Tag Archives: Iraq

From Israel: “Dangerous?? Promising??”

We here in Israel are dealing with shifting international scenarios that are a bit unsettling;  For there is no certainty as to how they will play out. I allude, of course, to the evolving détente with various nations – primarily Aran and Muslims nations that Israel has long been accustomed …

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The Forgotten Jewish Refugees From Arab Lands.

Much has been written about the Palestinian refugees, but little attention has been paid to nearly one million Jewish refugees forced to flee their Arab homelands in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Levant and beyond. Between 1948-1972, approximately 586,000 Jews from Arab countries were resettled in Israel, while 200,000 …

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From Israel: Standing Strong on the Tough Stuff!!

I begin with a report on the Likud primary that took place last Thursday: As expected, Binyamin Netanyahu defeated his challenger Gideon Sa’ar.  And he did so in a landslide, with 72.5% of the vote. Out of 106 Likud polling stations across the country, Netanyahu won 99 and Sa’ar seven. …

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From Israel: Caught in the Quagmire!

Quagmire, morass, predicament.  Call it what you will, Israel’s current political situation is one hell of a mess. Actually, I call it a busha, a source of shame ‒ that some of our purported leaders have not managed (or have not chosen) to get their acts together to form a …

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From Israel: “On the Cusp of War”

For some time now, Israel has been at the edge of war. Or, to put it another way, Israel has been and continues to be engaged in an ongoing, low level, multi-faceted shadow war that has potential to erupt into something major.   The post that follows is filled with …

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The Great Wall of Saudi Arabia.

Where is the hue and cry against the news that  Saudi Arabia has built a 600-Mile (965 klms) ‘Great Wall’ to Shield Itself From ISIS?  Not a peep. Where are the Greens, where are these do-gooders and ‘Palestinian’ supporters ? Israel built a barrier to separate Herself from murderers, Jihadists …

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Obama’s “Values” Red Herring.

Barack Obama

On May 21, 2015, Jeffrey Goldberg from The Atlantic published an interview with US President Barack Obama on ISIS, Iraq and Israel. Here is a review of Obama’s comments on Israel and his deliberate attempt to minimize his threats to Israel. It would appear that the president needs a reminder …

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Why the Media Ignores Jihadists in Israel.

Summary: According to the NY Times, terrorists in Europe and Israel are very different and have different motivations.  If they weren’t, the hope that two states (Israel and Palestine) could live side-by-side in peace would obviously disappear. The New York Times has taken to breaking the universe of Islamic terrorists …

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Into the fray: It’s Islam, stupid!

Islam is to terror as rainfall is to flooding. With these words, Sami Abu Shehadeh, of the anti-Zionist Arab party Balad, commenced a debate with me on “The rise of anti-Muslim sentiment in the West,” which took place in the i24 News studios last month. Clearly, the events in Paris …

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Into the Fray: On the cusp of carnage?

A perfect storm is brewing for Israel. After years of counterproductive concessions, if the Jews wish to preserve their sovereignty, what is required is ruthless resolve, not reticent restraint. This is not an article for those of weak stomach. It is not for those who wish to be reassured that, …

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Obama, Putin & Rouhani Can Do A Deal On Destroying ISIL

President Obama’s sudden about face in deciding to attack ISIL in Syria on 21 September – without express approval of Syria or a resolution of the United Nations Security Council – has provoked a strong response from Russia and Iran – President Assad’s main supporters in his three years struggle …

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Jordan Faces Looming Crisis With ISIS.

Jordan has mobilized its military forces along Jordan’s 180 kilometre border with Iraq – deploying rocket launchers, armored personnel carriers and tanks following the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) reportedly taking control of the Trebil crossing between Iraq and Jordan on 23 June. Other reports said members of this Salafist jihadist group …

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Arlene from Israel – Agonizingly Slow.

The days move on, and still no word on recovery of the kidnapped students, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel.  The IDF continues to operate on the assumption that they are alive and hidden somewhere in Judea and Samaria (most likely but not necessarily in the Hevron area) – …

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Arlene from Israel – Awful and More Awful

June 23, 2014: The Middle East, with the singular exception of a stable, prosperous, democratic Israel, is in a state of turmoil and transition – with enormous violence and instability the norm.  We are seeing Sunni-Shia tensions, increasing radicalism, and the break down of borders. And the situation is only …

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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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