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From Israel: Who We Are.

With everything that has been going on, I thought it important today to begin by highlighting a couple of the things happening here that shine a very positive light on who we are. Time and again I have observed the remarkable attitude displayed by survivors of terror attacks.  An attitude …

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What victory looks like.

I once heard Bill Maher say that: “Israel has won every war she ever had to fight because she has to, she has no choice. If she loses she will be wiped off the map.” So true. In 2006, Israel was attacked by Hezbollah and was forced to go to …

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The Arabs Should Have Victories Like This Every Day!

Temple Mount

Perspective is something we easily lose when our emotions run high. I have a friend who often puts things into proper proportions for me. I sought a calming voice after the saga that was distressing (for me and many others, but not everyone) of putting up metal detectors and cameras …

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From Israel: Painful Lessons!

Events have moved along with such speed in the last two days that it has been difficult to keep my head from spinning. However, it is not just difficult, it is impossible, to track these events without feeling pain. Distress. Anger. Before I go into Shabbat I feel it is …

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Why I Hate That Bibi Raised The Issue Of A Population Exchange

Wadi Ara

I am not talking here about the merits or lack thereof of the proposal itself — but of its context. Supposedly big news coming out of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office in the form of a “leaked” phone call with USA President Trump. Bibi is now supporting an idea floated …

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Into the fray-The Temple Mount: No longer in our hands?

As a non-observant Jew I was always skeptical towards the claim of my more devout kin-folk that the Temple Mount was the key to the maintenance of Jewish sovereignty over Israel.  I was wrong!  It is extremely important that a solution to the current crisis be found by Friday this …

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What happens after the terror attack?

Two nights ago I sat in a restaurant with my family.  The singing from the table behind us signified that it was not just my birthday. Grandparents were sitting at the center of a long table.  The grandmother holding a newborn baby, her husband next to her, surrounded by their …

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From Israel: Unacceptable!

Recently I cited a phrase from an old sit-com, “What a revolting development!” I got the citation wrong, but never mind. The sentiment was right. And what I must tell you now is that our current situation is not just unacceptable, it is a revolting development. I watched it unfold …

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From Israel: Facing Down Lies and Hatred.

Lies and hatred and murder. Murder motivated by the hatred that was stoked by the inciteful lies. My friends, I ask that you share this posting as broadly as possible. ~~~~~~~~~~ Friday night, Shabbat, Yosef and Tova Salomon were planning to celebrate the birth of a new grandchild. With them …

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INTO THE FRAY: Temple Mount attack & the demise of the “one-state” theory.

Even after seven decades living under Israeli sovereignty, and over half a century after military rule over the Arab population was abolished, anti-Israel enmity is alive and kicking among Israeli Arabs Extending Israeli sovereignty over Judea-Samaria (and eventually over the Gaza Strip) is indeed a necessary condition for ensuring the …

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From Israel: The Firestorm and the Lesson.

We’re on the Temple Mount issue, still. The days go by, and the situation gets more and more unreal. Yet at its core, what’s happening tells us a great deal. As you likely recall, the Temple Mount was closed by Prime Minister Netanyahu on Friday, and remained closed on Saturday. …

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From Israel: Terror and the Temple Mount.

It’s being referred to as the “Temple Mount Attack.” In fact, the attack itself, perpetrated by three Arabs, took place very near the Temple Mount outside the Lion’s Gate of the Old City. Early on Friday, the terrorists opened fire on a group of Border Police near the Gate. Two, …

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Into the Fray – A Port in Gaza: Preposterous & Perilous Proposal.

Hamas are not burrowing tunnels because Gaza has no port. They are burrowing them despite the fact it does not have one.  Israel’s intelligence and transport minister has long pushed the idea of an artificial island off the coast of the Gaza Strip, with plans for a port, cargo terminal …

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From Israel: Through the Prism of Victory.

It is not sufficient that I wrote in my last posting about the Knesset Israel Victory Caucus. What the Israel Victory Project does, in speaking of the need for Israel to win, is promote a mindset. It’s important to draw upon it whenever possible. ~~~~~~~~~~ In that last posting, I …

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From Israel: Victory for Israel.

In April, Prof. Daniel Pipes (pictured), president of the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia, launched the Israel Victory Project and initiated an associated Congressional Israel Victory Caucus, to be chaired by Congressmen Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Bill Johnson (R-OH). The Caucus’s stated goal is to promote a new US approach …

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Maccabiah 2017.

I #LoveIsraelBecause ours are a visionary people. In 1912 Yosef Yekutiel learned that numerous Jews participated in the Olympics and won medals. He envisioned Jewish athletes winning medals, not for the countries of their residence but for their homeland, Israel. After the war, his vision was denied by the Olympic …

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INTO THE FRAY – Modi in Israel: Bonding the biggest & most beleaguered democracies.

Clearly reflecting the impact of the change in Indian policy towards Israel was the chagrin expressed by the Palestinian envoy to New Delhi: “We were shocked…”  A curious Indian stops a passing Israeli backpacker on a New Delhi street. “Tell me,” he asks, “how many Israelis are there?” “I’m not …

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From Israel: Seeking the Good Stuff.

There is lots of “good stuff” going on here. It’s just that sometimes the “bad stuff” – when it is of considerable import and must be shared – takes precedence. Not this time! Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India arrived here in Israel yesterday afternoon for a three-day stay. I …

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From Israel: An Ugly Scene.

As I understand latest reports, on Friday, a compromise was reached by all parties to delay the controversial actions taken recently by Prime Minister Netanyahu with regard to 1) “freezing” of a Kotel plan, and 2) a change in current conversion rules which would have required all conversions in Israel …

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Jerusalem And The Western Wall: Is This What Reform Wants?

Western Wall and the Reform Movement

Think outside the box when looking for solutions to the current fissure in the Israel-Diaspora relationship. Many American Jews, some of whom are Zionists, say they feel like they have been slapped in the face when Netanyahu cancelled the agreement reached regarding the egalitarian prayer section along the Western Wall …

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