Israel

Arlene from Israel: Anger, and Not Panic.

By last Thursday, Egypt’s President Sisi had withdrawn sponsorship of Security Council Resolution 2334, which says that all “settlements” in the “Palestinian territory” including eastern Jerusalem constitute a flagrant violation under international law, and calls for cessation of all “settlement activities.”  Sisi was responding to pressure from Netanyahu and from …

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Abstained.

Tzipi Livni

The World against Israel or Israel against the World The question about whether Obama would deliver a last minute FU to Israel by abstaining on a United Nations Security Council vote has been answered. YES HE WILL That leads to two additional questions. The first is will he repeat the …

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UNSC Resolution 2334: Why I Am Glad The US Abstained

Tzipi Livni

The US has served as a fig leaf for the UN Security Council (UNSC) for far too long. When the US would veto resolutions, the names of all those countries who voted in favour of the resolution would fade into the dungeons of unnecessary details that need not be filed …

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Arlene from Israel: Holding on to the Good.

 As we can find it… Motzei Shabbat – Saturday night – we light the first candle of Chanukah.  And so we begin today with mention of this celebration that marks the victory of the Maccabees over the destructive influences and power of the Syrian-Greeks in the Second Century BCE. We …

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Into the Fray: Amona-A strategic defeat for Zionism.

  The impending destruction of the Jewish community of Amona reflect failure of political will and ideo-intellectual bankruptcy of the elected government rather, than the inevitable culmination of a legal battle.  To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to the written law, would be to lose the law itself, …

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Arlene from Israel: Heads or Tails.

I am sitting at my computer, trying to make heads or tails of various events here in Israel and elsewhere, and boy is it tough!  There’s not a whole lot of clarity right now. But I’m going to lead off with a good news piece. This one is a bit …

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Arlene from Israel: Tough Times.

 In these tough times, I will start with the heavy news before moving on to what is good. The residents of Amona have decided not to take the final offer that was made to them by the government.  The basic outlines of that offer: They would have had to leave …

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The Real Importance of Fahed Al-Masri’s Plea To Israel

Syria's Roadmap to peace

Fahed Al-Masri, an important Syrian opposition leader, released a video in which he promises that a new Syria will be a force for peace and stability in the Middle East and for Israel. He implores Israel to take sides in the Syrian civil war. Part of that video was shown …

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Israel Reflections Part 2: Israeli Society, Diversity & Social Cohesion.

In July I went on a life-changing trip to Israel. This was my fourth trip to Israel, but I have not been there for 17 years. I have written in the past about other aspects and experiences of this trip.  I have not focussed on Israelis themselves, Israeli society, and …

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Into the Fray: An inane, insane initiative

Once you utter the “magic password,” endorsing the two-state principle, you are immediately welcomed into ‘polite society’, invited to participate in prestigious events & expound on your “progressive perspectives” – no matter how detached from reality they may be.  While there is, at best, only a slim chance for a …

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The Use Of ‘Lawfare’ In Fighting Terrorism.

Lawfare Many New Zealanders would probably have thought about the threat terrorism poses to us, and how that threat can be managed.  The state of Israel has been at the forefront of the battle against terrorism for decades. That battle takes different forms: through diplomacy, intelligence, security forces, cyber security …

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Reflections On Israel Part 1: Israel’s Place In The World.

In July I went on a life-changing trip to Israel. This was my fourth trip to Israel, but I had not been there for 17 years. I have written in the past about other aspects and experiences of this trip. But I have not focussed on Israelis themselves, Israeli society, …

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Into the Fray: John Kerry at 2016 Saban Forum-Misrepresenting Two-Statism

Oslo failed not because Israelis built crèches, kindergartens and schools across pre-1967 lines, but because Palestinian-Arabs blew up Israeli cafes, buses and malls inside those lines. Raise your hands… how many of you believe in a two-state solution, believe two states is critical? …Okay, it’s the vast majority of people …

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Arlene from Israel: A Time of Turmoil and Hope.

 We’ve moved past the immediate trauma of the fires – which were at least 50% arson – and it would have been lovely to have had a respite, a time of ease, however short, in the nation.  But that is not the case, although I believe we are headed towards …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM. Nov. 2016. Opinion piece.

Since his election, Donald Trump has said remarkably little on Israel at all. Yet it is rather amazing to see how many people are certain he will do this or that based on whoever they choose to listen to of Trump’s family members, friends or advisors of the day – …

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After Haifa’s Fires Put Out The Real Story Begins

Haifa’s fire story, like Israel’s story, is one of renewal and rebuilding. The fire totally destroyed over 500 homes, leaving over 1500 residents with no place to return as the city got the all clear. But that is only where this story begins. The blackened patches of earth will not …

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Into the Fray: The forgotten fire?

Last week’s fires did little to illuminate much of the unknown still shrouding another conflagration that flared up, almost a year and a half ago.  I feel a sense of shame, and even more, a sense of pain…at the murder of a small baby. Pain that from my people, there …

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1977 revisited.

Gvirotai veRabotai – Mahapakh! Does anyone recall an election in a democracy which generated so many apocalyptic rants from the losers? I do. 1977’s Israel’s Mahapakh … and the more I think about it the more similarities I find. This follows from a brief conversation on Facebook (screen grab) with a Clinton …

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Arlene from Israel: After the Flames Die Down.

Today I will focus on just one subject.  For the fires that have raged here in Israel during the last several days have surely been uppermost in everyone’s mind.   It began on Tuesday with a major fire in Zichron Yaakov, a community near the Mediterranean, on the south edge …

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Pyro-Terrorism In Israel: 7 Points To Ponder

pyro-terrorism

We will probably never know the whole story behind the 200+ fires that set Israel ablaze over the past 3-4 days. But pyro-terrorism should not surprise us. We were forewarned. Long ago. Fire as a Weapon of War Fire has been used in warfare throughout human history. Villages have been …

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