Be Careful What You Wish

By Ari Bussel

“Who is rich? He who is content with what he has.” Jewish Wisdom

When one rattles a cage, one must be careful of what may wake up or be discovered. At times, it is better to let things be, else be ready to complete what was started.

In litigation in America, something the society is very prone to do, one never knows what the outcome may be. Truth and justice do not always prevail. Often a time, fate is in the hands of a judge, a jury or a scrupulous attorney.

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A Divine Blessing

By Ari Bussel

“The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.” Psalms 29:11

Israelis, is seems, need a lot of strength. Fatah and Hamas, two names for the same ill, have reconciled their “differences.” I would be hard-pressed to find any such differences, as in essence they both strive to eliminate the Jews from the Jewish homeland and to erase any historical connection thereof.

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Israel’s New and Improved Ancient War Cry

By Norma Zager

“And the Walls Came a Tumbling Down…” from the story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho.

In Ari’s last Postcard he discussed the new war facing Israel, coming battles that will require new methods, new strategies and new weapons for Israel’s survival.

This is all true were it not for one small caveat: Israel must return to its ancient battle strategy to defeat its enemies, or it will be lost forever.

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A Simple Explanation of Generations

By Ari Bussel

How is this war different from all other wars, one asks. Israel has endured battles before, from its infancy as a modern country and repeatedly throughout its youth and adolescence. 1948. 1956. 1967. 1973. 1982. 2006.

The last 18 years have seen a different type of war, one no less cruel, but seemingly more “understandable.” This is the period following the Oslo Accords, years of falling into the most sophisticated trap possible: our own mind playing against us. It is a trap from which we must escape and free ourselves, against all odds and our own inclination to believe the soothing words of deceit and make-believe.

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Jewish Wisdom

By Ari Bussel

A journalist looks around and beyond reporting asks himself: What is it that I do not see? Who is not here who should be? Why is something done in a certain manner and not another?

An analyst looks at commonalities, trends and correlations. Since forecasting is an art, and given that one usually fails in forecasts since one often bases them on past behavior, analysts restrict themselves to providing a set of scenarios, from the probable to the less likely. The choice between the different scenarios is left for decision makers.

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Thoughts of War

By Ari Bussel

Pack your bags and leave our beloved land, else we will unleash the greatest, most painful sword. And you will leave. You will run away, disperse back to your countries of origin. You have no space here, in our eternal Palestine. Leave – and do not dare to come back.

Apparently, Israel’s enemies believe it must be punished, and good. Their dialogue is frightening and determined. Their truest thoughts are enough to frighten even the most brave and sane among us. Join me as I visit the mind of an archenemy of Israel, a Palestinian spokesman.

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Instruments of Salvation

By Ari Bussel

Homeless in LA

Did you notice how at every point of time we are given a choice: turn right or left, continue or abort, pay attention or ignore. Our progress in life is just the sum total of numerous small decisions, most seemingly inconsequential. But they all are, shaping our path and defining who we are. Also, this is how we can be grouped into clusters.

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Exceptional Leadership

By Ari Bussel

How does one measure leadership? I will let the reader ponder this question, as I point out a true leader is one who wields his will onto others rather than the one who submits to populace wishes. Leaders are often judged in retrospect, in much better light than when they were contemporaries. Such, for example, are Ronald Reagan, Menachem Begin, the Shah of Iran, Lech Walesa, Pope John Paul II and others.

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A New Year Reality Check

By Norma Zager

“We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon—no alternative.” Golda Meir

A mindset of madness has overtaken the Middle East and the United Nations.

Netanyahu speaks into a camera with millions watching and says clearly to the Palestinian leader, “We are here in the United Nations. Right now, both of us. Let’s sit down and talk right now.”

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Silence

By Ari Bussel

“Our people will continue their popular peaceful resistance to the Israeli occupation and its settlement and apartheid policies and its construction of the racist annexation Wall, and they receive support for their resistance, which is consistent with international humanitarian law and international conventions and has the support of peace activists from Israel and around the world, reflecting an impressive, inspiring and courageous example of the strength of this defenseless people, armed only with their dreams, courage, hope and slogans in the face of bullets, tanks, tear gas and bulldozers.” Palestinian President Abbas before the UN, September 23, 2011

Resounding silence. Astonishment. Bewilderment. We are frozen in a very bad dream that becomes worse with every passing image. Trapped.

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