Israel

Beresheet was the Start-Up Nation at its best.

Yes, the spacecraft reached the Moon, but it crash-landed, ending any contact with its handlers and any ability to have it serve experimental purposes from the Moon’s surface. Written by Douglas Altabef It wasn’t supposed to end this way. According to the Hollywood scenario we all tuned in to watch, …

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From Israel: “And Off We Go!”

This will be my last posting before Pesach begins on Friday night. This year, the Pesach themes of redemption and evil resonate for me with special power.  The Almighty redeemed us when he took us from Egypt but that redemption was not complete:  it is an on-going process. In the …

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From Israel: “A Revolting Thought”

It’s only a thought, or a rumor, at this point. I want to call your attention to a new, expanded (and highly informative) page I have put on my website about Israel’s rights to the Golan Heights: https://www.arlenefromisrael.info/israels-legal-rights-to-the-golan-heights/ As time allows, I will be updating my site in other ways …

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From Israel: “Triumph!”

When the polls in Israel closed at 10 PM on Tuesday, the air was fraught with tensions.  Various exit polls, notoriously unreliable in any event, were providing such disparate results that there was little clarity on what the outcome would be. The count was announced early in the morning on …

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Into the fray: Restoring Jewish Sovereignty.

Intensive investment must be made in civil society frameworks that can not only draw the idea of extended Israeli sovereignty into the main-stream discourse as a legitimate political objective, but as one that can dominate that discourse.   In a significant departure from his usual ambivalent and non-committal policy formulation regarding …

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From Israel: We Brought Him Home!

Thirty-seven years ago, during the First Lebanon war, Israeli troops engaged in a fierce and bloody battle with Syrian and affiliated PLO units at Sultan Yacoub near the Syrian border. Tank Commander Sgt. First Class Zachary Baumel (pictured) went missing, along with Zvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz. The three were …

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From Israel: “For the Sake of Sanity”

My sanity, certainly, and perhaps yours too. Yesterday was April Fool’s Day.  I don’t do April Fools shtick, but I found someone who does: US astronaut Scott Kelly, partnering with SodaStream. https://www.israel21c.org/us-astronaut-partners-with-sodastream-to-turn-burps-into-fizzy-water/ For myself, I decided that it’s a really appropriate day for a good news posting.  Do we need …

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From Israel: Do Not Be Lulled!

I begin this posting with a caution about how “current” it will be when you read it. This may seem to be a strange statement. But it is an honest and necessary one, in light of the current situation, which is so very, very fluid. That instability, that shifting dynamic, …

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Into the fray: Gaza – Disaster foretold.

What has unfolded in Gaza should not really surprise anyone willing to face up to the inclement realities. After all, it was not only entirely foreseeable, but easily foreseen. The nightmare stories of the Likud are well known. After all, they promised Katyusha rockets from Gaza as well. For a …

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From Israel: “Redeeming the Intolerable?”

In my last posting I discussed Israel’s failure to be tough enough – to create an environment of deterrence – with regard to terrorists residing in Judaea and Samaria, and inside of Israel. I noted to myself then that I needed to follow up with a similar discussion with regard …

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From Israel: This Just Won’t Do!

Purim is over, and we are back to “normal,” whatever that actually is. Last Tuesday, the terrorist who murdered Staff Sgt. Gal Keidan and Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger at the Ariel Junction a week ago, was caught and eliminated.  Security forces had tracked him to the Arab village of Abwein, near …

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From Israel: “Rage and Pain Multiplied!”

We knew there was a strong possibility that Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger might not live, in spite of the valiant efforts of his doctors to save him.  But we prayed, and we hoped.  And now we must say, Baruch Dayan HaEmet (Blessed is the Righteous Judge), because he died this morning. In …

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