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Good news weekend : Israel.

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of my Good News Weekend posts, but I think it’s time to attempt a return to normal programming. My first item is about yet another treatment, if not actual cure, for Type 2 diabetes, that has been developed by an Israeli team: …

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From Israel: A Hurdle Too High!!

Please, be sure to read this to the end. I turn first today to President Trump’s State of the Union address, delivered on Tuesday night. I found it to be brilliantly executed. But what resonated most strongly for me were the values he espoused. I have been mourning big-time for …

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From Israel: Oi! A Bummer!!

How quickly things can change. Last week, after President Trump unveiled his “Deal of the Century,” there was euphoria, both here in Israel and abroad, expressed by those committed to Israel’s legitimate rights to the Land. It was considered a “Wow!’ moment:  For the first time, an American president had …

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From Israel: The Ultimate Balancing Act!!

The world of politics: It would be wrong to say that there is never clarity of purpose inspired by high ideals. But it is rare. Much of the time there are shifting scenarios, and complex, conflicting motivating factors at play. Rivalries, certainly. We find pretence (allegedly, for good reason). And …

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From Israel: “He Made Me Cry”

It was Vice President Mike Pence, a speaker today at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum gathering – “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism” at Yad Vashem – who brought tears to my eyes. “The world can only marvel at the faith and resilience of the Jewish People,” he said: “Three years …

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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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