Israel

Labor lost and is not likely to win any time soon.

This is the article I wanted to write one week before the recent Israeli elections but I chickened out.  Who wanted to predict inevitable defeat for the strangely named Zionist Camp, or is that Union, when the polls and the pundits were already celebrating victory?  The dust has settled but not the …

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Memorial Day…theirs and ours…

Coming from the United States, I remember Memorial Day as the day we had to move our car to the side street if we didn’t want to get blocked in by the parade.  Old men in uniforms…I didn’t know the word veterans or what that meant…police, marching bands. Across the …

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Into the Fray:Delegitimisation, antisemitism & BDS:Sharansky’s misdirected lament.

In his recent Jerusalem Post article the Jewish Agency Chairman, was spot on in his diagnosis; but totally off target with his prescription for dealing with anti-Israel defamation on US campuses. I shoot the Hippopotamus with bullets made of platinum; Because if I use leaden ones his hide is sure …

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Arlene from Israel: Moving, Moving On.

Now that I will have time again, after a hiatus of some several days, I want to resume my postings. (Actually, I’ve missed writing.) I will touch certain bases here, and return to consider many others later. Please do know that Sunday is the holiday of Shavuot here (and Monday …

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Regavim Slams Human Rights Watch.

REGAVIM SLAMS HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FOR DENIGRATING & DELEGITIMIZING THE ISRAELI LEGAL SYSTEM. Regavim a legal advocacy organization in Israel strongly condemns Human Rights Watch (HRW) for its attack on and blatant attempt to undermine the Israeli legal system. Regavim is responding to a report issued by HRW Middle East …

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Into the fray: ISIS – Two-staters excuse du jour.

For two-staters the prevailing conditions—no matter what they are—are always favorable for implementing the land-for-peace doctrine and establishing a Palestinian state. There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. – Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher …

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From the desk of Ron Weiser – So Israel has a new government.

So Israel has a new government. Just. Prime Minister Netanyahu must be wondering why he decided to go to early elections after all: – his government currently has a slim majority indeed, just 61 out of 120 seats in the Knesset, – he has been forced to pay a very …

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The Arguments over Jerusalem.

Summary: In considering the arguments that Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews each make for Jerusalem as their capital, only one party makes a truly compelling case. Jerusalem has long been considered the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinians Question. In 1947, when the United Nations put forward a plan to partition the …

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Cause and Effect: Making Gaza.

Summary: The media frequently touches on the suffering that takes place in Gaza. Yet, the depth of their coverage of Arab misery never approaches any level of analysis on the root cause for the Israeli-Arab conflict. The Atlantic published an article on May 2, 2015 called “Gaza is Hell” (all in …

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Into the fray: The immorality of the two-state principle

It is the opponents of the establishment of an additional Muslim-majority tyranny who hold the moral high ground The United States remains committed to a two-state solution… that can bring lasting peace and stability to both peoples. A two-state solution is the only way for Israel to ensure its future …

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Arlene from Israel – Could Be Worse.

 Before I begin to discuss how it could be worse, a couple of housekeeping matters. First, dear readers, please know that I am working overtime on the Legal Grounds Campaign.  That’s a good thing, because it means we are developing a solid campaign to coincide with the formation of the …

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David Mamet Tells the Left to Go Screw

The following tidbit was written by Marnie Winston-Macauley and published by Israpundit. The year 2008 was a very strange one for the Liberal literati of New York and Hollywood. It was the year they believed playwright, screenwriter, director, essayist, novelist and poet, David Mamet, “outed” himself as a Conservative. For many of …

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Arlene from Israel – Towards a New Law of War.

Towards a New Law of War  is the subject of a conference currently being held by Shurat Hadin, the Israeli Law Center, founded and run by the amazing Nitsana Darshan-Leitner. Current laws of warfare are outdated, she explained in her introductory remarks.  The Geneva Conventions never envisioned the asymmetrical warfare that …

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Into the Fray: Parading past predictions.

This week: Some of my writings, and the predictions/prescriptions made in them. The past week has been particularly hectic, leaving little time to devote to writing. Accordingly, I thought I might cut a few corners – and myself some slack – by laying back, and at the same time, showing …

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Israel Advocacy Update: Lying in Wait.

 Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. The moment I heard about the devastating earthquake in Nepal, I knew that one of the first countries to put its hand up to offer assistance would be Israel. The IDF and other Israeli rescue …

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Pictures Tell a Story – Whitewashing the World (except Israel)

Summary: The New York Times continued to minimize pictures of attacks on civilians and assassinations around the world by burying small pictures deep inside its paper. The precious front page ink was only reserved for portrayals of Israel as the aggressor.  The Every Picture Tells a Story series reviewed media’s deliberate …

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Arlene from Israel – THE LEGAL GROUNDS CAMPAIGN.

Many is the time that I have alluded to this Campaign, and to Israel’s legal rights in Judea, Samaria, and all of Jerusalem. Today I will move further in explaining the Campaign.  This is for your edification, and in the hopes that you will choose to be involved. Please make …

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Arlene from Israel: Step-by-Step

There are – forgive the cliché – just so many hours in the day.  And so, which happens now and again, as I am working on the Legal Grounds Campaign, it is impossible to do a full posting, as much as I would like to. There is enough happening to …

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From Promised Land to Promised Home.

Summary: God is the original Zionist. Judaism is a unique religion in many respects: Every other religion is based primarily on faith. Judaism is based primarily on lineage. Every other religion is based on belief. Judaism is based on action. Every other religion is not geographically-bound. Judaism is tied to the …

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Arlene from Israel – See the Miracle!

Yom Ha’azma’ut – Israel Independence Day.  It is 67 years since Ben Gurion announced the establishment of the State of Israel, on the Hebrew date of Iyyar 5, which that first year corresponded to May 14.  (Today is only the 4th of Iyyar – celebrations were moved up to avoid …

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