Yearly Archives: 2021

Into the fray: Lieberman – Clueless clutz or Cosa Nostra capo?

 There are only two possibilities regarding Finance Minister Lieberman’s involvement in what has become known as the “Yisrael Beiteinu affair”; neither bodes well for Israel. Power doesn’t corrupt people; people corrupt power—William Gaddis (1922-1998). Much has been aired about the glaring defects of the current Israeli government—about how it rewards …

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From Israel: The Pain and the Fury!!

We are struggling with both here in Israel. Again. Still. “Don’t let Yehuda’s blood be spilled in vain,” cried Shlomi Dimentman, amidst sobs, at the funeral of his brother on Friday. “…rebuild the Homesh settlement and not just the Homesh Yeshiva. The ruins here are a black stain on the …

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From Israel: “A Very Narrow Bridge!!”

Many of you will recognize this phrase from the saying attributed to Reb Nachman of Breslov: “All the world is a very narrow bridge. And the main thing is not to be afraid – not to be afraid at all.” Kol ha’olam kulo gesher tsar me’od. Veha’ikar – veha’ikar lo …

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Into the Fray: You couldn’t make this up!!

There may well be things more depraved than an Israeli government minister soliciting funds for a self-declared mortal foe, but none come readily to mind  Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad — Anonymous ancient dictum—misattributed to Euripides.  Israel is a country of many paradoxes and …

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From Israel: The Miracles and the War!

It is Chanukah and for eight nights we will light our lights, one more each night. Ideally we light them in a window or out in a public place. Credit: iStockPhoto/Fevzi Ryman Why?  To broadcast the miracles.  According to our traditions, there were two: The Talmud relates the story of …

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From Israel: “The Bottom of the Sinkhole!!”

A sinkhole is often defined as a depression in the ground caused by water. But it has another definition: a place into which foul matter runs. ~~~ In my posting “Devious and Detestable” I wrote about the six Palestinian Authority NGOs that serve as  fronts for the Popular Front for …

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Into the fray: The blight Bennett brought

It will take a long time-probably decades-to repair the damage, which the mendacious machinations used to ensconce the current coalition, have wrought, not only on the fabric of Israel’s body-politic, but on the very essence of the Zionist endeavor itself…if such repair is at all feasible. Ever! Whoever commits a …

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Why Blockade Gaza?

The United Nations, liberal media and politicians are bemoaning the Israeli and Egyptian blockade of Gaza, arguing that it is a form of “collective punishment” and is creating an economic disaster in the small coastal enclave. Those articles and arguments all fail to describe why the blockade exists and why …

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Israel’s leaders need to listen to the music of the latest US election results

Israel’s new something-for-everyone coalition government prides itself on its emphasis on restoring bilateral political support for Israel in the United States. Of course, this is a not-so-subtle slap at former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom they perceive to have unduly favored the Republicans—meaning former U.S. President Donald Trump—thereby “endangering” longstanding …

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The Price Is Way Too High, Naftali!!

The State of Israel had not had a budget since March 2018 – that is, it didn’t until the wee small hours of last Thursday, November 4, when a budget was finally passed. I recognize that Israel badly needed a budget; there were governmental allocations of importance that were held …

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From Israel: Countering Duplicity with Truth!!

The unvarnished truth (and yes, there is such a thing), is a rare commodity in the political realm: Most of the time it is sacrificed to political purposes, or at best obscured. But it does exist. ~~~ MK Bezalel Smotrich (Chair, Religious Zionists) is one member of the Knesset (there …

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