Arlene Kushner

‘Arlene in Israel’ – War Update.

  Today was a day on which I had planned to skip posting.  A busy day, starting with an event in the Knesset this morning (about which more in time). But I know I must write to update my readers, even if very briefly. After I had written yesterday, news …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Who Is Like Our Nation?

 Who Is Like Our Nation? The question is rhetorical. For there is no nation like Israel. Said Prime Minister Netanyahu on Friday (emphasis added): “I have met with the commanders who are leading the IDF operation, uncommonly brave, determined and motivated commanders, with strong values. I am impressed by the motivation …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Ground Invasion into Gaza Begun.

It is very very necessary, this invasion – which has been ordered by Prime Minister Netanyahu. So let’s stop here for a prayer for the thousands of Israel’s soldiers who are now inside Gaza. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15289#.U8g8IZvlrIW ~~~~~~~~~~~ I just heard an interview with Col. Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces …

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Arlene from Israel – PHEW!

  What a roller coaster ride the last 24 hours has been with regard to our war with Hamas. Yesterday Egypt announced a proposal for a ceasefire: Both sides would stop firing, and then in 48 hours parties would convene in Cairo and – via an intermediary – discuss terms …

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Arlene from Israel – Faith and Struggle.

I’ve written about the Iron Dome, which helps protect our citizens from rocket attacks, and about the shelters that are provided, as well as about the government guidelines that are released to keep people safe. But there is a another significant factor – from my perspective and the perspective of …

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Arlene from Israel – Those Human Shields.

Yet another factor in the current conflict is the willingness – indeed the eagerness – of Hamas to promote a PR advantage by putting its civilians in harm’s way. This is not a new tactic.  Israel goes to the extraordinary lengths of warning Gaza residents of a house that an …

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Arlene from Israel – *WAR*

It took a long time in coming, but it’s very serious now.  The military action, called Operation Protective Edge, was announced in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. As I write, well over 140 sites in Gaza have been hit by the Israeli Air Force and some 14 people have …

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Arlene from Israel – Answering to Ourselves.

Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat) Shabbat has now ended, but I carry with me the messages of an incredible Shabbat afternoon, during which Rabbi Seth and Sherri Mandell spoke on “Faith in the Face of Tragedy.”   The Mandells lost their son Koby to terrorists 13 years ago, and devote themselves to …

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Arlene from Israel – Obscene Rush to Judgment

On Tuesday night, according to eye witnesses, a black car stopped near Mohammad Abu Khdeir, 16, from the upscale Beit Hanina neighborhood of Jerusalem and then took off with the boy inside.  Some time later, the family reported him missing. By early Wednesday morning, his burnt body had been found …

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Arlene from Israel – The Tears of a Nation.

Prime Minister Netanyahu called it “A Day of National Mourning,” and that is precisely what it was, as Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were laid to rest. The families first had individual services in their respective communities.  I was going to say “private,” but in fact they were …

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Arlene from Israel – Baruch dayan haemet.

Blessed is the righteous judge. This is the first order of business.  We accept the horror of the Hamas murder of three innocent Israeli students: Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19. These boys did not die in vain.  We have witnessed for many days now an …

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Arlene from Israel – Prayer and Positive Energy.

That is what that amazing woman Rachel Frankel, mother of Naftali, is asking of all of us. Not coincidentally, this dovetails with what I wanted to ask today as well. Investing energy in anger about the boys’ kidnapping, focusing on fear for them and other negative thoughts is not constructive …

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Arlene from Israel – Information Revealed

  June 27, 2014 Late yesterday, Israeli security released the names of the two men who are believed to be the abductors of the three kidnapped boys.   The two are members of Hamas.  As is often the case, Hamas involvement has been a family affair for them: Marwan Kawasme’s …

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Arlene from Israel – Agonizingly Slow.

The days move on, and still no word on recovery of the kidnapped students, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel.  The IDF continues to operate on the assumption that they are alive and hidden somewhere in Judea and Samaria (most likely but not necessarily in the Hevron area) – …

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Arlene from Israel – Awful and More Awful

June 23, 2014: The Middle East, with the singular exception of a stable, prosperous, democratic Israel, is in a state of turmoil and transition – with enormous violence and instability the norm.  We are seeing Sunni-Shia tensions, increasing radicalism, and the break down of borders. And the situation is only …

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