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Arlene from Israel: Fury.

I will not begin with the good news today.  Sometimes it is inappropriate. The young man you see here – Tuvia Yanai Weissman – is dead. Murdered by terrorists late in the day on Thursday. Twenty-one years old, he was a combat sergeant in the Nahal Brigade and lived in …

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Into the Fray: Israel’s urgent imperative – A doctrine of the liberal hawks.

Re-defining the political divide in Israel as “Doves vs Hawks” rather than “Left vs Right” is a matter of far-reaching substantive significance, well beyond mere semantics. … [dissenting] intellectuals tend to be scorned and abused and vilified as “the Right”; “right-wing” – that all-purpose, nonsensical, infantile insult which is designed …

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Arlene from Israel: Destructive Obsession.

  What you see above is the Harpy NG, displayed by Israel Aircraft Industries after over two years of development.  Although it looks like a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), it is in fact a missile that is highly maneuverable and can stay in the air for nine hours, loitering until …

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Arlene from Israel: Confusion? And Far Worse

One great thing Israel has going for her is the political cartoon work of Ya’akov Kirschen, who has been doing “Dry Bones” for over 40 years now.   At present, he is developing an online Bones Academy to train an army of cartoonists in the art of Computer Based Messaging – …

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Into the Fray: Back to the ghetto? Waxing insane

Herzog’s new policy proposal amounts to little more than an “aggressive retreat” behind higher & more extensive walls—and the ghetto mentality they symbolize. Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad – ancient proverb, misattributed to Euripides. Q: What is the difference between the State of Israel …

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Arlene from Israel: Confusion Abounds

  And yet, the good stuff is with us as well. It’s been a winter here in Jerusalem that has brought some bitter cold (by Jerusalem standards), and periods of heavy rain, interspersed with warm and sunny days. Every year at this time,  I am pleasantly surprised when I am …

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Open letter to the anti-Israel Left.

Guest post by Julie Nathan. This letter is addressed to that small fraction of the political Left which not only criticises Israeli government policies or practices, but also demonises and denigrates Israel at every opportunity and thus denies its legitimacy. We see you, we hear you, day after day, making …

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Arlene from Israel: ‘Are We Ready?’

First we note the death of a vigilant and brave security officer: Last Wednesday, two young Border Policewomen outside the Damascus Gate were able to stop three terrorists who had concealed machine guns and other weaponry.  Both policewomen were attacked, and the three terrorists were then quickly shot dead by …

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Into the Fray: Israel’s crybullies .

The Left’s whiny war on free speech, and the Israeli Right’s inept, and often cowed, response. You [Im Tirzu] are the cancer in our society. You are the real foreign agents…. A few days ago you gave license for the killing of my grandfather and others. People who have different …

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Hebrews, Israelites, Modern Jews – We Haven’t Changed

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Some things and some people never change. I guess. Seems we Jews have always been the same as we are now. Read the following quote from a book published in 1831. I dare you to tell me it doesn’t sound familiar. I dare you to tell me it couldn’t have …

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Arlene from Israel: ‘Successes and Burdens’

 Hi-tech innovations coming out of Israel are fairly non-stop.  Consider: “Made-in-Israel technology is heading toward ubiquity, not just in back-end hardware and software, but even in consumer goods. Case in point: One-third of the smart TVs sold in the world today contain an essential piece of technology made by Tel …

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ZFA: When terror strikes.

A father travels with three of his children along a road travelled daily. But this day is different to other days. Suddenly, Palestinian terrorists travelling in another car cut across the lanes and fire bullets at the car: at least ten. The father is injured in both legs and is …

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Regavim: Demolitions of illegal structures in the Judean Desert!!

Report from Regavim. Today there were demolitions of illegal structures in an IDF Firing Zone in the Judaean Desert!! Post Zionist organizations promoting illegal facts on the ground are, as usual spreading lies. We must not be silent! Please read to the end, like & Share – we need your …

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Arlene from Israel: ‘Virtual Torrent’

 I am referring to the mean-spirited, disappointing and hypocritical statements and actions that we see emanating from prominent world leaders.  This is in addition to the plethora of threats against Israel and the Jews. But let’s hold that for a moment, as we must look at the good first. This …

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A Tree Living Without a Forest.

I have in the past been accused of conflating the State of Israel with the Jewish people and very much hope to get so-accused heading into the future for a long, long time to come. While it is true that Israel is not directly synonymous with the Jewish people – …

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Into the Fray: The bitter fruits of Israeli self-flagellation.

Moralistic self-recrimination plays into the hands of Israel’s worse detractors, and the bitter fruits of Israeli self-flagellation are beginning to ripen. There is no[t] any difference between ISIS and this Jewish group that was lately arrested. They are exactly com[ing] with the same agenda, with the same beliefs. The only …

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Arlene from Israel: Doors Open and Shut.

There is a hi-tech, interactive exhibit on Israel making the rounds internationally.  It is called “Open a Door to Israel,” and consists of a series of brightly colored doors, each of which opens to show, via video and interactive programming, another aspect of Israel – hi-tech innovations, the Israeli people, …

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Into the Fray:All due respect, Mr. Ambassador: A letter to Dan Shapiro

Name a single country, faced with threats comparable to those faced by Israel, with a better record in human rights and compliance with the rule of law. – Prof. Alan Dershowitz. … we believe that Israel must develop stronger and more credible responses to questions about the rule of law …

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Arlene from Israel: Shed a Little Light

As you come to the end of this posting, you will discover the upbeat inspiration for its title. But here, at its beginning, I share a “good news” piece that is bitter-sweet.  It could not be otherwise. Yet I count it as very much good news: it is a celebration …

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A silence worth breaking, the reservists fight back.

 For anyone living outside of Israel and opposed to the delegitimisation of Zionism, it is difficult not to be aware of the movement called ‘Breaking the Silence’ (BTS). ‘  The Boycott movement against Israel frequently use their material, the anti-Zionist groups on campus show their video clips on a loop …

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