Many of you will recognize this phrase from the saying attributed to Reb Nachman of Breslov: “All the world is a very narrow bridge. And the main thing is not to be afraid – not to be afraid at all.” Kol ha’olam kulo gesher tsar me’od. Veha’ikar – veha’ikar lo …Read More »
Cancelling Israel’s mandatory service requirement would be a terrible mistake
Opinion. The comparison between college life in America and Israel is a stark contrast, framed by the requirement of army service here. A recent poll released by Arutz 7 reveals that only a plurality, but less than a majority, of Israelis believes in retaining the requirement for IDF, or, …Read More »
Into the Fray: You couldn’t make this up!!
There may well be things more depraved than an Israeli government minister soliciting funds for a self-declared mortal foe, but none come readily to mind Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad — Anonymous ancient dictum—misattributed to Euripides. Israel is a country of many paradoxes and …Read More »
From Israel: The Menorah and the Swastika!!
This posting – which is a sequel to my last – begins with a video. An unusual way to begin, I know. But this is an unusual posting, and the video, which is seven minutes long, is quite extraordinary. I want to thank long-time reader from Toronto, Leon K., for …Read More »
From Israel: The Miracles and the War!
It is Chanukah and for eight nights we will light our lights, one more each night. Ideally we light them in a window or out in a public place. Credit: iStockPhoto/Fevzi Ryman Why? To broadcast the miracles. According to our traditions, there were two: The Talmud relates the story of …Read More »
From Israel: “Great Alertness and a Full Heart Required!!”
I have been sending out some very heavy material, sending it because it is important to let my readers know what’s going on, straight-on, no-frills. Sometimes there is so much to report that I struggle with what to write about first. Today is no different. I begin with news about …Read More »
From Israel: “The Bottom of the Sinkhole!!”
A sinkhole is often defined as a depression in the ground caused by water. But it has another definition: a place into which foul matter runs. ~~~ In my posting “Devious and Detestable” I wrote about the six Palestinian Authority NGOs that serve as fronts for the Popular Front for …Read More »
Into the fray: The blight Bennett brought
It will take a long time-probably decades-to repair the damage, which the mendacious machinations used to ensconce the current coalition, have wrought, not only on the fabric of Israel’s body-politic, but on the very essence of the Zionist endeavor itself…if such repair is at all feasible. Ever! Whoever commits a …Read More »
Israel’s leaders need to listen to the music of the latest US election results
Israel’s new something-for-everyone coalition government prides itself on its emphasis on restoring bilateral political support for Israel in the United States. Of course, this is a not-so-subtle slap at former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom they perceive to have unduly favored the Republicans—meaning former U.S. President Donald Trump—thereby “endangering” longstanding …Read More »
The Price Is Way Too High, Naftali!!
The State of Israel had not had a budget since March 2018 – that is, it didn’t until the wee small hours of last Thursday, November 4, when a budget was finally passed. I recognize that Israel badly needed a budget; there were governmental allocations of importance that were held …Read More »
U.S. Consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem – ‘What It Would Mean for Israel?’
The intention of the U.S. Biden Administration to reopen a consulate for the Palestinians in Jerusalem should be a trigger warning for Israel. The consulate was closed in 2018 by former President Trump when the U.S. embassy was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The closure shut down our enemies’ …Read More »
From Israel: Countering Duplicity with Truth!!
The unvarnished truth (and yes, there is such a thing), is a rare commodity in the political realm: Most of the time it is sacrificed to political purposes, or at best obscured. But it does exist. ~~~ MK Bezalel Smotrich (Chair, Religious Zionists) is one member of the Knesset (there …Read More »
Into the fray: Netanyahu vs Olmert – Comparing chalk & cheese.
While it may be inappropriate that someone under criminal indictment should be a candidate for, or serve, as prime minister, it is far more inappropriate that he/she be precluded from doing so by abuse of the legal system We have a prime minister mired up to his neck in investigations. …Read More »
From Israel: And the Plot Thickens!!
Very little that unfolds in the public domain is clear and simple. It behoves us to keep our eyes open and dig deep when there are questions. Please read to the end of this posting, for that is where you will find the biggest story, which is just in the …Read More »
Crunch time is fast approaching for the government – Opinion piece: Oct ’21
All opinion polls show that Likud voters, by very large margins, prefer to keep Netanyahu as leader and stay in opposition, rather than go back into government, but with someone else in the top position. This catch 22 results in Netanyahu continuing to be both the factor that keeps the …Read More »
From Israel: Devious and Detestable!!
The situation described below has serious implications in several respects. It is a major story that is finally starting to get badly needed attention. And so, I ask that you share this as broadly as possible. You assist Israel when you provide solid, factual information that is not well known …Read More »
From Israel: “When We Are Our Own Worst Enemy”
The importance of inner strength is one of my major themes: Now, now especially, when the world has gone bonkers and is sliding leftward, we need to know who we are, understand our rights and stand for them. And yet… ~~~ I recently wrote about the issue of the American …Read More »
Naftali Bennett and me – relationship status: “it’s complicated”
My friend was about to be inaugurated as Prime Minister of Israel. For the past year I had done everything in my power to help make that happen. Of course, I had to be there. On the other hand, this inauguration would establish a government with progressive, extreme left, post …Read More »
From Israel: Who Would Have Imagined??
As we struggle with the tough stuff, it’s essential to retain a broad perspective. And so, the first item I want to present today is what we might call somber good news. Whatever we call it, it is reassuring. Below you will find a link to an article about the …Read More »
INTO THE FRAY: Tyrants, tax-havens and territory
Israel must prepare for a daunting situation, in which, along its eastern frontier, it could face a huge expanse of hostile territory, controlled by radical Islamist warlords, stretching from the fringes of Greater Tel Aviv to the border of Iraq — and beyond. “…the only certainty is that there is …Read More »