oslo Accords of 1993 and following. Well… ~~~~~~~~~~ The NY Times headline for the …

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Arlene from Israel: Mid-way – Joy and Urgency.

We are currently in the middle days of Sukkot.  It is not a full holiday, but a half-holiday, still filled with joy. I thought perhaps I would not post during this time.  But there are matters of significance that call to me in urgent tones, telling me to do so.  …

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Why do I call myself a Christian Zionist?

This is a very personal story written by Steve Blowers, a Christian Zionist who explains why he is a Zionist and how he became one. Written in reply to the question “Why are Christians Zionists ?”  which arose from the article  “Who is a Zionist”. The person who asked the …

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Who is a Zionist?

The issue of who is a Zionist has come to the forefront in the past week or so, thanks to Bat-Zion Susskind-Sacks  who has decided that only Jews can be Zionists and is working very hard on non-Jews to declare they are ‘pro-Zionist’ and not ‘Zionist’. This I might add …

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Arlene from Israel: “Over the Top”

To say that the situation is outrageous would be to minimize it. And so I will not say it. The game being played by the PA and its supporters, as well as by Jordan, is simple:  Muslim violence has been fomented on the Temple Mount, and then when Israeli security …

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Into the Fray: Into the fray: Loopy, loopier… Lapid

There is little that infuriates me more that the arrogance and ignorance of Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, and the shameful myopia and shameless mendacity he exhibits. The greatest tragedy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is that everyone knows how it will end. We will divide up the …

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Arlene from Israel: A Howl of Fury

Nothing less will do… Five days since the end of Rosh Hashana – which had been for me a time of spiritual high, offering a sense of my place in the world. How badly I had wanted to hold on to that high. I knew, of course, that there was …

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The Single State

For years I thought that the only reasonable solution to the ongoing Arab war against the Jews was the two-state solution.  A single state solution, we were told, would either undermine Israel as a democratic state or it would undermine Israel as a Jewish state.  Israel could be Jewish, democratic, …

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Standing Up.

Writing in the Times of Israel, Elhanan Miller tells us: Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Wednesday declared as “unlawful organizations” two Islamic Movement groups who harass Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, rendering membership or financing of the groups illegal. The move came in response to an appeal by Public …

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Arlene from Israel: You Cannot Wash Your Hands of That Blood.

“You Cannot Wash Your Hands of That Blood.” These are the words of Senator Ted Cruz, who spoke superbly at the rally against the Iran deal at the Capitol yesterday, a rally of some 10,000 energetic people who came out in brutal heat.   You can hear his entire speech …

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Arlene from Israel: Sound of the Shofar.

 Rosh Hashana begins Sunday night. I hope to post one more time after this, before I go into Shabbat and then the holiday, but I cannot be sure time will allow. And so I want to take this opportunity to wish my readers a Shana Tova. May this be a …

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Arlene from Israel: Shifting Focus.

Sort of.  The Iran deal is of primary concern, and so, the major attention I’ve paid to it has been critically important.  In fact, I fully intend to return to this subject very soon.  It could not be otherwise, with Congress now re-convening and about to begin debate on the …

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Arlene from Israel: Unraveling Complications.

I hope to share just a few thoughts here regarding the Congressional vote on the Iran deal. In trying to unravel for myself some of the precise wording of the Corker Bill, I consulted with an international lawyer (US born and educated).  His response to me, in part, was that …

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Arlene from Israel: Carrying on with Vigor.

The end of last week was tough: With the declaration of Senator Mikulski (D-MD) that she would support the Iran deal, Obama had the number of votes he needed to block the Senate from overriding his veto of the Congressional rejection of his Iran program.  At least on paper.  My …

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Arlene from Israel: One Messy Affair.

I am referring, of course, to the whole business of the votes in Congress on the Iran deal. Netanyahu has come out with a statement, echoing what I and others said yesterday, that things can still change, and we must keep fighting. Those who oppose the deal have already achieved …

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Arlene from Israel: WE KEEP GOING

  Obama has now secured the support of 34 Senate Democrats for the nuclear deal with Iran. This means that as matters stand he has sufficient backing to sustain his veto of legislation aimed at blocking the agreement. That is because today Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the 34th …

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Arlene from Israel: Don’t Stop!

I cannot pretend it is looking good for the Congressional vote on the Iran deal. But we must continue to make every possible effort to defeat it. Congress convenes next week, on the 9th, after a summer recess, at which point debate on the issue begins. Vote will be taken …

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The lies and the myths of the anti-Israeli crowd.

 How many lies and distortions can be spread in a single article? Sometimes, when reading on stories about Israel, so ludicrous the web being weaved, I somehow expect to hear Rod Serling overhead announcing that ‘I am traveling through another dimension’ accompanied of course, by the Twilight Zone’s classic music …

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From the desk of Ron Weiser AM

The Mishnah says that there are four New Years in our calendar but that only on Rosh Hashanah are we universally judged and on Yom Kippur, our fate sealed. One of the keynote themes reflected in our liturgy is to “avert the evil decree”. These ten days are a period …

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Arlene from Israel: More Light, in the Midst of Darkness

We here in Israel we speak a good deal these days about a world arrayed against us – a world ready to do business with Iran for self-serving reasons.  In doing my writing, I have been remiss in not mentioning Canada, under the leadership of Prime Minster Steven Harper (pictured …

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