Israel

After Haifa’s Fires Put Out The Real Story Begins

Haifa’s fire story, like Israel’s story, is one of renewal and rebuilding. The fire totally destroyed over 500 homes, leaving over 1500 residents with no place to return as the city got the all clear. But that is only where this story begins. The blackened patches of earth will not …

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Into the Fray: The forgotten fire?

Last week’s fires did little to illuminate much of the unknown still shrouding another conflagration that flared up, almost a year and a half ago.  I feel a sense of shame, and even more, a sense of pain…at the murder of a small baby. Pain that from my people, there …

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1977 revisited.

Gvirotai veRabotai – Mahapakh! Does anyone recall an election in a democracy which generated so many apocalyptic rants from the losers? I do. 1977’s Israel’s Mahapakh … and the more I think about it the more similarities I find. This follows from a brief conversation on Facebook (screen grab) with a Clinton …

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Arlene from Israel: After the Flames Die Down.

Today I will focus on just one subject.  For the fires that have raged here in Israel during the last several days have surely been uppermost in everyone’s mind.   It began on Tuesday with a major fire in Zichron Yaakov, a community near the Mediterranean, on the south edge …

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Pyro-Terrorism In Israel: 7 Points To Ponder

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We will probably never know the whole story behind the 200+ fires that set Israel ablaze over the past 3-4 days. But pyro-terrorism should not surprise us. We were forewarned. Long ago. Fire as a Weapon of War Fire has been used in warfare throughout human history. Villages have been …

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Into the Fray: Bibi vs BG.

Benjamin Netanyahu – A synopsis: The good the bad…and the remarkable When you compare his [Netanyahu’s] lack of actual achievements compared to Ben-Gurion, whose record he’s eclipsed, it’s embarrassing – Jeff Barak, An empty record, Jerusalem Post, November 20, 2016 Last Tuesday Benjamin Netanyahu chalked up an unbroken stint of …

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Arlene from Israel: Getting It Straight.

No easy task, with all that’s flying.  But we need to try.  It means telling it like it is. Caroline Glick has written many excellent columns over the years, but in my opinion the one she released last Friday – “The Ellison Challenge” – was exceptional for its direct and …

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Into the Fray: Obama unplugged: What to do?.

Israel must credibly convey that support for unilateral Palestinian statehood will not be a cost-free decision for whoever acts to effect it – or fails to foil it Obama’s final months in power are a unique opportunity to correct the record, and, more important, score an achievement that his successors …

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Arlene from Israel: Unsettled.

“Unsettled” is probably a major understatement with regard to what’s going on, here and in the US.  Doesn’t mean all bad.  Not at all – it’s a mix with a great deal that is exceedingly promising. But before I address that mix, just one great news item: “The United Nation’s …

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Terms Misused By Anti-Israel Activists.

In the seemingly intractable conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, words are just as powerful weapons as rockets or knives. Words can kill, but they are also a casualty of the conflict. You may remember Newspeak, the fictional language in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, which was an altered …

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Arlene from Israel: Hope Grows.

Hope for a strengthening of the US, as Hillary may be headed for defeat.  Hope that America may not implode. I’ve had a suspicion for some time that the polls showing her ahead were not accurate, and that many more intended to vote for Trump than the numbers indicated.  But …

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Israel and Contemporary Forms of Western-Left Racism.

As the progressive-left and Democratic Party fling around charges of racism like confetti, perhaps it is time to remind people of the forms of western-left racism. Why, after all, should Republicans and independents get all the fun?There are charges of racism to be flung with wild abandon on all sides! …

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Arlene from Israel: Normal?

We are now past the holiday season and I would like to say that we’re back to “normal,” but I’m no longer sure what that means.  Actually, I’m not quite sure there is such a thing these days. But, having just come from the holidays, I can deliver good news …

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Into the Fray: Condell on Clinton.

By presenting the divide between Trump & the post-Obama surrogate, Clinton, as an “America vs Europe” one, Condell understates the true nature of the dichotomy. It is unusual for American voters to get a real choice in a presidential election but this is a genuine fork in the road for …

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UNESCO ripping away the Temple Mount from Jewish history.

UNESCO have passed another resolution ripping away the Temple Mount from Jewish history and denying all Jewish claims to our most holy site. Masada, also a UNESCO heritage site was built by the same Jewish King Herod who built the Temple Mount.  In both places the same coins, jewellery, pottery …

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Into the Fray: B’tselem at the UN.

Posted originally as “B’tselem at the UN: Has Israel become so “open-minded” that its collective brains have fallen out?” B’tselem is not a human rights organization but a politically partisan group for which “human rights” are a pretext for advancing its radical political agenda—Israeli withdrawal  Those whom the gods wish …

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UNESCO Resolution Denies Jewish Connection with its Holiest Site.

UNESCO made a mockery of its purpose on Friday when it passed a resolution effectively writing Jews out of the history of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Judaism’s holiest site. The resolution, which was passed with 24 votes in favour, 6 against and 26 abstentions, acknowledges Jerusalem’s significance to three …

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Arlene from Israel: The Lows and Highs.

While I have a number of good news items to report, unfortunately I must begin with a low.  Sadly, first matters first. On Sunday, with the holy day of Yom Kippur drawing near, a terrorist took two lives in Jerusalem. One victim was Jerusalem resident Levana Malihi, 60, a grandmother …

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Into the Fray: Obama:The Blame Bibi bears.

If one knows a storm is brewing, but takes no measures to prepare for it, when the storm hits, who is to blame for the damage? The storm… or those who did not prepare for it?  “If the aim of the Israeli government is to prevent a peace deal with …

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The Wall of Indifference.

Those of us who care about Israel, and who are concerned about the rise of Political Islam face a brick wall. Those of us who prefer western forms of jurisprudence to the Sharia courts popping up all over Europe face it, as well. Those of us who care about the …

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