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From Israel: It Ain’t ALL Bad, Folks!!

As the rain is pouring down while I sit at my computer, I begin with this. Year after year Israel suffers drought. Last year was a good year, and this year, with torrential rains, is turning out to be even better: We have broken a 50 year record and there …

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Mother of Soldiers.

It’s cold outside. The rain beats on the windows and thunder rumbles in the distance. Night is approaching and the warm bed beckons with the promise of a cozy embrace. The closeness of comfort seems so utterly wrong, knowing that he is outside, alone, in the dark, setting off for …

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An Alternative Solution.

Enno Raschke is a researcher and historian for Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Center in Jerusalem.  I am happy to say that we occasionally cross swords, but I respect the guy.  It is, after all, difficult for me not to respect a historian with Yad Vashem. On Facebook, I recently put …

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From Israel: It’s Time…

Time to touch base on Israel’s political situation. I have studiously avoided writing about it for many weeks because the situation has been so in flux that whatever I wrote would probably have changed by the time most of my readers read my posting. More to the point, perhaps, I …

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Good News Weekend – Israel.

A very wet and cold week has passed by and has brought us huge amounts of rain.  So huge in fact that the Kinneret rose 23 cm in one day! When you consider the size of the lake the amount of water that has fallen is almost unbelievable. In the …

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Press release – Left-Wing Activist Detained Overnight by Police.

Press Release Left-Wing Activist Detained Overnight by Police Left-wing activist and former head of “Rabbis for Human Rights,” Arik Ascherman, was detained overnight by the police last Thursday after refusing to agree to the terms of a police-sanctioned restraining order against him. Ascherman was issued a 15-day restraining order following …

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From Israel: Standing Strong on the Tough Stuff!!

I begin with a report on the Likud primary that took place last Thursday: As expected, Binyamin Netanyahu defeated his challenger Gideon Sa’ar.  And he did so in a landslide, with 72.5% of the vote. Out of 106 Likud polling stations across the country, Netanyahu won 99 and Sa’ar seven. …

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Chanukah Same’ach! Happy Chanukah!

I’m a couple of days late with my Chanukah post but the reason is all good – on Sunday we celebrated the brit of our new grandson and we were still in recovery mode so to speak.  The baby is called Tzuri Menachem and he is beautiful bli ayin hara! …

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Good News Weekend – Israel: New baby edition

Another very Good News Friday edition this week: we are delighted to welcome our latest grandson, born on Sunday to our daughter Vered and Pini, a little brother to Shaked. The brit will take place PG on Sunday, and I will update with the baby’s name. Wishing Vered and Pini …

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From Israel: Throw Up Your Hands!!

A powerful symbol: the reaching up of hands. It means so many things. I reflect on this, as I begin a new posting: I see the negative – resignation, and the positive – celebration. I touch on both here. ~~~~~~~~~~ Before writing about anything else, I share a link to …

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MYTH: Israeli Settlements are Illegal.

FACT: On November 18, 2019, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo expressed the Trump administration’s position that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law.”  This was inaccurately described in the media as a reversal of long standing American policy.  In …

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