Tag Archives: Syria

Into the Fray: On the cusp of carnage?

A perfect storm is brewing for Israel. After years of counterproductive concessions, if the Jews wish to preserve their sovereignty, what is required is ruthless resolve, not reticent restraint. This is not an article for those of weak stomach. It is not for those who wish to be reassured that, …

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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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Obama, Putin & Rouhani Can Do A Deal On Destroying ISIL

President Obama’s sudden about face in deciding to attack ISIL in Syria on 21 September – without express approval of Syria or a resolution of the United Nations Security Council – has provoked a strong response from Russia and Iran – President Assad’s main supporters in his three years struggle …

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And Cries of “Genocide” Rang Out Across the Land…

Last week I discussed how the blood-libel has adapted to the current political moment and is growing within progressive-left discourse around the Arab-Israel conflict. The function of the blood-libel is to create hatred toward Jews for political reasons.  Just as the Nazis used hatred toward Jews as a uniting rallying-cry …

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Palestinian “Refugees” or “SAPs”?

Wards of the World The well-know secret (but not discussed, as honesty is considered impolite in politics) in the halls of governments around the world is that there are currently only 30,000 Palestinian refugees as defined by the United Nations. That definition states: “Palestine refugees are defined as “persons whose …

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The Iron Lady of Syria

Syria's Roadmap to peace

The Iron Lady of Syria In January 2009, Asma al-Assad, the first lady of Syria, gave an interview on CNN criticizing Israel’s first war against Hamas in Gaza. The FirstOneThrough review with an overlay of news stories went viral and is below. The irony of the interview can be viewed …

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Jordan Faces Looming Crisis With ISIS.

Jordan has mobilized its military forces along Jordan’s 180 kilometre border with Iraq – deploying rocket launchers, armored personnel carriers and tanks following the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) reportedly taking control of the Trebil crossing between Iraq and Jordan on 23 June. Other reports said members of this Salafist jihadist group …

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Arlene from Israel – Agonizingly Slow.

The days move on, and still no word on recovery of the kidnapped students, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel.  The IDF continues to operate on the assumption that they are alive and hidden somewhere in Judea and Samaria (most likely but not necessarily in the Hevron area) – …

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Arlene from Israel – Awful and More Awful

June 23, 2014: The Middle East, with the singular exception of a stable, prosperous, democratic Israel, is in a state of turmoil and transition – with enormous violence and instability the norm.  We are seeing Sunni-Shia tensions, increasing radicalism, and the break down of borders. And the situation is only …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Dark Clouds

  In my last posting I wrote about “rays of light,” and indeed they do exist.  But I would be remiss indeed if I were to convey a simple-mindedly optimistic message.  The somber truth is that we are facing down some exceedingly tough situations. For starters, there is Hezbollah.  I’ve …

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Palestine – A Stone’s Throw Away From Syria.

Written by David Singer. It boggles the imagination that Australia’s national broadcaster the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) could have been involved in a joint investigation between its premier Public Affairs show – “Four Corners” – and one of Australia’s leading newspapers – The Australian – in producing a 45 minute …

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PM Netanyahu Visits IDF Base Treating Wounded from Syria

Published on Feb 18, 2014 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits an IDF field hospital in the Golan Heights where people who have been wounded in the fighting in Syria are being treated by Israel. ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו מבקר בבית חולים שדה בבסיס צה”ל ברמת הגולן בו מטופלים פצועים מהקרבות …

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