Israel

Arlene from Israel – Always Something

It seems there is always something to contend with, a “crisis du jour,” so to speak.  I am moved to address this current “crisis” – which is really small potatoes – because the PA and the world at large are already building it into something that it is not.  As …

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Arlene in Israel – The World Keeps Turning.

It’s official.  Last night the Knesset voted – 93 in favor, no votes against and no abstentions – to disband itself.  We are in a campaign period.  A huge amount of jockeying is now taking place with regard to possible mergers of parties, timing of the Likud primary (which Netanyahu …

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Arlene in Israel – A Political Circus.

It wouldn’t do, I suppose, for the political situation to have clarity for too long. Or for the news to simply be promising.  We’ve now entered the circus arena: the rumors are flying, predictions are contradictory, and some surprising alliances are being suggested as possible. All of this defeats clarity …

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Arlene in Israel – Looking Good.

It’s a long time since I have had a positive – even tentatively positive – sense of the political scene here in Israel. But here we are now, in a time of real turmoil, which nonetheless has within it the promise of something better than the unfortunate situation we’ve been …

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Transference

  Due to never-ending Arab hostility toward Jews in the Middle East I am reading more and more people talking about the possibility of transference.  Mainly in the comments of various pro-Israel blogs and news websites, but among some well respected high-profile analysts, as well, the idea of inducing Israeli-Arabs …

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Arlene in Israel – Kaf Tet B’November.

“Kaf Tet B’November” is precisely this: the 29th of November. Sixty seven years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly voted to recommend the division of Palestine west of the Jordan River into a Jewish state and an Arab state. There are so many lessons to be derived from this …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM.

On the personal level there is something quite surreal about this year. When I am in Israel, the situation is quiet, when I leave, it’s like another world…………….. Visiting Israel in June immediately after the 3 boys were kidnapped in Gush Etzion, whilst there was a mood of shock and …

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What’s in a headline?

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. 29 November 2014 These days when you consider the information you take in when looking at a newspaper article or an item on a website, everything often boils down to the headline which attracts the …

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ACRI: a NIF grantee.

Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) is one in a string of Israeli NGO with a bad track record when it comes to its condemnation of Israel. Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) Hebrew: האגודה לזכויות האזרח בישראל; Arabic:جمعية حقوق المواطن في اسرائيل ACRI Claims to be “committed …

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Arlene in Israel – Shifting Sands

If I said that things were good, I would be nothing but a Pollyanna.  But I do believe there are some signs here in Israel of a shift in perspective that is long overdue and should ultimately provide better policies for a stronger nation. Of course, these shifts are generating …

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Arlene in Israel – Complexities and Hard Truths.

A bit more follow up and analysis before Shabbat… Some of the recommended actions I wrote about yesterday, and more, have been put in place.  Not because I wrote about them, obviously, but because the government in this regard is responding with some appropriate security and deterrence measures: There is …

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Arlene in Israel – A Day Later

The death toll in the Nar Nof massacre has risen to five. Master Sergeant  Zidan Saif, 30 – of the Druse village of Kfar Yanouch in the Galil – was one of the first police officers on the scene during the massacre yesterday, and sustained wounds to his head.  Last …

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