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From Israel: Phew!

March 15, 2018

Until late yesterday Israelis were facing the unpleasant prospect of an early election brought on by the collapse of the coalition.  The presenting

From Israel: The Sun Still Shines

March 8, 2018

It may be behind the clouds part of the time, and the clouds can get very dark.  But it’s there.  And we need

From Israel: Hang on to Your Hats!

March 5, 2018

My regular readers know that I am basically an upbeat person.  I am not a Pollyanna: I face the bad news.  But I

From Israel: Threats and Victory

February 26, 2018

Wednesday night and Thursday we celebrate Purim (with the celebration a day later in Jerusalem, a walled city).  As we read the Megillat

From Israel: Without Shame

February 21, 2018

It’s a fascinating phenomenon, a paradox:

Muslim Arab (and thus Palestinian Arab) culture is an honor-shame culture.  Honor is the ultimate value.  But

From Israel: The World as Whirlwind

February 20, 2018

It feels as if there is flux everywhere: whether with regard to politics, diplomacy or security issues.  And so, let us turn away

From Israel: Clarity and Fog

February 14, 2018

Today I begin by following through on the events of this past Saturday, with regard to our contending with Iran and Syria. There

From Israel: The Critical Response

February 11, 2018

In the early hours of Saturday morning, for the very first time the Iranian military launched a direct military operation against Israel, when

From Israel: Hearts Broken, Spirit Strong

February 8, 2018

Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, who was knifed to death by a terrorist on Monday, was buried in his home community of Har Bracha on

From Israel: Damn!!

February 6, 2018

Sometimes all subtleties fly away, and I have to tell it as it is: Damn!!

Another terror attack.  Another innocent victim, a young