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Ari Bussel

In the series "Postcards from Israel," Ari Bussel and Norma Zager invite readers throughout the world to join them as they present reports from Israel as seen by two sets of eyes: Bussel's on the ground, Zager's counter-point from home. Israel and the United States are inter-related - the two countries we hold dearest to our hearts - and so is this "point - counter-point" presentation that has, since 2008, become part of our lives.

Bussel: 'I am a Patriotic American'
What was achieved last night in Geneva is not an historic agreement; it is an historic mistake. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
19:54 Nov 26, 2013 PST
Is Netanyahu The Hope and Future of The State of Israel and Jewish People?
Netanyahu does not need to hold anything anymore. It is all of us who need to hold him, provide a solid base, as he is our leader for better and worse.
03:26 Nov 19, 2013 PST
A 'Palestinian Virus' Attacks Israel
Sixty-four year old, as if its rebirth was just yesterday, Israel still feels young, strong and able to endure and withstand whatever comes about, resist whatever attacks it may suffer.
08:53 May 8, 2012 PST
Elusive Peace
Wake up and realize they are not talking about peace, but extinguishing this candle whose light has grown so strong over the past six and a half decades.
16:04 May 3, 2012 PST
Is Israel Capable of Assessing a Threat?
It must have been more economical for the airlines to cancel tickets and deal with the demonstrations than to allow these activist-terrorists to fly.
07:58 Apr 19, 2012 PST
Israel One of Most Profitable Routes for Many Airlines
When El Al ambassadors come to your neighborhood, make time to meet them. Listen to their stories, told in just a few minutes, and stay to ask questions. You will discover the real Israel
13:06 Apr 18, 2012 PST
To All Whom Israel is in Their Hearts
At the eve of the last day of the Jewish Passover Holiday, Norma Zager and I sent out our latest Postcard 'Comes a Judgment Day' or 'I am a Giant Failure.'
19:40 Apr 15, 2012 PST
Is Internal Division Tearing Down The Pro-Israel Community?
It is fascinating to me that the same phenomenon is also happening locally: The Jewish Federation of Greater LA is dealing with a newcomer who, in a very short period of time, has gained amazing acceptance.
12:13 Apr 5, 2012 PST
Israeli Takes Iranian Threat Seriously
The world thinks-along with Israel-that Israel's power is superior to Iran's. Most are convinced - and thus expect - Israel will attack Iran and prevail.
06:26 Jan 30, 2012 PST
Philanthropists' Efforts Help Ensure Israel's Survival
We were transported to a world of spies and espionage, secret service and very special units. Except, this was reality and Steve was in the middle of this high-action movie. He sent 'care packages,' sometimes airplanes full of special equipment fo
06:25 Jan 11, 2012 PST
Why is Iran a Greater Threat to Israel's Existence?
In many respects, the USA and Israel share stupidity and naïveté. The latter ignores the threat from within, the threat that surrounds her from those who cry 'Peace' and deem everyone not willing to surrender to the enemy an 'enemy of peace,'
06:21 Jan 4, 2012 PST
2011: A Very Bad Year for Israel
Israel and the Jews are indistinguishable, and anyone with a mistaken notion that being a foreign national might save that person from the fate of Israel - as if the two are separable - may find reality a very rude awakening.
07:23 Jan 1, 2012 PST
Guardian Angels During The Holiday Season
I was sitting on a chair at Cedars, an IV sticking into my hand, a tray next to me with big bottles of medication to drink. Nurses were bringing in other patients, each waiting for another exam.
08:24 Dec 6, 2011 PST
A Divine Blessing: 'The Lord Will Give Strength to His People'
Fatah, though, is the favorite child of the world, while the other is still referred to as a 'terrorist organization.' At the very least it could be acknowledged as a 'regime.'
12:03 Nov 30, 2011 PST
Is Israel Prepared for World War III?
We began with my assertion that Israel is not ready for the upcoming war, and indeed it is not. Having nuclear bombs or one of the best air forces in the world cannot save Israel.
06:27 Nov 15, 2011 PST
Is Israel Doomed to Fall?
Bad times would come, but we will deal with them on as needed, was a prevailing attitude. Why else did Israel ignore the buildup in Southern Lebanon? All indications of an eminent war were there, all stupidly ignored.
05:16 Nov 7, 2011 PST
True, Unconditional Love - An Amazing Creation of God
Others seated on a bench at a bus stop or sleeping in the street, in the cold or the heat, with constant noise of passing cars and stares of passersby.
06:30 Oct 31, 2011 PST
Signs of An Impending War
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.
12:02 Oct 30, 2011 PST
Israel Salutes Canada for Standing for The Jews
I salute you Canada, and I salute the People of Canada. You show leadership in the face of adversity. You exemplify what taking a stand and doing right, even though unpopular is all about.
06:38 Oct 24, 2011 PST
Does Israel Treat Terrorists in Its Prisons as Special Guests?
I am astonished of the lack of action by Israel, not an all out war but targeted assassinations of every person who heads or is associated with Hamas. We give them carte blanche and they abuse it to the limit.
07:09 Oct 19, 2011 PST
Israel Awaits Return of 'Gilad Shalit'
The euphoria is mixed with so much sadness, that one stops in one's tracks not knowing whether to cry for joy that one person is being returned (hopefully alive and not in body parts as was the case with Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev of blessed m
08:51 Oct 12, 2011 PST
Israel is Self-Described 'Nation of The Book'
Israelis are curious people, and reading is sharing in someone else's life or experiences, journeying along with another in his or her imagination or just peeking in, sneaking a look and observing. Thus, although books are not inexpensive (on avera
06:21 Oct 5, 2011 PST
Are We Ignoring The Threats Around Us?
