Tag Archives: Bennett

From Israel: Who Could Have Imagined This??

Not I.  In all of the many years during which I have tracked Israeli pre-election campaigns, I have never encountered a campaign season like this one. I’ve been writing about the multiplicity of new parties, and perhaps that was a clue that I missed: an overt sign of divisiveness.  And …

Read More »

Arlene from Israel – Could Be Worse.

 Before I begin to discuss how it could be worse, a couple of housekeeping matters. First, dear readers, please know that I am working overtime on the Legal Grounds Campaign.  That’s a good thing, because it means we are developing a solid campaign to coincide with the formation of the …

Read More »

Arlene from Israel – Not a Crisis.

  Editor’s note: Once again and excellent piece from Arlene Kushner. ~~~~~~~~~~ Mahmoud Abbas would certainly like us to think it is a crisis.  He wants us cringing in fear.  But he’s going to be disappointed on this score: On Wednesday, Abbas made a show of filling out membership forms …

Read More »

From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM.

From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM. Many commentators have placed the blame for the seeming leadership paralysis in Israel on “the system”. As we all know, there is no such thing as a democratic system that always operates smoothly and easily. Israel is not alone in this, indeed …

Read More »

Arlene in Israel – Light the Lights.

Tonight (Israel, last night Australia) we light the first light in the eight day Festival of Chanukah. A time for joy and hope. Actually, there are two stories of Chanukah: One has to do with the miracle of the oil, which burned in the Temple for eight days although there …

Read More »

Arlene in Israel – Turmoil.

Tumult can be identified on several fronts right now, starting with the issue of the death of PA official and terrorist Zaid Abu Ein yesterday.  I had hoped that the autopsy, once it was done, would firmly put to rest the charge by the PA that we “killed” this man …

Read More »

Arlene in Israel – Looking Good.

It’s a long time since I have had a positive – even tentatively positive – sense of the political scene here in Israel. But here we are now, in a time of real turmoil, which nonetheless has within it the promise of something better than the unfortunate situation we’ve been …

Read More »

Arlene in Israel – Standing Tall.

The media here in recent days has been full of observations about the growing rift between Israel and the US, or, more accurately, between the Netanyahu and Obama administrations. There have been, incredibly, some Israeli politicians and commentators centrist-left who point a finger at Netanyahu, saying that he is provoking …

Read More »

Arlene from Israel – PHEW!

  What a roller coaster ride the last 24 hours has been with regard to our war with Hamas. Yesterday Egypt announced a proposal for a ceasefire: Both sides would stop firing, and then in 48 hours parties would convene in Cairo and – via an intermediary – discuss terms …

Read More »

Arlene from Israel – Answering to Ourselves.

Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat) Shabbat has now ended, but I carry with me the messages of an incredible Shabbat afternoon, during which Rabbi Seth and Sherri Mandell spoke on “Faith in the Face of Tragedy.”   The Mandells lost their son Koby to terrorists 13 years ago, and devote themselves to …

Read More »

Into the Fray: Earth to Bennett; Earth to Bennett…

  It is difficult to know what is more disturbing: Whether Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett really believes the delusional drivel he wrote in his op-ed this week, or whether he doesn’t, but wrote it anyway.   Israel must allow Palestinians complete freedom of movement, which requires removing all roadblocks …

Read More »

News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’

Submitted and written by Arlene Kushner. Dangerous Nonsense Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat) Ah that there would be six more hours in the day. Then I would be posting as often as I ideally would like to.  But as this is not the case, in the last several days I’ve had to …

Read More »

News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’

January 8, 2014. Submitted by Arlene Kushner. “A Long Hard Struggle” I’m encountering a lot of anger here in Israel, and the depression that often follows.  Pit-of-the-stomach anxiety, too.  How could it be otherwise? Kerry took off on Monday but plans to be back very soon.  His “framework” is still …

Read More »