Tag Archives: Abbas

‘Arlene in Israel’ – Duplicity

The news appeared recently in several media sources, that major think tanks in Washington DC are being funded by foreign governments.  This is huge.  But you may have missed it. It was the NY Times that broke the story, and I quote here (emphasis added): “The agreement signed last year …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Surreal

  SURREAL Much of what goes on in the world these days has a surreal quality.  But here’s a case that is sort of emblematic of a host of situations: “Syrian rebels linked to Al-Qaeda have seized UN weapons, uniforms and vehicles from peacekeepers in the Golan and set up …

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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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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 – 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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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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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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