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Into the Fray: The police, the press and a politicized “Putsch”?

 The unrelenting drive to bring an indictment—any indictment—against Netanyahu has long exceeded the bounds of reasonable law enforcement  Ever since he [Benjamin Netanyahu] was elected to lead the Likud and especially after he became prime minister, the mainstream media has ceaselessly sought to besmirch him and his family. No other …

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From Israel: Without Shame.

It’s a fascinating phenomenon, a paradox: Muslim Arab (and thus Palestinian Arab) culture is an honor-shame culture.  Honor is the ultimate value. But in this context “honor” means receiving appropriate courtesies and respect – being viewed positively by others.  It’s an external thing, not having to do with an internal …

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From Israel: The World as Whirlwind.

It feels as if there is flux everywhere: whether with regard to politics, diplomacy or security issues. And so, let us turn away from the tumult and begin with the good news – for, indeed, we are also blessed with good news. ~~~~~~~~~~ The Israeli Defense Ministry, working with the …

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The BOOM I heard from Haifa.

It was Saturday morning.  I woke up to the sound of the Red Alert siren app ringing, announcing in-coming missiles somewhere in Israel. Where?  I knew it wasn’t in Haifa (yet) because the municipal siren wasn’t screaming outside but elsewhere in Israel, people were running to their bomb shelters. In …

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Palestinian children: Soldiers, criminals or what?

What you should know about Palestinian juvenile offenders The law, international and domestic, apparently only recognises two groups who may be imprisoned, soldiers and criminals. Is Ahed Tamimi a child soldier?  Is she a political prisoner?  Is she a juvenile delinquent?  Is she Joan of Arc?

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Into the Fray: Coup d’état?

Netanyahu was elected as the Prime Minster, not as the Pope.  Accordingly, he should be judged primarily on the basis of his political and strategic accomplishments, not his personal morality. What we are witnessing is, in effect, little less than an attempt at a bloodless coup d’état – conducted, not …

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When Israel fired back .

On Saturday morning (Saturday evening in Australia), news began to filter through about an incident in Israel’s north – an Iranian drone flying into Israeli sovereign territory, a downed F-16 jet.  It was not clear straight away, but the IDF did post a timeline of the events and how the drama all unfolded: …

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From Israel: Clarity and Fog.

Today I begin by following through on the events of this past Saturday, with regard to our contending with Iran and Syria.  There is so very much being said, so many different opinions as to the implications of what has happened. If there is any clarity I can bring to …

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The New Israel Fund (NIF) has crossed the red line.

Bereft of popular support, government support, and the support of the Supreme Court, the NIF has decided to engage in a smoke and mirrors pseudo-populist uprising. For shame!   The American-based New Israel Fund (NIF) has never hidden its mission to save Israel from itself, and its bedrock conviction that …

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From Israel: The Critical Response.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, for the very first time the Iranian military launched a direct military operation against Israel, when a drone (UAV) commanded from the Tiyas Military Airbase in the Homs desert region in central Syria was dispatched into Israeli air space. According to a statement …

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“Peaceful” Rock Throwing.

Israel bashers always make light of Palestinian rock throwing, calling them “just a few pebbles” or trying to justify the violence.  But this rock throwing is part of the Palestinian culture, and it can be extremely dangerous.  Arutz Sheva has the account of recent victims who are lucky to have …

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From Israel: Hearts Broken, Spirit Strong.

Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, who was knifed to death by a terrorist on Monday, was buried in his home community of Har Bracha on Tuesday. He was praised highly as a sterling teacher, forever devoted to his students. Here we see an unidentified mourner at the funeral. “Our hearts are broken, …

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From Israel: Damn!!

Sometimes all subtleties fly away, and I have to tell it as it is: Damn!! Another terror attack.  Another innocent victim, a young husband and father of four little ones, killed only because he was a Jew. Didn’t we just have a picture like this, of a happy family torn …

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Into the Fray: The Enemy – What the “Right” seems unable to grasp.

The time has come for the “Right” to “bite the bullet” & give up trying to advance convoluted political prescriptions in lieu of the two-state formula. It is time to identify the Palestinian-Arabs as the enemy.     The goal of our struggle is the end of Israel, and there …

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From the desk of Ron Weiser AM – Opinion piece. January 2018.

Quite a chain of events have been crystallising over the past few weeks indeed. For over 3000 years Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people.  And once again in the third Jewish Commonwealth re-established on the very same Jewish homeland, Jerusalem is of course yet again the capital …

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From Israel: Sparks inside the Darkness.

The darkness, we all know about: We certainly have not yet learned how to escape it, as humankind persists in embracing acts that are, at very best, foolish, when not deeply malevolent. But those all-important sparks—emanating from within the darkness—remind us of what is possible. They provide strength and inspiration,A …

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Into the Fray: An appeal to Alan Dershowitz – Renounce two-statism!

The jury is no longer out on the two-state paradigm. Given the accumulating evidence, unequivocally demonstrating its folly and futility, Dershowitz must accept the unavoidable verdict of its failure   The idea of a two-state solution should be dead today, because unfortunately a Palestinian state in Judaea and Samaria would …

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From Israel: News Barrage.

Trying to keep up with the pace of events, never mind reporting on them, makes the head spin. ~~~~~~~~~~ We got them, we always do: The terrorists who murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach nine days ago. The original search had been in Nablus, but intelligence brought the operation to Jenin, long …

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From Israel: Unreal!

On Saturday night, the IDF destroyed yet another tunnel running from Gaza into Israel. This one originated at Rafah, at Gaza’s border with Egypt, and ran some 600 meters into Israel. It was constructed by Hamas, not Islamic Jihad; reports identified it as different in construction from most of the …

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From Israel: Beyond Knowing.

I’ve written about this before and feel called to write about it again in this brief posting:  I cannot begin to explain it, but I have seen time and time again that the people who are killed in terror attacks are special people. This is certainly true with regard to …

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