Tag Archives: Mahmoud Abbas

From Israel: Mercurial.

It’s a given that the political scene is rarely static.  But the present – both here and in the US – seems particularly fraught with shifts and unpredictability.  The trick is to identify what’s real and what currents flow unseen beneath the surface. Today I want to take a look …

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Arlene from Israel: Muddled Messages.

If there is anything that is not muddled right now, it is the news that David Friedman has at long last been confirmed as the new US Ambassador to Israel.  The vote in the Senate on Thursday was 52 – 46, with Democratic Senators Bob Menendez of New Jersey and …

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Trump’d.

I have thought about how I would write this for over two weeks now. I know it is important to cover the US Elections in terms of what it means for the world and for Israel and the Jewish people, but given that the American public itself is so divided …

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Arlene from Israel: Hope Grows.

Hope for a strengthening of the US, as Hillary may be headed for defeat.  Hope that America may not implode. I’ve had a suspicion for some time that the polls showing her ahead were not accurate, and that many more intended to vote for Trump than the numbers indicated.  But …

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From the Desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM: September Opinion Piece.

Whilst this opinion piece around PM Netanyahu’s speech to the UN was written before the passing of Shimon Peres z”l it would be a gross omission to not acknowledge the life of one of the most important figures of our time.  A man who did so much for Israel and …

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Abbas Slaps Putin and Obama.

“Palestinian officials rejected a recent US proposal for a trilateral peace summit with Israel, a Palestinian official said on Sunday, amid reports that efforts for possible talks hosted by Moscow were pushing forward. Senior PLO official Wasel Abu Yousef told the Jordanian daily al-Ghad that the US had been informed …

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What do you Recognize in Palestinians?

Summary: In their eagerness to give Palestinian Arabs self-determination, Europeans have begun to symbolically recognize Palestine as a country.  However, the Europeans have failed to recognize that Palestinian actions are against the law and vision for peace. During the months of October and November 2014, a number of European countries …

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Poisoned Minds.

There is a scene in the movie, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”, in which the Sacha Baron Cohen character finds himself deep inside redneck territory in an American country and western lounge bar.  Borat and his band are introduced as being from Kazakhstan. …

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Arlene in Israel: One Foot in Front of the Other

 In other words, we keep going, and always will. Let me start today with a light-hearted good news piece, which reflects on Israel’s wonderful side.  (Emphasis is added.) “When Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedic Liat Mizrahi (pictured ) and her team were flagged down by a bystander to tend a …

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Israel and the Decline of American Support Under Obama.

It needs to be understood that the United States has no intention, whatsoever, of fighting political Islam (or “radical Islam” or “Islamism”) and will likely not do so anytime in the near future. On the contrary, the foremost Islamist force in the world is the country of Iran and the …

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From the Desk of Dr. Ron Weiser. AM.

It was the 16th of September when Mahmoud Abbas set off the recent troubles in Israel by escalating a national dispute into a religious one with his call to protect the Temple Mount from the Jews who he claimed were “desecrating Al Aqsa with their dirty feet”. On the national/territorial …

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Arlene from Israel: A Tough Struggle.

There are a great many measures against the terrorism that the Security Cabinet has passed or is considering at this point. It seems to me that among the most powerful are those that affect the families of terrorists. Potential terrorists anticipate becoming “shahids” – martyrs – and having their names …

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Arlene from Israel: We Need This?

It was announced at the end of last week that envoys of the Quartet – the US, the UN, the EU, and Russia – will be coming to the region this week to “kick-start peace talks.” Groan. These pompous, self-righteous parties without a shred of genuine concern for Israel’s situation …

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From the desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM,

The chagim of 5776 have ushered in a new year that has so far been quite a shocking one for the citizens of Israel. The so called “moderate”, President Mahmoud Abbas, now in the 10th year of his 4 year term, has been inflaming the situation and inciting the wave …

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Into The Fray: What now?

Persisting with its declared willingness to establish a Palestinian state while being unable to make the perilous concessions this calls for, makes Israel looks disingenuous and devious. Al-Aksa [Mosque on the Temple Mount] is ours… they [the Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will …

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Arlene from Israel: War. Whatever They Call It

This is a difficult posting to write, because the issues are so complex.  But an exceedingly important one. Since I posted yesterday, there have been several more attacks by Palestinian Arabs on Jews. The most recent took place in Afula, in the north, where a Jewish man was moderately stabbed …

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The Wanton Destruction of Gaza.

Abbas has the chutzpah to complain about Israel ‘damaging’ the Al-Aqsa Mosque, when in Gaza they are destroying their history. This is just one video of what the Arab thugs have been doing to the place they claim is the third holiest place in Islam. A statement issued by the …

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Jim Crow for Jews & the Artificial Construction of Palestinian National Identity

The western-left today thinks that the Jews are oppressive to Muslims in the Middle East. They believe that Jewish Israelis are brutalizing and ethnically-cleansing the innocent “indigenous” population. In previous decades the so-called “Palestinian narrative” has taken hold of the western imagination.  Within that narrative, vicious and militaristic Jews marched …

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The Narrative that Prevents Peace in the Arab-Israeli Conflict.

Everyone has a perspective. Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor, was credited with saying “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Our opinions and perspectives are shaped by many things including our backgrounds and biases. When two people look at …

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Into the fray: ISIS – Two-staters excuse du jour.

For two-staters the prevailing conditions—no matter what they are—are always favorable for implementing the land-for-peace doctrine and establishing a Palestinian state. There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. – Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher …

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