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Arlene from Israel: Holding Our Heads High

“Holding Our Heads High” I actually mean this in two senses.  The first is the traditional sense of being proud, and I will share an example of this in a moment. But then, there is the more metaphorical sense of not drowning in the sea of malice and stupidity that …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM. June 2016. Opinion piece.

Game of Thrones (GoT) is looking more and more like a straightforward yarn compared to the changing alliances inside Israeli politics. And some of those who considered Lieberman’s re-entry to government a potential disaster just a few weeks ago, now GoT like look to him as the potential fixer. Prime …

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The Only Precondition for MidEast Peace Talks

Acting President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas has long argued that he needed many preconditions satisfied before he would sit down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for peace talks. Those requirements included settlement freezes and releasing Palestinian Arab prisoners from Israeli jails. Netanyahu begrudgingly did both of those …

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Arlene from Israel: And the Good Too.

After my last post (which now requires follow-up), I promised I would return to my regular format, which includes good news.  Would that the good predominated. It does not, of course. But it is real – as you will see in the course of this posting.  And so offers promise …

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Into the Fray: Imbecility squared – Part 2

With changing patterns of Arab enmity, the major challenge to Israel’s existence as the Jewish nation-state is no longer repulsing invasion, but resisting attrition  A comprehensive Israeli policy declaration [a]ccepting, in principle, the Arab Peace Initiative (API), with requisite adjustments to accommodate Israel’s security and demographic needs, as a basis …

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Arlene from Israel: Facing Down Reality.

I decided to table this posting for a couple of days because of the horrendous terror attack in Florida. For all those who lost dear ones in that obscene assault, or who were wounded, I extend deepest compassion.  May they know healing. What is painfully ironic is that what I …

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Ron Huldai Does Not Understand ‘Occupation’

Ron Huldai - occupation

Tel Aviv’s Mayor Ron Huldai made disparaging remarks concerning Israel’s part in causing the Arabs to kill us. Ilana Dayan interviewed Huldai after the terror attack at a Sarona restaurant that took the lives of 4 and injured over 10 others and Huldai used the air time to cause serious …

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Arlene from Israel: Recurring Evil.

 Last time I posted, it was with a spirit uplifted because of Yom Yerushalayim.  I had not intended to post again until next week.  For Shabbat is coming, and immediately after, Shavuot, the harvest festival that celebrates our receiving of the Torah and is marked by study into/or through the …

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Terror comes again to Tel Aviv.

It was the night of June 1, 2001. Scores of teenagers queued outside the Dolphinarium nightclub on the long stretch of road running along the Mediterranean Sea from the old north of Tel Aviv down to the historic port of Jaffa. After the homely Friday night Sabbath dinners had concluded, …

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Terror returns to the heart of Tel Aviv .

“Max Brenner, come off it, there’s blood in your hot chocolate”. So the hate-filled chants went outside Max Brenner stores around Australia for a number of years after the chain became one of the main targets of those involved with the BDS campaign. But a Max Brenner café made the news for a …

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Into the Fray: Imbecility squared – Part 1.

“Commanders for Israel’s Security” are a group I would much rather respect than ridicule, but drivel is drivel, even when it comes from men with an illustrious past and an accumulated 6000 years of security experience  One does not have to be a military expert to easily identify the critical …

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Arlene from Israel: Spirits Lifted.

There is nothing like being there: Hearing the music.  Watching the young people dancing with enormous sprit. And seeing the flags – oh so many flags! – waving in the air.  This picture was taken in the late afternoon on Sunday, on King George Street in front of the Great …

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Arlene from Israel:Rejoice Yerushalayim – Jerusalem!

  Today marks the 49th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War. Here you see IDF Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren, at the Kotel (Western Wall), which Jews had not been permitted to approach for almost 20 years prior to the liberation. ~~~~~~~~~~ For a mere 19 …

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Criminalising Unauthorised Marriage?

There are criminals sitting in the Israeli Knesset: legislators who have either performed weddings outside the state’s religious authority, or who have personally been married in such ceremonies. The Jewish state is one of the only places in the world where it is illegal — with a potential jail term …

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WHO do you think you are?

There is something decidedly unhealthy about the lengths that the Palestinian leadership has been going to in order to delegitimise Israel in the international arena.  Even more sickening is the way that their propaganda is willingly accepted without question by the international community – even when the subject matter is blatantly false and misleading and quite frankly unhelpful in bringing about …

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Arlene from Israel: Situation Unfolding

There is certainly nothing static about the current political situation, and an update seems in order. Actually, some of what is happening is good – better than might be expected. For those feeling unease that we might give away our country because of what Netanyahu and Lieberman said the other …

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Into the Fray:Like manna from heaven-for Israel’s detractors.

Any allusion that Israel is somehow comparable to Nazi Germany is not criticism. It is a blood libel  Israel has been infected by the seeds of fascism …There are no serious leaders left in the world who believe the Israeli government – Former PM, Ehud Barak, Channel 10, May 20 …

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Arlene from Israel: Choppy Waters.

There is much to report at this time of political and diplomatic turmoil, but I will follow what has become my custom and start with some brief good news items. ~~~~~~~~~~ Midway between the Dead Sea and Eilat, in a place called Sapir, in the harsh Arava desert, we find …

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France-Israel not lovers/not friends?

If we can’t have France as a lover, can we at least have a genuine friend? French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says the decision to vote in favour of a UNESCO report that ignores any Jewish link to Jerusalem was a ‘mistake’. French President Francois Hollande says it was a …

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“Apartheid Israel” first female Nigerian officer.

Danny Brenner, in Israel Hayom writes: The Israel Defense Forces, more than any other organization, represents Israeli society. It is a melting pot that includes soldiers from all ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds, men and women, but even this human collage always has something new. For example, Israel’s first female …

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