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Meet the Maccabees: My Nation forever, Israel.

Shira and Amichai Ish-ran are a beautiful young couple.  Twenty-one years old, they got married this year. Looking at them, most people would see radiant youth, loving eyes and warm smiles. How many would realize that these are people made from steel? On the last day of Chanukah, Amichai and …

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From Israel: Grief Rises!

Please read this to the end and share broadly. His chances weren’t good. He suffered severe trauma while still in utero, after his mother Shira Ish-Ran was shot in the lower abdomen. Delivered at 30 weeks via an emergency C-section, this tiny baby held on for four days, as doctors …

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From Israel: A Time for Great Anger!

What is happening is not to be believed; certainly not to be tolerated.  And so there is no response more appropriate than anger.  With it, of course, pain – for those who are suffering. This is a picture of Shira and Amichai Ish-Ran on their wedding day.  How joyous they …

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From Israel: Tracking Those Winds.

I begin this post with an urgent message: Issam Akel is an American citizen; he has residency papers and lives in eastern Jerusalem. Two months ago, he was taken into custody by the Palestinian Authority and has been tortured. It is feared that his life is in danger. His crime? …

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Zionist Federation of Australia on Hezbollah tunnels, Hamas vote at UN.

Earlier in the week, the IDF announced the beginning of Operation Northern Shield after discovering Hezbollah efforts to construct a network of terror tunnels on the Lebanon border. President of the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) Jeremy Leibler said, “the discovery of these terror tunnels proves that Hezbollah is in …

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From the Maccabees to the IDF: 6 things you need to know about Chanukah.

There seems to be a lot of confusion about Chanukah – to the point where it appears to be deliberate. Let’s begin with what it’s not about. 1. It’s not a Jewish Christmas In many circles, Chanukah seems to have become an imitation Christmas – a holiday of food, lights, …

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From Israel: Winds of War – Again!

But this time we are looking at the possibility of war in the north, a far more serious war than one with Hamas would be. One 200 meter (656 foot) tunnel has been identified and is in process of being dismantled. It begins at a home in the village of …

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Watch Their Stories: “The New Israel Fund Has Harmed Me”

Israeli Citizens Tell CEO of the New Israel Fund: “Leave us Alone Already” At the request of those who have been harmed by the New Israel Fund, Im Tirtzu produced several videos providing the opportunity for Israeli citizens – minorities, bereaved parents, wounded soldiers and others – to tell their …

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From Israel: Follow the Light, My Friends.

Last I wrote, I began with good news, which set an optimistic tone, and then followed with a catalogue of worrisome issues. The good news is real, and there is yet more of it. But the bad news?  It is ominous and weighs heavily on the soul: Antisemitism is up …

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The anniversary of Partition – time to debunk the Myth of the 4 Maps. Kaf Tet BeNovember –

Today 29th November, or as it is quirkily called in Hebrew “kaf tet beNovember” (using the Hebrew numerical value of the calendar date), is the 71st  anniversary of the fateful UN Resolution 181 which aimed to partition Palestine and created a Jewish area and an Arab area.  As we all …

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From Israel: Storm Clouds and Sun.

I’m going to start with the good news.  It’s such a pleasure to have news to share. It is hardly a secret that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s greatest strength is in the diplomatic sphere. He has an exceptional capacity for forging relationships with foreign leaders, thus bolstering our position in the world. …

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Into the Fray: Bennett and Bibi’s election boo-boo?

Given the emerging realities in Israel’s political landscape, the danger to Right-wing incumbency entailed in early elections might well be considerably less than those entailed in postponing them.  The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry – Robert Burns (1759 – 1796). The “received wisdom”, as reflected in …

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From Israel: Divisive, Divisive!

Monitoring the news since my last posting, I have encountered the following and more: And on it seems to go. I find it disheartening, troubling, that in these difficult times we are not seeing a more cohesive spirit in the land. ~~~~~~~~~~ And yet, I’m going to look on the …

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Election fever raged briefly in Israel last week. Opinion piece: Nov. ’18.

Election fever raged briefly in Israel as a result of the resignation of Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman earlier this month, taking his party with him and leaving the current coalition with just a razor slim majority of 61 seats in a 120 seat parliament. The trigger for Lieberman’s resignation threw …

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Into the Fray: Defending Israel—Civilian casualties and common sense.

Jewish victory over the adversarial Arab collective must be Israel’s overriding moral & operational concern. Facilitating its achievement should be the overriding challenge for Israel’s legal establishment. Naftali Bennett’s recriminations against what many in the Israeli public considered the IDF’s feeble response to Hamas’s terrorist aggression along, and across, the …

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From Israel: The Fix Will Not Be Quick.

In my last posting, I wrote about hope – and I still have hope. We should all have hope. However, while we are in a better place than we were several days ago, we still have a long way to go. A good deal depends on the good will and …

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From Israel: Surprise! There is Actually Hope.

It’s been tough going on the political scene these past few days. By yesterday, stories were changing almost hourly as tensions built. Conflicting reports emerged simultaneously from various media sources. After (former) Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman submitted his resignation last Wednesday, because of his frustration with Israel’s failure to stand …

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Art over hate: Ryan Ashley Malarkey.

Ryan Ashley is like a long cold drink on a hot summer day.  Cool, confident and extraordinarily talented, she made history as the first woman to win Ink Master after eight seasons of the tattooing reality TV show competition.  That led to her participation in the spin-off show Ink Master: Angels …

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Into The Fray: Israel’s stark option: Arabs in Gaza or Jews in the Negev.

The problem in Gaza is not operational. It is conceptual!  If the Israeli leadership persists with its perception of the Palestinian-Arabs in general, and the Gazans in particular, as potential partners in some future peace arrangement, rather than perceiving them as they perceive themselves–as implacable enemies, whose enmity towards the …

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From Israel: How Not to Wage War!

Our government’s premature willingness to stop the attack on Hamas yesterday was distressing and infuriating. Several people confessed to me that they found it nauseating. And I understood. Over the course of many months, we have tolerated too much aggression emanating from Gaza: the fires started in the south, in …

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