Tag Archives: Israel

Arlene from Israel: Choppy Waters.

There is much to report at this time of political and diplomatic turmoil, but I will follow what has become my custom and start with some brief good news items. ~~~~~~~~~~ Midway between the Dead Sea and Eilat, in a place called Sapir, in the harsh Arava desert, we find …

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France-Israel not lovers/not friends?

If we can’t have France as a lover, can we at least have a genuine friend? French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says the decision to vote in favour of a UNESCO report that ignores any Jewish link to Jerusalem was a ‘mistake’. French President Francois Hollande says it was a …

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“Apartheid Israel” first female Nigerian officer.

Danny Brenner, in Israel Hayom writes: The Israel Defense Forces, more than any other organization, represents Israeli society. It is a melting pot that includes soldiers from all ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds, men and women, but even this human collage always has something new. For example, Israel’s first female …

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Arlene in Israel: Sof Sof!

“Sof Sof!” means Finally! When last I wrote two days ago, I expected Lieberman to close on a coalition agreement with Likud within hours.  Instead it has taken days.  But as of this morning at 11 AM, the agreement was signed and it was a done deal. The holdup was …

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Why do Democracies demand Israel appease theocracies & despots?

Columnist Roger Cohen from the New York Times is one of many who has painted the late Prime Minister of Israel, Yizhak Rabin, as a hero because he apparently was prepared to give away half of the land of Israel for peace: this despite the fact that Israel had been forced to …

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Saying Mazal Tov in Sign Language in Israel.

Saying Mazal Tov in Sign Language – 54 Deaf Students Gather From Across Israel Monday, May 16, 2016, was a very special day in the lives of 54 Deaf students from across Israel. Each one approaching their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, preparing to join a long line of generations before …

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Arlene from Israel: Reaching, Always.

“Reaching, Always”… for the good, and for strength.  Frequently a tough task. But…Wow! I begin today with a moving “only in Israel” story.  I had written in my last posting about the way in which comrades of a fallen soldier maintain an ongoing connection with his family.  I subsequently received …

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A Call to Jews and Zionists: It’s Time to Demand Respect.

How do we gain respect? By demanding it. It’s time to proudly wear the symbols of our Jewish ancestry again – especially on campus.  I read Facebook and Canada’s two national newspapers every morning. I get acid indigestion every morning. Never a day goes by without the media-social or otherwise-attacking Israel …

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Arlene from Israel: Many Bases.

Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev is working on a proposal that would require all institutions that receive state funds, or whose facilities were built by the State of Israel, to fly the Israeli flag.  This would include sports centers, soccer fields, cultural institutions and theaters, etc. Sounds like a …

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Into the Fray: The political algorithms of the Arab-Israeli conflict .

By its acceptance of the legitimacy of Palestinian national claims, Israel has, perversely, laid the foundations for the assault on its own legitimacy. Algorithm: A detailed sequence of actions to perform to accomplish some task…; a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem – Webster’s …

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Indigneity.

Non-Israeli Jews have been in diaspora for 2,000 years or thereabouts. We have been in diaspora so long that we have forgotten that we have a home. The Land of Israel. This is not to say that America is not also our home or that any place we happen to …

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Arlene in Israel: “In the Midst of the Holiday”

I am writing during Hol Hamoed – the semi-holiday, five days in duration, that falls between the two full holidays at either end of the Pesach week.  I want to touch a few bases here and will pick up again with postings next week. Perhaps primary in my motivation for …

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Into the Fray: Staggering stupidity .

By accepting the principle of two-states, successive Israeli leaders have impaled the nation on the horns of an irresolvable dilemma. We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them. – Albert Einstein One does not have to be an Einstein to grasp that Israel cannot …

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Arlene from Israel: Redemption!

That, in the end, is what Pesach – which begins Friday night – is about for the Jewish people. We talk about Pesach as Chag Ha’matzot (the festival of matza) and Chag Ha’aviv (the spring festival); it is all of this, as well as being the festival of freedom (Zeman …

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Tunnels and bus explosions, but the world remains silent.

There is a superstitious belief within our office that it should never be said that things are quiet in Israel. An example is this article which I came across last week. It mentioned that the terrorist stabbing attacks that have been an all too regular occurrence over the last six …

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Arlene from Israel: Where Are We All Going? Part 2

Even as I prepare for Pesach, I want to continue reporting on some of the major issues that are confronting us.  “Some,” as the list of issues is overwhelming.  There is good news regarding Israeli defense capacity, and (at least in some quarters) determination to stand strong. Every year, the …

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A surprise from Kuwait.

On March 27th, doing a crawl through the pro-Palestinian leftist Facebook ‘Israel hate sites’, I came upon a video from the Kuwait Times, regarding the shooting of an Arab by a member of the IDF. I was angry after having posted and argued earlier elsewhere that I thought a person …

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Arlene from Israel: Where Are We All Going?

 It’s a huge question with no easy answers. But this posting is going to start with the good stuff, which we find in some considerable measure here in Israel.  You have read numerous times about the Legal Grounds Campaign, which I co-chair with Jeff Daube.  We have just put out …

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The sport of politics.

A slight change of tack this week. Sport of politics . I came across an article in the Israeli media this week, but was unable to find it covered in the English language media. I suppose the reason for that was the story is relatively insignificant as far as the rest …

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Arlene from Israel: “Fighting the Good Fight”

When I placed the Legal Grounds cartoon in my last posting, I said I would be sharing more about the EU.  The cartoon was aimed at the distorted perspective of the EU, and it is just the beginning. EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen consistently makes statements about the “fact” …

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