Time to React!

By Ari Bussel

There was a barrage of e-mails after Obama’s and Netanyahu’s speeches, what should Israel do, what should the USA do? Some warned Israel’s supporters that action is necessary for Israel cannot survive Obama. Others still use the recent speeches against Israel, blaming her for the fact that peace remains elusive after 63 years.

The President will remain in office for another year and a half. The Prime Minister’s coalition government also seems stable enough. Even in the Israeli political sandbox, it is likely to withstand any mishaps or votes to break it down. Thus, the lines are drawn and each must accept the other.

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Say No More!

By Ari Bussel

Israel’s enemies, so it seems, are all her own.

Haredi Jews demonstrated outside the AIPAC meeting, saying the State of Israel is an abomination of the Torah. They were members of the same sect who traveled to Iran to hug President Ahmadinejad and support his quest to prove the Holocaust never happened.

A Code Pink Jewish lady disturbed Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress.

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The True Frontier

By Ari Bussel

Iran seems to be heavily vested in its race to acquire nuclear energy, “for peaceful purposes,” of course.

At the same time Israel focuses its energies on the hardships of living in an arid area as population pressures mount to a critical point.

Masses of human beings consume water for existence and discharge waste that, if discharged improperly and untreated, can create an ecological disaster with major, long-lasting effects.

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Different Standard

By Ari Bussel

“And your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.” Leviticus 26:33

There is a monopoly on news and opinions for the Jewish community of Greater Los Angeles in one paper, the Jewish Journal. Not unlike most papers, the Journal’s existence was threatened until recently, when three local philanthropists injected a million dollars into its operations as silent investors.

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God Help Us All

By Norma Zager

“Even though you can’t expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt. That’s morality, that’s religion. That’s art. That’s life.” Phil Ochs

In his speech today Barack Obama said he wants to return Israel to its pre 1967 borders. He then immediately insisted the United States give the Indians back Manhattan Island in return for the $24.00 worth of crap paid by Peter Minuit.

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Nakba Day

By Ari Bussel

One lesson from the 9/11 attacks on the United States is that we did not have human intelligence in the Muslim community. Developing such assets requires time.

In the military one plans for the unexpected, often training for worse case scenarios. Readiness is priceless, although the hope among civilized nations is never to need to resort to war.

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Israel’s Independence Day

By Ari Bessel

In Babi-Yar, Kiev, tens of thousands of Jews were murdered for being Jewish exactly 70 years ago.

A small plaque erected 30 years ago dedicates a forest in Israel to their memory. I noticed it as we were departing the Independence Day picnic.

Today Israel is 63 year old. Those who are determined to extend Israel the honor she deserves say she is actually 3,063 year old. Israel is a modern country with a very long and rich history.

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The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

By Norma Zager

“Madness is rare in individuals, but in groups, parties, nations and ages it is the rule.” Friedrich Nietzsche

What a visual. Little old women being led onto trucks headed for extermination camps.

One says, “I’m not sure this is such a good idea. They may kill us.”

The other answers, “Sha, Still. Do you want to make them mad?”

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Settlements

By Ari Bussel

One of the most dreaded words in today’s international vocabulary is “Settlements.” It is a cocoon for all that is evil, wrong and requires immediate corrective action.

Israelis most commonly use the word “settlement” to refer to Jewish towns and cities throughout Samaria and Judea, an area conquered in 1967 from Jordan. As we are purporting to be as exact as possible using terminology, the word “liberated” would be better suited, for one must remember that the word “Jewish” is derived from “Judea.” (In Hebrew, Yehudi from Yehuda.)

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