Tag Archives: Israel

Into the Fray: Two-state dogma – The inanity and the insanity.

As the passage of time exposes how implausible the two-state pipe-dream is, the more desperate, deluded, disingenuous the arguments in its defense become. The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted by degrees… by dint of constant pressure on one side and …

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Arlene from Israel: In Memoriam.

 It is with sadness that I note the passing on Tuesday of Salomon Benzimra of Toronto.  Originally from Morocco – what was then the International Zone of Tangiers – he was able to trace his family back to Spain prior to the Inquisition. When it became necessary they had escaped …

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Arlene from Israel: Where to Begin?

I frequently feel overwhelmed by the number of critical issues I would like to share with my readers: I must chose among events competing for attention. That said, I begin with the good news, which is of considerable importance.  (But I ask you please to continue reading past the good …

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The Children’s Intifada… Again

This is the Children’s Intifada. “Knife Intifada” or “Stabbing Intifada” does not cut it.This is the Children’s Intifada.It is, perhaps, the most insidious thing that I have known in my lifetime.Outside of the various fun-filled activities of, say, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the 1970s, I can think of no more …

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Arlene from Israel: With a Smile and a Tear.

A couple of “only in Israel” stories about ordinary, yet special, people: Yishay Montgomery has been hailed as Israel’s “guitar hero.” Last Tuesday evening, Yishay was playing his acoustic guitar by the beach in southern Tel Aviv – near the Jaffa boardwalk where a terrorist had just stabbed several people …

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Into The Fray:Tragic toll of two-state travesty–on Palestinians.

No one has inflicted greater harm on Palestinian society than avid two-staters. During the 10 years since Hamas’s election victory, unemployment in the Gaza Strip has reached 45%, and the number of residents relying on foreign aid has hit 80% – “Poverty grips the Gaza Strip and unemployment rates terrifying,” …

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Arlene from Israel: Extreme Perversity and Much Worse.

We here in Israel don’t really ever expect things to go smoothly, but there are situations that are simply not smooth and others that are maddeningly perverse or breathtakingly ugly. But before I get to these, I begin with some good news that can provide a perspective. As those of …

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Arlene from Israel: Who We Are.

Eric Mandel, director of MEPIN, wrote an op-ed in the JPost on February 28, entitled, “The real strength of Israel” (emphasis added): He begins by saying that, “Israel’s long-term strength lies with its people.”  In the course of this piece, he describes how he toured significant regions of Israel, and …

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Arlene from Israel: Points Near and Far.

 “Despite a perception by many in Israel of growing international isolation, Israel has many friends in Africa,” Kenya’s Foreign Minister Amina Mohammed said on Wednesday. “Israel ‘has more friends than not on the continent,’ Mohammed, accompanying Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on a three-day trip to Israel, told the Jerusalem Post. …

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Arlene from Israel: Destructive Obsession.

  What you see above is the Harpy NG, displayed by Israel Aircraft Industries after over two years of development.  Although it looks like a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), it is in fact a missile that is highly maneuverable and can stay in the air for nine hours, loitering until …

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How the Jews are Winning the Long Arab War .

The long Arab-Muslim war against the Jewish people goes on and on… but the Jews are winning. We need to acknowledge that the conflict is an ongoing expression of Arab-Muslim religious hatred toward Jews as manifested since the time of Muhammad and embedded within the Koran and the Hadiths. Further, …

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Arlene from Israel: Confusion? And Far Worse

One great thing Israel has going for her is the political cartoon work of Ya’akov Kirschen, who has been doing “Dry Bones” for over 40 years now.   At present, he is developing an online Bones Academy to train an army of cartoonists in the art of Computer Based Messaging – …

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Into the Fray: Back to the ghetto? Waxing insane

Herzog’s new policy proposal amounts to little more than an “aggressive retreat” behind higher & more extensive walls—and the ghetto mentality they symbolize. Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad – ancient proverb, misattributed to Euripides. Q: What is the difference between the State of Israel …

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Arlene from Israel: Confusion Abounds

  And yet, the good stuff is with us as well. It’s been a winter here in Jerusalem that has brought some bitter cold (by Jerusalem standards), and periods of heavy rain, interspersed with warm and sunny days. Every year at this time,  I am pleasantly surprised when I am …

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Open letter to the anti-Israel Left.

Guest post by Julie Nathan. This letter is addressed to that small fraction of the political Left which not only criticises Israeli government policies or practices, but also demonises and denigrates Israel at every opportunity and thus denies its legitimacy. We see you, we hear you, day after day, making …

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Arlene from Israel: ‘Are We Ready?’

First we note the death of a vigilant and brave security officer: Last Wednesday, two young Border Policewomen outside the Damascus Gate were able to stop three terrorists who had concealed machine guns and other weaponry.  Both policewomen were attacked, and the three terrorists were then quickly shot dead by …

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Arlene from Israel: ‘Successes and Burdens’

 Hi-tech innovations coming out of Israel are fairly non-stop.  Consider: “Made-in-Israel technology is heading toward ubiquity, not just in back-end hardware and software, but even in consumer goods. Case in point: One-third of the smart TVs sold in the world today contain an essential piece of technology made by Tel …

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ZFA: When terror strikes.

A father travels with three of his children along a road travelled daily. But this day is different to other days. Suddenly, Palestinian terrorists travelling in another car cut across the lanes and fire bullets at the car: at least ten. The father is injured in both legs and is …

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Arlene from Israel: ‘Virtual Torrent’

 I am referring to the mean-spirited, disappointing and hypocritical statements and actions that we see emanating from prominent world leaders.  This is in addition to the plethora of threats against Israel and the Jews. But let’s hold that for a moment, as we must look at the good first. This …

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A Tree Living Without a Forest.

I have in the past been accused of conflating the State of Israel with the Jewish people and very much hope to get so-accused heading into the future for a long, long time to come. While it is true that Israel is not directly synonymous with the Jewish people – …

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