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Arlene from Israel: If Only…

If only there would be a preponderance of positive news.  But that is wishful thinking, of course.  And yet, there is positive news, and news that carries within it a glint of encouraging possibilities.  I’m going to begin today with some of these items, so that we may be buoyed …

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They Say: Burn Jew! But We Rise Like the Phoenix.

Jews are like the phoenix

Just two days ago Professor of Islamic History, Yusri Ahmad Zidan, was interviewed by Dr. Muhammed Khaled on Egyptian TV and the subtitled tape released today by MEMRI TV. Khaled’s smirk, as he hears how cheaply Jewish slaves sold for during Crusader times, sent chills up my spine. Both men …

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Arlene from Israel: Abnormal Normal.

I had a beautiful Shabbat. Rich with the laughter of my grandchildren, and with the incredibly perceptive and sensitive things they said. It’s difficult, after that, to turn around and focus on events mostly painful. It should not be, that these painful events – the incitement and terror attacks – …

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Preserving Israel as the Jewish Nation-State.

The predominance of Israel’s military prowess has little or no bearing on many of the emerging threats menacing the Jewish state today. The predominance of Israel’s military prowess has little or no bearing on many of the emerging threats menacing the Jewish state today. To question the Jewish people’s right …

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Eyeing Temple Mount Terrorists.

This should prove interesting. As I write, The Algemeiner is reporting that Israel and Jordan will cooperate in the installation of video surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount, perhaps within days.  The Palestinian-Arabs do not like it because they know such footage will show the world who the aggressors are on …

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Arlene from Israel: Dysfunctional.

 Pretty much describes the state of affairs here and elsewhere.  I was going to use the Hebrew term “balagan,” which means a state of confusion, a muddle. But that is much too benign.  “Dysfunctional” suggests impairment, and that is much closer to the mark.  Let us return to the issue …

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Netanyahu and the Nazi Mufti .

I feel reasonably certain that there is not a single individual on the planet today under more intense political pressure than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. If the guy blinks in the rain he gets smacked around from people throughout the world for not doing it correctly.  I have never …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM.

It’s a little surreal sitting here in a coffee shop in the centre of Jerusalem witnessing the ever changing political landscape and evolving events. The streets are definitely fuller than they were a week ago and Israelis are getting out to restaurants again, taking advantage of the beautiful weather. Not …

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Arlene in Israel: Horrific.

Yesterday was a horrible day with regard to terror attacks.  Jerusalem was quiet except for one foiled attack – I think Netanyahu was correct in saying that extensive work in the city, including deployment of many security forces, has had a positive effect. The attacks are taking place mainly in …

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Ten Deadly Lies about Israel.

Written by Ron Dermer. Israeli Ambassador to the United States. As Israeli civilians are butchered by Palestinian terrorists, the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is also being butchered by a campaign of vicious lies. Here are 10 of the most pernicious myths about the current attacks: First:   Israel is trying …

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Democratize the Temple Mount.

It is unacceptable that Israel maintains prejudicial policies toward Jews at the holiest site to the Jewish people. Benjamin Netanyahu keeps assuring Barack Obama, and the American Department of State, that Israel intends to maintain the status quo at the Temple Mount. EOZ columnist, Vic Rosenthal, proprietor of Abu Yehuda, has …

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Arlene in Israel: A Huge Problem Confronts Us

It was eerie how precisely I called it.  Yesterday, in describing the terror situation, I said: “I might write about the most recent attack and then, within hours, there might be another one.”  As it turned out, it wasn’t even hours.  I had just sent out my posting when word …

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Twisting Words About Attacks in Israel

Common words and phrases are losing their meaning in reference to the terror wave in Israel.  These obfuscations often start with political leaders and then are spread by media.  A good guide to whether you are getting an unbiased report will be to notice if key words still keep their …

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Arlene from Israel: The Two-Front War.

It’s not going to go away soon – not either front.  And we Israelis are called upon to be strong.  Actually, what I am finding is that, almost to a person, those I speak to are weary and drained.  But confident that we will come out on top.  I hear …

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Arlene from Israel: A Tough Struggle.

There are a great many measures against the terrorism that the Security Cabinet has passed or is considering at this point. It seems to me that among the most powerful are those that affect the families of terrorists. Potential terrorists anticipate becoming “shahids” – martyrs – and having their names …

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Arlene from Israel: Situation Impossible

As I begin this post in the late afternoon in Jerusalem, with the sounds of helicopters circling overhead, this is what we’ve seen today: There were two simultaneous attacks in Jerusalem.  One was in Armon Hanetziv (east Talpiot). Two terrorists from Jabel Mukaber – an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem right …

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Arlene from Israel: THIS MUST GO VIRAL.

Dear friends, I did not intend to post today, but – as has happened before – I realized that I must. Yesterday, I wrote about Sheikh Mohammad Abu Rajab, who, during a sermon in the Al Abrar Mosque in Rafah, Gaza, demonstrated the way to stab a Jew.  I knew …

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