Category Archives: Israel

Terror Strikes on Children

Terrorism today is not what it was a century ago—or ever. Its patterns changed—from assassinations aimed to punish specific targets to what perpetrators called “motiveless terror” against civilians. Presently, unnoticed by most, they focus on the creation of “fear zones.” They do so by intentionally targeting children. In a cross-border raid from Lebanon on May […]

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Russian Billionaire to Found ‘Jewish Al-Jazeera’

Russian Billionaire to Found ‘Jewish Al-Jazeera’ – ‘Alexander Mashevich says planned pro-Israel news channel will “represent Israel on an international level, with real information.”…’

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IDF Spokesperson: Palestinian Terrorists Intentionally Fired at School Bus

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I just got off the phone with an IDF Spokesperson who confirmed, via a special briefing for bloggers, that the bus which was hit by an anti-tank missile less than two hours ago in the Sha’ar Hanegev Region was clearly marked as a civilian vehicle (a school bus), and there was no way the Palestinian […]

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‘Israeli Peace Initiative’ Not Israeli, Wouldn’t Bring Peace

There’s a new peace initiative in town. It is similar to the Clinton-Barak proposals of 2000, with the Golan Heights thrown in. It is framed as an Israeli response to the Arab (or Saudi) Peace Initiative. My feeling is that although it was officially created by a group of Israelis, including former security officials and […]

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A Strategy for Settlements, Part II: Settlement Interests

In A Strategy for Settlements, Part I, we articulated the need for an intellectual, factual and interest-driven approach to developing a medium to long term strategy for Jewish communities in Shomron and Yehudah. The second in this continuing series focuses on the core priorities of the settlements themselves, and those of their residents. When speaking […]

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CAMERA: Churches for Middle East Peace Invoked Goldstone Then – Says Nothing Now

CAMERA: Churches for Middle East Peace Invoked Goldstone Then – Says Nothing Now – ‘…CMEP invoked the Goldstone Report in its calls for investigations by both Hamas and Israel into their actions during Operation Cast Lead. According to Goldstone, Israel has investigated its behavior. But Hamas? Goldstone puts it bluntly: “Hamas has done nothing.” Good […]

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Tunisians Embrace Israeli Song

Bezalel ...all triceps and eyeliner (Photo: Gilad Sasporta)

Well, what do you know? An Israeli spoof becomes the ‘anthem’ of rebels trying to change Libya. Now a song written two years ago by Israeli singer Bezalel, the son of Tunisian Jews – all curly locks, bulging triceps and eyeliner – has found favour with Tunisians. Its name? Tunisia – of course. The pop […]

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Wake Up Israel Advocates: Goldstone Reversed the Momentum!

I was troubled by Michael W’s comment in my earlier post, The Goldstone Wedgie Campaign, so I just did a quick tour of all the pro-Israel blogs I value, and some that I don’t. I’m astonished to say that not a single blogger, many of whom I deeply respect, has understood the full significance of […]

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Moty & Udi Meet a Rabbinical Student

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Yesterday I mentioned an article by Rabbi Daniel Gordis that I found positively shocking (although on second thought, not so surprising). Gordis, a Conservative rabbi who made aliyah to Israel from the US in 1998, tells us about some American rabbinical students:

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New York Times and Gaza “Human Rights” Org Avoid The Obvious

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The New York Times reports that the Palestinian Center for Human Rights “took the unusual step this week of condemning the building and storage of anti-Israel rockets in densely populated areas, a practice that has led to injuries and deaths of civilians.” “Unusual” isn’t quite the word for it. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights […]

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Smithsonian: What is Beneath the Temple Mount? “A toothbrush would be too large for brushing that soil, and they did it with bulldozers.”

Smithsonian: What is Beneath the Temple Mount? – ‘…“That earth was saturated with the history of Jerusalem,” says Eyal Meiron, a historian at the Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Eretz Israel. “A toothbrush would be too large for brushing that soil, and they did it with bulldozers.”…’

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Video: IDF Spokesman on Al Jazeera

Here’s another one that’s been making the rounds that I had meant to post but don’t think I ever got around to. It’s actually an old video of the last go-round with Hamas, but Capt. Avichai Adraee’s answers are excellent and all still relevant:

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Video: Melanie Phillips Discusses Itamar, the British Press and More

I had meant to post this the other day, but apparently never did. There’s some reason not to now?

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Israel, The Third Nation on the Moon? If all goes according to plan, by December 2012 a team of three young Israeli scientists will have landed a tiny spacecraft on the moon…

Israel, The Third Nation on the Moon? – ‘If all goes according to plan, by December 2012 a team of three young Israeli scientists will have landed a tiny spacecraft on the moon, explored the lunar surface, and transmitted live video back to earth, thereby scooping up a $20 million prize (the Google Lunar X […]

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Netanyahu Averts a War, Andrew Sullivan Yawns

Over the last few weeks, Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza have considerably raised the tempo of violating international law, launching hundreds of rockets and mortars, indiscriminately, at smaller Israeli communities and cities bordering Gaza, and at the larger metropolitan areas of Ashdod and Be’er Sheva. Despite the lodging of an Israeli complaint with the United […]

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A Rare Glimpse of Reality in the Guardian

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An obituary about a gentleman named John Watson –written by one of his former commanders and appearing in the Guardian on March 29th – contains an interesting paragraph. “His battalion was posted to Palestine in 1948, as the British Mandate came to an end. Watson was appalled by the imminent destruction of the new state […]

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Israeli Druze Diarist

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The Druze religion is a monotheistic faith which emerged during the 11th century from Islam and incorporated several elements of Gnosticism, Greek Philosophies and other ideologies present in that era. Worldwide there are about one million Druze – who live mainly in Syria and Lebanon – with roughly 113,00 in Israel (a steep increase from […]

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Alex Joffe: The Archeology War

Alex Joffe: The Archeology War – ‘…Israeli archeologists and the Israel Antiquities Authority have studied and preserved Islamic sites throughout the country. In the meantime, Islamic authorities and activists have exercised to the utmost their ability to deny and, if possible, obliterate evidence of any pre-modern Jewish connection to, in particular, the city of Jerusalem…’

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What to Expect This Summer

News item: JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is considering annexing major West Bank settlement blocs if the Palestinians unilaterally seek world recognition of a state, an Israeli official said Tuesday — moves that would deal a grave blow to prospects for negotiating a peace deal between the two sides. Israel has refrained from taking such a […]

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Artists4Israel’s Bomb Shelter in Washington Square Park

Kudos to Artists4Israel for this effective response to the various and sundry context-less traveling “apartheid wall” exhibitions. A4I’s event/display is not heavy-handed and not hate-driven. Creativity and beauty trump haters with plywood every time. Here’s video: More information, including links to press coverage, at their blog. [Hat tip to Dan Brooks from Artists 4 Israel.]

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