Monthly Archives: October 2016

Hack in a Flak Jacket.

Peter Stefanovic exposes what passes for Middle East journalism − and doesn’t acknowledge that he is doing it Aussie journalist Peter Stefanovic chases the bang-bang in a way that reminds me of a young Jeremy Bowen. That was not meant as a compliment. News is only the first rough draft of history. Alan …

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Oz Torah: Ask the Rabbi – Orthodoxy.

ORTHODOXY. Q. We hear so much about Open Orthodoxy, Modern Orthodoxy and Ultra-Orthodoxy.  Who invented the term “Orthodoxy”? A. It was Abraham Furtado, at the time of the “Sanhedrin” assembled by Napoleon in the early 19th century. It is not a good term (Leo Jung preferred “Torah-true”).   Literally it …

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Arlene from Israel: Normal?

We are now past the holiday season and I would like to say that we’re back to “normal,” but I’m no longer sure what that means.  Actually, I’m not quite sure there is such a thing these days. But, having just come from the holidays, I can deliver good news …

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Into the Fray: Condell on Clinton.

By presenting the divide between Trump & the post-Obama surrogate, Clinton, as an “America vs Europe” one, Condell understates the true nature of the dichotomy. It is unusual for American voters to get a real choice in a presidential election but this is a genuine fork in the road for …

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On Myopia and Dismissiveness.

MYOPIA. Some time ago one of our participants at Israel Thrives suggested that my focus on Israel, and the rise of Political Islam, is myopic in terms of the forthcoming US presidential election. I take such criticisms seriously and even though I might not respond immediately – or at all …

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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: B’tselem at the UN.

Posted originally as “B’tselem at the UN: Has Israel become so “open-minded” that its collective brains have fallen out?” B’tselem is not a human rights organization but a politically partisan group for which “human rights” are a pretext for advancing its radical political agenda—Israeli withdrawal  Those whom the gods wish …

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Lebanon: Not all apartheid is created equal.

What is apartheid ? According to Wikipedia, Apartheid (which is an Afrikaans word meaning “apartness”) was a political and social system in South Africa while it was under white minority rule (meaning white people ruled the country, even though there were not as many of them as there were black …

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Arlene from Israel: The Lows and Highs.

While I have a number of good news items to report, unfortunately I must begin with a low.  Sadly, first matters first. On Sunday, with the holy day of Yom Kippur drawing near, a terrorist took two lives in Jerusalem. One victim was Jerusalem resident Levana Malihi, 60, a grandmother …

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