Tag Archives: Israel

Arlene from Israel – Slowly, Thoughtfully, Agonizingly.

By now I had thought our ground forces would have entered Gaza, but the operation remains on the edge of happening. As I approach Shabbat and find I still have many preparations to attend to, I want to share only a very brief overview of what is transpiring with regard …

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Arlene from Israel – Those Human Shields.

Yet another factor in the current conflict is the willingness – indeed the eagerness – of Hamas to promote a PR advantage by putting its civilians in harm’s way. This is not a new tactic.  Israel goes to the extraordinary lengths of warning Gaza residents of a house that an …

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Arlene from Israel – Proportionality and Other Matters

There is a widespread – but very erroneous – impression that if an enemy attacks, a proportional response means a nation can only return what was received and no more. That is, the mistaken impression is that if Hamas shot one rocket, we could only shoot one rocket back. International …

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Arlene from Israel – *WAR*

It took a long time in coming, but it’s very serious now.  The military action, called Operation Protective Edge, was announced in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. As I write, well over 140 sites in Gaza have been hit by the Israeli Air Force and some 14 people have …

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Arlene from Israel – Answering to Ourselves.

Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat) Shabbat has now ended, but I carry with me the messages of an incredible Shabbat afternoon, during which Rabbi Seth and Sherri Mandell spoke on “Faith in the Face of Tragedy.”   The Mandells lost their son Koby to terrorists 13 years ago, and devote themselves to …

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Arlene from Israel – Obscene Rush to Judgment

On Tuesday night, according to eye witnesses, a black car stopped near Mohammad Abu Khdeir, 16, from the upscale Beit Hanina neighborhood of Jerusalem and then took off with the boy inside.  Some time later, the family reported him missing. By early Wednesday morning, his burnt body had been found …

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Arlene from Israel – The Tears of a Nation.

Prime Minister Netanyahu called it “A Day of National Mourning,” and that is precisely what it was, as Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were laid to rest. The families first had individual services in their respective communities.  I was going to say “private,” but in fact they were …

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Arlene from Israel – Baruch dayan haemet.

Blessed is the righteous judge. This is the first order of business.  We accept the horror of the Hamas murder of three innocent Israeli students: Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19. These boys did not die in vain.  We have witnessed for many days now an …

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Obama’s Condolences for Murdered Israeli Teens Add Insult to Injury.

While world leaders offer their deep sympathy for the tragedy of the three kidnapped boys in Israel, found dead in a shallow grave on Monday, US President Obama’s condolences leave much to be desired. After his silence throughout the 18 days that the boys were missing, despite one being an …

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Arlene from Israel – Prayer and Positive Energy.

That is what that amazing woman Rachel Frankel, mother of Naftali, is asking of all of us. Not coincidentally, this dovetails with what I wanted to ask today as well. Investing energy in anger about the boys’ kidnapping, focusing on fear for them and other negative thoughts is not constructive …

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Arlene from Israel – Information Revealed

  June 27, 2014 Late yesterday, Israeli security released the names of the two men who are believed to be the abductors of the three kidnapped boys.   The two are members of Hamas.  As is often the case, Hamas involvement has been a family affair for them: Marwan Kawasme’s …

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Arlene from Israel – Agonizingly Slow.

The days move on, and still no word on recovery of the kidnapped students, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel.  The IDF continues to operate on the assumption that they are alive and hidden somewhere in Judea and Samaria (most likely but not necessarily in the Hevron area) – …

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Arlene from Israel – Awful and More Awful

June 23, 2014: The Middle East, with the singular exception of a stable, prosperous, democratic Israel, is in a state of turmoil and transition – with enormous violence and instability the norm.  We are seeing Sunni-Shia tensions, increasing radicalism, and the break down of borders. And the situation is only …

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Arlene from Israel– “The Struggle Goes On”

June 16, 2014 This is not an uncommon refrain for me these days: This posting must be short because other considerations are pulling at me. I did want to follow through a bit more about the search for the three kidnapped students. But, unfortunately, the very same matter that has …

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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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