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From Israel: Hanging Tough.

It is Hol Hamoed Sukkot – the intermediate days of the week-long holiday. The skies are blue here in Israel, and inside the sukkah there is an extraordinary sense of peace. How lovely it would be to shut out the world during this time, but, almost inevitably, the world impinges …

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Avi Abelow Picks up the Torch.

I think that it may be fair to say that few were wounded more by the murder of Ari Fuld — outside of his family — than was Israeli-American social media personality, Avi Abelow. I like Avi because he has both strength and joy. He analyzes the worst of the conflict while …

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From Israel: Wake Up, Wake Up!

Yom Kippur, in all its weight and power, has passed. We have heard the last blasts of the shofar for this year. Hopefully it has awakened in us a stronger sense of who we are and where we need to go. ~~~~~~~~~~ The outpouring of grief over the terrorist murder …

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Into the Fray:The rumored “ultimate deal”: Potential payoffs & possible pitfalls.

The potential impermanence of the positive measures already undertaken by the Trump team should not be the only reason for Israeli concern over the brewing “ultimate deal”  …we will not put forth a plan or endorse a plan that doesn’t meet all of Israel’s security issues because they are of …

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Experience of Christian Australian volunteer for Magen David Adom tells his story.

Having had the opportunity to participate in the May ‘Basic First -Aid Course’ of Magen David Adom this year, I could not recommend this experience more highly to anyone willing to put themselves out of their comfort zone. I went to Israel not knowing anyone, the language or the culture. …

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From Israel: Curse Them!

Just days ago, in the spirit of Rosh Hashana, I wrote an upbeat posting. But that upbeat mood did not last. Could not, perhaps. Just as there is joy at holiday time, we here in Israel contend with the increased desire of our enemies to do us harm as we …

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“You and I, we’ll change the world”

אני ואתה נשנה את העולם “You and I, We’ll change the world” This is not the first time I have taken a picture of these words but the moment certainly felt the most poignant. You see, these are lyrics to a song written by the late, great Arik Einstein and …

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Rosh Hashanah, in two different worlds.

In Israel, one can move between worlds. It is a bizarre and enlightening experience. This New Year I moved between two different worlds, neither of them my “real life.” The first is the online world of Facebook, Twitter, emails, and WhatsApp.  As a writer and Content and Marketing Specialist I …

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From Israel: Days of Awe.

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we ushered in the Jewish New Year, 5779, with prayer, meditation and the sounding of the shofar. It is a serious time, the beginning of the ten Days of Awe that culminate with Yom Kippur. But it is also a joyous time. We …

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Into the Fray : Israel’s Left as a jilted lover.

The Left in Israel is behaving like a person who cannot accept that the object of his love has chosen another in his stead …unrequited love does not die; it’s only beaten down to a secret place where it hides, curled and wounded… [and] turns bitter and mean…― Elle Newmark, The Book …

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Into the Fray:New Year Appeal to Caroline Glick – Rethink “The Israeli Solution”.

Glick’s prescription  for a “A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East” will jeopardize the Zionist enterprise no less than the two-state paradigm, which she rightly repudiates with great force and eloquence.  As far as we are concerned, Ahmad is a hero and a martyr – Ali Mahameed at …

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These are the ‘good old days’.

Israel is an extraordinarily diverse country composed of Jews from every corner of the Earth, and non-Jews that cover much of the spectrum of the 70 nations of the world. One of the central tenets of how we as Jews are supposed to encounter life is captured in the concept …

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From Israel: Spinning Wheels.

In the political world, wheel-spinning is frequently the norm. Lots of talk, which – to continue the metaphor – lends the impression that there is engagement, movement forward on one issue or another. But in the end the talk often turns out to be blather that takes us nowhere. We …

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From Israel: Don’t Blink.

Yes, my friends, I am here. Working hard on another writing project, and laboring mightily to make sense of the news. Did you ever stand on the side of a highway, with the cars whizzing past? Hard to not feel a bit dazed. In recent days, I have been watching …

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Into the Fray: Haaretz vs. IISS-The anatomy of “Fake News”

Had Haaretz wanted to give a fair portrayal of my policy proposal, instead of alluding to “Transfer, the headline would have read “Evacuation-compensation for Arabs: An answer to Israel’s geographic and demographic imperatives?”.  Martin Sherman, the founder and CEO of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, is probably the most …

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Twenty five years of Oslo: Opinion Piece July ’18

Next month it will be twenty five years since Oslo and that famous handshake on the White House lawn by Prime Minister Rabin and Chairman Arafat under the patronage of President Bill Clinton. And a lot will be written about this anniversary. The one undeniable truth over this period has …

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From Israel: Way Beyond Stupid!

There is no “ceasefire” agreement as I write.  And I pray it does not come to be.  Consider: At the end of prayers today for the beginning of the Eid al-Adha holiday, Ismail Haniyeh, chair of the politburo of Hamas, delivered an address to the people of Gaza (all emphasis …

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From Israel: Have We Lost Our Collective Mind??

  The situation is so surreal it is difficult to know where to begin. I am not only confused and frustrated, I am livid. Once again, my friends, I advise you that what I am going to share will not all sound coherent. But there is a simple reason for …

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What’s Really Behind Israel’s Nation State Law?

Israel’s new Nation State Law has provoked controversy both inside and outside Israel.  Both critics and supporters have misinterpreted the text and its implications.  They have also missed what may be the most important motive for the legislation – fear of the demographic threat to Israel’s future. First, we can …

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Into The Fray: Gaza – Déjà vu…again?

From recent reports on planned Israeli responses to events in Gaza, one might be excused for thinking that the late Shimon Peres had returned from the hereafter, reincarnated in the form of the allegedly hawkish Avigdor Liberman. An overwhelming majority [of the Palestinian public] demands the immediate halt to all …

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