Tag Archives: Israel

Palestine – Negotiating semantic minefield becomes pressing necessity.

Two former Australian Foreign Ministers – Bob Carr (2012-2013) and Gareth Evans (1988-1996) – have published an article this past week engaging in a semantic tug of war with Australia’s current Foreign Minister – Julie Bishop – over Australia’s recently declared policy of refusing to describe East Jerusalem as “occupied …

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Arlene from Israel – Real but Painful Progress.

A couple of very significant pieces of information have been uncovered in the extensive IDF/Shin Bet operation for the rescue of the three kidnapped students (emphasis added): “Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened Sunday morning’s cabinet meeting with dramatic revelation over the kidnapping of three Israeli yeshiva students, saying that the …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – National Anguish.

June 14, 2014: National Anguish. Motzei Shabbat (after Shabbat) And fear.  And fury.  And a terrible sense of déjà vu. Late Thursday evening, three boys disappeared.                                       Eyal Yifrach 19.          Naftali Frenkel 16.         Gilad Sha’ar 16. At this point in time, it’s impossible to piece together …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Dark Clouds

  In my last posting I wrote about “rays of light,” and indeed they do exist.  But I would be remiss indeed if I were to convey a simple-mindedly optimistic message.  The somber truth is that we are facing down some exceedingly tough situations. For starters, there is Hezbollah.  I’ve …

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Arlene in Israel – Rays of Light

More and more it seems, the nations of the world are arrayed against us:  Israel is criticized for not accepting a Fatah-Hamas unity government, for building in Judea and Samaria, etc. etc.  But there is one turn-around that, while modest, is significant. The government of Australian Prime Minister “Tony” Abbott …

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G-d Bless Australia!

Editor’s note: For those of you who are new to this site. Mike is an American, who is a very frequent and much appreciated contributor .   Tom Wilson writing in Commentary tells us: Australia has announced that it will no longer refer to East Jerusalem as “occupied territory.” Tony …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – “That Unity Government”

Shavuot has come and gone and before we go into Shabbat tomorrow night, I want to return to the issue of the PA-Hamas government in order to provide my readers with additional information. This is particularly for readers in the US, who, I must hope and trust, will be inclined …

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An Open Letter to Obama.

Yo Barack, I’ve been thinking about writing this letter for…for…how long have you been in office? Although, to be honest, the real question is probably how much time do you have left in office? That’s the important figure so we can calculate how much more damage you can do – …

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Abbas and Hamas: Mortal Friends.

JDU note: Welcome Y.K. Cherson who is an Israeli writer who has written countless articles for sites like Right Side News, Ali Sina’s Faith Freedom and many more.   Cherson and Molschky .   On April 23, it was announced there would be another “eternal” peace agreement between the two main …

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Palestine – Pope’s Political Power Play Promises Pandemonium.

The visit of Pope Francis to Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem this week proved that His Holiness is just as fallible – and gullible – as a host of other world power brokers like US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and the negotiators representing the Quartet – the European …

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One State Jew State Two States Hey! A Real Solution For The Arab -Israeli Conflict

Jewish Home Party leader and Israeli economic minister Naftali Bennett has excited some ire over a recent editorial he published in the Wall Street Journal In short, his proposal, which he calls the ‘Stability Plan’ contains these main elements: 1) Complete self-government for Palestinians living in Area A and B, …

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Papal Insensitivity and Jewish Self-Inferiority

  Part of the luxury of living in Israel is feeling that we have a right, like all other nations, to point out when we are being treated by a double standard. The biggest problem of all, probably, is that too many of our own people lead the call for …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Resuming.

  It has been over a week since I’ve posted because I have been occupied with personal affairs (I am OK). Many was the time in the course of the last several days that I have wanted to write.  Here I will touch upon some of the news items that …

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Does This Look Like A Man Under Unhealthy Pressure From A Disproportionately Powerful Lobby?

    He should know. Bob Carr famously complained to the ALP caucus while in government about what was he expected to say about Israel the next time he was speaking from the steps of the Lakemba Mosque. After all, where else would you make a major policy statement affecting …

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Arlene in Israel – Finished

  The “peace process” is dead, but Kerry refuses to sign the death certificate.  Pathetically, he hovers over the diplomatic corpse as if he can invigorate it with new life.  He’s pushed on before when the situation seemed grim from his perspective. But this time I believe the situation is …

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Arlene in Israel – Recap

  I have no intention here of reviewing matters in the sort of detail I offered yesterday.  It is not necessary, in any event. I’m seeing much the same as I did yesterday: Inherently contradictory comments from Kerry regarding his continued faith in the “peace process” that prompts him to …

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Arlene in Israel – TOTAL CONFUSION.

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner.   I had intended to write last night – the night when that last batch of Palestinian Arab terrorists was scheduled for release – to say that we had a temporary reprieve.  It was clear even before last night that they were not going …

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Arlene in Israel – Counting Down

We are almost to that day [March 29th, late at night] when either the final batch of pre-Oslo Arab prisoners will be released, or our government will announce that they are not being released… There is a reasonable chance that the latter situation will prevail.  And, in any event, as …

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Arlene from Israel – More Dangerous Nonsense

Before I get to the nonsense, which increases daily, I note with sadness the untimely passing yesterday of commentator, writer, and author Barry Rubin, who served as director of GLORIA (Global Research in International Affairs).  He succumbed after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 64.  Enormously astute …

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Open letter from Kay Wilson.

An open letter from Kay Wilson to St James Church, Piccadilly, England   “And it came to pass that in December 2010, two Palestinian shepherds left their little town near Bethlehem and set out to walk ten miles across the Judean Hills. There in the forest, they kept watch by …

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