Israel

Israel: Security in a Small Country

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Israel as “a small country, one of the smallest”. That is true, but only part of the story. As Bibi added “Israel is strong, but it’s much more vulnerable [than the US].” Size: Israel is about 20,000 square kilometers, using the 1949 Armistice Lines, or 22,000 …

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Arlene from Israel – Overwrought.

That’s been the overriding climate here in Israel for several days now – whether it is a mood of anguish or of euphoria, it has all been rather frenetic. In the days leading up to the election, I observed (and experienced) a mood akin to grief, at the prospect that …

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Into the Fray: Whew! But…

The unthinkable has been avoided – narrowly. The greatest challenge now will be to deal with a detrimental, dysfunctional and, not infrequently, disloyal opposition. With respect to the people’s choice, if this is in fact its choice, I do not accept it … If that is the choice of the …

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Palestinian Response to Israeli Election Results.

Palestinian Arabs are not joining in the celebrations, perhaps because no Jews were killed in the process? Israelis have spoken- they want more Bibi. Despite all the efforts of the liberal Israeli media, and regardless of President Obama’s whining about Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and the subsequent Israeli fear of …

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Israel’s Message to Obama.

 I woke this morning in far off India to the news that Israel had done what I wanted it to do, what India did when the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, tried to interfere in their elections. As we watch the dust settle over the election results, …

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Arlene from Israel – It’s Up to Us!

The chances of a right wing victory in tomorrow’s election suddenly seemed far greater after last night’s rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. After a very frustratingly lackadaisical campaign – with an incredibly negative tone, and with polls showing the left ahead – a bubble of hope welled up. Some …

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Arlene from Israel – THE ELECTION

This is a posting of utmost seriousness, my friends, about a subject that is both weighty and complex. I will do my best to clarify. We’re not looking at an election that is “simply” a contest between two candidates with somewhat different opinions and styles: We are talking about radical …

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The Dangerous Gamble of dealing with Iran.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. As we all would be aware by now, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a controversial speech to a joint session of Congress in the United States last week. The controversy actually began several weeks …

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Arlene from Israel – Nauseating

Before we get to the events that are stomach-turning, I want to circle back just briefly to Netanyahu’s talk in Congress. I cannot consider every commentary (and there are so many!), but what Charles Krauthammer wrote seems worthy of note here. He refers to “the libel being perpetrated by some …

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Arlene from Israel – Catching Up.

A very splendid Purim – a healing Purim that brought laughter and a sense of hope – is over, as is Shabbat. I want now to pick up on posting again by looking at some thoughts regarding PM Netanyahu’s speech in Congress last week. So many of my readers sent …

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Red Herrings on the Red Line.

Summary: Obama’s anger at Israel’s Netanyahu was about Netanyahu’s anger at White House policy on Iran. All of the other excuses that Obama threw out proved inaccurate. However, Obama’s actions have introduced a partisan split over Israel into DC politics. US President Obama took umbrage with Republican House Speaker John …

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Arlene from Israel – HOW PROUD WE ARE!

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave the speech of his life today. His speech was not merely good, it was, as one commentator here put it, perfect. His pacing and his delivery were masterful; he managed to take the high road and deliver a powerful message at the same time. …

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