Israel

Wake up and start connecting the dots.

Op-Ed: Wake up and start connecting the dots. This is not the time for an academic discussion of morality and ethics.  An acrimonious argument is going on in Israel over the explosive issue of whether the public is allowed to take the law into its own hands if confronted with …

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Arlene from Israel: The Big Stuff

As has become my practice now, I start with some good news. As to this first item, it’s possible that the jury is still out on whether we are certifiable, or whether we simply have a higher moral standard than the rest of the world.  I go with the second …

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Early Genetic Proof Ashkenazi Jews Are From the Middle East

Ashkenazi Jews are from the Middle East

The Khazar theory refuses to die and every once in a while pro-(so-called)-Palestinians raise the issue in an attempt to diminish Ashkenazi Jewish claims to be returning home to Zion. If the Caucus region is home, and therefore Zion is not, then the European Jews are colonialists. This would mean …

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Arlene from Israel: If Only…

If only there would be a preponderance of positive news.  But that is wishful thinking, of course.  And yet, there is positive news, and news that carries within it a glint of encouraging possibilities.  I’m going to begin today with some of these items, so that we may be buoyed …

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They Say: Burn Jew! But We Rise Like the Phoenix.

Jews are like the phoenix

Just two days ago Professor of Islamic History, Yusri Ahmad Zidan, was interviewed by Dr. Muhammed Khaled on Egyptian TV and the subtitled tape released today by MEMRI TV. Khaled’s smirk, as he hears how cheaply Jewish slaves sold for during Crusader times, sent chills up my spine. Both men …

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Arlene from Israel: Abnormal Normal.

I had a beautiful Shabbat. Rich with the laughter of my grandchildren, and with the incredibly perceptive and sensitive things they said. It’s difficult, after that, to turn around and focus on events mostly painful. It should not be, that these painful events – the incitement and terror attacks – …

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Preserving Israel as the Jewish Nation-State.

The predominance of Israel’s military prowess has little or no bearing on many of the emerging threats menacing the Jewish state today. The predominance of Israel’s military prowess has little or no bearing on many of the emerging threats menacing the Jewish state today. To question the Jewish people’s right …

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Eyeing Temple Mount Terrorists.

This should prove interesting. As I write, The Algemeiner is reporting that Israel and Jordan will cooperate in the installation of video surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount, perhaps within days.  The Palestinian-Arabs do not like it because they know such footage will show the world who the aggressors are on …

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Arlene from Israel: Dysfunctional.

 Pretty much describes the state of affairs here and elsewhere.  I was going to use the Hebrew term “balagan,” which means a state of confusion, a muddle. But that is much too benign.  “Dysfunctional” suggests impairment, and that is much closer to the mark.  Let us return to the issue …

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Arlene in Israel: Proceed with Head Held High.

Today I begin with a marvelous Dry Bones cartoon by Ya’akov Kirschen.  It is not “ha ha” funny, but evokes a laugh in the way that something that rings very true can do. So, we cope with our adversities, which seem never-ending, and yet we hold our heads high, knowing …

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Netanyahu and the Nazi Mufti .

I feel reasonably certain that there is not a single individual on the planet today under more intense political pressure than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. If the guy blinks in the rain he gets smacked around from people throughout the world for not doing it correctly.  I have never …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM.

It’s a little surreal sitting here in a coffee shop in the centre of Jerusalem witnessing the ever changing political landscape and evolving events. The streets are definitely fuller than they were a week ago and Israelis are getting out to restaurants again, taking advantage of the beautiful weather. Not …

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Arlene in Israel: Horrific.

Yesterday was a horrible day with regard to terror attacks.  Jerusalem was quiet except for one foiled attack – I think Netanyahu was correct in saying that extensive work in the city, including deployment of many security forces, has had a positive effect. The attacks are taking place mainly in …

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Ten Deadly Lies about Israel.

Written by Ron Dermer. Israeli Ambassador to the United States. As Israeli civilians are butchered by Palestinian terrorists, the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is also being butchered by a campaign of vicious lies. Here are 10 of the most pernicious myths about the current attacks: First:   Israel is trying …

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Democratize the Temple Mount.

It is unacceptable that Israel maintains prejudicial policies toward Jews at the holiest site to the Jewish people. Benjamin Netanyahu keeps assuring Barack Obama, and the American Department of State, that Israel intends to maintain the status quo at the Temple Mount. EOZ columnist, Vic Rosenthal, proprietor of Abu Yehuda, has …

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Arlene in Israel: A Huge Problem Confronts Us

It was eerie how precisely I called it.  Yesterday, in describing the terror situation, I said: “I might write about the most recent attack and then, within hours, there might be another one.”  As it turned out, it wasn’t even hours.  I had just sent out my posting when word …

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Twisting Words About Attacks in Israel

Common words and phrases are losing their meaning in reference to the terror wave in Israel.  These obfuscations often start with political leaders and then are spread by media.  A good guide to whether you are getting an unbiased report will be to notice if key words still keep their …

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Arlene from Israel: The Two-Front War.

It’s not going to go away soon – not either front.  And we Israelis are called upon to be strong.  Actually, what I am finding is that, almost to a person, those I speak to are weary and drained.  But confident that we will come out on top.  I hear …

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Understanding the language of murder.

‘PALESTINIAN’ cleric Muhammad Salah stands at the pulpit of his mosque in Gaza clutching a large kitchen knife. His hand repeatedly comes down in a violent stabbing motion.  He does not speak in an allegory, or sermonise to his flock. He delivers a very specific command: “Form stabbing squads. We …

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Arlene from Israel: Telling Truth to a Reluctant World.

Most important for each of you is to run with the information that I am providing. This is information that is often not shared by media outside of Israel.  I think the tide is beginning to turn: Abbas has gone too far.  Please!  as always, put this information out in …

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