Tag Archives: Netanyahu

Arlene from Israel: Muddled Messages.

If there is anything that is not muddled right now, it is the news that David Friedman has at long last been confirmed as the new US Ambassador to Israel.  The vote in the Senate on Thursday was 52 – 46, with Democratic Senators Bob Menendez of New Jersey and …

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Into the Fray: Israel- Lost without a map?

It is difficult to know what is more disturbing-whether some ministers actually believe in the policy proposals they promote – or whether they don’t—but promote them anyway  What I see clearly…is incredible negligence and lack of systematic, long-term planning effort on behalf of Israel’s top political brass…we are facing a …

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Trumping Solutions.

Two days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American President Donald Trump met in Washington for the first time since the latter was inaugurated. The greeting was done in a far warmer manner than similar meeting between Netanyahu and Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama. The two discussed a number of …

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Into the fray: UN & Obama-The Blame Bibi bears (revisited)

Despite being in power continuously for over a half- decade, Netanyahu has done virtually nothing to install effective mechanisms to contain and counter the pernicious effects of the White House’s predilections.  “If the aim of the Israeli government is to prevent a peace deal with the Palestinians, now or in …

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Dec 2016 – Opinion piece Dr Ron Weiser AM. ZFA.

Over the past month or so Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Lieberman had cautioned members of their own government against making any rash statements or legislative proposals in anticipation of what President elect Trump might or might not give a green light to next year, in order to avoid …

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Trump’d.

I have thought about how I would write this for over two weeks now. I know it is important to cover the US Elections in terms of what it means for the world and for Israel and the Jewish people, but given that the American public itself is so divided …

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Into the Fray: Obama:The Blame Bibi bears.

If one knows a storm is brewing, but takes no measures to prepare for it, when the storm hits, who is to blame for the damage? The storm… or those who did not prepare for it?  “If the aim of the Israeli government is to prevent a peace deal with …

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Into the Fray: Israel in Wonderland

The demise of Shimon Peres unleashed a tidal wave of mendacity & hypocrisy that underscores the dominance the delusional dictates of political correctness have over political discourse in  (and on) Israel     …on Friday, the world proved that what it really wants is to embrace Israel. Oslo, the disengagementand Peres …

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From the Desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM: September Opinion Piece.

Whilst this opinion piece around PM Netanyahu’s speech to the UN was written before the passing of Shimon Peres z”l it would be a gross omission to not acknowledge the life of one of the most important figures of our time.  A man who did so much for Israel and …

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Arlene from Israel: Looking Up.

The first and most important reason we are looking up is because Rosh Hashana starts Sunday night.  This is a time of reflection, and drawing closer to Heaven.  With intention and effort, we can become what we are meant to be. As I will likely not post again before Rosh …

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Into the fray: Ethnic Cleansing. Why Bibi was quite right & dangerously wrong.

Netanyahu is right to excoriate Palestinians demand to purge Jews as ethnic cleansing, but what are the perils entailed in them dropping that demand?  …the Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with one precondition: no Jews! There’s a phrase for that. It’s called ethnic cleansing. And this demand is …

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Arlene from Israel: Malice by Any Other Name.

Before I get to the malice, which sure stares us in the face, let’s start with some good news, which sets matters into a very broad context. This week, the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem unveiled an enormously exciting new exhibit – “In the Valley of David and Goliath” – …

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Arlene from Israel: Striking a Balance.

When last I wrote, I spoke about light behind the shadows and looking ahead to what is possible – what good may be on the way.  I meant every word, and will continue to seek the light. However, I am not a Pollyanna and I don’t for a moment intend …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser.AM. August Opinion Piece

Leadership comes in various forms. Just over a week ago saw the Zionist Federation of Australia’s 10th Biennial Jewish Educators’ Conference. Hundreds of participants gathered for a unique event in the Jewish world. Back in 1997 when it was conceived and then first held in 1998 there was no such …

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Into the Fray: “Mowing the lawn” won’t cut it – My challenge to BESA.

 By avoiding confrontations in which Israel can win, Israeli governments risk backing the country into a confrontation which it cannot win. Israelis have gradually come to realize that at present the Palestinians are neither a partner for comprehensive peace nor capable of establishing a viable state…The Palestinian Authority has no …

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Into the Fray: Egregious Ehud Barak.

 Rather than an indictment of the ruling coalition, the recent “fire and brimstone” address by Ehud Barak’s was a harsh condemnation of the Israeli electorate for its infuriatingly stubborn refusal to disregard past experience  People who live in glass houses should not throw stones –A proverb on prudence (or the …

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Time Is On Our Side.

T’is the season for end-of-year summations, tra-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. The newspapers are full of articles covering a range of topics ranging from politics through the economy to the Footy. So why should the ZFA be an exception? Thus in this – the final update during the year of their lord 2015 …

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Into the Fray-The imperative for a political ‘Iron Dome’

There can be little dispute over the strategic imperative for a political ‘Iron Dome’ to intercept incoming barrages of demonization & delegitimization launched daily at Israel. Austria… undertook after the Second World War a sophisticated campaign to minimize the then-prevalent impression in the Allied world that the Austrians, having welcomed …

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Arlene from Israel: Navigating Choppy Waters.

It has become apparent to me that some of my readers, living outside of Israel but totally devoted to Israel, have an inflated sense of her potency.  And I want to start by addressing this. That we should stand strong, for example, against the violence of Arabs, absolutely!  And I …

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Arlene from Israel: Boy, This Is Tough!

Boy, This Is Tough! I have promised myself that I will attempt to stay cool as I research and report on world events. Not unsurprisingly, agitation takes a real toll on me. Have been doing great, but then I read what Kerry said yesterday in Valpariso, Chile, where he was …

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