Tag Archives: Mandate for Palestine

From Israel: Give Me a Break!

On July 19, the Knesset passed Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People. The furor that has ensued since then has been unreal.  As I have been focused on security issues, I come to this only now.  But a refutation of the charges leveled against this …

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Are Israeli settlements illegal?

Israeli settlements in the West Bank have been tried in the New Zealand court of public opinion and found to be illegal.  Waikato Professor of Law, Alexander Gillespie, recently declared in the NZ Herald that  “There is no question in international law that these settlements are illegal.”  Similarly, many of …

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Arlene from Israel: Heads or Tails.

I am sitting at my computer, trying to make heads or tails of various events here in Israel and elsewhere, and boy is it tough!  There’s not a whole lot of clarity right now. But I’m going to lead off with a good news piece. This one is a bit …

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Obama’s “Palestinian Land”.

On September 20, 2016, US President Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. His passing comment on Palestinian Arab-Israel conflict underscored why peace did not advance, and his relationship with Israel worsened over his term. Obama’s UN remarks covered a lot of activities during his eight years …

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Abbas stop being a bully. Israel can’t occupy her own country.

The World response to the Palestinians is reminiscent of the way a teacher responds to the one wicked child in the class. You know: the child who is at different times: noisy, rude, impertinent,   impolite,uncivil, discourteous, disrespectful contemptuous; disruptive; obstinate, insolent, recalcitrant, lacking a moral compass. The teacher spends most of her time with …

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Arlene from Israel: Not to Panic.

Mahmoud Abbas delivered an address at the UN General Assembly yesterday.    It was the address that he had promised would include a “bombshell” at the end. Bombshell?  Presumably, that he was walking away from the Oslo Accords of 1993 and following. Well… ~~~~~~~~~~ The NY Times headline for the …

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Arlene in Israel – Kaf Tet B’November.

“Kaf Tet B’November” is precisely this: the 29th of November. Sixty seven years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly voted to recommend the division of Palestine west of the Jordan River into a Jewish state and an Arab state. There are so many lessons to be derived from this …

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Arlene in Israel – A Mixed Bag

    I start today with the link to the Dry Bones Blog of Yaakov Kirschen.  Most of you are probably familiar with Kirschen’s absolutely on-the-mark political commentary by way of cartoon.   Kirschen is convinced – and rightly so – that cartooning is a powerful way to reach out …

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Israel – Media Imbalance Incites Jew-hatred.

The incessant media focus on Israel – compounded by misleading and factually incorrect reporting – has materially contributed to inciting the growth of Jew-hatred world-wide. Organisations such as HonestReporting and CAMERA expose inaccurate reports appearing daily in the most widely read and supposedly reputable international newspapers, television stations, radio networks …

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Palestine – Imminent Breakthrough Or Lost Opportunity?

The publication of “A Palestinian State – Not A Priority” in the Palestine Telegraph on May 23 offers the tantalising prospect of a possible breakthrough in resolving the Arab-Jewish conflict. Three reasons support such optimism: First – the Palestine Telegraph is published in Gaza, its web site declaring: “The PT …

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Palestine – Kerry can’t keep kidding himself.

  US Secretary of State John Kerry’s unshakeable belief that he could succeed in facilitating what had eluded former American Secretaries of State for the last 20 years – the creation of a 22nd Arab State in the West Bank and Gaza for the first time ever in recorded history …

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Hamas applauds a cold blooded killer.

On Wednesday November 13th Hamas applauded the cold-blooded murder of a 19-year old IDF soldier Eden Atias, from Nazareth Illit. “Hamas welcomes the soldier stabbing in Afula. This is a natural response to the crimes committed by Israel against the Palestinian people and proof of the failure of political negotiations.” …

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