Resounding silence. Astonishment. Bewilderment. We are frozen in a very bad dream that becomes worse with every passing image. Trapped.
11:59 Oct 2, 2011 PST
Only a Fool Might Doubt Israel: The Jewish People Will Survive!
Mistake not Israel's appearance of weakness and the impression of the strength of her enemies. This is mere illusion, a mirage meant to confuse and weaken us.
05:43 Sep 22, 2011 PST
Israel Must Be Ahead of The Enemy and Not in Reactionary Mode!
The Jews are satanic demons and Israel the source of all the ills in the world. In order to make the world a better place, one only needs to rid oneself of the Jews and their hornets' nest.
05:42 Sep 19, 2011 PST
Will Israel Continue to Keep The Peace With Egypt?
When there is an accelerated progression of events, a responsible party is expected to be ready for anything that may come next.
06:44 Sep 13, 2011 PST
Does Israel Lack The Resolve to Survive?
The way to treat such pitfalls is to trim down the system and make people accountable. This so rarely happens that when we encounter an exception, it raises our spirits.
08:51 Sep 12, 2011 PST
War is Inevitable: Escalation is Fast and Calculated
The Gazans realized that firing multiple missiles at once renders Israel's Iron Dome system less effective. It is able to stop some, but not all the missiles.
17:09 Sep 8, 2011 PST
For God Goes with You to War
'When you go forth to battle against your enemies, and you see a horse and a chariot, a people much more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them, for the Lord, your God, is with you, He who brought you from the Land of Egypt.
11:03 Sep 6, 2011 PST
Never Again? September Barbeque of Jews
Israel has been relatively distracted by the 'social revolt' that is now subsiding. The summer is over, school is back in session and life has to return to its normal course.
15:48 Sep 5, 2011 PST
When Will Israel Stop Facilitating Her Own Downfall?
Rather than bringing a Picasso, possibly it would be more helpful to stop teaching children to hate an Israeli or Jew just because they are Jewish?
07:29 Aug 30, 2011 PST
Is Israel Ready for The Next War?
How much must Israel suffer before realizing she must change course? Clearly not enough yet.
18:52 Aug 27, 2011 PST
When Will We Be Able to Dance on The Ruins of The Jewish State?
'Democracy,' chanted the multitudes in a frenzied cry. 'Freedom' whispered so many with hope glistening in their eyes. 'Change' pronounced the American President as he pushed more elements off the Chess Board.
11:54 Aug 25, 2011 PST
Palestine! Al Quds! Rid the World of the Jews!
The women raped, the men beheaded. The Palestinian children, brainwashed with so much hatred, will finally be free to roam the streets and play with the heads of the Jews. What a scene will that be!
10:58 Aug 16, 2011 PST
Has Israel Lost The Will to Fight?
I do know one thing: Israel has lost the will to fight. Maybe a war forced upon her will reenergize the secret power from within, her devotion and conviction her fight is just. For Israel's own survival, Israel must fight back.
09:06 Aug 15, 2011 PST
Quantum Leap: Arab Spring Finally Extends to Israel
This was only partially true. There was something extraordinary in the force with which the discontent spread throughout the Middle East.
13:51 Aug 14, 2011 PST
Kept in a Cage
They fight to end Occupation and against Apartheid in Israel, although they have never met before. They came to speak in front of a coalition promoting non-violent resistance against Israel. [The label 'non-violent' is misleading to us and quite f
07:22 Aug 10, 2011 PST
Israelis Must Compromise and Reignite Bonds to Counter Downfall
Israel will suffer greatly and have no one else to blame. It is not Israel's enemies that will cause her downfall, although they will be the instruments of destruction. If Israel were strong within she could survive and prevail, but inside she is w
05:19 Aug 9, 2011 PST
'Passionate About Israel' A Very Lucrative Business
There is so much 'Passion' around, yet Israel would be much better off if it dissipated. She has plenty on her plate without 'Israelis' and American Jews aiding and abating her enemies. It is time to expose all those ill willed toward her existe
05:51 Aug 6, 2011 PST
Israeli Brigadier General Speaks in Los Angeles for J Street
Many of my friends refused to go. They are disgusted to the point of sickness from Israelis and American Jews fighting their own. So I braved the heavy afternoon traffic and drove 45 minutes to a synagogue I never visited before.
18:41 Aug 2, 2011 PST
Israeli Surrender to Palestinians Only Brings Destruction and Harm to West
Putting all the blame on Israel and demanding nothing from the Palestinians is tantamount to blaming the 9/11/2001 attacks on America and demanding the USA apologize and pay reparations. I, for one, refuse to do that.
09:39 Aug 1, 2011 PST
From The Despair of The Present, a Great Society Will Arise
We were customers of that bank for many years, and I expected to be treated no differently than in years past or future. Little did I know that the time was near when the bank's headquarters in Israel would choose to eliminate all smaller customers
20:03 Jul 22, 2011 PST
Is Israel Finally Fighting Back?
Agence France Presse reports bloody clashes between protesters and anti-riot police in Cairo's Tahrir Square 'as frustration mounts with Egypt's military rulers over the pace of reform.'
12:40 Jul 20, 2011 PST
Israel Cherishes Springtime Moments
Israel is not much different, life cherishing the moment: Parents having children, an endless stream of families walking along the neighborhood streets; high-rise buildings and new neighborhoods sprouting everywhere; cultural events that can fully o
06:12 Jul 9, 2011 PST
The Games: Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Coach Stevens' love is tennis, and she both participated in and coached for the Maccabiah Games in Israel and plays to this very day.
17:58 Jul 8, 2011 PST
Will We Prove Worthy?
