Tag Archives: Trump

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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From Israel: The Bright and the Dark.

There is a fair measure of dark news that must be shared. But the flip side in many instances is bright: for I see growing strength in the responses to what is ugly and threatening. We must be grateful for this and do all we can to encourage yet more …

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From Israel: “A Fine Line”

Purim is upon us – it will be celebrated after Shabbat, except for Jerusalem, a walled city, which celebrates Shushan Purim a day later. I do not expect to write again until some time after Shushan Purim. And so I want to now wish everyone a Purim Sameach! With 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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Genghis Hitler.

This is the most pathological moment in US political history since 1968. I come out of the progressive-left, but the movement lost me when I started noticing Nazi Swastikas entwined with Stars of David at anti-war rallies in San Francisco. Once it became clear that anti-Zionists were making homes for …

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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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It’s enough to make you Wail!

Barack Obama

Obama’s parting shot to Israel comes as no surprise to those who have followed his actions the last 8 years, including his closeness to the Muslim Brotherhood and those of the Alt Left with an animus towards Israel. However, for others who assumed a US President would support democracy and …

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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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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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Basket of Deplorables.

Random thoughts loosely connected by the U.S. election. This week someone called me ‘White’ and clearly considered that to be an insult. Unless her Facebook profile picture was a lie or she was a black Rachel Dolezal, she was no less Caucasian than me. It did get me thinking. The conversation, minus …

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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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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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Arlene from Israel: Unsettled.

“Unsettled” is probably a major understatement with regard to what’s going on, here and in the US.  Doesn’t mean all bad.  Not at all – it’s a mix with a great deal that is exceedingly promising. But before I address that mix, just one great news item: “The United Nation’s …

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Journalists. “How did we get this so wrong?”

“How did we get this so wrong?” That was the question I heard from many journalists last night.  David Brooks said that maybe people voted based on issues!  He said that at 2:00 AM. Really, David Brooks? It just hit you at 2:00 AM? While you got it so wrong, I didn’t.  …

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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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Arlene from Israel: Baruch Hashem.

Baruch Hashem which means, “thank Heaven.”  I want to share my thoughts briefly on this day after election day.  After this, promise, I will turn to what is happening here in Israel (along, undoubtedly, with further comments on America). I am thankful on several counts.  First, because I didn’t expect …

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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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Arlene from Israel: “The Good, the Bad, and the Totally Crazy”

So, we start with the good. More exciting archaeological news: There is a project called the Temple Mount sifting project.  It was founded in 2004, by archaeologists Dr. Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira in response to the horrendous removal of tons of earth from the Temple Mount by the Islamic …

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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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