Israel

From Israel: Unstable and Scary!

We cannot pretend otherwise: There is a great deal happening that evokes a very deep unease.  This was my theme in my last posting – the sense that matters are not as we might wish them to be. I will share below a number of issues of concern in this …

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Good News Weekend – Israel.

Another week has rushed by and it’s time for another Good News Weekend instalment.  This weekend we’re going for an international flavour. My first item simply highlights the incredible distance Israel has travelled in a mere 71 years, and demonstrates the strength of Israel’s diplomatic and military standing. This week …

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From Israel: Surreal!

So much, so much, seems not as it should be – or, at least, as we would, in the normal course of events, expect it to be. We shake our heads in confusion, and frustration, and anger. Consider: On Tuesday, there were something like 20 fires started in Israel as …

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From Israel: “WHAT Are They Thinking??!”

The workshop/conference in Bahrain has not even started yet, and we are being deluged by news reports about the Trump plan.  Quite frankly, it is very wearisome. Today everything is gearing up, with the activity officially beginning tomorrow. I would be pleased to skip it all, but feel there are …

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Good News weekend from Israel.

The lazy summer days have arrived in Israel together with the heat, although we haven’t yet reached the height of the summer yet and it’s bound to get hotter. Nevertheless I’ve been enjoying doing not very much at all, even though this means I have neglected my blog somewhat. So …

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From Israel: Hmm…A Different Take.

Yoni Ben-Menachem, a Middle East analyst with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, has advanced a highly plausible take on the situation surrounding the Bahrain economic workshop. The current situation, says Ben-Menachem, represents a significant lowering of US expectations. Originally, the plan had been to invite Israeli officials, and, indeed, …

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A chance encounter with an extraordinary man.

It was supposed to be just a quiet getaway. For our anniversary, my wife and I decided to spend Shabbat at the Ein Gedi guesthouse, a place we have visited many times before.  Waiting for Kabbalat Shabbat services to begin, I struck up a conversation with a retired French industrialist …

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From Israel: So, Is It Annexation, or What??!

I can tell you, dear readers, that it is not annexation.  Before you panic, allow me to explain. My reasoning is quite positive: Last week, in an interview in the NYTimes, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said: “Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, …

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From Israel: Critical: Rise Up to Meet Them!

Our many challenges, that is.  It is so easy to ignore them, or minimize them.  But we do not have the luxury of doing this.  We must confront our problems head on, to ensure that we come out ahead. Among our serious challenges are the internal ones:  So much energy …

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The Rage Less Traveled: PTSD and rainbows.

This is not so much a review of the book “The Rage Less Traveled: A Memoir of Surviving a Machete Attack,” it’s more a summary of my experience reading it and why I believe this is a must read for everyone, including those not specifically interested in Israel.  Choosing to …

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From Israel: Respite from the Lunacy!

I wrote in my last posting about the passing of First Lady Nechama Rivlin, z”l. But I return to this subject briefly now because the mourning of her loss has been so real, so unusual, that it has been a balm to the sore soul of our nation. I didn’t …

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From Israel: “Never Simple, Never Smooth!”

It’s the way of the world.  There are always complexities and provisos and competing perspectives. But first matters first:  Sometimes the way of the world encompasses death.  Nechama Rivlin, Israel’s First Lady, wife of Israel’s president Ruby Rivlin, has passed away, one day before her 74th birthday.  She underwent a lung …

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From Israel: Blessings in the Tough Times!

Yesterday was Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day, marking the re-unification of Jerusalem in 1967. Never, ever, will our city be divided again. Jerusalem is not only the capital of Israel, it is Israel’s very heart, its historical essence. We are strengthened when we remember this. Please, take the time to …

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Good News weekend from Israel.

Since I’m in celebratory mood after the birth of our grandson this week, my first item is very relevant. Recently Israeli scientists got to partying with 5,000 year old beer! (That’s some aging!): The pottery used to produce beer in antiquity served as the basis for the new research, led …

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