Tag Archives: Kerry

Arlene in Israel: Saga Part Two.

I confess.  Listening to Kerry’s speech on Wednesday night was very difficult for me.  Because it made me ill.  The claims of friendship for Israel, the protests that the Obama administration has always had Israel’s best in mind – all delivered in a calm steady voice radiating faux sincerity.  Stomach …

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I am bereft. It never ends. Is this how the world thinks of us?

I have been following the response to Obama’s abstention to UN Resolution 2334 (the umpteenth resolution against Israel while the world burns) and the speech made by John Kerry.  The EU lauds Kerry’s speech. So, too do many on the media including the Globe and Mail in Canada. There is …

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Arlene from Israel: A Saga of Bitterness and Hope.

 I highly recommend an analysis that has just come out from Alan Baker, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center and the head of the Global Law Forum.  I think you will find this article highly informative and considerably reassuring.http://jcpa.org/dangers-un-security-council-resolution-2334-2016/   ~~~~~~~~~~ The bitterness?  It’s palpable. …

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Arlene from Israel -They’re Joking, Right?

>>“Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the UN agency that normally carries out such work…” This? Surely a joke.  But it is not! The above is according …

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Arlene from Israel: Hope Rising.

No, were are not about to see a new day, filled only with promise and light.  And yet, there is light enough today to sustain us for the short term and then some. We have news, first – important news! – that Jonathan Pollard will be released from prison on …

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Arlene from Israel: Revelations du Jour.

Once again a VERY important piece from Arlene Kushner: === As the news keeps coming with regard to the horrors of the Iran deal – and the horrors of how Obama and Kerry are conducting themselves – I have no choice but to continue to write on the subject. This …

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Arlene from Israel – The Horrific Made Real.

Until the end there was doubt that this would actually happen. But it happened. Heaven help us now. The fools who were negotiating in Vienna have reached an agreement. And look how happy they appear, after the crushing damage they have fomented. (Of course Zarif of Iran, who is laughing …

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Arlene from Israel – Mid-Pesach.

  Here in Israel, the world sort of floats in limbo over the Pesach week; and so I thought that perhaps I would not post until the holiday was over. But life does go on, and I’ve decided to write.  But before I move to the serious matters calling for …

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Arlene from Israel – How Ugly Can It Get?

Before I get to the ugly stuff, let me begin with a lovely scene: Jerusalem in the snow. The snow fell this past Thursday night, accumulating to the better part of a foot and enfolding our beautiful city in a mantle of white. It is gone now because of heavy …

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Arlene from Israel – A Somber View.

A Somber View Very somber, my friends.  The situation in the world is not worrisome – it’s terrifying.  Consider: In an interview with NPR, President Obama said that Iran could become a “very successful regional power” if it agrees to a nuclear deal.  He said things must move slowly but he …

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Arlene from Israel – Very Briefly

I am currently preparing for the arrival of family, and so have only a brief moment to write.  The next three days I will be devoting myself to Chanukah (and Shabbat) and family – which is, quite frankly, a double lifesaver for me. Simply wanted to update my readers, with …

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Arlene in Israel – This Way and That.

Some news a tad encouraging, and other news that’s nothing short of infuriating. Sometimes it’s hard to determine whether we have, on average, broken even.  Doesn’t look so here. ~~~~~~~~~~ But let’s put that aside from a moment, and attend to first things first.  It is Chanukah, and I want …

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Arlene in Israel – Light the Lights.

Tonight (Israel, last night Australia) we light the first light in the eight day Festival of Chanukah. A time for joy and hope. Actually, there are two stories of Chanukah: One has to do with the miracle of the oil, which burned in the Temple for eight days although there …

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Arlene in Israel – Tight Position.

Things are never easy for Israel, but matters do seem to be getting tougher, day by day, with regard to the international community.  To begin with, the parliament of one European nation after another has adopted a non-binding resolution of some sort regarding recognition of a “Palestinian state”: On Friday, …

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Kerry says…..

John Kerry

This sounds like  the old child’s game “Simon  says” but it’s “Kerry says”. That guy is delusional. Where is his head? No don’t answer that, it’s a hypothetical question anyhow. In my News Feed this morning I read the headline: Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian peace is not a pipe dream If only …

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Arlene in Israel – A Political Circus.

It wouldn’t do, I suppose, for the political situation to have clarity for too long. Or for the news to simply be promising.  We’ve now entered the circus arena: the rumors are flying, predictions are contradictory, and some surprising alliances are being suggested as possible. All of this defeats clarity …

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Arlene in Israel – Looking Good.

It’s a long time since I have had a positive – even tentatively positive – sense of the political scene here in Israel. But here we are now, in a time of real turmoil, which nonetheless has within it the promise of something better than the unfortunate situation we’ve been …

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Continuing Jew-hatred Must Extract A Heavy Price.

The slaughter of four rabbis with axes, knives and guns whilst praying in a synagogue along with the serious wounding of six other Jews caught in this horrific blood bath – and the murder of a Druze police officer who went to their rescue – is the end result of …

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Arlene in Israel – Is it getting better?

  First, a correction:  When I wrote about the tragedy in Gush Etzion the other day, I accidentally wrote “Gush Katif,” which no longer exists.  Thanks to those readers who caught this.  Truth is, I have never forgotten Gush Katif (nor should any of us) and occasionally I slip and …

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Islamic State: APEC a Fizzer: G20 Promises No Better

ead on for article The 2014 APEC Conference in Beijing this past week has been and gone and the G20 Conference in Brisbane is taking place in Brisbane this weekend. If the APEC Conference is any guide the world leaders assembled in Australia will have little to say about the …

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