Israel

Arlene from Israel: We Mourn and We Rejoice

In a thousand ways, Israel is different from all other nations in the world – and the observance of Yom HaZikaron followed immediately by Yom HaAtamaut is, I believe, one of those ways. Yesterday was Yom HaZikron – Memorial Day for all those who have fallen for the the State …

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Arlene from Israel: Many Bases.

Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev is working on a proposal that would require all institutions that receive state funds, or whose facilities were built by the State of Israel, to fly the Israeli flag.  This would include sports centers, soccer fields, cultural institutions and theaters, etc. Sounds like a …

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Nakba: Why Do You Let THAT Define You?

Child at Nakba Day Parade

I wonder about a “People” that is willing, from the get-go, to define themselves as a failure: The Nakba is, for the Arabs who now call themselves Palestinians, their defining moment. The Arab defeat against Jewish upstarts who had the audacity to reclaim their ancient homeland, is the pivotal event …

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Abbas stop being a bully. Israel can’t occupy her own country.

The World response to the Palestinians is reminiscent of the way a teacher responds to the one wicked child in the class. You know: the child who is at different times: noisy, rude, impertinent,   impolite,uncivil, discourteous, disrespectful contemptuous; disruptive; obstinate, insolent, recalcitrant, lacking a moral compass. The teacher spends most of her time with …

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Into the Fray: The political algorithms of the Arab-Israeli conflict .

By its acceptance of the legitimacy of Palestinian national claims, Israel has, perversely, laid the foundations for the assault on its own legitimacy. Algorithm: A detailed sequence of actions to perform to accomplish some task…; a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem – Webster’s …

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Arlene from Israel: Finding the Light.

Tonight at sundown Holocaust Remembrance Day begins.  In Israel, it’s Yom Hashoah V’Gevurah – a day for remembering the Holocaust and the heroism.  This particular date was selected by the Knesset in 1951 because it marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, a stunning example of heroism. Especially this …

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The problem with Israeli politics

Consider the following remarkable facts regarding Israel’s parliamentary history: 1) For 20 of the 28 years between 1977 (when Likud first won the elections on a platform of “Greater Israel”) and 2005 (when a Likud government withdrew unilaterally from Gaza in stark contradiction to its electoral pledges), the Israeli government …

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Into The Fray: A very simple conflict.

The intractability of the 100-year dispute between Jew and Arab over the Land of Israel is rooted not in its complexity, but its brutal simplicity. Until 1967, Israel did not hold an inch of the Sinai Peninsula and the West Bank, the Gaza Strip or the Golan Heights. Israel held …

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Indigneity.

Non-Israeli Jews have been in diaspora for 2,000 years or thereabouts. We have been in diaspora so long that we have forgotten that we have a home. The Land of Israel. This is not to say that America is not also our home or that any place we happen to …

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Soccer Is Not Just Soccer When Jews Compete Against Arabs

game between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Bnei Saknin

Leave it to Gideon Levy to turn a soccer spat into an indictment of our nation. I’m sure Levy cares deeply about Israel’s soul and that is why he never misses an opportunity to twist even the smallest of things out of proportion in order to tar and feather us …

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Arlene in Israel: “In the Midst of the Holiday”

I am writing during Hol Hamoed – the semi-holiday, five days in duration, that falls between the two full holidays at either end of the Pesach week.  I want to touch a few bases here and will pick up again with postings next week. Perhaps primary in my motivation for …

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Root causes and red herrings

More than two years before any Israeli presence in what are now the “occupied territories,” Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser issued a public message: “We shall not enter Palestine with its soil covered in sand, we shall enter it with its soil saturated in blood” (March 8, 1965). This chilling …

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Into the Fray: Staggering stupidity .

By accepting the principle of two-states, successive Israeli leaders have impaled the nation on the horns of an irresolvable dilemma. We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them. – Albert Einstein One does not have to be an Einstein to grasp that Israel cannot …

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Arlene from Israel: Redemption!

That, in the end, is what Pesach – which begins Friday night – is about for the Jewish people. We talk about Pesach as Chag Ha’matzot (the festival of matza) and Chag Ha’aviv (the spring festival); it is all of this, as well as being the festival of freedom (Zeman …

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Tunnels and bus explosions, but the world remains silent.

There is a superstitious belief within our office that it should never be said that things are quiet in Israel. An example is this article which I came across last week. It mentioned that the terrorist stabbing attacks that have been an all too regular occurrence over the last six …

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Arlene from Israel: Where Are We All Going? Part 2

Even as I prepare for Pesach, I want to continue reporting on some of the major issues that are confronting us.  “Some,” as the list of issues is overwhelming.  There is good news regarding Israeli defense capacity, and (at least in some quarters) determination to stand strong. Every year, the …

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A doctrine of the liberal hawk.

Several years ago, in an insightful and forceful interview on Israel’s Channel 1, the ever-incisive Melanie Phillips made the following astute diagnosis as to the fate of anyone daring enough to face up to the tyrannical dictates of political correctness: [Dissenting] intellectuals tend to be scorned and abused and vilified …

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Anti-Israel Media Bias Slips Into Even the Jerusalem Post

anti-Israel media bias in Israeli newspaper

The Jerusalem Post inadvertently provides support for the demonization of Israel by using language that plays into the hands of the anti-Zionists. It is in the small details that history is either confirmed or made. In the case of Israel, there are continual efforts to rewrite history and besmirch, not …

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Arlene from Israel: Where Are We All Going?

 It’s a huge question with no easy answers. But this posting is going to start with the good stuff, which we find in some considerable measure here in Israel.  You have read numerous times about the Legal Grounds Campaign, which I co-chair with Jeff Daube.  We have just put out …

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Into the Fray.Two-statism slim chance of success; grim cost of failure .

Obdurate refusal of two-staters to admit any possibility of error reveals ideological fanaticism and intellectual dishonesty. … in our founding statement [we announced] that we would be artisans and partisans of the two-state solution. We adamantly refuse to drift with those who through a failure of nerve, a lack of …

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