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True son of Israel: Muhammad Zoabi.

Muhammad Zoabi.  Proud Israeli, Arab, Zionist, Muslim. I first came across Muhammad back in September 2013 in an article at “ A Jewish Israel” entitled “Against the Grain: Muhammad Zoabi Talks About His Love for Israel and the Jewish People” Please read this very enlightening interview. Muhammad was born to …

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Into the fray: The demise of Israeli patriotism?

The Israeli political discourse has been afflicted by pronouncements that could have easily been drawn from the Orwellian lexicons of 1984. The term “Jewish State” is totally misguided – Isaac Herzog, April 2014 We, members of the People’s Council, representatives of the Jewish community of Eretz-Israel and of the Zionist …

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Arlene from Israel: The Good News That Is.

Along with the bad news, we can see those who do get it and respond appropriately.  I will describe what I have learned briefly – briefly being my practice, of necessity, before Shabbat. The first issue is the matter of Obama’s State of the Union threat to veto any legislation …

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Arlene from Israel – A Brief Respite.

All is quiet in the north now. There are those who think it’s just a matter of time until we are attacked again, and that we are certainly closer to major hostilities than we were before this most recent attack.  That something major is coming down the road, at some …

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Arlene from Israel – Violence from the North.

Yesterday, four rockets were launched from a Syrian-held position roughly seven kilometers inside of Syria; two of the rockets landed in the Israeli Golan Heights.  They landed in open areas and there were no casualties.  Military sources identified this as a joint effort of Hezbollah and Syrian forces; the IDF …

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Why the Media Ignores Jihadists in Israel.

Summary: According to the NY Times, terrorists in Europe and Israel are very different and have different motivations.  If they weren’t, the hope that two states (Israel and Palestine) could live side-by-side in peace would obviously disappear. The New York Times has taken to breaking the universe of Islamic terrorists …

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Arlene from Israel – A Corollary

Yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, with regard to his speaking to Congress: “In coming weeks, the powers are liable to reach a framework agreement with Iran, an agreement liable to leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state. “As prime minister of Israel, I am obligated to make every effort to …

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Arlene from Israel – Priorities

There is a colossal danger to the world coming down the road:  A nuclear Iran.  It’s scary as hell because of the radical jihadist intentions of the Iranian mullahs. Right now the president of the United States and the Congress of the United States are at odds regarding how to …

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Arlene from Israel – Seeking Sparks of Light

I’m going to do something different today: Start with good news items.  We need to hear that good news, with all the clouds hanging over us. The first is the matter of Israeli-Japanese relations, which have blossomed astonishingly in the past year.  This is true in the areas of diplomatic …

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Arlene from Israel – Without Recourse

It should be, even in our less than perfect world, that international courts were bastions of ethical judgment and impartiality.  OK, maybe that’s expecting too much.  Shall we say, just institutions that model some degree of ethical judgment and impartiality.  But even this is expecting too much in today’s climate …

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Arlene from Israel – Recurring Nightmare.

How many times do we have to witness the funerals of innocent Jews cut down in their prime by terrorists? Sadly, a rhetorical question.  We’ve already witnessed it too many times.  And we know with a reasonable certainty that we are going to witness this yet again. ~~~~~~~~~~ Yesterday, the …

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La France vous êtes malade.

This account of the events in Paris, France and the abominable treatment dished out to Prime Minister Netanyahu, was on my Facebook wall last night from Caroline Glick. With many thanks. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Prime Minister Netanyahu earned his keep in Paris yesterday. According to an incredibly hostile report last night by Channel …

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Arlene from Israel – Crisis.

This today from Arlene Kushner is excellent as per her norm. This has information I haven’t seen elsewhere. It’s a must read. No way to be upbeat today, even with the outpouring of protest from people grieved and furious about the terrorist killings in France. Late Friday – before Shabbat …

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Arlene from Israel – Always More

I begin here with a correction:  When I last shared news of the electoral campaign, I mentioned irregularities in the Likud primary. And I spoke about the fact that one candidate demanded a recount and came close to securing a reasonable slot on the list as a result.  This was …

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Where’s Israel?

For the past week  or so we have seen the fiasco of ‘vanishing Israel’ from maps of the Middle East. The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has accused the publishing giant HarperCollins of harming peace efforts in the Middle East by leaving Israel off its maps. Seems that HarperCollins, …

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Arlene from Israel – Frenetic Pace

Where to begin in these days of turmoil, both at home and abroad? I think I’ll start at home, with the weather.  A major winter storm is due to start here within hours.  It is predicted that the north, Jerusalem, and high places in Judea and Samaria will see considerable …

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Arlene from Israel – Not a Crisis.

  Editor’s note: Once again and excellent piece from Arlene Kushner. ~~~~~~~~~~ Mahmoud Abbas would certainly like us to think it is a crisis.  He wants us cringing in fear.  But he’s going to be disappointed on this score: On Wednesday, Abbas made a show of filling out membership forms …

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