Tag Archives: gaza

Arlene in Israel – A Bit Better

July 24, 2014 Kerry has left Israel, for consultations in Cairo.  He’ll be back, undoubtedly.  But it’s nice to know he’s not here. ~~~~~~~~~~ The FAA ban on US airlines flying in and out of Ben Gurion has been lifted.  They say it’s because they have been “working with its …

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Arlene in Israel – Hold On, Hold On!

We buried another lone soldier today.  Max Steinberg, 24, a Golani soldier who came from Los Angeles just a couple of years ago.  Again, a call went out for people to come to the funeral, held at the national cemetery on Har Herzl, Jerusalem. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said: “Over …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – War Update.

  Today was a day on which I had planned to skip posting.  A busy day, starting with an event in the Knesset this morning (about which more in time). But I know I must write to update my readers, even if very briefly. After I had written yesterday, news …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Who Is Like Our Nation?

 Who Is Like Our Nation? The question is rhetorical. For there is no nation like Israel. Said Prime Minister Netanyahu on Friday (emphasis added): “I have met with the commanders who are leading the IDF operation, uncommonly brave, determined and motivated commanders, with strong values. I am impressed by the motivation …

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Palestine – ‘Israel Takes Off The Gloves.’

Israel’s disastrous unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in August 2005 faces possible reversal with the Israeli army’s re-entry into Gaza in July 2014. Israel’s decision to take the gloves off came after 1381 rockets had been indiscriminately fired from Gaza into Israeli population centres over a period of ten days with …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Ground Invasion into Gaza Begun.

It is very very necessary, this invasion – which has been ordered by Prime Minister Netanyahu. So let’s stop here for a prayer for the thousands of Israel’s soldiers who are now inside Gaza. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15289#.U8g8IZvlrIW ~~~~~~~~~~~ I just heard an interview with Col. Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces …

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IDF forces thwart an attack by Hamas terrorists

Earlier Thursday morning (July 17), IDF forces thwarted an attack by Hamas terrorists attempting to infiltrate Israel through a terror tunnel.   This morning, IDF forces identified approximately 13 terrorists attempting to infiltrate Israel through a terror tunnel constructed by Hamas. The tunnel led underground from the southern Gaza Strip towards the …

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Antisemitism at RALLY for GAZA.

I decided, against my better judgement and curiosity, to attend a pro-Gaza rally in the city (Sydney) on Sunday 13th July with a friend. …………… but let’s forget that for the moment. The night before, Saturday,  I and a few other Israel supporters, were posting on the Facebook page for …

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Arlene from Israel – Faith and Struggle.

I’ve written about the Iron Dome, which helps protect our citizens from rocket attacks, and about the shelters that are provided, as well as about the government guidelines that are released to keep people safe. But there is a another significant factor – from my perspective and the perspective of …

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Into the Fray: The ruinous results of restraint

Israel can no longer enable its citizens to “live normal lives” without retaking Gaza. “Restraint” and “proportionality” have so degraded its deterrence that it can no longer dissuade enemies from attacking almost at will. The ultimate test of this agreement will be a test of blood. If it becomes clear …

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Arlene from Israel – Those Human Shields.

Yet another factor in the current conflict is the willingness – indeed the eagerness – of Hamas to promote a PR advantage by putting its civilians in harm’s way. This is not a new tactic.  Israel goes to the extraordinary lengths of warning Gaza residents of a house that an …

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Fatah joins Hamas and Islamic Jihad in missile launches

Armed wing linked to Mahmoud Abbas’s faction says it shot rockets at Ashkelon, Sderot and elsewhere Wednesday night. Written by Elhanan Miller – Times of Israel Armed groups linked to Fatah say they began launching rockets and mortar shells into Israel Wednesday evening, in the first indication of Mahmoud Abbas’s …

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Arlene from Israel – *WAR*

It took a long time in coming, but it’s very serious now.  The military action, called Operation Protective Edge, was announced in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. As I write, well over 140 sites in Gaza have been hit by the Israeli Air Force and some 14 people have …

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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 …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Dark Clouds

  In my last posting I wrote about “rays of light,” and indeed they do exist.  But I would be remiss indeed if I were to convey a simple-mindedly optimistic message.  The somber truth is that we are facing down some exceedingly tough situations. For starters, there is Hezbollah.  I’ve …

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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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