Afghanistan was an even tougher sell. It is further away, and we are fighting in the mountains against an enemy that is predominantly invisible to us, lives in caves and acts like animals, thirsts for blood (and quite successful in quenching its thi
05:43 Jul 2, 2011 PST
Absence of Embassies From Jerusalem
Sixty-three years have passed, and today there is not a single embassy in Israel's capital. Earlier this month, the 44th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem was celebrated. Jerusalem is the largest city in Israel with approximately ten perc
06:22 Jun 27, 2011 PST
A Heavenly Promise: Thy Children Shall Come Back to Their Own Border
He promised that the mother's sons would return to their borders from enemy land. This can be the cruelest torture of a parent, who is weeping bitterly, exasperated from sorrow and the inability to bring home one's sons, but Jeremiah is devoid of
06:24 Jun 26, 2011 PST
Those Progressive Liberals
For some time now I have been treated to the company of 'progressive liberals.' They need to reassure themselves they do the right thing, so they congregate together.
07:40 Jun 23, 2011 PST
The Devil's Lust
The Allied Forces managed to murder Gaddafi's son along with many others, both supporters of Gaddafi and innocent rebels who were inspired by the Arab Spring. It was all brushed aside as casualties of weapons aimed at Gaddafi that missed their targ
06:18 Jun 22, 2011 PST
From the Top of Mount Olympus
They see their peers in uniforms, green, white or grey, a mandatory draft that precedes life in society. College waits until after the obligatory service.
07:26 Jun 13, 2011 PST
Protecting Free Speech From Those Who Demand It, But Deny Others
Good people have allowed hate speech and intolerance to go unchallenged for too long. When the hate and intolerance is directed at others, it is easy to ignore.
21:54 Jun 11, 2011 PST
The Final-Final Solution
The results are nothing less than astonishing. Everything seems to be working perfectly. New miracles are suddenly created from nothing.
09:25 Jun 9, 2011 PST
The Illusion of Two States, Living Side-By-Side
And President Obama? He is misguided by advisers, some of whom are the most prominent Jews and ex-Israelis, telling him that a 'divided Jerusalem,' the '1967-borders' and 'pressure on Israel' will do some good.
04:39 Jun 8, 2011 PST
Taking The Legal Route: Suing Satellite Communication Providers
Finally, all cards are face up. This is not an issue of 'siege,' 'blockade' or even need. Rather it is a public relations campaign, and a very successful one at that, forcing Israel to be constantly on the defensive.
04:25 Jun 7, 2011 PST
Say No More! Your Hatred Has No Place With Us!'
The 'peace activists' wearing 'Free Palestine' shirts and waving flags that rose to disturb the AIPAC dinner earlier the same week.
11:57 May 27, 2011 PST
Israel The True Frontier
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.
05:25 May 27, 2011 PST
Recycling a Force of Habit Among Israelis
The print on these bins said they benefit the Israeli Defense Forces, and Israelis who are huge consumers of print media were very loyal with their help. It was an attitude that showed the power of education. 'Recycle because it is good,' creating
04:36 May 26, 2011 PST
It is Time for The Jewish Community to Stand Strong With Israel
It is time for the Jewish community to stand strong with Israel and stop second-guessing her every move. It is time for every leader of the Jewish community, including opinion shapers, to stop fighting on the enemy's lines and stand where they shou
14:53 May 22, 2011 PST
Milu'im (Reserve Duty)
Military service in Israel is mandatory for every man and woman age 18. Men serve three years, women two unless they fulfill combat assignments that require three years as well. For those who become officers, an extra year is required.
05:24 May 15, 2011 PST
Israel's Independence Day
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.
12:40 May 14, 2011 PST
Fatah and Hamas Become One
Hamas' Political Wing in Damascus, Syria, and Fatah (the Palestinian Authority), have agreed in Egypt to a reconciliation that will eventually lead to a transitory unity government. Elections will be established within a year (for the president and
12:59 May 7, 2011 PST
The Holocaust as Seen in 2011
In this two-minute freeze-frame time span even the birds ceased their spring celebration. All was still, an entire nation respecting its dead, six million of them, as people recalled the Nazis' attempt to annihilate their very being.
09:25 May 7, 2011 PST
Sacrificial Lamb
For Radical Muslims, people are the cheapest commodity and the first to be used. Hezbollah brave warriors use civilians as a shield, Hamas 'liberators' grab children to avoid hits, Palestinians use holy places, like the Church of the Nativity, as
19:06 May 4, 2011 PST
The Ugly Side of Things
Israelis are often compared to a cactus fruit, thorny outside and sweet inside. I was thinking about this description during the last few days, as I experienced the following instances in greater intensity than ever before. As if people know somethi
07:53 May 3, 2011 PST
The Spring Revolution
Interestingly, President Obama, after dumping President Mubarak of Egypt and close to getting the USA into a war by activating CIA agents in Libya and attacking the Libyan nation with missiles, has decided to turn his attention elsewhere. He loses i
19:32 Apr 30, 2011 PST
A Declaration of War: What is Israel to Do?
Still today rockets and missiles are continually launched and Israel is not taking these attacks seriously enough. She is unwilling or unable to face the root of the problem and the road she must travel to treat it.
11:36 Apr 30, 2011 PST
Outcry Against Pat-Downs in The US
In the United States, my suitcases were not even checked, and there were many things in them that might appear suspicious at first glance and would have required a secondary inspection.
10:37 Apr 30, 2011 PST
The War for Israel's Independence
They murdered family members, first two boys, then the parents, then before leaving one decided to go back to grab a gun, probably thinking already about the next mission. The Fogel's three-month-old girl was crying, so he killed her too. Had he no
13:08 Apr 20, 2011 PST
'Too Much Information' Makes a Person Forget The 'Essentials' in Life
Future readers would attempt to decipher what was it like to live during these dangerous times and how they led to where they arrived.
