Yearly Archives: 2021

Why It Is Suddenly “Open Season” on Israel?

This week Human Rights Watch (HRW), an international non-governmental organization, headquartered in New York City, was “the latest watchdog to accuse Israel of perpetuating a version of the racist legal system that once governed South Africa,” according to The New York Times.  The HRW 213 page report, “A Threshold Crossed: …

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Into the fray: Something to worry about…

The debilitating deadlock, in which Israel’s political system is mired, is in large measure the result of judicial disregard—or at least distortion—of the law  Over the past decade, the public image of the Supreme Court as an autonomous and impartial arbiter has been increasingly eroded… [T]he court and its judges …

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From Israel: “Damn! And Damn Again!”

Yehuda Guetta, 19, who was a student at the Itamar Yeshiva, has succumbed to his wounds.  He is dead because he was Jewish. Yehuda was one of the three students who were targeted in a drive-by shooting at Tapuach Junction in the Shomron on Sunday evening.  He was the most …

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What Sarah Halimi’s Murder Tells Us.

On Sunday, thousands of people demonstrated in Paris to protest the recent decision by the French Court of Cassation to absolve the 2017 murderer of Sarah Halimi of criminal responsibility because he took cannabis before he killed her.  Paris was the center of the protests, but demonstrations also took place …

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From Israel: Are We “Judaizing” Jerusalem??

Of all the outrageous accusations made against Israel by the Palestinian Arabs, this is the only one that I find amusing, in a manner of speaking. How, pray tell, might we “judaize” Jerusalem when it is Jewish? The amusement is fleeting, however, for there is nothing funny about the Arabs’ motivation …

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INTO THE FRAY: When generals stray into politics…

This week–despite the resounding failure of the “land-for-peace” formula—3 former IDF generals penned an Op-Ed, urging the Biden administration to “keep open a path to an eventual two-state solution”  “La guerre! C’est une chose trop grave pour la confier à des militaires”— George Clemenceau, commonly paraphrased as “War is too …

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From Israel: ”Vile and Maddening!!”

The meaning of “vile” is fairly obvious.  But “maddening”? I am referring to the back-room bargaining and extensive game-playing that have been taking place as Prime Minister Netanyahu seeks a way to form a coalition and others seek to block him. It could drive one mad (as in crazy).    …

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Into the fray: When did Palestine become Palestine?

The Palestinian-Arabs’ claim for sovereignty over what they now insist is their long yearned-for homeland arose only after 1967—i.e. when it came under Jewish administration The Arabs didn’t provoke war with Israel in 1967 to achieve Palestinian independence…Arab rulers could have established a Palestinian state in those territories whenever they …

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The lurking menace of recrudescent Nazism

National Socialism is making a terrifying, sometimes deadly, global comeback, with surges in Britain, Scandinavia, the US, Australia and elsewhere The ideology of National Socialism (Nazism) has re-emerged as a political force after being soundly defeated in World War II, and of existing only in the darkest shadows in subsequent …

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A Two-Pronged Solution to Campus Antisemitism.

Academia has become a bastion of antisemitism across the globe, and both the UK and the US are not exceptions.  The most recent case of inflammatory statements against Jews and Israel emerged from David Miller, a professor of political sociology at the University of Bristol who advocates to “end Zionism,” …

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Into the fray: Jordan’s house of cards.

Israel could face a situation, where along its lengthiest border, there would no longer be a conservative, pro-Western monarchy, but an extreme Muslim regime, with incandescent hostility towards the Jewish state There is nothing certain, but the uncertain. ~ Traditional Proverb. Incoming media reports from Jordan indicate that the clash …

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From Israel: “It’s Deplorable!!”

There are not a whole lot of people within the Israeli political system that I’m pleased with at the moment – and that is a polite understatement of major proportions. What evolved yesterday was the final stage of a process of wheeling and dealing that has been destructive for the …

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From Israel: “Madness: Nonstop!!”

Madness aside for the moment, I begin on a high note, with a hope that all who celebrated Pesach found joy and meaning within the celebration, and a wish that my Christian friends now celebrating Easter are also uplifted. We need all of the uplift we can get!! ~~~ The …

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Into the fray: Because of Biden…Bibi.

Dispassionate analysis of the political deadlock in Israel will reveal that this state of suspended political animation is the result of nothing more than what the Jewish sages designated as “baseless hatred” among Jews. …take for example the vaccinations. Today he [Netanyahu] holds a press conference and declares there are …

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