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Arlene from Israel: Cutting Through the Pain.

Here I am, again, skipping over the good news.  My apologies for this, as I know my readers enjoy those good reports (as do I).  But once again, I feel compelled to focus on the not-good news: Some painful circumstances – disease, for example – may be unavoidable.  Others should …

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Palestine in the 1800s

 9,000 Photos from Palestine in 1800’s – with no trace of Muslims or mosques Félix Bonfils (1831-1885) was French photographer and writer who was active in the Middle East. Four years after his arrival he reported 15,000 prints of Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and Greece, and 9,000 stereoscopic-views. He traveled to the region several times and we …

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Anything to say now, Hanin Zoabi or Ayman Odeh?

Hanin Zoabi – Are you going to cry out your rage and horror at the killing of a 13-year-old girl barely past puberty? Ayman Odeh – Are you going to rail against the terrorist and those who sent him, directly or indirectly; sent him to break into her house and …

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Arlene from Israel: Keeping Our Balance.

 Not an easy thing to do – to maintain balance.  We might know where we want to go, yet find the way there exceedingly slippery.  This is what we are dealing with now: the rapids and the uneven stepping stones. ~~~~~~~~~~ I like to sustain my practice of starting with …

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INTO THE FRAY: Utterly unconscionable

The real reason for the rupture of relations with Turkey is not because of anything Israel has (or has not) done. It is a result of what Turkey has become.  Israelis have no conscience, no honor, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism. – Turkish …

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Poisoned Minds.

There is a scene in the movie, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”, in which the Sacha Baron Cohen character finds himself deep inside redneck territory in an American country and western lounge bar.  Borat and his band are introduced as being from Kazakhstan. …

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Into the Fray: Egregious Ehud Barak.

 Rather than an indictment of the ruling coalition, the recent “fire and brimstone” address by Ehud Barak’s was a harsh condemnation of the Israeli electorate for its infuriatingly stubborn refusal to disregard past experience  People who live in glass houses should not throw stones –A proverb on prudence (or the …

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Arlene from Israel: Holding Our Heads High

“Holding Our Heads High” I actually mean this in two senses.  The first is the traditional sense of being proud, and I will share an example of this in a moment. But then, there is the more metaphorical sense of not drowning in the sea of malice and stupidity that …

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The Only Precondition for MidEast Peace Talks

Acting President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas has long argued that he needed many preconditions satisfied before he would sit down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for peace talks. Those requirements included settlement freezes and releasing Palestinian Arab prisoners from Israeli jails. Netanyahu begrudgingly did both of those …

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Arlene from Israel: And the Good Too.

After my last post (which now requires follow-up), I promised I would return to my regular format, which includes good news.  Would that the good predominated. It does not, of course. But it is real – as you will see in the course of this posting.  And so offers promise …

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Into the Fray: Imbecility squared – Part 2

With changing patterns of Arab enmity, the major challenge to Israel’s existence as the Jewish nation-state is no longer repulsing invasion, but resisting attrition  A comprehensive Israeli policy declaration [a]ccepting, in principle, the Arab Peace Initiative (API), with requisite adjustments to accommodate Israel’s security and demographic needs, as a basis …

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Arlene from Israel: Facing Down Reality.

I decided to table this posting for a couple of days because of the horrendous terror attack in Florida. For all those who lost dear ones in that obscene assault, or who were wounded, I extend deepest compassion.  May they know healing. What is painfully ironic is that what I …

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Ron Huldai Does Not Understand ‘Occupation’

Ron Huldai - occupation

Tel Aviv’s Mayor Ron Huldai made disparaging remarks concerning Israel’s part in causing the Arabs to kill us. Ilana Dayan interviewed Huldai after the terror attack at a Sarona restaurant that took the lives of 4 and injured over 10 others and Huldai used the air time to cause serious …

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Arlene from Israel: Recurring Evil.

 Last time I posted, it was with a spirit uplifted because of Yom Yerushalayim.  I had not intended to post again until next week.  For Shabbat is coming, and immediately after, Shavuot, the harvest festival that celebrates our receiving of the Torah and is marked by study into/or through the …

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