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From Israel: A Heart That Is Heavy!!

  This past Monday was election day here in Israel, and the people came out in impressive numbers – more than 70% in the end. Exit polls released after 10 PM Monday night indicated a solid win for Likud, which was polling several mandates ahead of Blue and White. The …

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Announcing the premature death of balloons.

The balloons, as we know, are now officially dead. Prematurely. There was a time, not too long ago, when balloons brought smiles to the faces of young and old alike.  There were balloons for birthdays and anniversaries, get well balloons and balloons of congratulation. What child did not want a …

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Good News Weekend: Israel

But now it’s time to catch up on some good news for a change, so here is my latest Good News Weekend post. My first item is davka¹ related to all the bad news about the spread of the coronavirus. It has unfortunately reached Israel via travellers to the Far …

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From Israel: Carpe Diem!!!

  Seize the day!!  Do not let it pass. The poll numbers are shifting in favor of the right wing bloc.  It appears that this bloc may require only three additional mandates in order to win the election. The votes for winning are there: but they must be registered at …

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MYTH: The UN blacklist of companies operating in the disputed territories will promote peace.

FACT. Acceding to pressure from BDS-supporting organizations, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) published a database of 112 companies operating in Judaea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem on February 12, 2020.  The intention was to create a blacklist that would identify companies that Israel’s detractors could target for boycotting because their …

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From Israel: On the Cusp??

Perhaps we truly are on the verge of significant positive changes.  But then again, we may be facing only frustration and stagnation.  It’s difficult to call on several counts. I am speaking, first, about the election which is now – yikes! – less than two weeks away. It’s difficult to …

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Good news weekend : Israel.

Another week has rushed by and it’s time for another Good News Weekend post. Let’s start with the weather – as I have mentioned previously, it has been raining almost non-stop for the last couple of months, dropping almost unprecedented amounts of rain all over the country. The temperatures have …

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From Israel: Uti Possidetis Juris!!

  I do not doubt that many of you are wondering about the title of this posting, which may seem more than a bit enigmatic. Uti possidetis juris is a term that refers to a doctrine in customary international law.  And in a moment my reference to it will become …

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Into the fray: Time to bar the Joint List.

The tenets of “defensive democracy” require Israel to act against those who would use its democracy to undermine the very foundations on which it is founded. Clause 7A of Basic Law: Knesset: 1. A candidates’ list shall not participate in elections to the Knesset, and a person shall not be …

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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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