Arlene Kushner

From Israel: Struggle with Every Step

This past Shabbat, we read the Torah portion Lech Lecha in synagogue.  In Chapter 17:7-8, the Almighty tells Avraham (emphasis added): “I will ratify My covenant between Me and you, and between your offspring after you, throughout the generations, as an everlasting covenant…I will give to you and your offspring after …

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From Israel: And Now??

This will be a “catch-up” posting to keep my readers in the loop during a process with regard to Hamas that is still unfolding. During the night on Wednesday, two rockets were launched from Gaza. Hamas later said their people did not launch them. But the IDF rejected this out …

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From Israel: Sigh…

War? Not war? It rather depends on who we listen to, and the time of the day. On Sunday, the Security Cabinet met; the word that came out (leaked?) was that no decision would be made for a week, in order to see if the UN and Egypt might still …

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From Israel: A Glimmer of Light.

It is been a while since I have begun a posting with even a bit of optimism. But that, my friends, is what I want to deliver today. Just a glimmer… Not because all has turned to sweetness and light. Rather, because Israel seems to have regained her footing. This …

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From Israel: Really Angry!

As in “really, really…” A report, drawing on Egyptian sources, appeared very recently in Al Araby, an Arabic newspaper in London, with regard to continuing efforts by President Al-Sisi to secure a long-term agreement between Israel and Hamas. This report, cited by YNet, indicated that Egyptian Intelligence Chief Abbas Kamel …

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From Israel: Endless and Endlessly Ugly.

Whenever there is a terror attack, and lives are lost,  I post, because getting the information out is important. These attacks seem endless! Heaven forbid they should actually be so: we will prevail. But endlessly ugly?  That doesn’t even begin to describe the situation.  Obscene comes a bit closer. ~~~~~~~~~~ …

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From Israel: A Reluctant Exit.

It was difficult this year to leave the rarefied atmosphere of the Sukkah. But, of course, I did leave, and, as is my practice at the end of a holiday, I surveyed the news in some detail.  It was a shock because I had a sense that the world was …

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From Israel: Hanging Tough.

It is Hol Hamoed Sukkot – the intermediate days of the week-long holiday. The skies are blue here in Israel, and inside the sukkah there is an extraordinary sense of peace. How lovely it would be to shut out the world during this time, but, almost inevitably, the world impinges …

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From Israel: Wake Up, Wake Up!

Yom Kippur, in all its weight and power, has passed. We have heard the last blasts of the shofar for this year. Hopefully it has awakened in us a stronger sense of who we are and where we need to go. ~~~~~~~~~~ The outpouring of grief over the terrorist murder …

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From Israel: Curse Them!

Just days ago, in the spirit of Rosh Hashana, I wrote an upbeat posting. But that upbeat mood did not last. Could not, perhaps. Just as there is joy at holiday time, we here in Israel contend with the increased desire of our enemies to do us harm as we …

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From Israel: Days of Awe.

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we ushered in the Jewish New Year, 5779, with prayer, meditation and the sounding of the shofar. It is a serious time, the beginning of the ten Days of Awe that culminate with Yom Kippur. But it is also a joyous time. We …

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From Israel: Spinning Wheels.

In the political world, wheel-spinning is frequently the norm. Lots of talk, which – to continue the metaphor – lends the impression that there is engagement, movement forward on one issue or another. But in the end the talk often turns out to be blather that takes us nowhere. We …

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From Israel: Don’t Blink.

Yes, my friends, I am here. Working hard on another writing project, and laboring mightily to make sense of the news. Did you ever stand on the side of a highway, with the cars whizzing past? Hard to not feel a bit dazed. In recent days, I have been watching …

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From Israel: Way Beyond Stupid!

There is no “ceasefire” agreement as I write.  And I pray it does not come to be.  Consider: At the end of prayers today for the beginning of the Eid al-Adha holiday, Ismail Haniyeh, chair of the politburo of Hamas, delivered an address to the people of Gaza (all emphasis …

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From Israel: Have We Lost Our Collective Mind??

  The situation is so surreal it is difficult to know where to begin. I am not only confused and frustrated, I am livid. Once again, my friends, I advise you that what I am going to share will not all sound coherent. But there is a simple reason for …

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From Israel: Throwing Up My Hands!

I would like to provide my readers with clear information on what’s happening in this part of the world. I would like a bit of certainty as we move forward. I would like to be able to report on an Israeli government stance that is reassuring. I would like a …

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From Israel: An Unholy and Ugly Mess.

The status quo with Hamas is intolerable and dangerous.  That is the given. But we continue to operate on the cusp of war without reaching that war. Solutions are not simple and clear-cut (even as some assume they are): The way is strewn with complexities.   What is required of …

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From Israel: Deplorable!!

We should ask ourselves, again, and again, how we got into the situation in which we have found ourselves. The question is of key importance, because the situation is intolerable. After months of enduring violence at the fence and ever greater numbers of incendiary devices launched from Gaza, after the …

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From Israel: Fizzle.

After all of the hullabaloo, all of the analyses about deals that might take place between Hamas and Israel, and between Hamas and Fatah, it appears that we are left in the end with not much of anything. ~~~~~~~~~~ Quite simply, it’s a playing out of the parameters I’ve been …

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From Israel: Distressed and Furious.

My friends, I had held off posting right before and again right after Shabbat because the situation here has been enormously lacking in clarity, and in tremendous flux, with many contradictory statements being advanced. Now, while there is still lack of clarity, and while matters may shift at any moment, …

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