Tag Archives: Israel

Arlene from Israel: Redemption!

That, in the end, is what Pesach – which begins Friday night – is about for the Jewish people. We talk about Pesach as Chag Ha’matzot (the festival of matza) and Chag Ha’aviv (the spring festival); it is all of this, as well as being the festival of freedom (Zeman …

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Tunnels and bus explosions, but the world remains silent.

There is a superstitious belief within our office that it should never be said that things are quiet in Israel. An example is this article which I came across last week. It mentioned that the terrorist stabbing attacks that have been an all too regular occurrence over the last six …

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Arlene from Israel: Where Are We All Going? Part 2

Even as I prepare for Pesach, I want to continue reporting on some of the major issues that are confronting us.  “Some,” as the list of issues is overwhelming.  There is good news regarding Israeli defense capacity, and (at least in some quarters) determination to stand strong. Every year, the …

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A surprise from Kuwait.

On March 27th, doing a crawl through the pro-Palestinian leftist Facebook ‘Israel hate sites’, I came upon a video from the Kuwait Times, regarding the shooting of an Arab by a member of the IDF. I was angry after having posted and argued earlier elsewhere that I thought a person …

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Arlene from Israel: Where Are We All Going?

 It’s a huge question with no easy answers. But this posting is going to start with the good stuff, which we find in some considerable measure here in Israel.  You have read numerous times about the Legal Grounds Campaign, which I co-chair with Jeff Daube.  We have just put out …

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The sport of politics.

A slight change of tack this week. Sport of politics . I came across an article in the Israeli media this week, but was unable to find it covered in the English language media. I suppose the reason for that was the story is relatively insignificant as far as the rest …

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Arlene from Israel: “Fighting the Good Fight”

When I placed the Legal Grounds cartoon in my last posting, I said I would be sharing more about the EU.  The cartoon was aimed at the distorted perspective of the EU, and it is just the beginning. EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen consistently makes statements about the “fact” …

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Into the Fray: Stifling debate – BICOM’s blatant bias.

BICOM seems determined to adhere to its commitment to two-state principles down to the last Palestinian – and to block debate on plausible alternatives. With the two-state solution… Israel will collapse, because if they get out of Jerusalem, what will become of all the talk about the Promised Land and …

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Arlene from Israel: Help This Go Viral.

The cartoon from the Legal Grounds Campaign, which I co-chair with Jeff Daube, I ask please that you put this on your Facebook pages and on your websites, and send this out to everyone you can.  We are eager to have this go viral! The issue is clear: Far too …

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Arlene in Israel: Precisely What Are They Thinking?

The good news, my friends, is that in the midst of neighboring mayhem and chaos, Israel managed to celebrate Purim late last week without mishap. This was not a sure thing, by any means, and should not be taken lightly. ~~~~~~~~~~ Three Megillot – scrolls of the Book of Esther, …

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Into the Fray: Bombs in Brussels (or ‘It’s Islam Stupid’ revisited)

Islam is to terror as rainfall is to flooding. One out of six people all over the world is a Muslim… [T]rying to say anything in general about this huge community – 1.5 billion people – will be wrong… The vast majority of these populations are not involved… with violence …

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Arlene from Israel: Remembering.

This past Shabbat, the Shabbat before Purim, was Shabbat Zahor, which means “remember.” Everyone is obligated to come to synagogue to hear the Torah reading, which ends with Devarim (Deuteronomy) 25:17-19: “You shall remember what Amalek did to you. How he happened upon you on the way and cut off …

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Into the Fray: Two-state dogma – The inanity and the insanity.

As the passage of time exposes how implausible the two-state pipe-dream is, the more desperate, deluded, disingenuous the arguments in its defense become. The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted by degrees… by dint of constant pressure on one side and …

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Arlene from Israel: In Memoriam.

 It is with sadness that I note the passing on Tuesday of Salomon Benzimra of Toronto.  Originally from Morocco – what was then the International Zone of Tangiers – he was able to trace his family back to Spain prior to the Inquisition. When it became necessary they had escaped …

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Arlene from Israel: Where to Begin?

I frequently feel overwhelmed by the number of critical issues I would like to share with my readers: I must chose among events competing for attention. That said, I begin with the good news, which is of considerable importance.  (But I ask you please to continue reading past the good …

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The Children’s Intifada… Again

This is the Children’s Intifada. “Knife Intifada” or “Stabbing Intifada” does not cut it.This is the Children’s Intifada.It is, perhaps, the most insidious thing that I have known in my lifetime.Outside of the various fun-filled activities of, say, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the 1970s, I can think of no more …

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Arlene from Israel: With a Smile and a Tear.

A couple of “only in Israel” stories about ordinary, yet special, people: Yishay Montgomery has been hailed as Israel’s “guitar hero.” Last Tuesday evening, Yishay was playing his acoustic guitar by the beach in southern Tel Aviv – near the Jaffa boardwalk where a terrorist had just stabbed several people …

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Into The Fray:Tragic toll of two-state travesty–on Palestinians.

No one has inflicted greater harm on Palestinian society than avid two-staters. During the 10 years since Hamas’s election victory, unemployment in the Gaza Strip has reached 45%, and the number of residents relying on foreign aid has hit 80% – “Poverty grips the Gaza Strip and unemployment rates terrifying,” …

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Arlene from Israel: Extreme Perversity and Much Worse.

We here in Israel don’t really ever expect things to go smoothly, but there are situations that are simply not smooth and others that are maddeningly perverse or breathtakingly ugly. But before I get to these, I begin with some good news that can provide a perspective. As those of …

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Arlene from Israel: Who We Are.

Eric Mandel, director of MEPIN, wrote an op-ed in the JPost on February 28, entitled, “The real strength of Israel” (emphasis added): He begins by saying that, “Israel’s long-term strength lies with its people.”  In the course of this piece, he describes how he toured significant regions of Israel, and …

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