After the high of Yom Yerushalayim, it’s important to sustain some of that positive feeling with good news items. And I will do that shortly. But it’s a bit of a challenge, as there is much to deal with. I begin with comments that relate to the Flag Parade. We …Read More »
Jerusalem isn’t unified until the Temple Mount is ours – Opinion
What ensued has been one of the greatest failures and embarrassments of the state of Israel: the willing severance of the connection of the Jewish people from its holiest site. For centuries, indeed millennia, our ancestors have reaffirmed the centrality of Jerusalem to their understanding of what it means to …Read More »
From Israel: Our Day of Miracles!!
We, the Jewish People, are a miracle. That we were dispersed from our Land 2,000 years ago and then returned is a one-time happening that defies all historical precedents and all logical understanding. That the Land has flourished when farmed by Jews, in a way that it simply does not …Read More »
From Israel: Inspiration at a Critical Juncture!!
As I sat down to write this posting, I felt overwhelmed by an awareness of how many significant problems we are facing at one time. And yet, I was also in touch with a very promising perspective – the inspiration I refer to in the title of today’s posting. We …Read More »
Israel is breaking its own windows
The Israeli government must reassert its sovereignty and control, starting with the Temple Mount. The columnist Melanie Phillips has suggested that governments should fight anti-Israel hate and antisemitism through the adoption of the successful though controversial law enforcement strategy known as Broken Windows Policing (BWP). BWP holds that the police …Read More »
INTO THE FRAY: The fatal flaw in Israeli strategic thinking
One of the reasons that the conflict with the Palestinian-Arabs has dragged on for years, is that Israel has failed to conceptualize the conflict correctly. Failed comprehension has brought failed policy. Poll: 23% of Arab Israelis would support Arab invasion in Israel— i24NEWS Headline, May 15, 2022. Paradoxically, perhaps an …Read More »
Thank you Hamas for making sure there must be a Flag Parade
Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh has thrown down a gauntlet that must be picked up by those he describes as “rubbish.” Op-ed. In what should be cited as a classic example of the Laws of Unintended Consequences, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh has just reminded the Government and the People of Israel …Read More »
From Israel: “Stupid Is, As Stupid Does!!”
Next Sunday, May 29, is Yom Yerushalayim – a day that marks Israel’s liberation of eastern Jerusalem in 1967 and its subsequent formal reunification with western Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It is over 3,000 years ago – which is way before Islam existed – that King David chose Jerusalem as …Read More »
Does Israel belong to the Jews or have they usurped ancient Arab land? Part II
Part II The reader of Part I will have noticed that, to this point, there has been no historically recorded mention of either “Palestinians” or Arabs as sojourners in the land, and the end of Persian rule in the region marked the end of Canaanite culture as a result of …Read More »
When Truth is a Casualty of War
Why has truth become the first casualty in the media’s coverage of Israel? There is something about covering Israel that causes the global media and even some of the most reputable journalists to take leave of their senses. This phenomenon doesn’t happen with coverage of any other conflict or country …Read More »
From Israel: And This Is the Way WE Do It!!
“And This Is the Way WE Do It!! “A hero of Israel lived among us,” said Binyamin Regional Council head Yisrael Gantz, speaking at the funeral of Sgt. Maj. Noam Raz, who was badly wounded during anti-terrorism operations in Jenin last Friday, and died shortly thereafter. “We were privileged to …Read More »
Does Israel belong to the Jews or have they usurped ancient Arab land? Part I
Does Israel belong to the Jews or have they usurped ancient Arab land? This question, or it’s seemingly endless variant, crops up with concerning regularity on various social and mainstream media fora, and particularly in the mass of anti-Israel posters, some partly knowledgeable, most hopelessly not. The 100 year Arab–Israeli …Read More »
From Israel: “One of Life’s Great Mysteries”
I have found myself pondering this mystery a good deal lately: We Israelis are a good people. I cited Alan Dershowitz in this regard recently: “No country in the history of the world ever contributed more to the welfare of humankind in such a short period of time than Israel.” …Read More »
The Nakba continues. Op ed.
If being an Arab in Israel is a catastrophe, one is hard pressed to imagine what a success would look like. May 15 is marked by Palestinian Arabs and probably a substantial percentage of Israeli Arabs as Nakba Day, the day of catastrophe.The catastrophe in this telling is the …Read More »
From Israel: Because We Absolutely Must!!
Must? We must hold our heads up, mindful of who we are and standing forever strong. Before I consider some of the vile situations that prompted the title of this posting, I want to look at a bit of good news. It reminds us that there is always hope for …Read More »
From Israel: “And So I Wept!!”
Many of us here in Israel had not yet moved past the deep sadness we were carrying with regard to the terror attack in Ariel, in which a beautiful, caring young man had saved his fiancée’s life by throwing himself in front of her, right in the line of gunfire …Read More »
From Israel: Ay! That Was Fast!!
Yom Ha’atzmaut, with its euphoria, was just coming to an end. (Please see my posting reflecting that euphoria if you have not done so yet!) We seemed to be back to normal. But it’s tough, because “normal” has just become obscene. ~~~ I was going to write about the Temple …Read More »
From Israel: Embracing the Blessing and Bearing Its Burden!!
“Embracing the Blessing and Bearing Its Burden!!” The Land of Israel is the sacred inheritance of the Jewish People. That we have been able to return after 2,000 years of exile is a modern day miracle. In a mere 74 years, we have blossomed beyond all expectations, making the …Read More »
From Israel: “Hatred: Manifest and Implicit”
It is my practice, always, to begin a posting with news of a terror attack – when one occurs – before dealing with other matters. And sadly, painfully, I must do so again here: On Friday night, Vyacheslav Golev was working as a security guard at the entrance to the …Read More »
From Israel: “Tolerating What Is Intolerable!!”
The final day of Pesach is over, as is Shabbat, and – grateful for a brief hiatus that brought me a modicum of temporary peace – I return now to write about the situation in Israel, which simply must not be permitted to continue as it has been going. ~~~ …Read More »