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Arlene from Israel: Hard Truths and Iron Determination.

This morning, Elhai Taharlev, 20, a member of the prestigious Golani Brigade of the IDF, was murdered in a car ramming at the Ofra Junction. I do not believe there is anyone who thinks it is a coincidence that this happened just five days before Pesach. Elhai was from the …

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Into the Fray: The horrors at hand.

Just as Hezbollah or ISIS/A-Qaeda affiliates may well have deployed in the Golan, had Israel withdrawn; so Hamas or other Jihadi elements may deploy on the highlands of Judea-Samaria if Israel withdraws  The action of discouraging an action or event through instilling doubt or fear of the consequences. –The Oxford …

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Arlene from Israel: Confusion, Confusion.

That was pretty fast.  I indicated in my last posting of just a day ago that I likely would not post again before Pesach.  And yet here I am. But when I see the need to clarify something I had written, I like to take the opportunity to do so: …

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Arlene from Israel: We Are Not Surprised.

Before I begin my news, I would like to make a request of my readers: The Legal Grounds Campaign, which I co-chair with Jeff Daube, is seeking to increase its membership. Numbers are very important in demonstrating the strength of our campaign.  This is especially so with regard to the …

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From the Desk of Dr. Ron Weiser.AM. March opinion piece.

It’s AIPAC time again. A year ago about 18,000 members of American Jewry’s prime pro-Israel advocacy organisation was trying to work out whether and how to welcome Donald Trump to its annual conference. And let’s be clear, since Israel is now unfortunately struggling to retain general American bipartisan support, that …

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Into the Fray: Touting tyranny in pursuit of bipartisanship.

“A durable Israeli-Palestinian peace can best be achieved through direct negotiations between the two parties, resulting in a Jewish state living side-by-side in peace with a demilitarized Palestinian state…” – From “The Peace Process: Israel’s Pursuit of Peace,” currently on AIPAC’s website. “Rejecting decades-old policy, the Republican Party approved on …

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Arlene from Israel: Muddled Messages.

If there is anything that is not muddled right now, it is the news that David Friedman has at long last been confirmed as the new US Ambassador to Israel.  The vote in the Senate on Thursday was 52 – 46, with Democratic Senators Bob Menendez of New Jersey and …

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Daqamseh’s Release And Israel’s Silence

Daqamseh's release and Israel's silence

It is two weeks after Ahmed Daqamseh’s release — you remember: the murderer of 7 Israeli 13-year-old girls — and I still have a question. Search Twitter for reactions to Daqamseh’s release on the part of our elected representatives and you are met with almost absolute radio silence. It is …

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Into the Fray: Israel- Lost without a map?

It is difficult to know what is more disturbing-whether some ministers actually believe in the policy proposals they promote – or whether they don’t—but promote them anyway  What I see clearly…is incredible negligence and lack of systematic, long-term planning effort on behalf of Israel’s top political brass…we are facing a …

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From Israel: The Bright and the Dark.

There is a fair measure of dark news that must be shared. But the flip side in many instances is bright: for I see growing strength in the responses to what is ugly and threatening. We must be grateful for this and do all we can to encourage yet more …

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Terror, Tunnels & Transporation:A Jihadi State on the Trans-Israel Highway?

A video from the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. THE DANGERS OF A PALESTINIAN STATE TO ISRAEL’S MAJOR TRAFFIC ROUTES Please help us spread the message!!!

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Ha’aretz Spits at the “Mensches”

Japan beat Team Israel last Wednesday to eliminate the “Mensches” from the World Baseball Classic (WBC). Nonetheless, Israel did far better than anyone thought possible.  Manager Jerry Weinstein and the guys were not expected to even qualify for the tournament and the odds makers pegged them at a 200 to 1 …

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From Israel: Never Easy.

No one ever said it would be easy. When something turns out as we hoped it would, we might murmur “Fantastic!” and allow ourselves a momentary sense of ease or satisfaction. But in no time at all – bang! – we are likely to confront a stumbling block. Then we …

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Mensches Beat Cuba!

I am flabbergasted. They did it again! The Mensches have taken four wins straight during the tournament, thus far, after winning three in a row in the qualifying matches last September. Team Israel, a 200 to 1 underdog to actually win the World Baseball Classic (WBC), beat 8th-ranked Cuba yesterday after taking …

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Mensch on the Bench.

Well, I have to tell you, I am just eating this up. The Times of Israel tells us: Israel’s national baseball team clobbered Taiwan 15-7 Tuesday, racing off to a 2-0 start in the country’s first-ever appearance in the World Baseball Classic. Powered by strong hitting and capped by a …

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Into the Fray: Liberman-A dove in hawk’s feathers?

The perception of Liberman as an abrasive hardliner is due more to his blunt statements regarding the loyalty of Israeli-Arabs, rather than to any territorial intransigence regarding the Palestinian question Anyone who wants to apply Israeli sovereignty to Judaea and Samaria needs to understand that such a step will bring …

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From Israel: “A Fine Line”

Purim is upon us – it will be celebrated after Shabbat, except for Jerusalem, a walled city, which celebrates Shushan Purim a day later. I do not expect to write again until some time after Shushan Purim. And so I want to now wish everyone a Purim Sameach! With a …

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From Israel: A New Day.

After listening to the speech President Trump delivered to a joint session of Congress last Tuesday night, I came to the conclusion, with gladness in my heart, that he has the potential to be – not merely a good – but an excellent president.  One who will repair America on …

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Into the fray: Trouble with tunnels

The real problem, largely unaddressed by this week Comptroller’s report, is that cowered by the tyranny of political-correctness, Israel’s leaders, have abandoned pursuit of military imperatives. This week Gaza was back in the headlines—big time. The publication of the controversial state comptroller’s report, highly critical of Israel’s conduct of the …

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From the Desk of Dr. Ron Weiser.AM. February opinion piece.

As Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “Wow!” What a fantastic week for Israel, Australia and the Jewish People!!! Kol Hakavod to Prime Ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Benjamin Netanyahu – and the entire delegations on both sides – on a historic occasion replete with warmth, great friendship, shared values, understanding, intersections of …

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