Tag Archives: Israel

From Israel: Tempest-Tossed!!

Rosh Hashanah begins on Friday night, and will be celebrated here from within a lockdown. None the less, we always look to better times.  And so I begin this posting with a heartfelt prayer that this coming year, 5781, will be one that is rich in blessings:  A year of …

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The Arab Spring Blooms in the UAE.

The Arab Spring began in December 2010 with a cry for help from a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire.  The self-immolation quickly spread as widespread protests in other Muslim Arab countries when people sought to overturn backwards authoritarian regimes which were not accountable to its citizens.  The …

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From Israel: Undercurrents and Complications!!

Life is not simple for Israel, and we delude ourselves when we imagine it is. Always there is the unexpected, the undertow, the splash in the face. ~~~ Particularly is this the case with political issues. Today I want to look at Israeli sovereignty, a very political issue. All of …

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From Israel: Mission Impossible!!

Making sense of a world that seems more convoluted day by day is impossible.  None-the-less, I’m going to give it my best shot.  Be sure to read to the end for two good news items that will provide a badly needed smile and a bit of uplift. ~~~~~~~~~~ We look first …

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Replacing the Jordanian Waqf on The Temple Mount.

After Israel defeated the attacking Jordanian army in June 1967, it allowed the Jordanian Islamic Waqf to have administrative control of the Jewish Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem while Israel controlled the security of the area. In 1980, Israel officially applied sovereignty and reunited the city of …

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From Israel: A Bust???

What I am referring to – amongst the myriad of matters that might go “bust” – are the plans to apply Israeli sovereignty to parts of Judaea & Samaria now (emphasis added): “Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s plan to apply sovereignty over parts of Judaea and Samaria has been frozen …

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The Shrinking Modern Jewish Homeland.

The Jewish homeland as described in the bible is well known to the entire world. Originally the land promised to the first Hebrew, Abraham, was the land west of the Jordan River. When the twelve tribes of Israel returned to the land of their forefathers after being slaves in Egypt, …

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The Green Line Through Jerusalem.

When the United Nations considered dividing Israel into an Arab State and a Jewish State in 1947, it sought to remove the contentious religious sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims into a distinct “corpus separatum” which would be under international control. The area of Greater Jerusalem and Greater Bethlehem …

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From Israel: I Have Had It Up to Here!!

I wrote last about my broken crystal ball, which makes it impossible for me to predict with reasonable accuracy what is likely to happen regarding application of sovereignty. My crystal ball is functioning no better today. But I’m not going to write here about what might happen, rather what should …

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From Israel: It’s Broken!!

Actually, there are a terrifying number of things broken in this world right now. But what I have in mind at the moment is my crystal ball. Once upon a time I used to be able to predict how political matters were likely to play out here in Israel with …

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Background Checks, a Palestinian Military and Israeli “Military Occupation”

Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic Socialist and candidate for United States president, has been vocally against the Israeli government which he has called “racist,” and against Israel’s “military occupation” of Palestinian land which denies the Palestinians “dignity.” Whether one agrees or disagrees with the notions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …

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