19:09 Apr 16, 2011 PST
Going to a War Zone
Iran has already shown it will stop at nothing, now fully aware the USA has no deterrence power over its agenda. Flexing a naval muscle and sailing via the Suez Canal was just Iran's latest show of force.
05:15 Apr 11, 2011 PST
The Power of The Written Word
The first on our timeline appeared in the Los Angeles Times and was written by Prof. Neve Gordon of Ben Gurion University. An Israeli whose area of expertise is Political Science, holds the chairmanship of the department at a leading Israeli academi
16:22 Apr 6, 2011 PST
An Old-Fashioned Remedy
The phrase 'Jewish penicillin' has been verified and was even studied by Harvard University that found the claim it can cure a cold to have merit.
05:11 Apr 4, 2011 PST
The President's Message was Simple
The American Jewish Community was once one with Israel. Indeed, there is much criticism about its apparent unconcern and inaction during the Holocaust. However, there was a feeling of redemption as the Community stood by Israel since after WWII unti
19:43 Mar 28, 2011 PST
What's Next for Japan?
Continued prayers for Japan. They have had aftershakes larger than the Northridge quake for God's sake.
08:38 Mar 22, 2011 PST
Faith Without Works is Dead
When Israel's Consul General eulogized him at the funeral he evoked laughter from the crowd as he related that at their first meeting when he walked into the room, he thought Pastor Billy was an 'Ethiopian Jew.' He praised his efforts to strength
05:44 Mar 21, 2011 PST
Ignorance of The Worst Kind
The clock is ticking as the days count down until the UN General Assembly meeting in September. It is then that a vote will take place, and if I were a betting person, I would put all my money on a unanimous vote, a single exception (Israel), for a
11:47 Mar 20, 2011 PST
Anti-Semitism for The 21st Century
According to the Israeli Prime Ministers Media Adviser, incitement against Israel, which frequently turns into genuine anti-Semitic incitement, is an inseparable part of the fabric of life in the Palestinian Authority. Thus, anti-Israeli and anti-Se
06:22 Mar 19, 2011 PST
Make Up Your Mind Israel
Israelis need to decide, whether by a referendum or any other means, if they want to give Judea and Samaria, all of East Jerusalem, and other parts of the Jewish state, as well as a certain 'right of return' to the Palestinian refugees. Or will th
08:59 Mar 17, 2011 PST
Learning from the Japanese Experience
May both Japan and Israel, two of the more advanced countries in the world, survive the unknown and help each other find the answers. For both nations are altruistic and strive for the greater good for their people and all mankind.
09:44 Mar 16, 2011 PST
Nothing Can Stop Israel If She Makes A Decision To Survive
There is nothing that can stop Israel or destroy her completely, if she only sets her mind on standing up and fighting back, if she only makes a decision to survive.
19:50 Mar 14, 2011 PST
Why Should The World Condemn Palestinian Terrorists?
Israel expects the world to focus its attention on five members of one family who were murdered on Shabbat evening in their home by a Palestinian Terrorist.
12:01 Mar 14, 2011 PST
An Earthquake and a Tsunami
As the events in Japan unfold today on live broadcasts, we witness a nation very prepared to meet the most devastating earthquake and its aftermath, including tsunamis, now hitting the small island nation time and time again. Some describe the event
07:11 Mar 13, 2011 PST
The Three Philanthropists
We take too many things for granted. People, these philanthropists, fade away with time. We all do. Israel, though, must not.
05:59 Mar 11, 2011 PST
Arafat's Ingenious Scheme Had No Basis in Truth Or Reality
Israel was suddenly described as 'Apartheid.' The Jewish State was at fault for her enemies bombarding her with rockets. Homicide bombers expecting 72 virgins exploded themselves up, and again, the fault was with Israel.
05:35 Mar 8, 2011 PST
The Nazi Hunter Turns 89
A Nazi Hunter, now 89, was giving an account of his first exposure to the horrors of the Holocaust. This was probably the first public account of several daring missions he directed while at the Israeli Mossad.
17:55 Mar 2, 2011 PST
A Sudden Shift of the Tide
The Middle East, Israel aside, has insurmountable problems. Neither the so-called 'Arab-Israeli Conflict' nor the 'Palestinian Problem' has anything to do with the Middle East upheaval.
11:08 Mar 1, 2011 PST
Savagery Knows No Bounds Even in The 'Peaceful Arab World'
The brutality and savagery are all excused. Muslims need to stand up and speak against it, but they do not. The 'THOU SHALL NOT MURDER' only applies to Believers. Thus, homicide bombings at Jewish weddings are perfectly acceptable, the same at a J
09:08 Feb 24, 2011 PST
Zionist Spy 'CAIR' Pretends to Be Pro-America in DC
CAIR is likely nothing other than a Zionist-Mossad spy in DC, pretending to be pro-America, pro-West, concerned about Freedoms and Democracy. Their real intentions: Conquer more lands, expand the influence, take over Libya and later all neighboring
08:20 Feb 24, 2011 PST
The World Refuses to See The Truth About Israel
The United States blames Israel when Israel is not the problem at all. The problem is simply the fact that Islam cannot tolerate a democratic state in the midst of an Islamic world. The very existence of a Jewish State is intolerable to their leader
05:25 Feb 23, 2011 PST
Israel Does Not Need Another 'Golden Calf' Like J Street
J Street is nothing but the molten calf, fashioned with an engraving tool from all the gold that George Soros provides. 'Stand up,' said Soros to his people, 'MAKE US A GOD.' And a god they created, a god before whom some Jewish and Israeli comm
16:33 Feb 21, 2011 PST
Israel Must Be Returned to Its Righful Owners
This is what Israel is to many Jews. A precious gift returned to the Jewish people. It is incumbent on this generation to ensure that gift be passed down to those who come after.
