Tag Archives: Iran

Arlene from Israel – A Lethal Farce.

For days, I have delayed writing because the situation regarding negotiations with Iran has been so much in flux.  I was waiting, waiting, for some outcome or closure.  My own feeling for some time has been that there is the possibility that there will be no deal, as the Iranians …

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Arlene from Israel – How Many?

How many times can I write about the P5+1 negotiations with Iran and demonstrate how Obama has caved even further?  How outrageous and terrifying and jaw-droppingly perverse it all is? The new deadline for completion is tomorrow, July 7th.  And so I must return to this subject once again.  I …

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Michael Oren Names a Villain.

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, has recently published his highly anticipated memoir, Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide. In the weeks and months leading up to the publication much chatter arose suggesting that Oren primarily blamed US President Barack Obama for the deterioration of US-Israeli relations during …

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Arlene from Israel – The Horrors and the Hope

Never do I relinquish hope, my friends. Not even in the midst of growing horrors. And so I begin here with something we did right: the way we handled the “threat” of the “Freedom Flotilla.” The flotilla, carrying a total of 47 passengers, was comprised of four boats, lead by …

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Arlene from Israel: Ongoing.

It’s obvious that many of the happenings I write about, rather than being discrete events, are snapshots of a continuing situation.  And so, I must return to these continuing situations repeatedly. It is only a couple of days since I wrote about Obama’s horrific policies regarding Iran.  I said then …

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Arlene from Israel – Outrageous!

 And that hardly begins to say it all. But then, I’m speaking about Obama, so what else would we expect?  I’m sorry I cannot start with good news today: I must begin with the outrage.  Israeli investigative journalist Ilana Dayan has just done an interview with President Obama for Israel’s …

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Ramifications of Ignoring American Antisemitism

 Summary: Despite furious discussions of attacks on blacks in America and of growing antisemitism in Europe, an American Jew is over two times more likely to experience a hate crime than an African American or an American Muslim. The last eighteen months witnessed a terrible spike in hate. In Europe, …

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Into the fray: Washington-Lausanne-Munich?

The gravest aspect of the emerging Iran deal is less its substance and more the professed rationale it is based on. Today, the United States… has reached a historic understanding with Iran… I am convinced that… it will make our country, our allies, and our world safer. This has been …

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Arlene from Israel – The Bottom Line.

The Bottom Line on the unanimous vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to advance the bill, sponsored by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), which would give Congress the right to review the deal currently being worked out with Iran. Yes, as I wrote last week, it is a step in the …

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Arlene from Israel – Mid-Pesach.

  Here in Israel, the world sort of floats in limbo over the Pesach week; and so I thought that perhaps I would not post until the holiday was over. But life does go on, and I’ve decided to write.  But before I move to the serious matters calling for …

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Arlene from Israel – The Only Clarity

  Tonight Pesach begins .    A quintessential moment in the Jewish year, providing a powerful perspective: The Almighty heard the cry of the Children of Israel, who were suffering bitter slavery in Egypt. And He brought us out.  Not an agent, but the Almighty.  “Us” because we are commanded …

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Israel: Security in a Small Country

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Israel as “a small country, one of the smallest”. That is true, but only part of the story. As Bibi added “Israel is strong, but it’s much more vulnerable [than the US].” Size: Israel is about 20,000 square kilometers, using the 1949 Armistice Lines, or 22,000 …

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The Post-Colonial Hangover and the Jihadi Bomb.

One thing that is striking about this political moment is the fact that the western Left seems entirely complacent with the idea of a nuclear bomb controlled by the ayatollahs.This is rather odd since the Left, in general, opposes nuclear proliferation.  Yet few seem disturbed at the idea of a …

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Arlene from Israel – It’s Up to Us!

The chances of a right wing victory in tomorrow’s election suddenly seemed far greater after last night’s rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. After a very frustratingly lackadaisical campaign – with an incredibly negative tone, and with polls showing the left ahead – a bubble of hope welled up. Some …

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The Dangerous Gamble of dealing with Iran.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. As we all would be aware by now, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a controversial speech to a joint session of Congress in the United States last week. The controversy actually began several weeks …

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Red Herrings on the Red Line.

Summary: Obama’s anger at Israel’s Netanyahu was about Netanyahu’s anger at White House policy on Iran. All of the other excuses that Obama threw out proved inaccurate. However, Obama’s actions have introduced a partisan split over Israel into DC politics. US President Obama took umbrage with Republican House Speaker John …

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Hidden Reactor, Silent Reaction.

Summary: As the world negotiates with Iran about their nuclear program, it is worth remembering lessons from Syria’s nuclear plant in 2007. In September 2007, something significant happened in the Middle East. While the details were very murky as the news reports were cryptic, it was clear that a major …

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Arlene from Israel – Zahor and Bibi’s Mission.

Yesterday was Shabbat Zahor – the Shabbat before Purim, which comes this week. Zahor means remember. After the regular Torah reading there is an additional reading – Deuteronomy (D’vorim) 25:17-19 – that all are obligated to listen to:  “Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left …

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Give ‘Em Hell, Bibi!

During the 1948 presidential campaign, Harry Truman toured the country attacking Republicans and putting forth his own views on what was best for America.  At one point during a speech in Bremerton, Washington, a man in the crowd cried out, “Give ’em hell, Harry!” To the delight of the listeners …

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Arlene from Israel – Wearisome

My friends, how long can we monitor the current political situation without feeling weary to the bone – no, even more, revolted – because of what is taking place. Here in Israel, the left is using Bibi’s upcoming speech in the Congress as a weapon with which to attack him.  …

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