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Arlene from Israel: Seeking Rays of Light.

However painfully overcast the current situation is, we should not see it as totally dark. Those “rays of light” must be sought, and nurtured, even as we see what is going on with clear eyes and face it with stiff spines. Turning back to the Iran situation and Congress, which …

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Arlene from Israel: Weary, and More Weary Still

  I suspect most of my readers will understand where I am coming from, in selecting today’s subject title.  How can any thoughtful person consider the state of the world and not feel exhausted to the very bone? Nothing, but nothing makes for more exhaustion than the Iran issue. According …

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Arlene from Israel: Unfolding Nightmare.

On Friday, I wrote about the letter Obama wrote to Jerrold Nadler (D – NY 10th), in which he stated that he considers Israel’s security “sacrosanct” and intends to provide additional military assistance to Israel if the deal passes. At that time I asked, rhetorically, if anyone imagined that we …

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Arlene from Israel: Clarifications of Note.

Activities today, before Shabbat, leave me with precious little time. And yet, once again, I feel I must write, this time to provide clarifications and follow-up on yesterday’s story… After posting yesterday, I received an email from an astute reader who shared with me an article about the secret agreement …

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Arlene from Israel -They’re Joking, Right?

>>“Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the UN agency that normally carries out such work…” This? Surely a joke.  But it is not! The above is according …

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Arlene from Israel: Spinning.

It is, without question, to be considered good news that the earth is still spinning on its axis. Things being what they are these days, one might begin to wonder. But the fact that my head is also spinning is not exactly cause for celebration. Without a doubt, the record …

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Arlene from Israel – Looking Further.

A friend of mine commented yesterday on my posting (which in fact she liked) that it felt strange because “we are programmed to expect more and more [on] Iran.”  Sad but true. So as not to disappoint, I will write this pre-Shabbat posting with more on Iran.  But with a …

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Into the fray: Trivializing ‘terror’ .

Hysterical attempts to equate ideological driven crimes by fringe Jewish extremists with Arab Muslim terrorism is substantively wrong and strategically detrimental. I despair of the Israeli politicians and commentators who have been falling over themselves to condemn “Jewish terrorism’.’ Whilst I understand their need to distance themselves from these criminals, …

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Arlene from Israel: Shifting Focus.

The Iran deal is still there, hanging over us.  But it’s time to consider some other matters. I begin with “Jewish nationalism and ‘the settlements,’” an op-ed by Moshe Dann, in today’s JPost.  It is highly relevant to current issues, as you will see as you read my full posting.  …

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Arlene from Israel: Sinking Low.

Editor’s note: This is an important piece, please share. It has been my practice, when writing about the Iran agreement, to deal as much as possible with facts. But in some respects this is no longer possible, as the case being made by the Obama administration has sunk to a …

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Captured Hamas Operative Details Group’s Terrorist Plans.

A Hamas operative provided a treasure trove of intelligence during Israeli interrogation concerning the terrorist group’s rebuilding efforts and future terrorist plans, Israel’s intelligence agency Shin Bet disclosed on Tuesday. The terrorist, Ibrahim Adal Shahada Sha’ar, 21, described about Hamas’ tunnel reconstruction efforts, planned terrorist attacks against Israel, military strategy, …

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The Immorality of the Jews

The recent firebomb attack by “extremist Jewish settlers” resulting in the death of 18-month old Ali Dawabsha, combined with the recent attack on the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem which saw the  murder of 16-year old Shira Banki, has Israeli-Jews nervous, sad, and introspective. Many in the West will tell …

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Arlene from Israel: Steadfast.

No other way for us to be:  Heads up, eyes on what matters, resolve undiminished. But oh, is it tough these days. ~~~~~~~~~~ I want to return to Obama’s talk of last week, to consider a couple of additional matters. He does not simply provide a position, he attacks. And …

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Arlene from Israel: Running Scared.

Perhaps to the casual observer President Obama appears cool and in control – confident of his positions and the success of his “diplomacy.”  But it doesn’t take an advanced degree in psychology to figure out that he’s worried – really, really worried – about what’s going to happen at the …

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Arlene from Israel: “Rush to Judgment”

In the early hours of last Friday morning, in the Arab village of Duma, in Samaria, a Molotov cocktail was thrown into a home, causing a fire that killed a  toddler, Ali Saad Dawabsha, and severely injured three members of his family. http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Report-Palestinian-baby-killed-in-suspected-W-Bank-Price-Tag-attack-410734 Graffiti spray-painted on the wall led to …

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Please prove me wrong.

For once, I had thought we would see a mutual condemnation, for once, I thought I would see the morality of people standing strong against bigotry and hatred. In the past week, as I watched those claiming to represent my people, Jews, and Israelis, brutally stab LGBTQA* activists, and firebomb …

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