Arlene Kushner

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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Arlene from Israel: Navigating Choppy Waters.

It has become apparent to me that some of my readers, living outside of Israel but totally devoted to Israel, have an inflated sense of her potency.  And I want to start by addressing this. That we should stand strong, for example, against the violence of Arabs, absolutely!  And I …

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Arlene from Israel: Boy, This Is Tough!

Boy, This Is Tough! I have promised myself that I will attempt to stay cool as I research and report on world events. Not unsurprisingly, agitation takes a real toll on me. Have been doing great, but then I read what Kerry said yesterday in Valpariso, Chile, where he was …

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Arlene from Israel: Am Yisrael Chai.

The Nation of Israel Lives – Am Yisrael Chai Here in Israel, we have just completed Simchat Torah, a holiday of joyous celebration of the Torah.  Many of us found it difficult to go into the holiday.  A strange thing: To celebrate on holidays, even in the face of tragedy …

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Arlene in Israel: A Posting Written in Pain.

I had no intention of writing now, before Shabbat. But I must. Because I have no confidence that the international news agencies will put this out.  And people must know: Last night, a young couple from Neria was driving between Itamar and Elon Moreh, in Samaria, with four of their …

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Arlene from Israel: Not to Panic.

Mahmoud Abbas delivered an address at the UN General Assembly yesterday.    It was the address that he had promised would include a “bombshell” at the end. Bombshell?  Presumably, that he was walking away from the Oslo Accords of 1993 and following. Well… ~~~~~~~~~~ The NY Times headline for the …

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Arlene from Israel: “Over the Top”

To say that the situation is outrageous would be to minimize it. And so I will not say it. The game being played by the PA and its supporters, as well as by Jordan, is simple:  Muslim violence has been fomented on the Temple Mount, and then when Israeli security …

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Arlene from Israel: A Howl of Fury

Nothing less will do… Five days since the end of Rosh Hashana – which had been for me a time of spiritual high, offering a sense of my place in the world. How badly I had wanted to hold on to that high. I knew, of course, that there was …

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Arlene from Israel: Shifting Focus.

Sort of.  The Iran deal is of primary concern, and so, the major attention I’ve paid to it has been critically important.  In fact, I fully intend to return to this subject very soon.  It could not be otherwise, with Congress now re-convening and about to begin debate on the …

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Arlene from Israel: Unraveling Complications.

I hope to share just a few thoughts here regarding the Congressional vote on the Iran deal. In trying to unravel for myself some of the precise wording of the Corker Bill, I consulted with an international lawyer (US born and educated).  His response to me, in part, was that …

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Arlene from Israel: Carrying on with Vigor.

The end of last week was tough: With the declaration of Senator Mikulski (D-MD) that she would support the Iran deal, Obama had the number of votes he needed to block the Senate from overriding his veto of the Congressional rejection of his Iran program.  At least on paper.  My …

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Arlene from Israel: One Messy Affair.

I am referring, of course, to the whole business of the votes in Congress on the Iran deal. Netanyahu has come out with a statement, echoing what I and others said yesterday, that things can still change, and we must keep fighting. Those who oppose the deal have already achieved …

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Arlene from Israel: WE KEEP GOING

  Obama has now secured the support of 34 Senate Democrats for the nuclear deal with Iran. This means that as matters stand he has sufficient backing to sustain his veto of legislation aimed at blocking the agreement. That is because today Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the 34th …

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