Israel

INTO THE FRAY – Modi in Israel: Bonding the biggest & most beleaguered democracies.

Clearly reflecting the impact of the change in Indian policy towards Israel was the chagrin expressed by the Palestinian envoy to New Delhi: “We were shocked…”  A curious Indian stops a passing Israeli backpacker on a New Delhi street. “Tell me,” he asks, “how many Israelis are there?” “I’m not …

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From Israel: Seeking the Good Stuff.

There is lots of “good stuff” going on here. It’s just that sometimes the “bad stuff” – when it is of considerable import and must be shared – takes precedence. Not this time! Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India arrived here in Israel yesterday afternoon for a three-day stay. I …

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From Israel: An Ugly Scene.

As I understand latest reports, on Friday, a compromise was reached by all parties to delay the controversial actions taken recently by Prime Minister Netanyahu with regard to 1) “freezing” of a Kotel plan, and 2) a change in current conversion rules which would have required all conversions in Israel …

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Jerusalem And The Western Wall: Is This What Reform Wants?

Western Wall and the Reform Movement

Think outside the box when looking for solutions to the current fissure in the Israel-Diaspora relationship. Many American Jews, some of whom are Zionists, say they feel like they have been slapped in the face when Netanyahu cancelled the agreement reached regarding the egalitarian prayer section along the Western Wall …

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From Israel: A Marker of Note.

Thirty-three years ago, Yuli Edelstein, who is today Speaker of the Knesset (Likud), was arrested in the Soviet Union for secretly teaching Hebrew. A prisoner of Zion, a hero, he served a three-year sentence in a labor camp. On Wednesday, Edelstein delivered a speech to the Russian Federation Council, the …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM – June 2017.

It’s pretty hard to beat walking around the streets of Jerusalem with crowds everywhere, restaurants full and a clear mixing once again of Jews and Arabs in places like the Mamilla Mall and other common seam lines as positive signs of the political temperature cooling, if not the hot summer …

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A call to Jews around the world (& friends of Jews): the time for unity is now.

We are a tiny tribe. Threatened from all corners of the earth, from near and from far. We are Jews. So few. So threatened. So brilliant and yet so very stupid. Our enemies laugh while, instead of uniting against them, we fight amongst ourselves. I follow the religion more correctly …

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Into the Fray: Israel’s disloyal—and dishonest—opposition.

It is time for representatives of the Israeli Left to come to terms with the existence of “The Other”, and the idea that people who think differently to them are just as legitimate as those who look different to them.  We are undergoing a process of fascistization of Israeli politics. …

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“Peace for our time”

“Peace for our time” a famous four word phrase from Benjamin Disraeli, who said upon returning from the Congress of Berlin in 1878, “I have returned from Germany with peace for our time”. This was echoed in a speech given on 30 September 1938 by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain …

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From Israel: Thumbs Up?

It’s important to be cautious when analyzing a situation in flux. But this situation appears to be moving in the right direction. Last I wrote, I was indignant, no, even more so, deeply distressed, that Jared Kushner – after having paid a shiva call on Wednesday to the family of …

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From Israel: Revolting!

I struggled to find the right title for this posting – one that would properly reflect my revulsion with what is presently transpiring in the name of “advancing peace.” That’s what we’ve got folks: a “revolting development.” Except our development is absolutely devoid of humor. I finally selected “revolting” because …

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Into the fray.- Gaza: The ultimate indictment of “two-statism”

The real humanitarian solution to the plight of Gaza lies not in its reconstruction, but in its deconstruction …the prospective Palestinian state is bound to be a failed and repressive entity, and a permanent danger to its Israeli and Jordanian neighbors.   Elliott Abrams, in a briefing to the Middle …

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From Israel: Outrage, Once Again.

I was planning to focus on a matter of concessions our government is apparently planning to make. But that has been relegated now to a position below. For a terror attack that takes Jewish life must be the first focus of attention. On Friday, there was a multi-prong terrorist attack …

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Into the Fray: Bennett’s academic code: Right sentiment, wrong strategy.

In-depth 2013 study: “Israeli academics have been free to engage in ‘nazification’ of Israel”  Had such professional misconduct occurred in the natural or physical sciences there would have doubtless been serious consequences: e.g. the collapse of a bridge following phony engineering calculations…Yet it would seem that when it comes to …

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We need to talk about Gaza.

Some events of note have happened in Gaza in the last week or so, not necessarily related, but they make up a part of a bigger problem, one that is not being sufficiently aired and dealt with in the public domain. I will move chronologically. The first event was the …

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From Israel: Advancing Forward.

Intentions may be good, but it’s not always smooth going. ~~~~~~~~~~ Take this situation, for example: Israel has been supplying a solid percentage (over 50%) of the electricity that was being used by the people of Gaza. Some additional electrical power was secured via one generator located in Gaza. And …

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The Six Day War, 50 years later: Still little chance for harmony in a region of perpetual conflict.

Vastly outnumbered, outgunned, besieged on every front and overwhelmed by the wealth and diplomatic influence of the Arab States, Israel faced its hour of maximum danger 50 years ago. It did so alone: 100,000 Egyptian troops, armour and artillery had amassed on Israel’s southern border; the UN peace-keeping force along …

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From Israel: The World about Us.

In my last posting I shared several ways in which Israel’s shifting relationships with other nations are yielding positive results. We return to that theme here, to look at other ways in which Israel has developed more self-confident, self-assertive policies. Previously, my focus was on Africa, but Asia also deserves …

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Into the Fray: The Humanitarian Paradigm – Answering FAQs (Part 2)

Sequel to the dispelling of  doubts regarding the feasibility – and morality – of largescale, financially incentivized emigration as the only non-kinetic approach for resolution of the Israel-Palestinian impasse.  The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – widely attributed to Winston Churchill …

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From Israel: Perpetual Rollercoaster.

It’s a “normal” situation for us. We win some, we lose some. Yet, somehow, these last few days, that roller coaster ride seems to have more curves than usual. ~~~~~~~~~~ Take the UN Secretary General, António Guterres. He’d been great lately: he made a statement against the PA youth center …

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