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Press release – New Initiative to Promote Israel’s Legal Rights Launches in Israel.

A new series of panels aimed at promoting the  legal rights of Israel was launched yesterday at a special conference held at Tel-Aviv University, featuring Likud MK Amir Ohana, journalist Dr. Dror Eydar, Druze Zionist Council head Atta Farhat, and journalist Maayan Adam. The panels, initiated by the Zionist organization …

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From Israel: What Are They Thinking??

“They” refers collectively to Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Security Cabinet, the IDF, and perhaps other persons in leadership roles making decisions on Gaza right now. For the life of me, I am unable to wrap my head around these decisions, or to feel remotely easy about them. ~~~~~~~~~~ Of course, …

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Bar-Ilan University bans pro-Israel Advocacy Material about Nakba & Palestinian Refugees

Bar-Ilan University prohibited a student group on campus from distributing pro-Israel advocacy material about the Nakba and the Palestinian refugees. The ban occurred earlier this week ahead of the university’s “student group fair,” an event in which student groups on campus were invited to present their groups to the students. …

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From Israel: It Must Be Better Than This !

Better, on two counts. Please, read to the end. I keep coming back to the terror attack in Squirrel Hill, and to related issues of antisemitism, because it is all so terribly important. Today I begin with a CNN interview of the rabbi of Etz Chaim, Jeffrey Myers, who in …

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From Israel: Making Sense in a Frenetic World.

These days, when we have barely processed information, new events demand our attention. I have been focused on the tragedy in Pittsburgh, and so turn now to other issues. Read to the end for good news items. ~~~~~~~~~~ What is most definitely not good news is the situation at the …

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When will Enough be Enough in Israel?

From our earliest memories, we have been grateful to God for all He has done for Am Yisrael. Each miracle granted would have been enough. Every year, at Passover, we remember as if we had experienced enslavement in Egypt and then freedom in the promised land. Every year we say: …

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Into the Fray:Imbecility squared – Israel’s incomprehensible policy of sustaining the enemy in Gaza.

The policy of trying to placate Hamas with enhanced humanitarian aid is sadly no less farcical than trying to convert a man-eating tiger into a cuddly bunny-rabbit by offering it a diet of premium carrots Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered…[the] reopen[ing of] the Kerem Shalom and Erez border crossings in …

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From Israel: Scandalous!

I want to return to the issue of the illegal Bedouin outpost of Khan al-Ahmar.  It may not seem so to some of my readers, but this is a big story.  I hope you will share this information broadly.  Much of the media prefers to provide a skewed PA/EU version …

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From Israel: Struggle with Every Step

This past Shabbat, we read the Torah portion Lech Lecha in synagogue.  In Chapter 17:7-8, the Almighty tells Avraham (emphasis added): “I will ratify My covenant between Me and you, and between your offspring after you, throughout the generations, as an everlasting covenant…I will give to you and your offspring after …

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HaShomer HaChadash: A love story between a land & her people, a people & their land

There are some people who don’t hear when others speak the word, “impossible.”  Instead, they hear, “it’s possible” or “I am possible.”  Their minds begin to race in search for solutions and when there is no logical reason to succeed, faith moves them forward. Who could look at the barren …

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From Israel: And Now??

This will be a “catch-up” posting to keep my readers in the loop during a process with regard to Hamas that is still unfolding. During the night on Wednesday, two rockets were launched from Gaza. Hamas later said their people did not launch them. But the IDF rejected this out …

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Into The Fray: INSS’s puerile, preposterous proposal.

 The cynically minded may be forgiven for suspecting that the prime goal of INSS’s newly launched plan is the demolition of Jewish communities, rather than the future resolution of conflict or enhanced Israeli security.  You have to quit confusing a madness with a mission. –  Flannery O’Connor.  Fanaticism consists of …

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From Israel: Sigh…

War? Not war? It rather depends on who we listen to, and the time of the day. On Sunday, the Security Cabinet met; the word that came out (leaked?) was that no decision would be made for a week, in order to see if the UN and Egypt might still …

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The dead tell no tales… or do they?

The saying goes: “The dead tell no tales” but that’s not exactly true. The dead speak to us from beyond the grave but they do so in silent symbols that we, those who are full of life and sometimes full of arrogance, can choose to ignore. Haifa’s cemetery is full. …

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From Israel: A Glimmer of Light.

It is been a while since I have begun a posting with even a bit of optimism. But that, my friends, is what I want to deliver today. Just a glimmer… Not because all has turned to sweetness and light. Rather, because Israel seems to have regained her footing. This …

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From Israel: Really Angry!

As in “really, really…” A report, drawing on Egyptian sources, appeared very recently in Al Araby, an Arabic newspaper in London, with regard to continuing efforts by President Al-Sisi to secure a long-term agreement between Israel and Hamas. This report, cited by YNet, indicated that Egyptian Intelligence Chief Abbas Kamel …

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From Israel: Endless and Endlessly Ugly.

Whenever there is a terror attack, and lives are lost,  I post, because getting the information out is important. These attacks seem endless! Heaven forbid they should actually be so: we will prevail. But endlessly ugly?  That doesn’t even begin to describe the situation.  Obscene comes a bit closer. ~~~~~~~~~~ …

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From Israel: A Reluctant Exit.

It was difficult this year to leave the rarefied atmosphere of the Sukkah. But, of course, I did leave, and, as is my practice at the end of a holiday, I surveyed the news in some detail.  It was a shock because I had a sense that the world was …

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Into the Fray: Obsessing over Oslo – Einat Wilf in “The Atlantic”.

 Wilf seems oblivious to “pesky details” such as the murderous terror unleashed by the Palestinians, their Judaeophobic indoctrination and Judaeocidal incitement, as “grand obstacles to peace”  Hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but see not, who have ears, but hear not – Jeremiah 5:21 There Are …

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Evolving Israel & US relationship over decades. Opinion piece: Sept. ’18.

The relationship between Israel and the United States has evolved over the past decades with the most important factor in this unequal partnership, being the views of the US president of the day. President Truman vacillated on the question of whether there should or should not be a Jewish State and was primarily focused on 2 factors. He …

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