Arlene Kushner

From Israel: Almost at War?

When I got up on Thursday morning, I thought it very likely there would be news of a war in Gaza.  But there was not. Nor is there today, as I write. ~~~~~~~~~~ The IDF has been shooting near those terrorists who launch incendiary devices as a “warning,” but is …

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From Israel: Confusion on a Grand Scale.

Yesterday I began my posting with a discussion of what the Trump “peace team” of Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt might be seeking during their scheduled visits to several Middle East countries this week. The focus, according to administration statements, was on seeking the optimal timing for releasing that “peace …

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From Israel: They Have Got to be Kidding!

As my readers know, I have been pondering for weeks exactly what is going on with the Trump administration’s peace team, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt. They have persisted in working on that “plan”: shaping it and refining it so that, we have been told, what is going to be …

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From Israel: Complications and Imperfections.

It’s not your imagination, or mine: The world is shifting at a dizzying rate. We try to wrap our heads around it all. We try, but it sure isn’t easy. ~~~~~~~~~~ I want to start with the Trump-Kim Summit, which delighted me and many others, wrought with the potential for …

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From Israel: No Time to be Weary.

The situation at the Gaza fence does tend to make one feel weary, but in fact great vigilance is still needed. What is going on is not an existential threat for the nation. But this does not mean we should shrug our shoulders and treat it lightly. Regional Cooperation Minister …

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From Israel: Categorically Unacceptable!!!

Before I write about other matters, there are issues regarding what is happening in the south that I feel compelled to address. It’s on everyone’s mind: The question of the wisest way for us to handle the situation. Here I offer my own opinion, seriously considered: a perspective. ~~~~~~~~~~ We …

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From Israel: Precarious!!

My last posting, written on May 30, was entitled “Reprieve?” After a 24 hour barrage of rockets and mortars that brought us to the brink of war, it had gotten quiet in the south. I didn’t delude myself that it would be quiet forever, but I assumed that the quiet …

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From Israel: Reprieve?

So it certainly seems right now. It was not an exaggeration when I wrote, 24 hours ago, that we were on the cusp of war. The rockets were flying fast and furious, and the Israeli response was strong. This went on through much of the night, with starts and stops. …

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From Israel: Life And Death.

A surfeit of news and information. But this must come first: On Thursday night, Ronen Lubarsky, a fighter in the IDF’s elite Duvdevan Unit, was involved in a routine military operation outside of Ramallah – arresting members of a terror cell that had carried out shooting attacks against civilians. The …

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From Israel: It’s a Tough, Tough World.

In recent weeks, Israel has been doing exceedingly well in many regards. In fact, taken cumulatively, our situation has been remarkable: We scored an incredible Intelligence coup with the lifting of an enormous cache of secret files on nuclear development from Iran, and then scored further with the subsequent exposure …

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From Israel: Come Out Fighting!

Figuratively, that is: with words. It is what everyone who cares about Israel must do now. For Israel is being attacked with words and visual images as a vicious adjunct to the physical violence at the Gaza fence. ~~~~~~~~~~ Caroline Glick, in her column last Friday, refers to the one …

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From Israel: It’s Time!

Time for me to catch my breath. I have been posting at a furious pace because the world is frenzied. No sooner do I send out my material, then I find myself saying, Oh, I have to write again, about this. Or that. Or something else. I try. What is …

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From Israel: Necessary Confrontation.

We are on a roll!  Today Guatemala officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem. Right after the dedication, the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus held an event in the Knesset celebrating the two embassies newly dedicated in Jerusalem. The Caucus – which has 19 members from diverse parties in the Knesset – seeks …

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From Israel: Bravo!

Today the new US Embassy in Jerusalem was dedicated and what a glorious day it has been. I knew I would watch the entire proceedings, which were very ably presided over by Ambassador David Friedman. What I did not know was how beautiful it would be or how deeply moved …

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From Israel: Center of the World.

Today is Yom Yerushalayim.  We celebrate the unification of our holy city.   Fifty one years ago, during the Six Day War, we liberated eastern Jerusalem from the Jordanian occupation that had existed since the War of Independence. That 19-year period of occupation was the only time the city was …

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From Israel: WOW and WOW AGAIN!

The head spins: things are happening so quickly. But it’s a good spin. A great spin. ~~~~~~~~~~ Let me back-track just a bit. Two days ago, when last I wrote, intelligence indicated the likelihood that there would soon be an attack by Iran launched from Syria; it was expected that …

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From Israel: To Never be Afraid.

There is a song in Hebrew, which many of you may know: “Gesher Tzar Meod.” All the world is a narrow bridge, and the main thing, the main thing is to never be afraid. I will provide a link to this song below. I thought about it as I started …

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From Israel: Triumphant Take!

The YouTube link I provided in my last posting for the incredible Pierre Rehov video on the violence at the Gaza fence,  was not working – you may have discovered the same thing. Pierre confirms that YouTube took it down. He has put it up again with YouTube using a …

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From Israel: Facing Down the Obscenities.

I have selected the term “obscenities” mindfully: in the sense of demonstrating a “crass disregard of moral or ethical principles.” It is important to deal with them, so that we can move on to a better place. We begin with what is going on at the Gaza fence. It seems …

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From Israel: Jaw Dropping!

I knew that our Mossad was the very best, but this is above and beyond.  Many of you are already aware of their incredible feat; nonetheless, I lead off with the news of Israel’s intelligence coup regarding Iran. Last night, Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered a bombshell address, in English, regarding …

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