Tag Archives: Netanyahu

Arlene in Israel – Unstable.

  Sukkot. “v’samachta bechagecha”: and you shall rejoice in your festival. This is it, Sukkot, our season of rejoicing.  My very favorite holiday.  The spirit is in the air, here in Jerusalem.  I look forward to meals in the Sukkah (much larger than the illustration here!), and sleeping in the …

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Arlene in Israel – Right On!

  This will be an exceedingly short post. We go into Yom Kippur late afternoon Friday, and I will have no chance to write tomorrow.  And so I do it now. Wishing all those observing Yom Kippur a G’mar Chatima Tova.  Maybe we be sealed for a good year, and …

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Arlene in Israel – Following.

My critique of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech at the UN stands.  In particular, I was distressed that he spoke about a readiness to make territorial concessions for an agreement with “rock solid security.” This seems to me a very poor time to talk about such a thing – when Abbas …

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Arlene in Israel – UN Season

  UN Season Editor’s note: With video of Netanyahu’s UN speech. ~~~~~~~~~ You will find that during this High Holiday season – and extending through Sukkot – my postings will be less frequent.  I hope that all who celebrated Rosh Hashana found it meaningful and joyful. ~~~~~~~~~~ Besides being the High …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM.

Well, we are 3 weeks or so into this truce and the answer to the first of our questions from August is self evident. Hamas appears to be committed to keeping the 1 month truce. I say appears, because once again Israel has been manoeuvred into a difficult decision. Having …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Surreal

  SURREAL Much of what goes on in the world these days has a surreal quality.  But here’s a case that is sort of emblematic of a host of situations: “Syrian rebels linked to Al-Qaeda have seized UN weapons, uniforms and vehicles from peacekeepers in the Golan and set up …

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‘Protective Edge’. So, What Did We Win?

So, What Did We Win? Operation Protective Edge is apparently over. Terrific. In a recent piece for Israel Thrives and Jews Down Under entitled, Netanyahu and the West Doom Israel to Perpetual War, I argued that US and western pressure to let up on Hamas in Gaza inclined Netanyahu to accept …

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‘Arlene from Israel’ – A Lonely Mandate.

  These are particularly tough times for Israel (and for Jews more broadly). The situation demands steady nerves and absolute determination to pursue our course with conviction.  Is is difficult, indeed, not to be deflected by rage, which enervates, or to fall into depression, the flip side of that rage. …

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Arlene from Israel – Discontent

While I am mindful of constraints on my time and the fact that it is Labor Day, I post to do follow-through and share some important perspectives. Netanyahu has now made additional comments as to why he chose to embrace certain positions regarding Hamas, and what he might still do. …

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Arlene from Israel – Not a Pretty Picture.

After I posted yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the nation in order to explain/defend the war with Hamas and the decision to accept the ceasefire now.  He left me decidedly underwhelmed and considerably uneasy. Yes, it is true, as he says, that Hamas has been hit harder than ever before, …

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Arlene from Israel – Worse and Worser.

The truth: There is no entirely satisfactory resolution to our war with Hamas (the war that is not called a war). Aside, of course, from that “ultimate” resolution in which we would fully retake Gaza and banish all terrorists and jihadis – thereby creating a peaceful situation in Gaza and …

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INTO THE FRAY: Unfit to govern?

It is possible Operation Protective Shield could have been conducted with greater ineptitude. But it is not easy to see how. Israel has no foreign policy, only domestic policy.  – Henry Kissinger He who becomes compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate. – Midrash Rabba, Ecclesiastes …

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Arlene from Israel – Off-Again On-Again War

If we listen to what Netanyahu said yesterday, he never really thought our battle with Hamas was going to be peacefully resolved – he refers to it as “on-going.”  That would mean that even when there were negotiations proceeding during a ceasefire, he knew. Could well be. There were so …

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Eliminate Hamas

Yoav Zitun and Elior Levy write in Y-Net. A heavy barrage of rockets was fired at Israel on Tuesday night, around 10:40pm. Loud explosions were heard in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, while Code Red sirens blared throughout southern and central Israel. Hamas said it fired 40 rockets at Israel. …

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Arlene from Israel – An Ugly Mess.

Note: Sorry about the way this has posted. I can’t change it. Arlene doesn’t have it on line yet and this happens sometimes when taken from an email. No matter what happens with regard to Hamas, it will be a mess of one sort or another.  There are no clean, …

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Arlene from Israel – Soldiering On.

In spite of decidedly negative news I must address, below, I want to first share some very positive reports. We start with Ari Abramowitz – a host on Israel Inspired Radio and former co-host of Tuesday Night Live in Jerusalem – who wrote a Tisha B’Av message from his unit, …

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Arlene from Israel – And Now?

I am chagrined but not exactly shocked by the latest turn of events here. As Shabbat went out, I had expressed surprise that – following the Friday ceasefire broken almost immediately by Hamas with an attack that included a suicide bombing and the kidnapping of Hadar Goldin – Netanyahu had …

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Arlene in Israel – Events Unfolding

Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat) I left my posting abruptly yesterday because of the advent of Shabbat and want here to follow through.  But it’s tentatively only, because indeed events are in the process of unfolding and we have to see what tomorrow and the ensuing days will bring. Quite frankly, …

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