Tag Archives: Israel

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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Into the Fray: The bitter fruits of Israeli self-flagellation.

Moralistic self-recrimination plays into the hands of Israel’s worse detractors, and the bitter fruits of Israeli self-flagellation are beginning to ripen. There is no[t] any difference between ISIS and this Jewish group that was lately arrested. They are exactly com[ing] with the same agenda, with the same beliefs. The only …

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Arlene from Israel: Doors Open and Shut.

There is a hi-tech, interactive exhibit on Israel making the rounds internationally.  It is called “Open a Door to Israel,” and consists of a series of brightly colored doors, each of which opens to show, via video and interactive programming, another aspect of Israel – hi-tech innovations, the Israeli people, …

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Into the Fray:All due respect, Mr. Ambassador: A letter to Dan Shapiro

Name a single country, faced with threats comparable to those faced by Israel, with a better record in human rights and compliance with the rule of law. – Prof. Alan Dershowitz. … we believe that Israel must develop stronger and more credible responses to questions about the rule of law …

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Arlene from Israel: Shed a Little Light

As you come to the end of this posting, you will discover the upbeat inspiration for its title. But here, at its beginning, I share a “good news” piece that is bitter-sweet.  It could not be otherwise. Yet I count it as very much good news: it is a celebration …

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A silence worth breaking, the reservists fight back.

 For anyone living outside of Israel and opposed to the delegitimisation of Zionism, it is difficult not to be aware of the movement called ‘Breaking the Silence’ (BTS). ‘  The Boycott movement against Israel frequently use their material, the anti-Zionist groups on campus show their video clips on a loop …

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Into the Fray: Jewish ‘terror’ – A guide for the perplexed .

A tart retort to some misguided critics and misleading critiques of my two recent columns I’ve avoided reading Martin Sherman’s articles for years, knowing what to expect… – Mark Lavie, The Jerusalem Post, January 1 The unfortunate reaction of some Israelis to the suspected involvement of Jewish youth in the …

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Arlene from Israel: “Intrusion”

The INS Rehav, Israel’s fifth Dolphin class submarine, arrived home to its Haifa port yesterday with a crew of 50, to much official fanfare. Built in Germany, at a cost of over $400 million (one third of which was picked up by the German government), it is “the most advanced, …

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My Israel.

My Israel is a dream that started when I was 13, but only came true when I was 33. My Israel is an island, a safe haven, a beacon that shines through the choppy waters that surrounds her. My Israel is a message broadcast from heart to heart and brain …

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Arlene from Israel: “Full Agenda”

So much, so much to write about.  I suggested as much toward the end of my last posting on Friday.  But we will not by-pass the good news first: An Israeli hi-tech agricultural start up has developed an Internet of Things technology for crops.  (Internet of Things: IoT, a network …

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When human rights no longer matter to NGOs

A few days ago, an Israeli investigative TV show (UVDA – ‘fact’) ran an expose that involved an Israeli infiltrating Ta’ayush, a NGO that promotes itself as ‘a grassroots movement of Arabs and Jews working to break down the walls of racism and segregation.’ The Israeli also encountered Nasser Nawajah, …

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Into the fray: Presumption of guilt.

The attempt to equate Arab terrorism against Jews with Jewish “terror” against Arabs is playing right into the hands of Israel’s most vehement detractors. The cumulative feeling left by this [Duma] case is… something that ought to worry every Israeli citizen. – Haaretz, January 5 The house had been set …

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Arlene from Israel: A Deep Breath.

Unless we breathe deeply and slowly, and focus on the good that abounds in Israel – and the good that Israel exports to the world – we run the risk of feeling overwhelmed. These are not the best of times (understatement).  And so, good news first (emphasis below added). “Israeli …

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Arlene from Israel: It Is Time.

No good news will start this posting, my friends. That’s not because there isn’t any – there is! and I’ll get back to sharing it next posting – but because it is time for me to write about Duma once again. There is nothing redeeming about this situation, but I …

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