Tag Archives: Abbas

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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Arlene from Israel – Not a Pretty Picture.

After I posted yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the nation in order to explain/defend the war with Hamas and the decision to accept the ceasefire now.  He left me decidedly underwhelmed and considerably uneasy. Yes, it is true, as he says, that Hamas has been hit harder than ever before, …

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Arlene from Israel – A Second Look. Ceasefire.

I’m sure that – after today’s assessment – I will take a third and a fourth and fifth look at the ceasefire declared last night in Gaza.  In many ways this is an evolving situation,  more complex than it might have seemed at first blush. I begin by noting that …

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Arlene from Israel – Worse and Worser.

The truth: There is no entirely satisfactory resolution to our war with Hamas (the war that is not called a war). Aside, of course, from that “ultimate” resolution in which we would fully retake Gaza and banish all terrorists and jihadis – thereby creating a peaceful situation in Gaza and …

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Arlene from Israel – “The Ikar”

“The Ikar” (the essence of the matter) Tomorrow night my eldest granddaughter goes off with her class to Poland for a week, to visit death camps and related sites.  In Israel doing this is a rite of passage.  She and her 12th grade classmates have been exceedingly well prepared.  I …

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Arlene from Israel – Déjà vu.

How many times? How many times do we count down as the final hours of a 72 hour – or 120 hour – ceasefire come to an end, aware that resolution of the issues between Israel and Hamas is exceedingly unlikely and wondering what will happen next?? The guessing is …

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Into the Fray: Have we all gone completely mad???!!!!

When all you seek is calm, while your adversary is committed to your total annihilation, what is a reasonable compromise? That he only annihilate half of you? Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.  – Ancient proverb, misattributed to Euripides Q: What is the difference between …

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Arlene from Israel – An Ugly Mess.

Note: Sorry about the way this has posted. I can’t change it. Arlene doesn’t have it on line yet and this happens sometimes when taken from an email. No matter what happens with regard to Hamas, it will be a mess of one sort or another.  There are no clean, …

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Arlene in Israel – Shloshim

Shloshim means 30 in Hebrew, and and it is now a significant 30 days since the funerals of the three students who had been kidnapped and murdered by terrorists because they were Jews. ~~~~~~~~~~~ Tonight there was a major ceremony at the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem to mark this day …

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Palestinian Support High for Suicide Bombings.

The Palestinian support for suicide bombings is among the highest in the Muslim world, according to a recent Pew Report. The findings, dated July 1, 2014, show that Palestinian Muslims rank at number two, just below Bangladeshi Muslims, in their support for this type of terror attack. The exact question …

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“Palestine – Abbas facing prosecution for ‘Aiding & Abetting’ war crimes.”

Mahmoud Abbas – Head of the Government of National Consensus in Gaza since 2 June – faces prosecution in the international criminal justice system for aiding and abetting war crimes involving the indiscriminate firing of 384 rockets and missiles from Gaza into Israeli population centres reaching as far away as …

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Arlene from Israel – Proportionality and Other Matters

There is a widespread – but very erroneous – impression that if an enemy attacks, a proportional response means a nation can only return what was received and no more. That is, the mistaken impression is that if Hamas shot one rocket, we could only shoot one rocket back. International …

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Arlene from Israel – Prayer and Positive Energy.

That is what that amazing woman Rachel Frankel, mother of Naftali, is asking of all of us. Not coincidentally, this dovetails with what I wanted to ask today as well. Investing energy in anger about the boys’ kidnapping, focusing on fear for them and other negative thoughts is not constructive …

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Hamas Prepares for War as Abbas Talks Peace.

Written by Khaled Abu Toameh As Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continues to talk about his commitment to the peace process and security coordination with Israel, his new partners in the “national consensus government,” Hamas, seem to be preparing for war against the “Zionist enemy.” For the first time, Hamas …

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When You Sleep With A Dog…

Israel has the most amazing newscasters – at least on the radio. They present the news in a professional, clear, and quick way that helps you understand what is happening as you rush from point to point in your lives. They also slip in comments that are at times insightful, …

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Arlene from Israel – Real but Painful Progress.

A couple of very significant pieces of information have been uncovered in the extensive IDF/Shin Bet operation for the rescue of the three kidnapped students (emphasis added): “Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened Sunday morning’s cabinet meeting with dramatic revelation over the kidnapping of three Israeli yeshiva students, saying that the …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – National Anguish.

June 14, 2014: National Anguish. Motzei Shabbat (after Shabbat) And fear.  And fury.  And a terrible sense of déjà vu. Late Thursday evening, three boys disappeared.                                       Eyal Yifrach 19.          Naftali Frenkel 16.         Gilad Sha’ar 16. At this point in time, it’s impossible to piece together …

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Into the fray: The wages of indolence, impotence and incompetence.

As disappointing as the response of the West to the Hamas-backed PA government is, Israel bears much of the blame for the situation. Palestine, with the boundaries it had during the British Mandate, is an indivisible territorial unit… The partition of Palestine in 1947, and the establishment of the State …

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The joke of Palestinian Unity… IS ANYBODY LAUGHING?

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia..   THE JOKE OF PALESTINIAN UNITY … IS ANYBODY LAUGHING? On Monday, the Fatah-Hamas unity government was sworn in. The reconciliation between the two warring factions came seven years after Hamas took over Gaza in …

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