Tag Archives: Israel

Into the Fray: Stifling debate – BICOM’s blatant bias.

BICOM seems determined to adhere to its commitment to two-state principles down to the last Palestinian – and to block debate on plausible alternatives. With the two-state solution… Israel will collapse, because if they get out of Jerusalem, what will become of all the talk about the Promised Land and …

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Arlene from Israel: Help This Go Viral.

The cartoon from the Legal Grounds Campaign, which I co-chair with Jeff Daube, I ask please that you put this on your Facebook pages and on your websites, and send this out to everyone you can.  We are eager to have this go viral! The issue is clear: Far too …

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Arlene in Israel: Precisely What Are They Thinking?

The good news, my friends, is that in the midst of neighboring mayhem and chaos, Israel managed to celebrate Purim late last week without mishap. This was not a sure thing, by any means, and should not be taken lightly. ~~~~~~~~~~ Three Megillot – scrolls of the Book of Esther, …

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Into the Fray: Bombs in Brussels (or ‘It’s Islam Stupid’ revisited)

Islam is to terror as rainfall is to flooding. One out of six people all over the world is a Muslim… [T]rying to say anything in general about this huge community – 1.5 billion people – will be wrong… The vast majority of these populations are not involved… with violence …

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Arlene from Israel: Remembering.

This past Shabbat, the Shabbat before Purim, was Shabbat Zahor, which means “remember.” Everyone is obligated to come to synagogue to hear the Torah reading, which ends with Devarim (Deuteronomy) 25:17-19: “You shall remember what Amalek did to you. How he happened upon you on the way and cut off …

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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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