Israel

From Israel: Amazing Israel.

Every year I write about this, and every year it astounds me yet again: The transition within a moment in time from mourning to joy, from Yom Hazikaron – Memorial Day, when we remember those who died for our country, to Yom Ha’atzmaut – Independence Day, when we rejoice for …

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Things I learned in Israel.

Israel is something you have to experience in order to truly understand.  This land is both less and much more than people tend to assume. These are some of the things I learned living in Israel: In Israel, I learned that “no” means “maybe.” Rules are for the boring. There …

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Self-Assertiveness, Nationalism And Israel.

Or: How did nationalism get such a bad rap? And: What’s a proud Israeli to do? People on the left side of the political spectrum talk about nationalism as if it is a dirty word, something to be discarded for global(homogen)ization. During the election campaign in the USA, many Americans …

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

This week we will be celebrating the 69th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Jewish State – Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut – preceded by Yom Hazikaron where we remember those who fell in the defence of the State of Israel. This comes on the back of efforts formalised 120 years …

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From Israel: Strength of a Nation.

Tonight we began Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day, here in Israel: a day of national mourning. At 8 PM, the siren sounded, calling everyone to stop in respectful silence. Tomorrow the siren will sound yet again. Visitors will flock to the military cemeteries of the country, to honor the memory of …

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From Israel: Riding the Waves.

When I was a kid (a million years ago), I loved to ride the waves.  I would move out to meet an incoming wave and coast up on its front surface to its foaming crest, an exhilarating experience.  I would then drop down its back surface as the wave broke …

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Could the ‘Palestinians’ actually sue the UK for the Balfour Declaration?

With so much coverage of a Palestinian threat to sue the United Kingdom for the 1917 Balfour Declaration I was surprised to find no one had investigated if they actually make a go of it.  To my surprise, it’s a long, long shot but, yes, it’s a possibility.  They could …

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Unapologetic Zionist Feminist.

This is not about Linda Sarsour. This is about Jews who are afraid to identify themselves as Zionists.  This is about people worldwide who hear the word “Zionist” and think about tanks vs “freedom fighters,” “occupiers” vs “oppressed” people. This is about women who are put off by the title …

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From Israel: What Is Normal?

We are back to routine after the Pesach week – and a splendid week it was in many ways. I wanted to say we are “back to normal,” but it is unclear to me precisely what constitutes “normal.” The balagan (confusion) of daily life, with its good and bad, is …

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Words you should never use if you love and support Israel.

Words are used to explain reality but they can also be used to shape reality, to create it. Sometimes exchanging a single word for another can change the picture entirely. Personally, I don’t believe there is any neutrality on the issue of Israel.  There are people who are uninvolved and …

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Open letter to family of murdered British Christian, Hannah Bladon.

My open letter to the family of the murdered British Christian, Hannah Bladon, which  appears in Israel Hayom ישראל היום As a British-born Israeli Jewish tour guide, I endured a similar experience to your Hanna, but lived to tell the tale.  In 2010, when guiding an American Christian, we were …

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Israel’s Settlements: Obstacle to Peace?

Arabs opposed the State of Israel before there were settlements—and they oppose it still today. It’s time to clear up 5 false myths about settlements. The U.N., as well as some American media and politicians, claim Israel doesn’t want peace, since Jews build houses in disputed territories of Judaea and …

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Arlene in Israel: Never ending.

I wrote yesterday about the marvelous statement made by MK Ohana. I knew there was a stand-alone video of his statement but didn’t locate it until after I had posted. It is powerful, and makes important points. And so I want to share it here with readers: Please, note the …

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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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