Israel

Arlene from Israel – Crisis.

This today from Arlene Kushner is excellent as per her norm. This has information I haven’t seen elsewhere. It’s a must read. No way to be upbeat today, even with the outpouring of protest from people grieved and furious about the terrorist killings in France. Late Friday – before Shabbat …

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Arlene from Israel – Always More

I begin here with a correction:  When I last shared news of the electoral campaign, I mentioned irregularities in the Likud primary. And I spoke about the fact that one candidate demanded a recount and came close to securing a reasonable slot on the list as a result.  This was …

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Where’s Israel?

For the past week  or so we have seen the fiasco of ‘vanishing Israel’ from maps of the Middle East. The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has accused the publishing giant HarperCollins of harming peace efforts in the Middle East by leaving Israel off its maps. Seems that HarperCollins, …

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Arlene from Israel – Frenetic Pace

Where to begin in these days of turmoil, both at home and abroad? I think I’ll start at home, with the weather.  A major winter storm is due to start here within hours.  It is predicted that the north, Jerusalem, and high places in Judea and Samaria will see considerable …

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Arlene from Israel – Not a Crisis.

  Editor’s note: Once again and excellent piece from Arlene Kushner. ~~~~~~~~~~ Mahmoud Abbas would certainly like us to think it is a crisis.  He wants us cringing in fear.  But he’s going to be disappointed on this score: On Wednesday, Abbas made a show of filling out membership forms …

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Delusional, destructive Left vs incompetent, impotent Right .

Israel faces a twin peril, far more menacing to its survival as the nation-state of the Jewish people than the Iranian nuclear program or a Palestinian state. The minute we leave South Lebanon we will have to erase the word Hezbollah from our vocabulary, because the whole idea of the …

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Arlene from Israel – We Must Hope.

I comment every year at this time about the difference between the way the secular new year and the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) are celebrated.  In the Jewish tradition it is a time for prayer and introspection. This year in particular, I think, the difference is marked.  For the …

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Arlene from Israel – A Somber View.

A Somber View Very somber, my friends.  The situation in the world is not worrisome – it’s terrifying.  Consider: In an interview with NPR, President Obama said that Iran could become a “very successful regional power” if it agrees to a nuclear deal.  He said things must move slowly but he …

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Into the fray: Israel’s only option .

The Jewish state must respond to Palestinian unilateralism with unilateralism of its own. À la guerre comme à la guerre (In war, as in war) – A French maxim The dispute between the Arabs and Jews is an “agrarian dispute,” over the question of who puts who in the ground …

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Arlene from Israel – Back to Work.

As usual there’s a great deal to read here from Arlene and some important information too regarding Hamas, so please click on links to read further. The Chanukah week, which is now closing, was a blessing.  Now, invigorated, I see that it is time to return to the serious and …

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Shurat HaDin’s War Crimes Campaign against PA.

The leadership of the Palestinian Authority (PA) is taking Shurat HaDin’s campaign to indict Palestinians officials and terrorists for war crimes very seriously. According to news reports, at the November 29, 2014 Arab League meeting, PA president Mahmoud Abbas began his speech by condemning the war crimes complaint we filed against him over the PLO’s involvement in …

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Israel: Life goes on.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. It is usually around this time of year that I write a piece summing up the year in Israel, filled with highs and lows, the difficulties and the triumphs. As I reflect on 2014, it …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM.

From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM. Many commentators have placed the blame for the seeming leadership paralysis in Israel on “the system”. As we all know, there is no such thing as a democratic system that always operates smoothly and easily. Israel is not alone in this, indeed …

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Arlene from Israel – Very Briefly

I am currently preparing for the arrival of family, and so have only a brief moment to write.  The next three days I will be devoting myself to Chanukah (and Shabbat) and family – which is, quite frankly, a double lifesaver for me. Simply wanted to update my readers, with …

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Arlene in Israel – This Way and That.

Some news a tad encouraging, and other news that’s nothing short of infuriating. Sometimes it’s hard to determine whether we have, on average, broken even.  Doesn’t look so here. ~~~~~~~~~~ But let’s put that aside from a moment, and attend to first things first.  It is Chanukah, and I want …

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Arlene in Israel – Light the Lights.

Tonight (Israel, last night Australia) we light the first light in the eight day Festival of Chanukah. A time for joy and hope. Actually, there are two stories of Chanukah: One has to do with the miracle of the oil, which burned in the Temple for eight days although there …

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Arlene in Israel – Tight Position.

Things are never easy for Israel, but matters do seem to be getting tougher, day by day, with regard to the international community.  To begin with, the parliament of one European nation after another has adopted a non-binding resolution of some sort regarding recognition of a “Palestinian state”: On Friday, …

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Into the Fray: Bennett at Saban:What he should & shouldn’t have said

Naftali Bennett gave a spirited performance at the recent Saban Forum, but was far more convincing on what should not be done, than on what should be done.  You know, I just think you live in another reality. It’s what Steve Jobs called distorted reality thinking. – Martin Indyk to …

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Arlene in Israel – Turmoil.

Tumult can be identified on several fronts right now, starting with the issue of the death of PA official and terrorist Zaid Abu Ein yesterday.  I had hoped that the autopsy, once it was done, would firmly put to rest the charge by the PA that we “killed” this man …

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Kerry says…..

John Kerry

This sounds like  the old child’s game “Simon  says” but it’s “Kerry says”. That guy is delusional. Where is his head? No don’t answer that, it’s a hypothetical question anyhow. In my News Feed this morning I read the headline: Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian peace is not a pipe dream If only …

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