Israel

From Israel: Appalling!

And a source of sadness, as well. I refer, of course, to the current political situation in Israel. For days, I held off posting because I was waiting for resolution with regard to formation of a coalition. Now the time to write has come. ~~~~~~~~~~ I want to begin by …

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Western aversion to Israel is really self-hatred.

In the US today, “white people” are being shamed into feeling that somehow they, and all their forebears, are directly responsible for the persecution of whoever makes it onto the accepted list of the “oppressed.” Israel does not relate to that. The recent Conservatism Conference in Jerusalem, sponsored by the …

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Into the Fray: Cracks in the Dome?

The huge investments made in defensive systems are slowly emerging as an exorbitant and costly failure—or at best a very partial and temporary success. The time has come to rethink Israel’s strategic paradigm. Earlier this week (5/21/2019), both Israel and Hamas denied reports that they had reached an agreement on …

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From Israel: Ceasefire Magic!

Magic only in this sense: Now you see it, now you don’t. Sort of like the rabbit. Except that it’s not nearly as much fun as the rabbit. ~~~~~~~~~~ Last night (Monday), news sources announced that Israel and Hamas, with Egypt and the UN mediating, had agreed to a six …

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From Israel: “Forcing Them to Their Knees!”

It is not because it is unimportant that I have not written about President Trump’s challenge to Iranian threats.  It is of critical importance. I have simply been focused in a variety of other directions. On Friday, however, Ruthie Blum wrote an excellent column, “Bringing Iran to its knees,” in the …

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From Israel: Here at Home: It’s UGH!

Even with the UGH! there are always good things to report in Israel.  And so, today I had hoped to begin with a deeply moving story, to establish a balance in tone before I moved forward. As matters are playing out, however, I thought it best to focus first on …

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Cracking the Israel Culture Code.

Israel is one of the most misunderstood, misrepresented and maligned countries on earth.  The question is, why? Jew hate?  Or because our “hasbara” is terrible?  In pro-Israel circles either (or both) of these are go-to explanations however neither are enough to explain the dissonance between Israeli reality and the concepts …

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Academic Freedom for Me but not for Thee.

If professors in their classrooms were spewing a doctrine of white supremacy, black inferiority, or inherent Arab villainy, how do you think this would be received?  Would they be ignored because, after all, there is, thankfully, academic freedom in the West? Or would there be an outcry against their points …

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From Israel: Yikes! They Are Still There.

But of course they are!  The myriad of problems Israel faces, that is. How delightful Yom Ha’atzmaut was, with its respite – its sense of celebration.  The good things I wrote about are no less important and we should hold on to them.  But it’s time to shift focus. ~~~~~~~~~~ …

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From Israel: “Yom HaZikaron Perspective”

This evening at 8:00, a siren will sound across the land, ushering in Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day).  And once again the nation will stand in respectful silence, honoring the memory of those soldiers who have given their lives to protect Israel.  Without a doubt, it is the saddest, most somber …

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From Israel: “I Could Spit!!”

Not the most dignified of titles, but one that best captures my mood – and the mood, I will note, of a whole lot of other people here in Israel. This will be a short posting, very directly to the point. When I wrote yesterday about the rocket attacks from …

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From Israel: “Our Sadness, Our Strength”

Today – Thursday – is Yom Hashoah, or as it is referred to, Holocaust Remembrance Day for the Martyrs and the Heroes.  The heroes should never be forgotten. In Israel, the Holocaust is commemorated on a different day on the calendar than elsewhere in the world, and it imparts a …

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Into the Fray: Let the Palestinian Authority collapse.

Despite possible short term difficulties, Israel should seize on the impending collapse of the Palestinian Authority as an opportunity to extricate itself from the deadly cul-de-sac, into which the Oslo process has lured it The Oslo Agreements, which spawned the Palestinian Authority, were born in sin. Today that is beyond …

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