Tag Archives: Obama

From Israel: Auspicious.

On the second day of Rosh Hashana, the Haftora (prophetic reading following the Torah reading) is from Jeremiah 31. So said Hashem…’I have loved you with an eternal love, therefore have I extended kindness to you. I shall yet rebuild you and you will be rebuilt…You will yet plant vineyards …

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UCLA’s Gelvin Buries Obama’s Middle East Policy Failures.

Barack Obama

   “How will history judge Barack Obama in terms of his policies and actions toward the Middle East?” asked UCLA Professor of Middle Eastern History James Gelvin at UC Berkeley.   A crowd of around 100 students and faculty, some in Muslim attire, crammed into a small conference room in the Center …

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Letter from & answer to the American Jewish Committee. (AJC)

Following is a letter I received from the AJC. Dear   ?   , At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the famed Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel joined the march from Selma to Montgomery. When asked how he found time to pray, he famously responded, “I prayed with my feet.” …

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Arlene from Israel: Progress, Step by Step.

My blog is still under construction, and my posts have yet to be formatted in final form – but I happily reach out to my readers! This is a long posting — it provides a good deal of information about what is going on in Israel now ~~~~~~~~~~ Government and …

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January Opinion Piece: Dr Ron Weiser AM. ZFA.

What a difference a month makes. By now I am not sure if anyone even remembers UN Security Council Resolution 2334 passed on the 23rd of December when the US chose not to exercise its veto. President Obama is gone. Although he strongly supported Israel in the security and intelligence …

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Arlene from Israel: Heading Up.

Today I want to do some catch-up. Because of my transmission problems, I haven’t posted since before President Trump’s inauguration. Nothing is ever perfect (and we should face the fact that we probably won’t be happy about everything), but I am confident that the president is going to accomplish much …

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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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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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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: Anger, and Not Panic.

By last Thursday, Egypt’s President Sisi had withdrawn sponsorship of Security Council Resolution 2334, which says that all “settlements” in the “Palestinian territory” including eastern Jerusalem constitute a flagrant violation under international law, and calls for cessation of all “settlement activities.”  Sisi was responding to pressure from Netanyahu and from …

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Obama, Pope Francis and Judenhass.

Pope Francis gave his Christmas speech for peace.  First came his concerns for Syria. Then he turned his eye to the “Holy Land.”  And said “Peace to women and men of the beloved Holy Land, the land chosen and favoured by God.  May Israelis and Palestinians have the courage and …

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Abstained.

Tzipi Livni

The World against Israel or Israel against the World The question about whether Obama would deliver a last minute FU to Israel by abstaining on a United Nations Security Council vote has been answered. YES HE WILL That leads to two additional questions. The first is will he repeat the …

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Arlene from Israel: Heads or Tails.

I am sitting at my computer, trying to make heads or tails of various events here in Israel and elsewhere, and boy is it tough!  There’s not a whole lot of clarity right now. But I’m going to lead off with a good news piece. This one is a bit …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM. Nov. 2016. Opinion piece.

Since his election, Donald Trump has said remarkably little on Israel at all. Yet it is rather amazing to see how many people are certain he will do this or that based on whoever they choose to listen to of Trump’s family members, friends or advisors of the day – …

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Into the Fray: Obama unplugged: What to do?.

Israel must credibly convey that support for unilateral Palestinian statehood will not be a cost-free decision for whoever acts to effect it – or fails to foil it Obama’s final months in power are a unique opportunity to correct the record, and, more important, score an achievement that his successors …

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Don’t Spend Time on ‘Stupid’: A Letter to My Fellow Jews.

The earth is flat.   The Temple Mount is associated only with Muslims and Islam, as are the Dead Sea Scrolls. Just as we would never enter into a discussion about the first premise, so, too, we must not enter into a discussion about the second one.  That ship of fools …

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Into the Fray: For America: Respite – not redemption.

  For America, and everything that made it America, the results of Tuesday’s election are a welcome and necessary  respite – but are far from being a lasting redemption  [Our] elections model suggests that Hillary Clinton is favored to win the presidency, based on the latest state and national polls. A …

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Dear American Jews voting for Hillary.

Dear American Jews voting for Hillary. If you could go back in time to Germany, at what point would you have woken up to realize that the leaders in Germany were not quite right for the Jewish people? They may have been perfect for everyone else. Obviously the German leaders …

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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: Obama at the UN – Why he was right…almost

Obama’s UN address was an eloquent concoction of soaring rhetoric & banal platitudes, of statements of the obvious & of the obviously false, delivered with impeccable polish and panache.  …a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself…Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize …

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