It’s been tough going on the political scene these past few days. By yesterday, stories were changing almost hourly as tensions built. Conflicting reports emerged simultaneously from various media sources. After (former) Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman submitted his resignation last Wednesday, because of his frustration with Israel’s failure to stand …Read More »
From Israel: How Not to Wage War!
Our government’s premature willingness to stop the attack on Hamas yesterday was distressing and infuriating. Several people confessed to me that they found it nauseating. And I understood. Over the course of many months, we have tolerated too much aggression emanating from Gaza: the fires started in the south, in …Read More »
From Israel: War in the Blink of an Eye!
How many times in the last weeks have I written that war with Hamas in Gaza was inevitable and surely coming? And how many times did that expectation fizzle, in spite of what was happening at the fence? On Sunday night, events turned in a blink. An elite IDF special …Read More »
From Israel: What Are They Thinking??
“They” refers collectively to Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Security Cabinet, the IDF, and perhaps other persons in leadership roles making decisions on Gaza right now. For the life of me, I am unable to wrap my head around these decisions, or to feel remotely easy about them. ~~~~~~~~~~ Of course, …Read More »
From Israel: Eyes Ahead! part 2.
Yesterday I moved to get a posting out without delay, in order to begin to provide perspective on the election. But of course there is more. ~~~~~~~~~~ Before I proceed with that election perspective, and related issues, I want to simply express my horror at the Wednesday night killing of …Read More »
From Israel: Eyes Ahead and Moving Past It!
I am, clearly, not happy about the Democratic win in the House. But I do not see this as indicative of a “blue wave” that signals a crisis for the Republicans now or for Trump in 2020. Traditionally, the party that does not control the White House gains seats in …Read More »
From Israel: Stand Against Hysteria!
I was not going to post again before the midterm election tomorrow, but I must. For today I was directly exposed to some of the virulent, irrational fury sometimes directed at supporters of Trump by people on the left. It is very nasty. Not only have I been exposed to …Read More »
From Israel: It Must Be Better Than This !
Better, on two counts. Please, read to the end. I keep coming back to the terror attack in Squirrel Hill, and to related issues of antisemitism, because it is all so terribly important. Today I begin with a CNN interview of the rabbi of Etz Chaim, Jeffrey Myers, who in …Read More »
From Israel: Making Sense in a Frenetic World.
These days, when we have barely processed information, new events demand our attention. I have been focused on the tragedy in Pittsburgh, and so turn now to other issues. Read to the end for good news items. ~~~~~~~~~~ What is most definitely not good news is the situation at the …Read More »
From Israel: The Heart Breaks for Many Reasons.
Yesterday, my heart broke over the senseless, antisemitic attack in Squirrel Hill that took the lives of 11 Jews, during Shabbat, while they were in synagogue. I had prayed for healing for the mourners and for the community, and I will continue to pray. But I have scant hope that …Read More »
From Israel: Appalled and Grieving!
On Shabbat, in the city of Pittsburgh, as surely all of my readers know, eleven Jews – eight men and three women, but, thank Heavens, no children – were killed in what is being described as the worst antisemitic attack to ever take place in the US. The identities of …Read More »
From Israel: Scandalous!
I want to return to the issue of the illegal Bedouin outpost of Khan al-Ahmar. It may not seem so to some of my readers, but this is a big story. I hope you will share this information broadly. Much of the media prefers to provide a skewed PA/EU version …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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. ~~~~~~~~~~ …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »