Arlene Kushner

From Israel: The Ultimate Balancing Act!!

The world of politics: It would be wrong to say that there is never clarity of purpose inspired by high ideals. But it is rare. Much of the time there are shifting scenarios, and complex, conflicting motivating factors at play. Rivalries, certainly. We find pretence (allegedly, for good reason). And …

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From Israel: “He Made Me Cry”

It was Vice President Mike Pence, a speaker today at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum gathering – “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism” at Yad Vashem – who brought tears to my eyes. “The world can only marvel at the faith and resilience of the Jewish People,” he said: “Three years …

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From Israel: It Ain’t ALL Bad, Folks!!

As the rain is pouring down while I sit at my computer, I begin with this. Year after year Israel suffers drought. Last year was a good year, and this year, with torrential rains, is turning out to be even better: We have broken a 50 year record and there …

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From Israel: It’s Time…

Time to touch base on Israel’s political situation. I have studiously avoided writing about it for many weeks because the situation has been so in flux that whatever I wrote would probably have changed by the time most of my readers read my posting. More to the point, perhaps, I …

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From Israel: How Lovely It Is!!

  How heartening to see a leader make a bold decision that improves the state of the world! My friends, I spent hours on Wednesday attempting to find the most effective words to convey my thoughts on President Trump’s decision to take out Soleimani. There are, I wanted to say, …

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From Israel: Evil Eradicated!!

  The Talmud (Sanhedrin 72:1) tells us, “If someone comes to kill you, rise up early in the morning and kill him first.” I seriously doubt that President Donald Trump considered this source when giving the order last Friday morning to kill Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of the IRGC …

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From Israel: Standing Strong on the Tough Stuff!!

I begin with a report on the Likud primary that took place last Thursday: As expected, Binyamin Netanyahu defeated his challenger Gideon Sa’ar.  And he did so in a landslide, with 72.5% of the vote. Out of 106 Likud polling stations across the country, Netanyahu won 99 and Sa’ar seven. …

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From Israel: Kindle Your Lights!!

The eight-day festival of Chanukah began on Sunday night. And its message seems especially important – especially relevant – this year. We know about the miracle of the oil: When the Jews achieved victory over their Greek oppressors, in the second century BCE, they went to rededicate the Temple, which …

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From Israel: Throw Up Your Hands!!

A powerful symbol: the reaching up of hands. It means so many things. I reflect on this, as I begin a new posting: I see the negative – resignation, and the positive – celebration. I touch on both here. ~~~~~~~~~~ Before writing about anything else, I share a link to …

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From Israel: “Calling It Out!!”

The time for politically correct obfuscation is past.  There is no room for pretending we don’t see: The issues are simply too important for it to be any other way. I turn back here to the attack last week at the kosher market in Jersey City, which is now being …

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From Israel: “It Doesn’t Exist!!”

On Friday, the US House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution supporting the “two state solution.” https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/US-House-approves-resolution-supporting-two-state-solution-610125 This caused considerable consternation among supporters of Israel. But, in fact, it is not terribly surprising: The House is controlled by the Democrats. And they are responding to the very appropriate and long-overdue …

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From Israel: Are Your Eyes Open Wide?!

It’s natural for us to want to close our eyes to much that is going on the world today. Yet I would suggest that we do not have that luxury. It is our business, our obligation, to know what is happening. What is more, if our eyes our closed, we …

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From Israel: Out of the Political Whirlwind!!

It has been maddening – nothing less. There has been no solid ground in the political sphere. And so I begin today with a piece by astute commentator Daniel Greenfield, writing as Sultan Knish (emphasis added): “’It is important for me to emphasize that the only ones who determine who …

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From Israel: Outrage!!

It is terribly sad. And more still, infuriating. How did we get to this place? Last Thursday, November 21, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced that he had made the decision to indict Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust with regard to Cases 1000, 2000, and …

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From Israel: A Pathetic Bust, and Yet…!!

Benny Gantz, failing to put together a governing coalition, returned the mandate to the president, this evening, Wednesday. The next step is a period of three weeks during which any member of the Knesset who can garner the support of 61 MKs will be given two weeks to put together …

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