Tag Archives: Israel

From Israel: And Now??

This will be a “catch-up” posting to keep my readers in the loop during a process with regard to Hamas that is still unfolding. During the night on Wednesday, two rockets were launched from Gaza. Hamas later said their people did not launch them. But the IDF rejected this out …

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Jordan jumps on Trump bandwagon leaving PLO way behind.

Any lingering thought that the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) would have any role to play in President Trump’s soon to-be-released peace plan has vanished – after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that $165 million had been deducted from funding to the PLO because of its continuing “pay for slay” …

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The dead tell no tales… or do they?

The saying goes: “The dead tell no tales” but that’s not exactly true. The dead speak to us from beyond the grave but they do so in silent symbols that we, those who are full of life and sometimes full of arrogance, can choose to ignore. Haifa’s cemetery is full. …

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From Israel: A Glimmer of Light.

It is been a while since I have begun a posting with even a bit of optimism. But that, my friends, is what I want to deliver today. Just a glimmer… Not because all has turned to sweetness and light. Rather, because Israel seems to have regained her footing. This …

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From Israel: Really Angry!

As in “really, really…” A report, drawing on Egyptian sources, appeared very recently in Al Araby, an Arabic newspaper in London, with regard to continuing efforts by President Al-Sisi to secure a long-term agreement between Israel and Hamas. This report, cited by YNet, indicated that Egyptian Intelligence Chief Abbas Kamel …

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Jordan Enclave in West Bank could be Trump’s “Two-State” Solution.

Don’t underestimate Trump’s deal-making ability to end what he himself has called “the war that never ends” Creating another Palestinian Arab state – in addition to Jordan – has been seemingly consigned to the garbage bin of history following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s CNN interview on 28 September. President …

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Experience of Christian Australian volunteer for Magen David Adom tells his story.

Having had the opportunity to participate in the May ‘Basic First -Aid Course’ of Magen David Adom this year, I could not recommend this experience more highly to anyone willing to put themselves out of their comfort zone. I went to Israel not knowing anyone, the language or the culture. …

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From Israel: Don’t Blink.

Yes, my friends, I am here. Working hard on another writing project, and laboring mightily to make sense of the news. Did you ever stand on the side of a highway, with the cars whizzing past? Hard to not feel a bit dazed. In recent days, I have been watching …

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What’s Really Behind Israel’s Nation State Law?

Israel’s new Nation State Law has provoked controversy both inside and outside Israel.  Both critics and supporters have misinterpreted the text and its implications.  They have also missed what may be the most important motive for the legislation – fear of the demographic threat to Israel’s future. First, we can …

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From Israel: Fizzle.

After all of the hullabaloo, all of the analyses about deals that might take place between Hamas and Israel, and between Hamas and Fatah, it appears that we are left in the end with not much of anything. ~~~~~~~~~~ Quite simply, it’s a playing out of the parameters I’ve been …

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The Times have changed in Israel: Opinion Piece July ’18

On the annual indexes across the globe conducted by survey agencies, Israeli’s consistently rate amongst the highest of nations whose citizens have the most number of complaints about life. Simultaneously they also poll just as highly on the happiness index. To some wags this simply means that Israelis are most happy when they …

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Select Concern from United Nations for Arson in the Middle East.

Tzipi Livni

The fires around Israel have been burning for weeks, a direct result of the hundreds of arson attacks launched by Palestinian Arab terrorists in Gaza.  And the United Nations has been silent. Well, not exactly. The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov made remarks …

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TVNZ admits inaccuracy in reporting on Gaza riots.

New Zealand’s state-owned television network, TVNZ –  TV New Zealand reported on the Gaza riots in no fewer than three bulletins during their One News show in June.  Following a complaint, TVNZ has admitted that they were inaccurate when reporting the number of casualties as “hundreds of people have been …

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Into the Fray: Instability in Jordan: The impact on Trump’s “Ultimate Deal”

“Jordan sees largest anti-government protests in years”   “Al  Jazeera ”, June 4,2018.  “Jordanians take to the streets to protest austerity measures”   CNN, June 4, 2018 “Jordan: thousands protest against IMF-backed austerity measures”   “The Guardian , June 3, 2018.   These are  merely a small sample of the international media coverage …

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Stop explaining Israel’s right to self defense.

I am sick and tired. More than anything, I am mad. I am sick and tired of seeing cute stories of Israeli kids having kite and balloon festivals sending messages of peace and candy for Gazans. On one hand, I love my people for their strength of spirit and eternal …

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NZ continues one-sided condemnation of Israel at UN.

New Zealand has yet again supported a one-sided, biased United Nations General Assembly resolution that censured Israel, while ignoring the role of terrorist organisation Hamas. Another emergency session against Israel was held to condemn Israel (while systematically turning a blind eye to the world’s worst perpetrators of gross and systematic …

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From Israel: They Have Got to be Kidding!

As my readers know, I have been pondering for weeks exactly what is going on with the Trump administration’s peace team, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt. They have persisted in working on that “plan”: shaping it and refining it so that, we have been told, what is going to be …

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From Israel: Reprieve?

So it certainly seems right now. It was not an exaggeration when I wrote, 24 hours ago, that we were on the cusp of war. The rockets were flying fast and furious, and the Israeli response was strong. This went on through much of the night, with starts and stops. …

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New Zealand called out at UN: ‘Shocking and shameful’.

This week New Zealand’s Prime Minister, yet again, pointed an accusing finger at Israel for the “devastating one-sided loss of life” in the conflict on the Gaza border. Ms Ardern could perhaps be excused for getting it wrong, in speaking so soon after the conflict. However, as the week unfolded …

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Why are so many Jews ignoring the holiday of Shavuot?

Receiving the Torah is one of the most important things that happened in the history of the world, not just for the Nation of Israel but for all Nations who accepted the 10 Commandments as the definitive guideline for a moral and decent society – and a stark contrast to …

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