Israel

Arlene from Israel: As We Begin a New Year.

 I’m going to begin with some inspiring words that go beyond my normal “good news.”  This is extracted from commentary by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in the Koren Rosh Hashana Machzor [Prayer book] with my emphasis added: “There is mystery at the heart of Jewish existence, and it is written into …

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Into the Fray: Israel in Wonderland

The demise of Shimon Peres unleashed a tidal wave of mendacity & hypocrisy that underscores the dominance the delusional dictates of political correctness have over political discourse in  (and on) Israel     …on Friday, the world proved that what it really wants is to embrace Israel. Oslo, the disengagementand Peres …

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Obama’s “Palestinian Land”.

On September 20, 2016, US President Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. His passing comment on Palestinian Arab-Israel conflict underscored why peace did not advance, and his relationship with Israel worsened over his term. Obama’s UN remarks covered a lot of activities during his eight years …

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From the Desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM: Rosh Hashana Opinion Piece.

As we approach 5777-2016/17 we are entering a momentous year of anniversaries for the Jewish People. There are many significant markers, but it behoves us to recall at least some of them. It will be 120 years since the first Zionist Congress in Basle in August 1897. It was at …

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From the Desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM: September Opinion Piece.

Whilst this opinion piece around PM Netanyahu’s speech to the UN was written before the passing of Shimon Peres z”l it would be a gross omission to not acknowledge the life of one of the most important figures of our time.  A man who did so much for Israel and …

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Into the Fray: Shimon Peres (1923-1985; 1986-2016)

Paradoxically, it was not Peres’s successes – but his failures – that catapulted him to international stardom; it was not his impressive accomplishments that made him a global celebrity but the disastrous fiascoes in pursuit of his wildly unrealistic illusions   Ambition drove many men to become false; to have …

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Arlene from Israel: Looking Up.

The first and most important reason we are looking up is because Rosh Hashana starts Sunday night.  This is a time of reflection, and drawing closer to Heaven.  With intention and effort, we can become what we are meant to be. As I will likely not post again before Rosh …

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The Dhimmi That Got Away.

Israel is The Dhimmi That Got Away.  The fundamental basis of the never-ending Arab-Muslim aggression against the Jews of the Middle East is the Muslim religion as outlined in the Qur’an and the Hadiths. Period. Full stop. It is not an aggression based upon notions of social justice, as the …

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Netanyahu’s Speech in Layman’s Words.

 Across Facebook, Israelis are proud and loud today. We have waited a long time to hear our Prime Minister tell the United Nations a message we have never quite been able to say so eloquently. I can try to translate the thought behind his words but I would likely fail …

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Arlene from Israel: ‘As the World Turns’

“As the world turns” was until recently the name of a very long-running soap opera.  And it is so appropriate as the title of this post, because, folks, we are living in a soap opera – another metaphor for our surreal situation. Of course, there are islands of lucidity, when …

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Arlene from Israel: “Our Mad, Mad World”

Perhaps the best antidote to the insane events that seem normal fare these days is a focus on some of the good news that comes out of Israel.  Thank Heaven, there is a good deal of that, if we take the time to pay attention: “In Prof. Amir Amedi’s world-renowned …

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Unsocial Media

A little while ago, I embarked upon some research on social media, and in particular the issue of how Israel is represented there. It would probably come as no surprise to any of you that there exists a substantial body of anti-Israel content in this sphere. Much of it particularly …

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Into the fray: Ethnic Cleansing. Why Bibi was quite right & dangerously wrong.

Netanyahu is right to excoriate Palestinians demand to purge Jews as ethnic cleansing, but what are the perils entailed in them dropping that demand?  …the Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with one precondition: no Jews! There’s a phrase for that. It’s called ethnic cleansing. And this demand is …

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Arlene from Israel: “The Good, the Bad, and the Totally Crazy”

So, we start with the good. More exciting archaeological news: There is a project called the Temple Mount sifting project.  It was founded in 2004, by archaeologists Dr. Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira in response to the horrendous removal of tons of earth from the Temple Mount by the Islamic …

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Into the Fray: The perils of the one-state proposal.

Annexation of Judaea and Samaria together with its Arab population, will culminate in Lebanonization of Israel and the end of the Zionist dream—as surely as the two-state paradigm it was meant to replace The road to hell is paved with good intentions – An ancient English dictum of disputed origin …

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Arlene from Israel: Malice by Any Other Name.

Before I get to the malice, which sure stares us in the face, let’s start with some good news, which sets matters into a very broad context. This week, the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem unveiled an enormously exciting new exhibit – “In the Valley of David and Goliath” – …

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INTO THE FRAY: “The only relevant question…”

“The day is fast approaching when the Palestinian Authority we have known for the past 22 years will cease to exist”.  Israel must be prepared   16 years after the failed Camp David summit, the fiction of the two-state solution is about to be shattered once and for all. The only …

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Arlene from Israel: Striking a Balance.

When last I wrote, I spoke about light behind the shadows and looking ahead to what is possible – what good may be on the way.  I meant every word, and will continue to seek the light. However, I am not a Pollyanna and I don’t for a moment intend …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser.AM. August Opinion Piece

Leadership comes in various forms. Just over a week ago saw the Zionist Federation of Australia’s 10th Biennial Jewish Educators’ Conference. Hundreds of participants gathered for a unique event in the Jewish world. Back in 1997 when it was conceived and then first held in 1998 there was no such …

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Arlene from Israel: “To Be Visionaries”.

It is almost two weeks now since we observed Tisha B’Av, marking the destruction of the Temples and a number of other tragedies that have befallen our people at this time on the calendar. We did the mourning: fasting… reading Eicha (Lamentations) while sitting on the floor…chanting of Kinot (dirges, …

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