Tag Archives: Israel

Pew Poll: Liberal Dems prefer Palestinian/Arabs to Jews.

When, exactly, did the Long Arab War Against the Jews of the Middle East begin? From a modern historical perspective these are the phases of the Arab-Muslim aggression against the Jewish people as I have worked them out from the secondary sources. Phases of the Long Arab War Against the Jews …

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Palestinian national identity and the roadblock to peace.

Palestinian Arabs

  A distinctly Palestinian national sense-of-self evolved during the 1920s – not organically, but as a negative reaction to Zionism. And this fact is at the centre of the current conflict. Let’s start with a quiz. Which Jewish leader said the following words? The land over which we have restored …

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Arlene from Israel: And the Good Too.

After my last post (which now requires follow-up), I promised I would return to my regular format, which includes good news.  Would that the good predominated. It does not, of course. But it is real – as you will see in the course of this posting.  And so offers promise …

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Arlene from Israel: Recurring Evil.

 Last time I posted, it was with a spirit uplifted because of Yom Yerushalayim.  I had not intended to post again until next week.  For Shabbat is coming, and immediately after, Shavuot, the harvest festival that celebrates our receiving of the Torah and is marked by study into/or through the …

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Criminalising Unauthorised Marriage?

There are criminals sitting in the Israeli Knesset: legislators who have either performed weddings outside the state’s religious authority, or who have personally been married in such ceremonies. The Jewish state is one of the only places in the world where it is illegal — with a potential jail term …

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Arlene from Israel: Situation Unfolding

There is certainly nothing static about the current political situation, and an update seems in order. Actually, some of what is happening is good – better than might be expected. For those feeling unease that we might give away our country because of what Netanyahu and Lieberman said the other …

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Into the Fray:Like manna from heaven-for Israel’s detractors.

Any allusion that Israel is somehow comparable to Nazi Germany is not criticism. It is a blood libel  Israel has been infected by the seeds of fascism …There are no serious leaders left in the world who believe the Israeli government – Former PM, Ehud Barak, Channel 10, May 20 …

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Arlene from Israel: Choppy Waters.

There is much to report at this time of political and diplomatic turmoil, but I will follow what has become my custom and start with some brief good news items. ~~~~~~~~~~ Midway between the Dead Sea and Eilat, in a place called Sapir, in the harsh Arava desert, we find …

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France-Israel not lovers/not friends?

If we can’t have France as a lover, can we at least have a genuine friend? French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says the decision to vote in favour of a UNESCO report that ignores any Jewish link to Jerusalem was a ‘mistake’. French President Francois Hollande says it was a …

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“Apartheid Israel” first female Nigerian officer.

Danny Brenner, in Israel Hayom writes: The Israel Defense Forces, more than any other organization, represents Israeli society. It is a melting pot that includes soldiers from all ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds, men and women, but even this human collage always has something new. For example, Israel’s first female …

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Arlene in Israel: Sof Sof!

“Sof Sof!” means Finally! When last I wrote two days ago, I expected Lieberman to close on a coalition agreement with Likud within hours.  Instead it has taken days.  But as of this morning at 11 AM, the agreement was signed and it was a done deal. The holdup was …

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Why do Democracies demand Israel appease theocracies & despots?

Columnist Roger Cohen from the New York Times is one of many who has painted the late Prime Minister of Israel, Yizhak Rabin, as a hero because he apparently was prepared to give away half of the land of Israel for peace: this despite the fact that Israel had been forced to …

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Saying Mazal Tov in Sign Language in Israel.

Saying Mazal Tov in Sign Language – 54 Deaf Students Gather From Across Israel Monday, May 16, 2016, was a very special day in the lives of 54 Deaf students from across Israel. Each one approaching their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, preparing to join a long line of generations before …

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Arlene from Israel: Reaching, Always.

“Reaching, Always”… for the good, and for strength.  Frequently a tough task. But…Wow! I begin today with a moving “only in Israel” story.  I had written in my last posting about the way in which comrades of a fallen soldier maintain an ongoing connection with his family.  I subsequently received …

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A Call to Jews and Zionists: It’s Time to Demand Respect.

How do we gain respect? By demanding it. It’s time to proudly wear the symbols of our Jewish ancestry again – especially on campus.  I read Facebook and Canada’s two national newspapers every morning. I get acid indigestion every morning. Never a day goes by without the media-social or otherwise-attacking Israel …

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Arlene from Israel: Many Bases.

Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev is working on a proposal that would require all institutions that receive state funds, or whose facilities were built by the State of Israel, to fly the Israeli flag.  This would include sports centers, soccer fields, cultural institutions and theaters, etc. Sounds like a …

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Into the Fray: The political algorithms of the Arab-Israeli conflict .

By its acceptance of the legitimacy of Palestinian national claims, Israel has, perversely, laid the foundations for the assault on its own legitimacy. Algorithm: A detailed sequence of actions to perform to accomplish some task…; a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem – Webster’s …

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Indigneity.

Non-Israeli Jews have been in diaspora for 2,000 years or thereabouts. We have been in diaspora so long that we have forgotten that we have a home. The Land of Israel. This is not to say that America is not also our home or that any place we happen to …

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Arlene in Israel: “In the Midst of the Holiday”

I am writing during Hol Hamoed – the semi-holiday, five days in duration, that falls between the two full holidays at either end of the Pesach week.  I want to touch a few bases here and will pick up again with postings next week. Perhaps primary in my motivation for …

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Into the Fray: Staggering stupidity .

By accepting the principle of two-states, successive Israeli leaders have impaled the nation on the horns of an irresolvable dilemma. We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them. – Albert Einstein One does not have to be an Einstein to grasp that Israel cannot …

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