Arlene Kushner

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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Arlene from Israel – Real but Painful Progress.

A couple of very significant pieces of information have been uncovered in the extensive IDF/Shin Bet operation for the rescue of the three kidnapped students (emphasis added): “Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened Sunday morning’s cabinet meeting with dramatic revelation over the kidnapping of three Israeli yeshiva students, saying that the …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – National Anguish.

June 14, 2014: National Anguish. Motzei Shabbat (after Shabbat) And fear.  And fury.  And a terrible sense of déjà vu. Late Thursday evening, three boys disappeared.                                       Eyal Yifrach 19.          Naftali Frenkel 16.         Gilad Sha’ar 16. At this point in time, it’s impossible to piece together …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Dark Clouds

  In my last posting I wrote about “rays of light,” and indeed they do exist.  But I would be remiss indeed if I were to convey a simple-mindedly optimistic message.  The somber truth is that we are facing down some exceedingly tough situations. For starters, there is Hezbollah.  I’ve …

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Arlene in Israel – Rays of Light

More and more it seems, the nations of the world are arrayed against us:  Israel is criticized for not accepting a Fatah-Hamas unity government, for building in Judea and Samaria, etc. etc.  But there is one turn-around that, while modest, is significant. The government of Australian Prime Minister “Tony” Abbott …

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