07:16 Feb 21, 2011 PST
Israel Keeps Events Within The Bounds of Nation for Security
Israel has nothing to hide. Her intentions are pure. Her actions transparent and she is always subject to scrutiny. She is almost always held to a higher standard than any other nation or people on this earth.
08:50 Feb 19, 2011 PST
The Worst Enemy of a Jew Will Always Be Another Jew
This was apparently necessary because the subject has grown to such aggressive proportions, Jews, who never had the capacity to get along anyway, are actually threatening the very health and welfare of the Jewish State.
15:05 Feb 18, 2011 PST
Middle East Calls 'Change' as Democracy
There is a beacon of light in the Middle East, touted as 'the only Democracy in the Middle East,' Israel. But even in Israel there was almost a general strike due to the rapidly rising costs of water, gasoline and food. The Government was on the v
06:16 Feb 15, 2011 PST
Code of Honor: How Dare You, Mr. President?
There is much we have to learn from President Mubarak's behavior and from our own President on how not to behave.
12:00 Feb 14, 2011 PST
It's Time for Israel to Grow Up
Okay, Israel, get out there! You have a great opportunity to forge new bonds because the United States is no longer the A-lister on the playground.
08:08 Feb 13, 2011 PST
Why Do They Hate Israel So Much?
Do they really hate Israel that much? Is Israel that bad that she must be punished, obliterated, erased from the map and replaced with a country where all its citizens are a Muslim entity? Or do they not see the consequences of their actions and the
06:45 Feb 11, 2011 PST
Demolitions of Palestinian Homes Resonate So Well Within Anti- Israel Community
Since 1967 and the beginning of the Occupation, now in its 40th year, the Israeli government has demolished over 18,000 houses belonging to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem.
09:48 Feb 9, 2011 PST
America is Not Doing Enough to Help Egypt
Simply fascinating: The USA is not doing enough to help the Egyptians rid themselves of a tyrant, while the Iranian parliament expressed its support for 'the Egyptian nation's uprising and movement against tyranny.'
13:36 Feb 5, 2011 PST
Stockpiles of Missiles Ready to Launch Against Israel
Why worry about stockpiles of missiles when many of those serving in the Israel Defense Forces today are yarmulke-wearing religious fanatics? Most of them are from the 'Occupied West Bank,' and they have too many children anyway.
10:33 Feb 5, 2011 PST
Democracy is Incompatible With The Middle East
The Egyptian Revolt is not a cry for democracy, nor will one be tolerated or allowed to thrive in Egypt as it evolves. Have we not learned the lesson from Iraq, which was an oppressive regime under Saddam Hussein?
15:05 Feb 2, 2011 PST
Superficial Friends Turn Their Backs on Egypt
Talk about friends in time of need. Everyone already seems to be eulogizing President Mubarak's rule. Exactly at a time that encouragement and support are needed most, everyone seems to have disappeared.
17:51 Jan 31, 2011 PST
Israel Needs to Stand With Egypt
It is now Israel's turn - and deep responsibility - to stand with Mubarak, and extend whatever help is necessary-officially and behind the scenes.
07:22 Jan 29, 2011 PST
War of Biblical Proportions
If the Bible is just a later-era (circa 16th Century) creation, and there were no 'Jews' in the Land of Israel, then the Christians blaming the Jews for the murder of Jesus Christ is not justified - the anger should be directed at the local inhabi
11:00 Jan 26, 2011 PST
A Room Full of People
It was an activity planned by an organization to which they all (or most) belong. Officially, some are 'Board Members' (which primarily means they donate a certain amount of money each year to the organization) and others were 'invited guests.'
06:44 Jan 25, 2011 PST
Report Proves Israel Guilty of Serious Violations of Human Rights
Since its publication, the Report garnered cult following of Israel Deniers and Israel haters, thus ensuring continuous flare of activity and longevity. In short, the Report served a purpose and continues to do so. It is the sound of the gavel of a
07:23 Jan 24, 2011 PST
Never Fail to Miss an Oppurtunity
Israel must learn from her own military war doctrine: The best defense is a good offense. Sitting idly by and doing nothing is tantamount to handing your defeat into the your enemy's hands.
08:52 Jan 19, 2011 PST
Who Finances The Left NGOs to Undermine Israel?
The essence of the demand to investigate the financing of the activities of the Left Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) is the claim that money is channeled from foreign governments and other foreign entities that are opposed to Israel's very exis
06:44 Jan 18, 2011 PST
Israel is Good for The Palestinians
Israel is good for the Palestinians. It supplies them electricity. It fulfills any order of the Palestinian Authority as a conduit into Gaza.
14:14 Jan 14, 2011 PST
Palestine Strives to Be Recognized as a Free State
In response to the new free, independent Palestine, Israel must annex Judea and Samaria. If the former is ludicrous, the latter is long overdue and much more reasonable. To then achieve peace, or for it to be negotiated in earnest, there would be va
05:12 Jan 10, 2011 PST
Anticipating a Baby
A woman in labor is on a hospital bed, surrounded by teams of doctors and nurses. Outside, the hospital is overtaken by family members and pre-screened well-wishers.
07:27 Dec 31, 2010 PST
Jews Seem to Be Involved in Intergalactic Interventions That Alter Human History
Checking out the worldly issues confronting us as we move ahead into the New Year seems rather mundane and repetitive. What must one do to inspire readers to stand and take note?
11:53 Dec 30, 2010 PST
Dreaming Israel in America
Two Israeli Vice Prime Ministers visited Los Angeles recently. Two very high-ranking Israeli officials, one was here to give a talk, the other as a guest of honor in an annual fundraising event.
