Israel

From Israel: Outrage, Once Again.

I was planning to focus on a matter of concessions our government is apparently planning to make. But that has been relegated now to a position below. For a terror attack that takes Jewish life must be the first focus of attention. On Friday, there was a multi-prong terrorist attack …

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From Israel: Advancing Forward.

Intentions may be good, but it’s not always smooth going. ~~~~~~~~~~ Take this situation, for example: Israel has been supplying a solid percentage (over 50%) of the electricity that was being used by the people of Gaza. Some additional electrical power was secured via one generator located in Gaza. And …

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The Six Day War, 50 years later: Still little chance for harmony in a region of perpetual conflict.

Vastly outnumbered, outgunned, besieged on every front and overwhelmed by the wealth and diplomatic influence of the Arab States, Israel faced its hour of maximum danger 50 years ago. It did so alone: 100,000 Egyptian troops, armour and artillery had amassed on Israel’s southern border; the UN peace-keeping force along …

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From Israel: The World about Us.

In my last posting I shared several ways in which Israel’s shifting relationships with other nations are yielding positive results. We return to that theme here, to look at other ways in which Israel has developed more self-confident, self-assertive policies. Previously, my focus was on Africa, but Asia also deserves …

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Into the Fray: The Humanitarian Paradigm – Answering FAQs (Part 2)

Sequel to the dispelling of  doubts regarding the feasibility – and morality – of largescale, financially incentivized emigration as the only non-kinetic approach for resolution of the Israel-Palestinian impasse.  The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – widely attributed to Winston Churchill …

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From Israel: Perpetual Rollercoaster.

It’s a “normal” situation for us. We win some, we lose some. Yet, somehow, these last few days, that roller coaster ride seems to have more curves than usual. ~~~~~~~~~~ Take the UN Secretary General, António Guterres. He’d been great lately: he made a statement against the PA youth center …

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From Israel: Fifty Years and Heading Up.

June 5th marks fifty years on the secular calendar since the beginning of the Six Day War—a war in which Israel achieved a stunning military victory over multiple Arab enemies, and acquired considerable areas of land in the process: eastern Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria, and the Sinai. …

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Oslo And Occupation

Clinton, Rabin and Arafat at signing of Oslo I - is there occupation after Oslo?

Those who regard Israel as occupying the West Bank (Judea & Samaria) should reconsider the issue in view of the way they regard legally binding contracts. All countries have legal ages of majority, the age at which an individual can sign a legally binding contract. In the USA, for example, …

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From Israel: A Mixed Report.

In my last posting, I said I thought President Trump’s optimistic statements during his visit about Abbas wanting peace were just PR. I cited Trump’s pointed statement to Mahmoud Abbas at their joint press conference, following their private meeting in Bethlehem, that “Peace cannot take root in an environment in …

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From Israel: Special Days.

How fraught with energy this past week was, with one event running into another.  Moving backwards… Yom Yerushalayim was celebrated on Tuesday night and Wednesday.  Yes, I already focused on this in my last posting.  But that was before the fact; now there is additional sharing to do. Below you …

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Thoughts from Israel on POTUS visit.

Watching Trump’s first trip abroad from my home in Israel was a nail biting experience. As an American, I was shocked to see him elected POTUS. As an Israeli, I was glad it was him and not her. We’d seen the results of the Clinton-Obama policies regarding the Middle East …

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Stars, Stripes and Selfies.

On Monday afternoon, the President of the United States, Donald Trump touched down in Israel after a visit to Saudi Arabia. The flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tel Aviv, Israel was an historic one given it was the first direct flight between the two countries, which have no official diplomatic relations. Prime …

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From Israel: Celebrate Yerushalayim!

Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) comes first! If you can tolerate a painful pun: it trumps news about Trump (who is in Israel as I write).  I will in due course write about the president’s visit – here and in Saudi Arabia, but now I am inspired by Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day.  …

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