Israel

Arlene from Israel: Getting It Straight.

No easy task, with all that’s flying.  But we need to try.  It means telling it like it is. Caroline Glick has written many excellent columns over the years, but in my opinion the one she released last Friday – “The Ellison Challenge” – was exceptional for its direct and …

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Into the Fray: Obama unplugged: What to do?.

Israel must credibly convey that support for unilateral Palestinian statehood will not be a cost-free decision for whoever acts to effect it – or fails to foil it Obama’s final months in power are a unique opportunity to correct the record, and, more important, score an achievement that his successors …

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Arlene from Israel: Unsettled.

“Unsettled” is probably a major understatement with regard to what’s going on, here and in the US.  Doesn’t mean all bad.  Not at all – it’s a mix with a great deal that is exceedingly promising. But before I address that mix, just one great news item: “The United Nation’s …

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Terms Misused By Anti-Israel Activists.

In the seemingly intractable conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, words are just as powerful weapons as rockets or knives. Words can kill, but they are also a casualty of the conflict. You may remember Newspeak, the fictional language in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, which was an altered …

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Arlene from Israel: Hope Grows.

Hope for a strengthening of the US, as Hillary may be headed for defeat.  Hope that America may not implode. I’ve had a suspicion for some time that the polls showing her ahead were not accurate, and that many more intended to vote for Trump than the numbers indicated.  But …

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Arlene from Israel: Normal?

We are now past the holiday season and I would like to say that we’re back to “normal,” but I’m no longer sure what that means.  Actually, I’m not quite sure there is such a thing these days. But, having just come from the holidays, I can deliver good news …

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Into the Fray: Condell on Clinton.

By presenting the divide between Trump & the post-Obama surrogate, Clinton, as an “America vs Europe” one, Condell understates the true nature of the dichotomy. It is unusual for American voters to get a real choice in a presidential election but this is a genuine fork in the road for …

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Into the Fray: B’tselem at the UN.

Posted originally as “B’tselem at the UN: Has Israel become so “open-minded” that its collective brains have fallen out?” B’tselem is not a human rights organization but a politically partisan group for which “human rights” are a pretext for advancing its radical political agenda—Israeli withdrawal  Those whom the gods wish …

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Arlene from Israel: The Lows and Highs.

While I have a number of good news items to report, unfortunately I must begin with a low.  Sadly, first matters first. On Sunday, with the holy day of Yom Kippur drawing near, a terrorist took two lives in Jerusalem. One victim was Jerusalem resident Levana Malihi, 60, a grandmother …

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The Wall of Indifference.

Those of us who care about Israel, and who are concerned about the rise of Political Islam face a brick wall. Those of us who prefer western forms of jurisprudence to the Sharia courts popping up all over Europe face it, as well. Those of us who care about the …

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Arlene from Israel: As We Begin a New Year.

 I’m going to begin with some inspiring words that go beyond my normal “good news.”  This is extracted from commentary by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in the Koren Rosh Hashana Machzor [Prayer book] with my emphasis added: “There is mystery at the heart of Jewish existence, and it is written into …

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Into the Fray: Israel in Wonderland

The demise of Shimon Peres unleashed a tidal wave of mendacity & hypocrisy that underscores the dominance the delusional dictates of political correctness have over political discourse in  (and on) Israel     …on Friday, the world proved that what it really wants is to embrace Israel. Oslo, the disengagementand Peres …

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Obama’s “Palestinian Land”.

On September 20, 2016, US President Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. His passing comment on Palestinian Arab-Israel conflict underscored why peace did not advance, and his relationship with Israel worsened over his term. Obama’s UN remarks covered a lot of activities during his eight years …

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Into the Fray: Shimon Peres (1923-1985; 1986-2016)

Paradoxically, it was not Peres’s successes – but his failures – that catapulted him to international stardom; it was not his impressive accomplishments that made him a global celebrity but the disastrous fiascoes in pursuit of his wildly unrealistic illusions   Ambition drove many men to become false; to have …

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