10:37 Dec 15, 2010 PST
100 Year Old Baal Torah Attends Synagogue Religiously
He started his life in America as an expert tailor. He raised a family and became a Baal Torah, an expert in the Jewish Books of Wisdom. He taught many boys for their Bar Mitzvah.
08:07 Dec 15, 2010 PST
'Delegitimization' Denies The Right of Israel to Exist as a Jewish Nation
In Israel 'Delegitimization' became a magic word. It seems all the ills of the world are directed at 'delegitimizing Israel.' Her enemies though do not use the word. They act and undermine the very existence of the Jewish nation.
10:36 Dec 13, 2010 PST
ACLU Loses Sight to Protect The Freedom of Speech for All Americans
Where was the ACLU who loudly defended the Nazis, the rights of a child in Maryland to refuse to stand and salute the American flag or to recite the pledge of allegiance? Silence.
07:16 Dec 13, 2010 PST
Arab Film Festival: Israelis, Haters of Israel
A two-day Arab Film Festival was held recently at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. The event was part of a yearlong program of USC's Arts and Humanities Initiative called Visions and Voices.
17:06 Dec 10, 2010 PST
Four Members of The House Urge for Clemency and Say 'Let Pollard Go!'
Something about Jonathan Pollard and Israel made many angry in Washington. So angry in fact that the mere idea of a gesture of good will is taboo. It is disallowed even to be raised in discussion in the appropriate circles. This environment has not
13:59 Dec 6, 2010 PST
President Obama Tries to Divert Our Attention from Empty Promises
Unemployment has hit one of every few people. As the holidays near, everyone's attention will have to be diverted to avert a rebellion at home. Empty promises and fading hope and glory are not enough when people are hungry or unable to pay rent. A
13:09 Dec 6, 2010 PST
Israel Lack Media Coverage as It Calls for Help
I am always astounded by the lack of value placed on a Jewish life. The fires raging in Israel are once again a reminder of the wholesale insignificance of Jewish blood in the global economy.
10:41 Dec 6, 2010 PST
Israel Defense Forces Continues Its Rescue and Security Efforts in Carmel
Firefighter delegations from Bulgaria and Greece teamed up with the Israeli emergency forces operating in the disaster area. The IDF Home Front Command coordinated the integration of the various teams and took care of the foreign firefighters' hous
08:09 Dec 5, 2010 PST
A Fire Maelstrom: A National Day of Mourning
It is not clear at this stage if the fire storm raging in the Carmel Mountains in Israel was deliberately set as an act of terrorism or not.
09:42 Dec 3, 2010 PST
Israel Tries to Enlist Hollywood in Its Propaganda War
The truth is finally revealed for the world to hear and see. Israel's Government is engaged in propaganda of the most rudimentary form.
04:39 Dec 3, 2010 PST
Elected Officials are Not Exempted From The Reality Card of Pat-Downs
It is time to subject our elected officials and the Administration to the very same treatment we receive. Electing them was not an exemption-from-reality card. Maybe then those at the helm will understand how futile their efforts are. In the meantim
10:44 Dec 2, 2010 PST
Arabs Feels At Home in Israel
Arabs feel at home in Israel. The Jewish state is their home. They are no different from any other citizen.But, they are actively engaged in fighting the state.
06:56 Nov 29, 2010 PST
Thanksgiving Makes Me Ponder of The Things that Make Our Life Meaningful
On Thanksgiving Day 2010, I received many cards. People thanking family and friends, a few going as far as recognizing the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.
06:09 Nov 28, 2010 PST
Branding Israel
If change in the perception of Israel is to occur, Israel must start dealing with the root cause and not ignore it. Superficial remedies will fail. The problem will grow until it explodes.
05:23 Nov 27, 2010 PST
Hardboiled Eggs: How to boil eggs?
Several years ago I was in Tel Aviv when a bomb went off at a farmers market where, decades earlier, I used to shop every Friday afternoon. I felt compelled to visit the scene.
13:52 Nov 24, 2010 PST
In a War, One Must Fight to Survive
Israel thus finds herself attacked on multiple fronts. She must rise, gather her last drops of strength and attack. Beaten, bloodied and fatigued from treatment, there she lies, and she does not yet fight back.
05:42 Nov 24, 2010 PST
Gone in a Snap - Will Israel be Saved?
We are told to trust God, that everything will be OK. We will do what we want, behave any way we see fit, expect no consequence for our actions and everything will be forgiven, forgotten, passed over and ignored.
09:02 Oct 13, 2010 PST
Israel's Audacity of Being
To watch Israel, though, is a terrifying experience. Our body aches and yet we cannot make her understand her ways are at fault. It is like watching an anorexic son or daughter struggling to stay afloat.
12:26 Oct 4, 2010 PST
A Call to Secretary Clinton: 'The Elusive Peace'
A funny thing happened to me this morning as I was walking past Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. I noticed the US Flag waving on a 60' tall pole with the State of California Flag above.
10:25 Sep 17, 2010 PST
What are you saying? Ifs, Ands and Buts
The BUT comes from within our own ranks, American Jews, Israeli Jews, those who love Israel and would do everything for it ('still, it is legitimate to criticize the State, Israel is not exempt from criticism').
09:17 Sep 13, 2010 PST
For True Peace, ALL Parties Must Want It
Liberman holds such sufficient pressure on the Prime Minister, due to the number of mandates he controls, that one must hope he is currently practicing his 'Arabic.'
09:43 Sep 5, 2010 PST
The Wednesday Ritual
May the four slain innocent souls so abruptly departed from among us now guide our steps as we battle to save the Jewish State along with the Western World and the rest of humanity as well.
