Tag Archives: Israel

Something rotten in the state of Denmark?

It is that not Israel is being judged by criteria different to those applied to the region’s gory tyrannies, but that it is being judged by standards different to those that the EU judges itself. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. – William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene …

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Israel: Life goes on.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. It is usually around this time of year that I write a piece summing up the year in Israel, filled with highs and lows, the difficulties and the triumphs. As I reflect on 2014, it …

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Arlene from Israel – Very Briefly

I am currently preparing for the arrival of family, and so have only a brief moment to write.  The next three days I will be devoting myself to Chanukah (and Shabbat) and family – which is, quite frankly, a double lifesaver for me. Simply wanted to update my readers, with …

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Arlene in Israel – This Way and That.

Some news a tad encouraging, and other news that’s nothing short of infuriating. Sometimes it’s hard to determine whether we have, on average, broken even.  Doesn’t look so here. ~~~~~~~~~~ But let’s put that aside from a moment, and attend to first things first.  It is Chanukah, and I want …

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Arlene in Israel – Light the Lights.

Tonight (Israel, last night Australia) we light the first light in the eight day Festival of Chanukah. A time for joy and hope. Actually, there are two stories of Chanukah: One has to do with the miracle of the oil, which burned in the Temple for eight days although there …

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Arlene in Israel – Tight Position.

Things are never easy for Israel, but matters do seem to be getting tougher, day by day, with regard to the international community.  To begin with, the parliament of one European nation after another has adopted a non-binding resolution of some sort regarding recognition of a “Palestinian state”: On Friday, …

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Into the Fray: Bennett at Saban:What he should & shouldn’t have said

Naftali Bennett gave a spirited performance at the recent Saban Forum, but was far more convincing on what should not be done, than on what should be done.  You know, I just think you live in another reality. It’s what Steve Jobs called distorted reality thinking. – Martin Indyk to …

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Arlene in Israel – Turmoil.

Tumult can be identified on several fronts right now, starting with the issue of the death of PA official and terrorist Zaid Abu Ein yesterday.  I had hoped that the autopsy, once it was done, would firmly put to rest the charge by the PA that we “killed” this man …

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Kerry says…..

John Kerry

This sounds like  the old child’s game “Simon  says” but it’s “Kerry says”. That guy is delusional. Where is his head? No don’t answer that, it’s a hypothetical question anyhow. In my News Feed this morning I read the headline: Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian peace is not a pipe dream If only …

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Arlene from Israel – Always Something

It seems there is always something to contend with, a “crisis du jour,” so to speak.  I am moved to address this current “crisis” – which is really small potatoes – because the PA and the world at large are already building it into something that it is not.  As …

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Arlene in Israel – The World Keeps Turning.

It’s official.  Last night the Knesset voted – 93 in favor, no votes against and no abstentions – to disband itself.  We are in a campaign period.  A huge amount of jockeying is now taking place with regard to possible mergers of parties, timing of the Likud primary (which Netanyahu …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi – Chanukah Features

SEEING & BELIEVING. The Chanukah blessings are followed by “HaNerot Halalu”, a meditation about the lights we kindle. It is both a moment of spirituality and a halachic summary reminding us that the Chanukah lights are to be looked at and not to be used. There is quite a different …

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Arlene in Israel – A Political Circus.

It wouldn’t do, I suppose, for the political situation to have clarity for too long. Or for the news to simply be promising.  We’ve now entered the circus arena: the rumors are flying, predictions are contradictory, and some surprising alliances are being suggested as possible. All of this defeats clarity …

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Pro-Israel On-Line Community & Unexpected Friends.

You guys should know that Jon Haber from Divestthis! has a piece that I need to address entitled, What’s Left? – Arguing with Mike. I honestly do not know that we arguing more than we are having a discussion.  So far I have mainly been responding to Jon over at the …

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Arlene in Israel – Looking Good.

It’s a long time since I have had a positive – even tentatively positive – sense of the political scene here in Israel. But here we are now, in a time of real turmoil, which nonetheless has within it the promise of something better than the unfortunate situation we’ve been …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – Vayyishlach

BOXING & WRESTLING. A television station once brought me from Sydney to Melbourne to take part in a programme about boxing. I told them of course that though there were famous Jewish boxers, the morality of boxing was highly suspect. They didn’t ask me about wrestling, but I would have …

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Arlene in Israel – Jewish (and Other) Rights in the Land Today.

Editor’s note: There is some excellent material here to study and to share Please click links and read. Let us begin today by looking briefly at the historical situation that immediately followed Israel’s Declaration of Independence and the subsequent War of Independence.  At the end of the war, in 1949, …

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West Supports Terrorism Against Israel via UNRWA

The biggest financial supporters of the UNRWA may be surprising. More surprising are the people employed by the UN organization and their belief system. The season of giving has officially begun. Unfortunately, many people have grown weary of donating to charities after so many cases of corruption have been uncovered, …

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Arlene in Israel – Kaf Tet B’November.

“Kaf Tet B’November” is precisely this: the 29th of November. Sixty seven years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly voted to recommend the division of Palestine west of the Jordan River into a Jewish state and an Arab state. There are so many lessons to be derived from this …

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Into the fray: The Arabs’ war against the Jews (cont.):

Originally posted as: Into the fray: The Arabs’ war against the Jews (cont.): Root causes & red herrings. If the Jews are to prevail in the Arabs’ war against them it is essential that they accurately differentiate misleading red herrings from real root causes. Our forces are now entirely ready …

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