Arlene Kushner

News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – A Done Deal of Sorts.

  In spite of well-founded predictions that this would never happen, a Fatah-Hamas unity government was sworn in today in Ramallah, to much fanfare.  It is to be headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah , former president of An-Najah National University in Nablus, who had been appointed by Abbas. Under …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Jerusalem

Please note this is from Israel and Israel is 7 hours behind AEST. May 28, 2014 Today was Yom Yerushalayim – the day marking the reunification of Jerusalem 47 years ago, when, in the course of the Six Day War, we liberated the part of the holy city that had …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Tough Going.

  Painful going.  There is no respite. Yesterday afternoon, there was an anti-Semitic terrorist shooting in the Jewish Museum in Belgium. Three people were killed on the spot inside the museum. They were an Israeli couple – Emanuel and Miriam Riba, 54 and 53, of Tel Aviv, who have left …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Resuming.

  It has been over a week since I’ve posted because I have been occupied with personal affairs (I am OK). Many was the time in the course of the last several days that I have wanted to write.  Here I will touch upon some of the news items that …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – A US Offensive

  American officials declare regularly and with great passion that they are true and devoted friends to Israel.  But right now they’d have a hard time proving it.  We have friends in the US – without question!  They can be found in the US Congress and the Pentagon.  But the …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – “Celebrating at 66”

Israel is an ancient nation, celebrating the 66th year of her rebirth.       And there is a great deal to celebrate, my friends. ~~~~~~~~~~~ Ben-Dror Yemini, writing about the paradoxes in how Israel is seen, says (emphasis added): “…there is one thing [Israel’s founders] definitely didn’t know: That …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – “Yom HaZikaron”

                    Israel’s Memorial day – a day for remembering all those from our defense forces who have died defending the country, and all those who have died at the hands of terrorists.  It is a day of national mourning.  Just about …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – “Continuing Thoughts…”

  I would like to pick up on the two topics I wrote about before Shabbat: accusations of Israel as “apartheid” and the debate about Israel as a Jewish state vs. democratic state. These subjects may overlap, but they are separate issues. As to apartheid.  Warren Goldstein, chief rabbi of …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – “Bye Bye Negotiations”

    Shabbat starts late at this season, which allows me the time to do a post – but even so, Shabbat is Shabbat and this will be brief. The nine-month negotiating deadline of April 29 came and went with no resolution of the issues, and no promise of an …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Yom Hashoah

                A day of remembering the heroes and the martyrs here in Israel.  Heroes, too, because there were those who resisted.   As the years go, and more of the survivors are gone, the act of remembering with immediacy becomes more difficult.  Yet …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Throwing Up My Hands

  April 27, 2014: Throwing Up My Hands. How much can one write about the moribund “peace process”?  (Please read through, as I move to another very important subject.) There is only one piece of good news regarding the “peace process”: Netanyahu and the Security Cabinet came through. After a prolonged …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – More on Freedom

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner.   April 23, 2014: More on Freedom Or lack thereof. Before I get to the more current news, I want to back-track just a bit.  Stay with me: see where I am going. As you may recall, at the end of March, we were expected …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Zeman Herutenu

  April 22, 2014: Zeman Herutenu The Time of our Freedom. Another term for the Pesach Holiday which is just completing (last night here in Israel, tonight outside of Israel).  As I picked up news over the holiday that gave me a knot of considerable dimensions in my stomach, I knew …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Winding Down.

  Preparing for the Pesach holiday, just a day away now.  Beginning to turn away from everyday happenings, to focus on ultimate questions, family, and the ritual of Seder.   I will not be posting again before the holiday starts on Monday night.  And I do not know that I will …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Crossing Lines

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner. Has our government finally learned?  No matter what efforts we make, no matter the concessions – in the end it is Israel that faces accusations when things go wrong.  The lesson here is that we should stop trying and refrain from further concessions. What …

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Arlene in Israel – Finished

  The “peace process” is dead, but Kerry refuses to sign the death certificate.  Pathetically, he hovers over the diplomatic corpse as if he can invigorate it with new life.  He’s pushed on before when the situation seemed grim from his perspective. But this time I believe the situation is …

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Arlene in Israel – Recap

  I have no intention here of reviewing matters in the sort of detail I offered yesterday.  It is not necessary, in any event. I’m seeing much the same as I did yesterday: Inherently contradictory comments from Kerry regarding his continued faith in the “peace process” that prompts him to …

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Arlene in Israel – The Insanity Deepens

The current situation regarding “peace negotiations” has evolved into one beyond imagining.  I do not use the term “evolved” to suggest progress to a higher state, I assure you. What is more, everything is in almost hour-to-hour flux.  And so, while I hope to send this out today, I advise …

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Arlene in Israel – TOTAL CONFUSION.

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner.   I had intended to write last night – the night when that last batch of Palestinian Arab terrorists was scheduled for release – to say that we had a temporary reprieve.  It was clear even before last night that they were not going …

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Arlene in Israel – Counting Down

We are almost to that day [March 29th, late at night] when either the final batch of pre-Oslo Arab prisoners will be released, or our government will announce that they are not being released… There is a reasonable chance that the latter situation will prevail.  And, in any event, as …

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