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From Israel: Fifty Years and Heading Up.

June 5th marks fifty years on the secular calendar since the beginning of the Six Day War—a war in which Israel achieved a stunning military victory over multiple Arab enemies, and acquired considerable areas of land in the process: eastern Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria, and the Sinai. …

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Oslo And Occupation

Clinton, Rabin and Arafat at signing of Oslo I - is there occupation after Oslo?

Those who regard Israel as occupying the West Bank (Judea & Samaria) should reconsider the issue in view of the way they regard legally binding contracts. All countries have legal ages of majority, the age at which an individual can sign a legally binding contract. In the USA, for example, …

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Muslims Have More Feelings Than Others; Jews Have No Feelings At All

normalization with Israel

Poor Muslims. Poor downtrodden sensitive Muslims. Everyone has to walk on eggshells so as not to even inadvertently insult one of them, or all of them collectively. Their delicate egos cannot take it. Such a demand for consideration must be behind the following declaration issued in the Palestinian Authority (PA): …

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From Israel: A Mixed Report.

In my last posting, I said I thought President Trump’s optimistic statements during his visit about Abbas wanting peace were just PR. I cited Trump’s pointed statement to Mahmoud Abbas at their joint press conference, following their private meeting in Bethlehem, that “Peace cannot take root in an environment in …

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Into the Fray: The Humanitarian Paradigm – Answering FAQs (Part 1)

Dispelling doubts as to the feasibility (and morality) of large scale, financially incentivized emigration as the only non-kinetic approach to resolve the Israel-Palestinian impasse.  Consideration should be given even to the heroic remedy of transfer of populations…the hardship of moving is great, but it is less than the constant suffering …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM – Opinion piece May 2017.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR (with apologies to John Paul Young) Love is in the air everywhere I look around Love is in the air every sight and every sound And I don’t know if I’m being foolish Don’t know if I’m being wise……. So things are getting a little …

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From Israel: Special Days.

How fraught with energy this past week was, with one event running into another.  Moving backwards… Yom Yerushalayim was celebrated on Tuesday night and Wednesday.  Yes, I already focused on this in my last posting.  But that was before the fact; now there is additional sharing to do. Below you …

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Thoughts from Israel on POTUS visit.

Watching Trump’s first trip abroad from my home in Israel was a nail biting experience. As an American, I was shocked to see him elected POTUS. As an Israeli, I was glad it was him and not her. We’d seen the results of the Clinton-Obama policies regarding the Middle East …

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Stars, Stripes and Selfies.

On Monday afternoon, the President of the United States, Donald Trump touched down in Israel after a visit to Saudi Arabia. The flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tel Aviv, Israel was an historic one given it was the first direct flight between the two countries, which have no official diplomatic relations. Prime …

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President Trump’s Full Speech at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Thank you, Prime Minister Netanyahu. I want to thank you and Sara for hosting us for what has been an unforgettable visit to this very special land. I also want to thank Chairman Yitzchak Molcho, Acting Director Ayelet Shiloh-Tamir, and Chief Operating Officer Dalia Lazar, for hosting us today in …

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From Israel: Celebrate Yerushalayim!

Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) comes first! If you can tolerate a painful pun: it trumps news about Trump (who is in Israel as I write).  I will in due course write about the president’s visit – here and in Saudi Arabia, but now I am inspired by Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day.  …

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INTO THE FRAY: Why Palestinian Statehood obviates Israeli Victory – Responding to Daniel Pipes

For fruits of Israeli victory to endure, any post-victory reality must preclude a self-governing Palestinian entity, which would always be subjected to external incitement to fight the Jewish “intruders”  Of all the nations at the UN the Palestinian state would be the only one which has limits imposed on its …

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From Israel: Balagan of the first Order.

The Hebrew word “balagan” means confusion or muddle. “Ezeh balagan”: what a mess. It is a most appropriate term, I think, for describing the news as it is coming to us these days. ~~~~~~~~~~ The most recent, and potentially serious, flap has to do with what is presumed to be …

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From Israel: Say It Proud!

“Say It Proud!” It’s about time! Actually, past time. MK Avi Dichter (Likud), chair of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, has been promoting a version of this bill for years now. But the situation has shifted, making success not only possible now but very likely. The bill – …

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The (not-so-hungry) Hunger Strike.

I took a gap year from University in the early days of the Second Intifada.  At that time, sadly, there were terrorist attacks occurring in Israel, sometimes on a daily basis.  In those days, there was one Palestinian terrorist whose name kept popping up again and again – Marwan Barghouti. …

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From Israel: Up, Down, All Around.

Sometimes even if we track the news carefully (or maybe especially if we track the news carefully) we find it very difficult to determine what’s really coming down the road. And this has particularly been the case these last days. ~~~~~~~~~~ A case in point has been the issue of …

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Into the Fray: Imperative precursor for victory-A diplomatic “Iron-Dome”

Israel requires a massive strategic public diplomacy offensive to generate the freedom of action required for victory-oriented policy  Wars usually end when failure causes one side to despair when that side has…accepted defeat, and when that defeat has exhausted its will to fight – Daniel Pipes, A New Strategy for Israeli …

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Zionism looks like a dirty pair of sneakers.

Sneakers put out to dry. Wet and full of sand, they looked tired. My heart almost bursts to see them. They tell a story people who live elsewhere wouldn’t recognize – but most Israelis would. Those who don’t have this story in their own home know the story well. Across …

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Into the Fray: Israel victory caucus-Assessing actionable alternatives.

The Humanitarian Paradigm, advocating funded emigration of Palestinian-Arabs  appears the most plausible method for achieving the goals of the Israel Victory Caucus The major issue is not [attaining] an agreement, but ensuring the actual implementation of the agreement in practice.  The number of agreements which the Arabs have violated is …

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From Israel: Peace Process Parody.

A parody is an imitation of something – a speech, song, etc. – done for comic effect in order to ridicule. And so, what I’m going to present here is not a parody in the strict sense of the term.  It is a self-parody.  No need to imitate words spoken …

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