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Israel: Security in a Small Country

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Israel as “a small country, one of the smallest”. That is true, but only part of the story. As Bibi added “Israel is strong, but it’s much more vulnerable [than the US].” Size: Israel is about 20,000 square kilometers, using the 1949 Armistice Lines, or 22,000 …

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Arlene from Israel – Overwrought.

That’s been the overriding climate here in Israel for several days now – whether it is a mood of anguish or of euphoria, it has all been rather frenetic. In the days leading up to the election, I observed (and experienced) a mood akin to grief, at the prospect that …

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Into the Fray: Whew! But…

The unthinkable has been avoided – narrowly. The greatest challenge now will be to deal with a detrimental, dysfunctional and, not infrequently, disloyal opposition. With respect to the people’s choice, if this is in fact its choice, I do not accept it … If that is the choice of the …

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Who lost the Israeli election? The pre-election polls…

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. The long awaited and much-anticipated Israeli elections took place on Tuesday with an outcome that was somewhat surprising for many. In the lead-up to the elections, practically every poll released had the Zionist Union (the …

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Palestinian Response to Israeli Election Results.

Palestinian Arabs are not joining in the celebrations, perhaps because no Jews were killed in the process? Israelis have spoken- they want more Bibi. Despite all the efforts of the liberal Israeli media, and regardless of President Obama’s whining about Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and the subsequent Israeli fear of …

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Arlene from Israel – With Gratitude and Gladness!

The Israeli election campaign just ended has been one hell of a dismal and ominous ride.  I knew that well enough, but it was only when near-final results were released, and I began to cry, that I realized how very frightened I had been.  For this nation that I love, …

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Israel’s Message to Obama.

 I woke this morning in far off India to the news that Israel had done what I wanted it to do, what India did when the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, tried to interfere in their elections. As we watch the dust settle over the election results, …

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Arlene from Israel – It’s Up to Us!

The chances of a right wing victory in tomorrow’s election suddenly seemed far greater after last night’s rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. After a very frustratingly lackadaisical campaign – with an incredibly negative tone, and with polls showing the left ahead – a bubble of hope welled up. Some …

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Into the Fray: My (initial) challenge to the generals – all 200 of them

The bitterest irony is the spectacle of scores of ex-senior security officials who spent their adult life defending Israel, now promoting a political initiative that will make it indefensible. One does not have to be a military expert to easily identify the critical defects of the armistice lines that existed …

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The EU peddles diplomatic immunity.

The Jerusalem Municipality has demolished an illegally built structure just moments away from the Hebrew University campus. Not only was this structure built without any planning permission or permits, it was built by the European Union and was even adorned with a EU flag. Earlier this month, Regavim unveiled a …

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Arlene from Israel – THE ELECTION

This is a posting of utmost seriousness, my friends, about a subject that is both weighty and complex. I will do my best to clarify. We’re not looking at an election that is “simply” a contest between two candidates with somewhat different opinions and styles: We are talking about radical …

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The Dangerous Gamble of dealing with Iran.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. As we all would be aware by now, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a controversial speech to a joint session of Congress in the United States last week. The controversy actually began several weeks …

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REGAVIM – News Update.

Wow, what an amazing few weeks. After months of research into European Union (EU) illegal activity in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas, we went public with a bang!  A simultaneous release of our explosive report on Israel TV Ch.2 News and the UK’s 2nd largest newspaper, the Daily Mail, initiated …

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Arlene from Israel – Nauseating

Before we get to the events that are stomach-turning, I want to circle back just briefly to Netanyahu’s talk in Congress. I cannot consider every commentary (and there are so many!), but what Charles Krauthammer wrote seems worthy of note here. He refers to “the libel being perpetrated by some …

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Arlene from Israel – Catching Up.

A very splendid Purim – a healing Purim that brought laughter and a sense of hope – is over, as is Shabbat. I want now to pick up on posting again by looking at some thoughts regarding PM Netanyahu’s speech in Congress last week. So many of my readers sent …

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Into the Fray:Saddest column ever-Selling surrender as strategy

I find myself compelled to take strong public issue with a man I have known, respected, even admired, for almost four decades: Shabtai Shavit, the former director of the Mossad. No previous column of mine has ever been preceded by such searing soul-searching, or written with such a heavy sense …

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The Big Lie and “Palestinian” Jew-Rammin’ Fun.

Itamar Sharon, writing in the Times of Israel, tells us this: Five people were injured Friday morning in a car-ramming terror attack near a Jerusalem Light Rail station in the north of the city. Four of the wounded were young border policewomen, in their twenties, and the fifth was a …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM – Israeli Election

 The most amazing thing about the coming Israeli election is that with so much going on in the region and with so many internal issues needing attention, when it comes to policy issues this is a Seinfeld election – an election about nothing – a policy free zone. This leads …

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Red Herrings on the Red Line.

Summary: Obama’s anger at Israel’s Netanyahu was about Netanyahu’s anger at White House policy on Iran. All of the other excuses that Obama threw out proved inaccurate. However, Obama’s actions have introduced a partisan split over Israel into DC politics. US President Obama took umbrage with Republican House Speaker John …

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Arlene from Israel – HOW PROUD WE ARE!

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave the speech of his life today. His speech was not merely good, it was, as one commentator here put it, perfect. His pacing and his delivery were masterful; he managed to take the high road and deliver a powerful message at the same time. …

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