Israel

Weakness, Stupidity and Head-Chopping

In Arutz Sheva we read the following: Israel on Wednesday dismantled a newly erected wooden access ramp to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound that would have increased access for non-Muslims but which angered Jordan, according to AFP. The half-built structure was erected by Israel in the midst of the Gaza conflict …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Hitting Bottom?

  Things have been really awful for some time now.  Horrendous. Here in this region we’ve had the murder of an American ambassador by a group Obama previously claimed had been undone; the wholesale murder by Assad of Syria of tens of thousands of his own people; the heartless and …

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The Mizrahi story can end the colonialist myth.

This summer’s Gaza war has highlighted the role of the media and opinion formers in shaping a hostile view of Israel and a more favourable understanding of Hamas. Two journalists, formerly staffers with mainstream media, Matti Friedman and Tom Gross, have called the biased reporting on the Arab-Israeli conflict a …

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Into The Fray: The war in Gaza: Canards (continued)

Unless we extricate our policy-making mechanisms from the destructive influence of these corrosive canards, our goose may be well and truly cooked. Senior diplomatic official says Israel has detected Hamas smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip just two weeks after the end of Operation Protective Edge – Herb Keinon, The …

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Palestine – Goodbye Land Swaps, Hello Land Grants.

The two-state solution has suddenly come back to life. Thought dead and buried after Hamas had shown that it could indiscriminately fire rockets from Gaza into Tel Aviv and Jerusalem over a 50 day period – even forcing international carriers to cancel flights into Ben-Gurion International Airport for 24 hours …

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‘Protective Edge’. So, What Did We Win?

So, What Did We Win? Operation Protective Edge is apparently over. Terrific. In a recent piece for Israel Thrives and Jews Down Under entitled, Netanyahu and the West Doom Israel to Perpetual War, I argued that US and western pressure to let up on Hamas in Gaza inclined Netanyahu to accept …

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Jerusalem approves plan to build 2,200 Arab homes.

A few days ago Jerusalem announced their plan to build some 2,200 homes for Arabs in  the East Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Arav al-Swahara. This is a very run down area of Jerusalem, According to the Times of Israel Arab residents of Jerusalem often accuse the municipality of failing to approve …

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‘Arlene from Israel’ – Brief Notes

Brief Notes: Here I want simply to share information and analyses provided by others that will enlightened you – and, in one case, even entertain you. The subject at hand, first, is the issue of the land in Gush Etzion that has been declared state land – in the process …

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Israel – Media Imbalance Incites Jew-hatred.

The incessant media focus on Israel – compounded by misleading and factually incorrect reporting – has materially contributed to inciting the growth of Jew-hatred world-wide. Organisations such as HonestReporting and CAMERA expose inaccurate reports appearing daily in the most widely read and supposedly reputable international newspapers, television stations, radio networks …

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Romanticising Hamas.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. Romanticising Hamas Yesterday’s Australian featured an article by its Middle East Correspondent John Lyons entitled “Hamas proposal for Israel peace plan”. The story came entirely out of the blue and must surely be a journalistic …

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‘Arlene from Israel’ – A Lonely Mandate.

  These are particularly tough times for Israel (and for Jews more broadly). The situation demands steady nerves and absolute determination to pursue our course with conviction.  Is is difficult, indeed, not to be deflected by rage, which enervates, or to fall into depression, the flip side of that rage. …

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Not a “Palestinian problem”; A Jewish problem.

The West, Muslims, Israel and “Palestine”: Europe is not doing itself any favors by being weak. The supposed “Palestinian problem” of  how to create a “Palestinian State” is nothing more than a lie which camouflages an entirely separate issue, one that can be formulated as “how to destroy Israel.” Why …

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A Fist Full of Nails

The Jerusalem Post reports: Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone about the possibility of restarting peace talks with the Palestinians and a fourth prisoner release, Palestinian media reported on Monday. According to a report in the London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi, Netanyahu did not …

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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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