Arlene Kushner

Arlene from Israel: A Reluctant Posting

This post is not only being done reluctantly, my friends.  It will be very brief.  No introductory good news, again.  No analysis. I am holding on to an enormous amount of material, which I will most likely draw on after Shabbat.  How much there is to say about the sick …

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Arlene from Israel: A Specific Focus.

When last I posted, I wrote that – even though I chose to pass on writing about it in that particular post – there is always good news from Israel.  And indeed this is so. THIS is good news, very good news, although of an usual sort – preceded as …

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Arlene from Israel: Horrendous.

I know my readers have become accustomed to seeing a good news piece or two at the beginning of a posting.  Not today. Does not mean there is no good news – there always is.  But we must focus now on the horrendous news just past. ~~~~~~~~~~ It began here …

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Arlene from Israel: And Now?

One of Israel’s many significant medical developments: Assistant Professor Dr. Daphne Weihs, of the Technion in Haifa, has developed a unique biomechanical method for the early detection of metastatic (secondary) cancer – a cancer that has already spread.  It can also identify where the cancer has spread to and enable …

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Arlene from Israel: Facing the World.

There is so much that is positive going on here.  Today I start with an interesting piece about Israeli technology. The Israeli firm DeepOptics is developing a revolutionary liquid crystal alternative to the multi-focal lens.  It will utilize a pixelated dynamic focal lens that “constantly changes its optical power to …

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Arlene from Israel: The Big Stuff

As has become my practice now, I start with some good news. As to this first item, it’s possible that the jury is still out on whether we are certifiable, or whether we simply have a higher moral standard than the rest of the world.  I go with the second …

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Arlene from Israel: If Only…

If only there would be a preponderance of positive news.  But that is wishful thinking, of course.  And yet, there is positive news, and news that carries within it a glint of encouraging possibilities.  I’m going to begin today with some of these items, so that we may be buoyed …

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Arlene from Israel: Abnormal Normal.

I had a beautiful Shabbat. Rich with the laughter of my grandchildren, and with the incredibly perceptive and sensitive things they said. It’s difficult, after that, to turn around and focus on events mostly painful. It should not be, that these painful events – the incitement and terror attacks – …

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Arlene from Israel: Dysfunctional.

 Pretty much describes the state of affairs here and elsewhere.  I was going to use the Hebrew term “balagan,” which means a state of confusion, a muddle. But that is much too benign.  “Dysfunctional” suggests impairment, and that is much closer to the mark.  Let us return to the issue …

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Arlene in Israel: Horrific.

Yesterday was a horrible day with regard to terror attacks.  Jerusalem was quiet except for one foiled attack – I think Netanyahu was correct in saying that extensive work in the city, including deployment of many security forces, has had a positive effect. The attacks are taking place mainly in …

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Arlene in Israel: A Huge Problem Confronts Us

It was eerie how precisely I called it.  Yesterday, in describing the terror situation, I said: “I might write about the most recent attack and then, within hours, there might be another one.”  As it turned out, it wasn’t even hours.  I had just sent out my posting when word …

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Arlene from Israel: The Two-Front War.

It’s not going to go away soon – not either front.  And we Israelis are called upon to be strong.  Actually, what I am finding is that, almost to a person, those I speak to are weary and drained.  But confident that we will come out on top.  I hear …

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Arlene from Israel: A Tough Struggle.

There are a great many measures against the terrorism that the Security Cabinet has passed or is considering at this point. It seems to me that among the most powerful are those that affect the families of terrorists. Potential terrorists anticipate becoming “shahids” – martyrs – and having their names …

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Arlene from Israel: Situation Impossible

As I begin this post in the late afternoon in Jerusalem, with the sounds of helicopters circling overhead, this is what we’ve seen today: There were two simultaneous attacks in Jerusalem.  One was in Armon Hanetziv (east Talpiot). Two terrorists from Jabel Mukaber – an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem right …

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Arlene from Israel: THIS MUST GO VIRAL.

Dear friends, I did not intend to post today, but – as has happened before – I realized that I must. Yesterday, I wrote about Sheikh Mohammad Abu Rajab, who, during a sermon in the Al Abrar Mosque in Rafah, Gaza, demonstrated the way to stab a Jew.  I knew …

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Arlene from Israel: Mounting Terror

 It’s not dissipating, folks, but rather getting worse. Not an enormous surprise. Here, I hope simply to touch on a few points. . ~~~~~~~~~~ We’re looking at knife attacks. The most recent reported, in Gan Shmuel in the north near Hadera.  The attacker hit one person with his car, and …

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Arlene from Israel: We Need This?

It was announced at the end of last week that envoys of the Quartet – the US, the UN, the EU, and Russia – will be coming to the region this week to “kick-start peace talks.” Groan. These pompous, self-righteous parties without a shred of genuine concern for Israel’s situation …

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Arlene from Israel: War. Whatever They Call It

This is a difficult posting to write, because the issues are so complex.  But an exceedingly important one. Since I posted yesterday, there have been several more attacks by Palestinian Arabs on Jews. The most recent took place in Afula, in the north, where a Jewish man was moderately stabbed …

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