Tag Archives: Obama

Arlene from Israel – Intolerable.

Sometimes the obtuseness of the world – the failure of decision-makers and commentators to grasp what’s really important about a situation – seems unbearable.  There is a shallowness – and where the decision-makers are concerned, a political self-centeredness – that is reprehensible. But of course, in some instances, this shallowness …

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Arlene from Israel: The Good News That Is.

Along with the bad news, we can see those who do get it and respond appropriately.  I will describe what I have learned briefly – briefly being my practice, of necessity, before Shabbat. The first issue is the matter of Obama’s State of the Union threat to veto any legislation …

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Arlene from Israel – A Corollary

Yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, with regard to his speaking to Congress: “In coming weeks, the powers are liable to reach a framework agreement with Iran, an agreement liable to leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state. “As prime minister of Israel, I am obligated to make every effort to …

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Arlene from Israel – Priorities

There is a colossal danger to the world coming down the road:  A nuclear Iran.  It’s scary as hell because of the radical jihadist intentions of the Iranian mullahs. Right now the president of the United States and the Congress of the United States are at odds regarding how to …

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Arlene from Israel – Seeking Sparks of Light

I’m going to do something different today: Start with good news items.  We need to hear that good news, with all the clouds hanging over us. The first is the matter of Israeli-Japanese relations, which have blossomed astonishingly in the past year.  This is true in the areas of diplomatic …

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Arlene from Israel – A Somber View.

A Somber View Very somber, my friends.  The situation in the world is not worrisome – it’s terrifying.  Consider: In an interview with NPR, President Obama said that Iran could become a “very successful regional power” if it agrees to a nuclear deal.  He said things must move slowly but he …

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Arlene in Israel – A Political Circus.

It wouldn’t do, I suppose, for the political situation to have clarity for too long. Or for the news to simply be promising.  We’ve now entered the circus arena: the rumors are flying, predictions are contradictory, and some surprising alliances are being suggested as possible. All of this defeats clarity …

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Palestine – Obama Confronts Embarrassing About Face.

The Republican Party’s stunning victory in the American mid-term elections offers real hope that President Obama will now be held to honouring the written commitments made to Israel by President George W Bush in his exchange of letters with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on 12 April 2004 – as …

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The Children’s Intifada.

The Elder has a recent piece entitled, Aw, what a cute little stone thrower, which highlights the work of Reuters’ photographer Abed Omar Qusini. These examples of Qusini’s work project the image of a cute, sympathetic and innocent Palestinian-Arab “David” slinging rocks with his little slingshot at… something… with the world blowing …

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Arlene in Israel – “Before Shabbat”

On Tuesday, my co-chair of the Legal Grounds Campaign, Jeff Daube, and I participated in a Voice of Israel radio broadcast hosted by Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz. Lior Amihai of ‘Peace Now’ was invited to join our conversation by phone. It was a lively discussion and I invite you …

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Arlene in Israel – Is There No End?

Last night there was a conference, “Israel Returns to the Temple Mount,” at the Menachem Begin Center in Jerusalem – this is an annual event of the Temple Mount Faithful. It was neither a large nor a raucous event. Rabbi Yehuda Glick, Temple Mount activist, was a key presenter: He …

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Arlene in Israel – Standing Tall.

The media here in recent days has been full of observations about the growing rift between Israel and the US, or, more accurately, between the Netanyahu and Obama administrations. There have been, incredibly, some Israeli politicians and commentators centrist-left who point a finger at Netanyahu, saying that he is provoking …

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Revisiting Bourdain in Jerusalem

I used to cook in some pretty good restaurants back east when I was a tad younger. For a while I wore a toque and reduced veal stock into glace de viande and did things like eviscerate soft-shelled crabs for evening service. In my estimation, as a former professional cook, Anthony …

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Arlene in Israel – Tough

  The word “tough” has different meanings, and I am actually using it in more than one sense in this posting.  The first meaning – difficult to deal with – applies to the video directly below. From “Jewish Voices on Campus,” it is exceedingly important and I ask you all …

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Arlene in Israel – Is There No End?

  Late this afternoon, there was a terror attack in Jerusalem.  An Arab from eastern Jerusalem ran his car into a group of people who were waiting at the Ammunition Hill station of the light rail.  Eight people were injured.   A three-month old baby girl, badly hurt at the …

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It’s about Israel, Stupid.

The Europeans and the Americans are condemning us…again. The United Nations is upset with Israel…still. The Arabs are adamant – it’s the settlements that are the deterrent to peace. It’s not the settlements. It’s the rockets; it’s their intransigence. It’s their stones, their firebombs, their knives. It’s our naivete, it’s …

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