Arlene Kushner

Arlene from Israel – Back to Work.

As usual there’s a great deal to read here from Arlene and some important information too regarding Hamas, so please click on links to read further. The Chanukah week, which is now closing, was a blessing.  Now, invigorated, I see that it is time to return to the serious and …

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Arlene from Israel – Very Briefly

I am currently preparing for the arrival of family, and so have only a brief moment to write.  The next three days I will be devoting myself to Chanukah (and Shabbat) and family – which is, quite frankly, a double lifesaver for me. Simply wanted to update my readers, with …

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Arlene in Israel – This Way and That.

Some news a tad encouraging, and other news that’s nothing short of infuriating. Sometimes it’s hard to determine whether we have, on average, broken even.  Doesn’t look so here. ~~~~~~~~~~ But let’s put that aside from a moment, and attend to first things first.  It is Chanukah, and I want …

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Arlene in Israel – Light the Lights.

Tonight (Israel, last night Australia) we light the first light in the eight day Festival of Chanukah. A time for joy and hope. Actually, there are two stories of Chanukah: One has to do with the miracle of the oil, which burned in the Temple for eight days although there …

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Arlene in Israel – Tight Position.

Things are never easy for Israel, but matters do seem to be getting tougher, day by day, with regard to the international community.  To begin with, the parliament of one European nation after another has adopted a non-binding resolution of some sort regarding recognition of a “Palestinian state”: On Friday, …

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Arlene in Israel – Turmoil.

Tumult can be identified on several fronts right now, starting with the issue of the death of PA official and terrorist Zaid Abu Ein yesterday.  I had hoped that the autopsy, once it was done, would firmly put to rest the charge by the PA that we “killed” this man …

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Arlene from Israel – Always Something

It seems there is always something to contend with, a “crisis du jour,” so to speak.  I am moved to address this current “crisis” – which is really small potatoes – because the PA and the world at large are already building it into something that it is not.  As …

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Arlene in Israel – The World Keeps Turning.

It’s official.  Last night the Knesset voted – 93 in favor, no votes against and no abstentions – to disband itself.  We are in a campaign period.  A huge amount of jockeying is now taking place with regard to possible mergers of parties, timing of the Likud primary (which Netanyahu …

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Arlene in Israel – A Political Circus.

It wouldn’t do, I suppose, for the political situation to have clarity for too long. Or for the news to simply be promising.  We’ve now entered the circus arena: the rumors are flying, predictions are contradictory, and some surprising alliances are being suggested as possible. All of this defeats clarity …

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Arlene in Israel – Looking Good.

It’s a long time since I have had a positive – even tentatively positive – sense of the political scene here in Israel. But here we are now, in a time of real turmoil, which nonetheless has within it the promise of something better than the unfortunate situation we’ve been …

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Arlene in Israel – Kaf Tet B’November.

“Kaf Tet B’November” is precisely this: the 29th of November. Sixty seven years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly voted to recommend the division of Palestine west of the Jordan River into a Jewish state and an Arab state. There are so many lessons to be derived from this …

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Arlene in Israel – Shifting Sands

If I said that things were good, I would be nothing but a Pollyanna.  But I do believe there are some signs here in Israel of a shift in perspective that is long overdue and should ultimately provide better policies for a stronger nation. Of course, these shifts are generating …

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Arlene in Israel – Complexities and Hard Truths.

A bit more follow up and analysis before Shabbat… Some of the recommended actions I wrote about yesterday, and more, have been put in place.  Not because I wrote about them, obviously, but because the government in this regard is responding with some appropriate security and deterrence measures: There is …

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Arlene in Israel – A Day Later

The death toll in the Nar Nof massacre has risen to five. Master Sergeant  Zidan Saif, 30 – of the Druse village of Kfar Yanouch in the Galil – was one of the first police officers on the scene during the massacre yesterday, and sustained wounds to his head.  Last …

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Arlene from Israel – Without Words

  Sometimes a situation is so horrific that it renders one speechless.  Such was the attack by Israeli Arabs on innocent Jews praying in Jerusalem this morning.  And so, I’m going to start with photos, which provide greater impact than my words alone would. Once I would have apologized for …

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Arlene in Israel – A Mixed Bag

    I start today with the link to the Dry Bones Blog of Yaakov Kirschen.  Most of you are probably familiar with Kirschen’s absolutely on-the-mark political commentary by way of cartoon.   Kirschen is convinced – and rightly so – that cartooning is a powerful way to reach out …

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Arlene in Israel – Is it getting better?

  First, a correction:  When I wrote about the tragedy in Gush Etzion the other day, I accidentally wrote “Gush Katif,” which no longer exists.  Thanks to those readers who caught this.  Truth is, I have never forgotten Gush Katif (nor should any of us) and occasionally I slip and …

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Arlene in Israel – A Day Later.

Pain compounded. The young woman who was knifed to death by a terrorist in Gush Katif yesterday – Dalia Lemkus, 26, from Tekoa – was laid to rest today. People who know members of the family describe all of them, including Dalia, as warm, caring, giving people. Nachum Lemkus, Dalia’s …

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