08:40 Sep 4, 2010 PST
Israel's Bill of Rights
Israelis have so many rights that I almost envy this tiny democracy along the Eastern shores of the Mediterranean. She is only 63 year old and yet her people have amassed so many rights in such a short period of time.
08:31 Sep 1, 2010 PST
Why Systems Crumple?
We were going out to dinner in Tel Aviv, where there are thousands of restaurants catering to every taste and pocketbook. Living the moment has its benefits - midweek, eleven o'clock at night and all the restaurants are full.
12:03 Aug 28, 2010 PST
The World is Rosy, Label Your Objectors 'Right Wing Extremists'
Iran activates a nuclear reactor with Russia's help. The USA is engaging in a new silent diplomacy to appease those who are worried: 'We still have another year.'
09:37 Aug 21, 2010 PST
Let's Attack Iran / Diversionary Tactics
The matter refuses to die down. On the contrary, each day brings about a new twist or turn. There is an on-going police investigation, consultants' testimonies verified by lie detectors, etc. The party is at its peak.
08:56 Aug 18, 2010 PST
Ramadan: A Month of 'Blessings'
Redheaded Eisav (Esau), the elder, and Jacob who was born holding the heel of Eisav, were born when Isaac was 60. Jacob was his mother's favorite while Eisav, the man of hunting and the outdoors, was his father's.
16:22 Aug 17, 2010 PST
Influencing Public Opinion
I am reminded of many elections ago in the city where I grew up. It is a small, yet most powerful city, and the then-mayor was running for re-election to the City Council (mayorship is done by rotation between the five councilmembers).
10:45 Aug 16, 2010 PST
The Blame Game
The Commission headed by Israeli Judge Tirkel consists of seven members, of whom two are foreign observers with full access to all (including classified) materials.
11:10 Aug 15, 2010 PST
The Druze Minority in Israel
Why do I care so much about Israel? Why write constantly about different aspects of the Jewish State, a modern country in its 63rd year of existence, a country with a 3,000-year history?
17:15 Aug 8, 2010 PST
Many Israelis Angry About Political Disloyalty
Ramon allegedly said he is acting on behalf of President Peres and others, and the PA should reject any offer by the current government because his party, Kadima, will give the PA much more once they return to power.
12:10 Aug 7, 2010 PST
The Failure of Long Range Planning
As the attacks from Lebanon were playing out this week, Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and Head of Opposition (former Foreign Minister) Livni were keynote speakers at the 4th annual Medical Convention in Jerusalem.
08:39 Aug 7, 2010 PST
Dishonesty: Good Ethics Make Good Politicians
There is something wrong when elected officials who receive very nice salaries, wonderful pensions and enviable working conditions (from free phone calls to computers to staff and office etc. etc. etc. as the list is very long indeed), ask for money
08:20 Aug 6, 2010 PST
Singular Incidents Must Not Be Allowed to Escalate
On Friday, the 30th of July, a Grad rocket fired at Ashkelon, a city of 125,000 about six miles from Gaza, resulting in property damage but no casualties.
14:23 Aug 3, 2010 PST
Israel Cannot Win the PR War Without A Paradigm Shift
For Israel to be successful in her efforts, she must play on the same field as her enemies. Short of that happening, the outcome is fixed: Israel's PR attempts will continue to fail.
08:28 Aug 3, 2010 PST
A Day of Unbearable Heat in Jerusalem
In Jerusalem everything stood still, as if the heat sat on the ground as the sun boiled from above. I exited a meeting, saw a mirage and escaped to a sanctuary.
13:07 Aug 2, 2010 PST
The Occupied Middle East
There is something wrong in the Middle East. A tiny Jewish presence continues to anger her neighbors and her existence drives the whole world mad.
08:18 Aug 1, 2010 PST
Tel Aviv - Israel's 'Other' Capital
The second capital of Israel is Tel Aviv. For diplomats, Jerusalem is not recognized as Israel's capital, or they would be stationed there. The USA State Department lists Jerusalem without a country affiliation, alone among all nations.
11:17 Jul 30, 2010 PST
Iraqi Hospitality and Exquisite Culinary Treats
More recently, my cousin married an Israeli of Iraqi origin. That exposed us to a wondrous world of new discoveries, from habits to customs, enveloping love, to a culinary experience unlike any other.
12:48 Jul 29, 2010 PST
Gaza - Goldstone Aftermath ('Shoot to Kill')
Recently, Israel seems to be engaging in negative sum games: A 'humanitarian' flotilla (the Turkish Terrorist Flotilla of Lies) is arranged to end the blockade and siege on Gaza put in place four years ago.
06:12 Jul 29, 2010 PST
The Absurdity of Existence
Midday on Friday, the country closes down for the Shabbat. In Tel Aviv, young people converge on a bar. Once inside darkness engulfs young men and women with balloons flying overhead.
09:19 Jul 25, 2010 PST
Debunking a Myth
Unconvinced, she tried time and again to trip me up. Finally she pronounced with certainty: 'You work for the Mossad!' (Israeli Intelligence Services).
11:21 Jul 21, 2010 PST
The Jewish Temple in Present Day, Outside the Walls of the Temple
Some believe the Jewish Temple still exists, but is invisible to the ordinary person. Part of the belief is that it ascended to heaven and will reemerge when the Messiah arrives.
16:15 Jul 20, 2010 PST
Holy Wars: Al Aqsa Mosque on Temple Mount
A Wall, that is all that separates two titans from a clash of civilizations, a 7th Century Islam against a 21st Century Judaism. Two monotheistic religions, both claiming to be derived from the same Patriarch Abraham and to be able to co-exist, find
14:19 Jul 20, 2010 PST
Israel's Idiots and Patriots
The bus driver did not expect his comment to his passengers would end up as the title of my first article from Israel this hot summer day in the year 2010.
