Israel

Arlene from Israel – Discontent

While I am mindful of constraints on my time and the fact that it is Labor Day, I post to do follow-through and share some important perspectives. Netanyahu has now made additional comments as to why he chose to embrace certain positions regarding Hamas, and what he might still do. …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM.

In the latter part of June I was sitting in a quirkily themed restaurant just off Agrippas near Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem, enjoying a gourmet hamburger and the summer atmosphere. Apparently what qualified the hamburger to be gourmet was the very nice plate it was served on and the additional …

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Netanyahu & the West Doom Israel to Perpetual War.

With the recent alleged conclusion of Operation Protective Edge, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with the western powers, has doomed the Jews of the Middle East to perpetual war. Unless we see significant policy changes coming out of Jerusalem viz-a-viz the security of the south, Israel can write off that …

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Into the fray: Incredible!

Binyamin Netanyahu is a man of great talent and considerable achievement who hesitated, and missed the moment. I am convinced that the residents of the Gaza-border communities can return to their homes… to a good and quality life here   – IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, August 6 …

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Arlene from Israel – Not a Pretty Picture.

After I posted yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the nation in order to explain/defend the war with Hamas and the decision to accept the ceasefire now.  He left me decidedly underwhelmed and considerably uneasy. Yes, it is true, as he says, that Hamas has been hit harder than ever before, …

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Arlene from Israel – Worse and Worser.

The truth: There is no entirely satisfactory resolution to our war with Hamas (the war that is not called a war). Aside, of course, from that “ultimate” resolution in which we would fully retake Gaza and banish all terrorists and jihadis – thereby creating a peaceful situation in Gaza and …

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Listen – He Speaks Truth!

A young soldier speaks of his experience in Gaza. He’s not a trained spokesman; not a propagandist. He’s simply one soldier who was called to fight and did what he had to do. You’d have to be blind to think he is not sincere – both in his determination to …

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Arlene from Israel – “The Ikar”

“The Ikar” (the essence of the matter) Tomorrow night my eldest granddaughter goes off with her class to Poland for a week, to visit death camps and related sites.  In Israel doing this is a rite of passage.  She and her 12th grade classmates have been exceedingly well prepared.  I …

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Media misfires, truth a casualty.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. Last Tuesday evening (AEST), just hours before the latest ceasefire in the region was due to expire, terrorists in Gaza fired three Grad rockets which landed near Be’er Sheva and Netivot. Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said …

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INTO THE FRAY: Unfit to govern?

It is possible Operation Protective Shield could have been conducted with greater ineptitude. But it is not easy to see how. Israel has no foreign policy, only domestic policy.  – Henry Kissinger He who becomes compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate. – Midrash Rabba, Ecclesiastes …

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Arlene from Israel – Off-Again On-Again War

If we listen to what Netanyahu said yesterday, he never really thought our battle with Hamas was going to be peacefully resolved – he refers to it as “on-going.”  That would mean that even when there were negotiations proceeding during a ceasefire, he knew. Could well be. There were so …

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Eliminate Hamas

Yoav Zitun and Elior Levy write in Y-Net. A heavy barrage of rockets was fired at Israel on Tuesday night, around 10:40pm. Loud explosions were heard in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, while Code Red sirens blared throughout southern and central Israel. Hamas said it fired 40 rockets at Israel. …

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Arlene from Israel – Déjà vu.

How many times? How many times do we count down as the final hours of a 72 hour – or 120 hour – ceasefire come to an end, aware that resolution of the issues between Israel and Hamas is exceedingly unlikely and wondering what will happen next?? The guessing is …

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United Nations or United Nuisance?

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia..On 23 July, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to launch an independent inquiry into what it called “purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”. I am …

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Arlene from Israel – An Ugly Mess.

Note: Sorry about the way this has posted. I can’t change it. Arlene doesn’t have it on line yet and this happens sometimes when taken from an email. No matter what happens with regard to Hamas, it will be a mess of one sort or another.  There are no clean, …

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Arlene from Israel – Forecast Cloudy

Before I look at that forecast, let me mention “Kaitana Savta,” which translates literally as “Camp Grandma” (it sounds better in Hebrew).  I am about to begin Kaitana Savta, which comes every year in August and is truly as much fun for me as for my grandkids. Starting tomorrow and …

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Gaza – Hamas Evil Must Be Confronted And Defeated.

One month of fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas has resulted in an enormous propaganda victory for Hamas as horrific pictures of dead and wounded Gazan children and civilians, their destroyed homes and other buildings have appeared daily in social media and newspapers around the world. Why these tragedies need …

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