Tag Archives: Knesset

From Israel: “Our Sadness, Our Strength”

Today – Thursday – is Yom Hashoah, or as it is referred to, Holocaust Remembrance Day for the Martyrs and the Heroes.  The heroes should never be forgotten. In Israel, the Holocaust is commemorated on a different day on the calendar than elsewhere in the world, and it imparts a …

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From Israel: We Brought Him Home!

Thirty-seven years ago, during the First Lebanon war, Israeli troops engaged in a fierce and bloody battle with Syrian and affiliated PLO units at Sultan Yacoub near the Syrian border. Tank Commander Sgt. First Class Zachary Baumel (pictured) went missing, along with Zvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz. The three were …

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From Israel: Say It Proud!

“Say It Proud!” It’s about time! Actually, past time. MK Avi Dichter (Likud), chair of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, has been promoting a version of this bill for years now. But the situation has shifted, making success not only possible now but very likely. The bill – …

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The problem with Israeli politics

Consider the following remarkable facts regarding Israel’s parliamentary history: 1) For 20 of the 28 years between 1977 (when Likud first won the elections on a platform of “Greater Israel”) and 2005 (when a Likud government withdrew unilaterally from Gaza in stark contradiction to its electoral pledges), the Israeli government …

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Arlene from Israel: Moving, Moving On.

Now that I will have time again, after a hiatus of some several days, I want to resume my postings. (Actually, I’ve missed writing.) I will touch certain bases here, and return to consider many others later. Please do know that Sunday is the holiday of Shavuot here (and Monday …

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The Arguments over Jerusalem.

Summary: In considering the arguments that Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews each make for Jerusalem as their capital, only one party makes a truly compelling case. Jerusalem has long been considered the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinians Question. In 1947, when the United Nations put forward a plan to partition the …

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Arlene from Israel – It’s Up to Us!

The chances of a right wing victory in tomorrow’s election suddenly seemed far greater after last night’s rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. After a very frustratingly lackadaisical campaign – with an incredibly negative tone, and with polls showing the left ahead – a bubble of hope welled up. Some …

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Arlene from Israel – THE ELECTION

This is a posting of utmost seriousness, my friends, about a subject that is both weighty and complex. I will do my best to clarify. We’re not looking at an election that is “simply” a contest between two candidates with somewhat different opinions and styles: We are talking about radical …

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Arlene from Israel – We Must Hope.

I comment every year at this time about the difference between the way the secular new year and the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) are celebrated.  In the Jewish tradition it is a time for prayer and introspection. This year in particular, I think, the difference is marked.  For the …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM.

From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM. Many commentators have placed the blame for the seeming leadership paralysis in Israel on “the system”. As we all know, there is no such thing as a democratic system that always operates smoothly and easily. Israel is not alone in this, indeed …

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Arlene in Israel – The World Keeps Turning.

It’s official.  Last night the Knesset voted – 93 in favor, no votes against and no abstentions – to disband itself.  We are in a campaign period.  A huge amount of jockeying is now taking place with regard to possible mergers of parties, timing of the Likud primary (which Netanyahu …

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Arlene in Israel – Looking Good.

It’s a long time since I have had a positive – even tentatively positive – sense of the political scene here in Israel. But here we are now, in a time of real turmoil, which nonetheless has within it the promise of something better than the unfortunate situation we’ve been …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM.

On the personal level there is something quite surreal about this year. When I am in Israel, the situation is quiet, when I leave, it’s like another world…………….. Visiting Israel in June immediately after the 3 boys were kidnapped in Gush Etzion, whilst there was a mood of shock and …

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