Tag Archives: Balfour Declaration

From Israel: Give Me a Break!

On July 19, the Knesset passed Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People. The furor that has ensued since then has been unreal.  As I have been focused on security issues, I come to this only now.  But a refutation of the charges leveled against this …

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What If?

Sometimes, when considering the past, it is tempting to indulge in a “what if” thought experiment. 2017 is a year of milestones in the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is 50 years since the 6-Day War, 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, which was the British Government’s statement of support for the …

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From Israel: Balfour Declaration: Speak Out!

Thursday is Balfour Day: Marking 100 years since British Foreign Secretary Lord Walter Balfour wrote a letter on behalf of the British government to Lord Walter Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain. “His Majesty’s Government view with favor the …

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From Israel: Getting to Better.

Recent events, both here in Israel and in the larger world, have generated in many of us feelings of distress, turmoil, confusion and anxiety. There is a whole lot that is wrong, or crazy, or frightening going on. But as I sat down to write this post, I was able …

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Arlene from Israel: Heading Forward.

Were that I had only good news to report.  But painfully this is not the case.  And in a situation such as we are facing now, the good news, which does exist, must wait. There seems no end to this: In the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem today (Sunday) a …

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Arlene from Israel: Tough Times.

 In these tough times, I will start with the heavy news before moving on to what is good. The residents of Amona have decided not to take the final offer that was made to them by the government.  The basic outlines of that offer: They would have had to leave …

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Arlene from Israel: Hope Grows.

Hope for a strengthening of the US, as Hillary may be headed for defeat.  Hope that America may not implode. I’ve had a suspicion for some time that the polls showing her ahead were not accurate, and that many more intended to vote for Trump than the numbers indicated.  But …

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Arlene from Israel: Normal?

We are now past the holiday season and I would like to say that we’re back to “normal,” but I’m no longer sure what that means.  Actually, I’m not quite sure there is such a thing these days. But, having just come from the holidays, I can deliver good news …

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Balfour notes.

For the Jewish people the tiny sliver of land between the Jordan River and the eastern Mediterranean coast has always been their nation’s birthplace and homeland, the fountainhead of the Hebrew language and Jewish civilisation, thought and culture. It is from this land that the Jews were dispersed among the …

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Arlene from Israel: Rights Spelt Clear.

  This is an old post I found of Arlene Kushner’s from before Jews Down Under was born.! Certainly a ‘keeper’ for all as it lays out the Jewish Rights to the land of Israel. —————————————— A different sort of posting here: legal and historical background that is essential to …

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Abbas stop being a bully. Israel can’t occupy her own country.

The World response to the Palestinians is reminiscent of the way a teacher responds to the one wicked child in the class. You know: the child who is at different times: noisy, rude, impertinent,   impolite,uncivil, discourteous, disrespectful contemptuous; disruptive; obstinate, insolent, recalcitrant, lacking a moral compass. The teacher spends most of her time with …

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Owen Bennett-Jones carves up Middle East history.

  Sometimes looking at relationships in the Middle East is like watching Game of Thrones (without the gratuitous nudity). One needs a guide. This isn’t it. There are enough dubious facts and Israel obsessions in Owen Bennett-Jones’ Middle East map carved up by caliphates, enclaves and fiefdoms for this to be the ‘official’ …

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Arlene in Israel – A Mixed Bag

    I start today with the link to the Dry Bones Blog of Yaakov Kirschen.  Most of you are probably familiar with Kirschen’s absolutely on-the-mark political commentary by way of cartoon.   Kirschen is convinced – and rightly so – that cartooning is a powerful way to reach out …

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Palestine – Unearthing Past Remains Key To Resolving Future.

  The cease fire agreement ending hostilities in the Fifty Day War between Israel and Hamas marks yet another milestone attesting to the failure of Jews and Arabs peacefully to resolve their claims to sovereignty and self-determination in the territory once called “Palestine”. Amazingly, the continuing inability of the parties  …

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Palestine – Imminent Breakthrough Or Lost Opportunity?

The publication of “A Palestinian State – Not A Priority” in the Palestine Telegraph on May 23 offers the tantalising prospect of a possible breakthrough in resolving the Arab-Jewish conflict. Three reasons support such optimism: First – the Palestine Telegraph is published in Gaza, its web site declaring: “The PT …

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