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  • From Israel: “The Various Faces of Adversity”From Israel: “The Various Faces of Adversity”
    The world sure isn’t becoming kinder and gentler – or, how shall I say, more righteous. (That’s a rhetorical statement, dear readers, as you certainly don’t need me to tell you this!) The issue at hand for us, then, is our capacity to confront and surmount that adversity. Today I wish to focus on a … The post From Israel: “The Various Faces of Adversity” appeared first on Jews Down Under. Read more »
  • Israel’s diplomatic & internal political challenges – Opinion piece: Nov. 2021Israel’s diplomatic & internal political challenges – Opinion piece: Nov. 2021
    As we close out 2021 there are two key areas that continue to be at the centre of Israel’s diplomatic and internal political challenges, as well as a third emerging issue of quite a different colour. 1 – Iran There is no doubt that the vast majority of security and political leaders in Israel believe … The post Israel’s diplomatic & internal political challenges – Opinion piece: Nov. 2021 appeared first on Jews Down Under. Read more »
  • Into the fray: Lieberman – Clueless clutz or Cosa Nostra capo?Into the fray: Lieberman – Clueless clutz or Cosa Nostra capo?
     There are only two possibilities regarding Finance Minister Lieberman’s involvement in what has become known as the “Yisrael Beiteinu affair”; neither bodes well for Israel. Power doesn’t corrupt people; people corrupt power—William Gaddis (1922-1998). Much has been aired about the glaring defects of the current Israeli government—about how it rewards deceit, how it disregards disloyalty, … The post Into the fray: Lieberman – Clueless clutz or Cosa Nostra capo? appeared first on Jews Down Under. Read more »
  • From Israel: The Pain and the Fury!!From Israel: The Pain and the Fury!!
    We are struggling with both here in Israel. Again. Still. “Don’t let Yehuda’s blood be spilled in vain,” cried Shlomi Dimentman, amidst sobs, at the funeral of his brother on Friday. “…rebuild the Homesh settlement and not just the Homesh Yeshiva. The ruins here are a black stain on the State of Israel,” he told … The post From Israel: The Pain and the Fury!! appeared first on Jews Down Under. Read more »
  • An Inside Warning About American Jewry’s FutureAn Inside Warning About American Jewry’s Future
    America is deeply divided, split in half between the political left and right.  It is particularly alarming when such polarization blinds American Jews to antisemitism. It makes them oblivious to it if the hatred is coming from a political sphere that they concur with.  That is exactly what is happening now and which may bring … The post An Inside Warning About American Jewry’s Future appeared first on Jews Down Under. Read more »
  • From Israel: Bitter Lessons and Difficult Choices!!From Israel: Bitter Lessons and Difficult Choices!!
    It had been my intention to begin this posting with a focus on Iran. And I will, indeed, get to it in short order. But another issue has made the press: It rankles, and it is elucidating. I want to deal with it first. ~~~ From different sources, we have in recent days been given … The post From Israel: Bitter Lessons and Difficult Choices!! appeared first on Jews Down Under. Read more »
  • From Israel: “A Very Narrow Bridge!!”From Israel: “A Very Narrow Bridge!!”
    Many of you will recognize this phrase from the saying attributed to Reb Nachman of Breslov: “All the world is a very narrow bridge. And the main thing is not to be afraid – not to be afraid at all.” Kol ha’olam kulo gesher tsar me’od. Veha’ikar – veha’ikar lo lefached – lo lefached klal. … The post From Israel: “A Very Narrow Bridge!!” appeared first on Jews Down Under. Read more »
  • Cancelling Israel’s mandatory service requirement would be a terrible mistakeCancelling Israel’s mandatory service requirement would be a terrible mistake
    Opinion. The comparison between college life in America and Israel is a stark contrast, framed by the requirement of army service here.   A recent poll released by Arutz 7 reveals that only a plurality, but less than a majority, of Israelis believes in retaining the requirement for IDF, or, at least, national service. Furthermore, … The post Cancelling Israel’s mandatory service requirement would be a terrible mistake appeared first on Jews Down Under. Read more »
  • Into the Fray: You couldn’t make this up!!Into the Fray: You couldn’t make this up!!
    There may well be things more depraved than an Israeli government minister soliciting funds for a self-declared mortal foe, but none come readily to mind  Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad — Anonymous ancient dictum—misattributed to Euripides.  Israel is a country of many paradoxes and colliding opposites—many of which make … The post Into the Fray: You couldn’t make this up!! appeared first on Jews Down Under. Read more »
  • MYTH: Palestinians and their supporters care about Palestinian refugees.MYTH: Palestinians and their supporters care about Palestinian refugees.
    FACT: Palestinians and their supporters like to express their concern for Palestinian refugees and yet are silent when it comes to the treatment of refugees living in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. They even ignore the welfare of refugees who are confined to camps in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by Hamas and the Palestinian … The post MYTH: Palestinians and their supporters care about Palestinian refugees. appeared first on Jews Down Under. Read more »