Tag Archives: Israel

Arlene from Israel: Am Yisrael Chai.

The Nation of Israel Lives – Am Yisrael Chai Here in Israel, we have just completed Simchat Torah, a holiday of joyous celebration of the Torah.  Many of us found it difficult to go into the holiday.  A strange thing: To celebrate on holidays, even in the face of tragedy …

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US State Department Comments on Terrorism in Israel and the Territories

FirstOneThrough There were several terrorist attacks against Israeli Jews in early October 2015.  The US State Department gave very tepid comments about the murders, especially compared to how the US reacted to the arson attacks that claimed the lives of three Palestinian Arabs in July 2015.  When one considers that …

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Into the Fray: Yair Lapid – Responding to Readers.

For MK Yair Lapid: Don’t wag your head when making a point. It makes you look even more arrogant than you are. – Lawrence Rifkin, Senior Editor, The Jerusalem Post. Full disclosure: This was not the topic I had in mind for this week. In fact, by late yesterday afternoon …

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The True Nakba of the New Palestinians.

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The Arabs who now call themselves Palestinians consider the Nakba as a pivotal event in their history. Nakba refers to the trauma of the failure of the mighty Arab nation to wipe out this little blotch on the map called Israel.  We Jews had the gall to come home and …

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Arlene from Israel: Not to Panic.

Mahmoud Abbas delivered an address at the UN General Assembly yesterday.    It was the address that he had promised would include a “bombshell” at the end. Bombshell?  Presumably, that he was walking away from the Oslo Accords of 1993 and following. Well… ~~~~~~~~~~ The NY Times headline for the …

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Arlene from Israel: Mid-way – Joy and Urgency.

We are currently in the middle days of Sukkot.  It is not a full holiday, but a half-holiday, still filled with joy. I thought perhaps I would not post during this time.  But there are matters of significance that call to me in urgent tones, telling me to do so.  …

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Why do I call myself a Christian Zionist?

This is a very personal story written by Steve Blowers, a Christian Zionist who explains why he is a Zionist and how he became one. Written in reply to the question “Why are Christians Zionists ?”  which arose from the article  “Who is a Zionist”. The person who asked the …

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Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, for those of you who may not know, is US representative to Florida’s 23rd congressional district and chair of the Democratic National Committee. This would make her not only among the most powerful Jewish women in the United States Congress, but among the most important people in national …

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Arlene from Israel: “Over the Top”

To say that the situation is outrageous would be to minimize it. And so I will not say it. The game being played by the PA and its supporters, as well as by Jordan, is simple:  Muslim violence has been fomented on the Temple Mount, and then when Israeli security …

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Arlene from Israel: A Howl of Fury

Nothing less will do… Five days since the end of Rosh Hashana – which had been for me a time of spiritual high, offering a sense of my place in the world. How badly I had wanted to hold on to that high. I knew, of course, that there was …

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Arlene from Israel: Shifting Focus.

Sort of.  The Iran deal is of primary concern, and so, the major attention I’ve paid to it has been critically important.  In fact, I fully intend to return to this subject very soon.  It could not be otherwise, with Congress now re-convening and about to begin debate on the …

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Arlene from Israel: Carrying on with Vigor.

The end of last week was tough: With the declaration of Senator Mikulski (D-MD) that she would support the Iran deal, Obama had the number of votes he needed to block the Senate from overriding his veto of the Congressional rejection of his Iran program.  At least on paper.  My …

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Arlene from Israel: One Messy Affair.

I am referring, of course, to the whole business of the votes in Congress on the Iran deal. Netanyahu has come out with a statement, echoing what I and others said yesterday, that things can still change, and we must keep fighting. Those who oppose the deal have already achieved …

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Arlene from Israel: Don’t Stop!

I cannot pretend it is looking good for the Congressional vote on the Iran deal. But we must continue to make every possible effort to defeat it. Congress convenes next week, on the 9th, after a summer recess, at which point debate on the issue begins. Vote will be taken …

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The lies and the myths of the anti-Israeli crowd.

 How many lies and distortions can be spread in a single article? Sometimes, when reading on stories about Israel, so ludicrous the web being weaved, I somehow expect to hear Rod Serling overhead announcing that ‘I am traveling through another dimension’ accompanied of course, by the Twilight Zone’s classic music …

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Arlene from Israel: More Light, in the Midst of Darkness

We here in Israel we speak a good deal these days about a world arrayed against us – a world ready to do business with Iran for self-serving reasons.  In doing my writing, I have been remiss in not mentioning Canada, under the leadership of Prime Minster Steven Harper (pictured …

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Arlene from Israel: Seeking Rays of Light.

However painfully overcast the current situation is, we should not see it as totally dark. Those “rays of light” must be sought, and nurtured, even as we see what is going on with clear eyes and face it with stiff spines. Turning back to the Iran situation and Congress, which …

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Arlene from Israel: Weary, and More Weary Still

  I suspect most of my readers will understand where I am coming from, in selecting today’s subject title.  How can any thoughtful person consider the state of the world and not feel exhausted to the very bone? Nothing, but nothing makes for more exhaustion than the Iran issue. According …

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Into the Fray: Why now? The hypocritical hullabaloo over Jewish ‘terror’

Dismantling “settlements” is the only goal the Israeli Left really cares about & its pursuit justifies all means, however mendacious or malevolent. It would be so nice if something would make sense for a change… If I had a world of my own… [n]othing would be what it is because …

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Arlene from Israel: Unfolding Nightmare.

On Friday, I wrote about the letter Obama wrote to Jerrold Nadler (D – NY 10th), in which he stated that he considers Israel’s security “sacrosanct” and intends to provide additional military assistance to Israel if the deal passes. At that time I asked, rhetorically, if anyone imagined that we …

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