13:22 Jul 16, 2010 PST
Israel's New Clowns
Others, throughout Europe and elsewhere, have seen the clip. A group of Israeli soldiers break formation while patrolling in a deserted street in Hebron, start dancing 'Tuk Tuk' ('Wake up in the Morning') and then regroup into their former serio
10:24 Jul 14, 2010 PST
Timing is Everything
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles by the urging of the Israeli Consulate General in Los Angeles held a rally to support Israel.
11:02 Jul 4, 2010 PST
The Last Game
Our ancestors took nothing for granted, as we do today. There are three pivotal moments I remember feeling we are all really not that different from one another.
11:55 Jun 23, 2010 PST
Two Approaches to Israel's Public Diplomacy
As the news of the Flotilla started its advance through the world, very little information was coming from Israel. It was in the late evening hours of Sunday, May 30th, and Monday was Memorial Day Holiday in the United States. The Flotilla left on i
11:20 Jun 17, 2010 PST
Self-Hating Jews (Delegitimization from Within)
Where does 'Delegitimization' begin? The process stems from within Israel proper and from amidst the Jewish communities in the Diaspora, predominantly the American Jewry. It has already passed the point of no return.
07:22 Jun 17, 2010 PST
Israel's Capitulation
Israel is a sovereign country with means at her disposal, such as intelligence gathering. Irrespective of where the finger may be pointed, it was Israel's responsibility to ensure her people had the correct directive.
09:26 Jun 16, 2010 PST
I am a Foot Soldier
Like me there are numerous other foot soldiers on Israel's Public Diplomacy front, able and willing to serve, and doing what we can against all odds.
06:24 Jun 15, 2010 PST
'Repent Now' Off the Table?
As long as I saw those signs I took heart that if there was some serious repenting to do, it would certainly take a great deal of time to accomplish, so the end couldn't really be that near.
12:26 Jun 11, 2010 PST
The Sacrifice of Israel
The Jews are called to sacrifice their State, Israel, on the altar of the 'Two State Solution' as an offering to the Palestinians who want nothing but their destruction.
14:59 Jun 9, 2010 PST
Loss of Human Life
'It's a very upsetting situation, but I do wish other actions had been possible, not resulting in loss of life. Israel is very vulnerable and it's frightening.' A reader's comment to our Postcards
08:16 Jun 7, 2010 PST
Fight, Israel, Regroup and Fight!
In face of the Flotilla of Lies that has unleashed a wave of hatred toward the Jewish State the likes of which we have not seen in recent decades...
14:44 Jun 5, 2010 PST
Who Would Stand by Israel?
Who will stand for Israel? Who, alone, still carries the flame of humanity, a sliver of sanity, a goodness of heart and the courage of the soul to save Israel?
09:22 Jun 5, 2010 PST
Israel Under Attack
I am reminded of that early Tuesday morning when the United States of America was under attack. Many it seems have forgotten.
16:16 Jun 2, 2010 PST
Israel's Aggressive Stance Against Activists
No one is immune when we allow terror to hit Israel.
09:41 Jun 1, 2010 PST
Flotilla Participants Organized A Well-Thought Plan
At Ten PM Pacific Standard Time the news started coming in. First it was two dead, then 16 later 20. Bloomberg reports 'Israeli Forces Clash With Gaza-bound Ships; Reports of 10 Dead.'
17:36 May 31, 2010 PST
A Well-Coordinated Attack
Netanyahu continued talking about standing together: A Jew is a Jew wherever he is, he said, and we all stand with Israel and her leaders at the time, united, as one.
12:47 May 31, 2010 PST
The Water Ambassadors - Photography and Israel
Water is intrinsically intertwined in Israel's history, from parting the sea to allowing the escape from tyranny and slavery to the days the Israelites were wondering the desert and yet all their needs were met.
12:57 May 22, 2010 PST
How Can One Rejoice?
When do people learn, and how long is a lesson retained? We comprehend a situation far greater when we are directly affected.
07:44 May 11, 2010 PST
The Impending War
The approaching day of reckoning is upon us; the build-up is almost complete. Following, there will be peace that will last many generations. To achieve such peace however, a fatal blow must be dealt.
06:14 May 8, 2010 PST
The Last Question We Ever Ask?
Inflammatory rhetoric precedes bloodshed. Never in history has a war been avoided through words. Ultimately a die is cast, and speech must surrender to armed conflict. Only after the despots are defeated, can reason prevail.
06:21 Apr 29, 2010 PST
Jewish Congressmen: Two Opposing Points of View?
Israel and the Jewish People are challenged to the very core of existence and being accused of crimes they have never committed.
14:45 Apr 21, 2010 PST
Stand and Speak Out
More and more often we hear of UK- or US-born and bred who turned against their country, often in the name of Islam against the Western Devil. Many of today's most dangerous terrorists are indeed the products of our own societies.
07:36 Apr 21, 2010 PST
The Angel of Faith
On the West side of Los Angeles statues of men are spread at various intersections. One on San Vicente, another on Burton Way, yet another near the Natural History Page Museum.
08:35 Apr 4, 2010 PST
Dear Mr. President
This week the leaders of the American Satan and its Jewish cohort are scheduled to meet in the Devil's capital where 7,000 Jews from all over the United States are gathered for the annual Jewish lobby conference.
12:28 Mar 25, 2010 PST
Condemnation and Reviling
The President, in a public debate, reminded Senator McCain that the election period is over. That was then, and any promises we made belong to that era, he said.
13:10 Mar 21, 2010 PST
'So Let it be Written; So Let it be Done!'
When Walters replayed a moment with Spielberg and his mother, all bets were off. She asked why he'd made *Schindler's List*. His answer, 'I did it for my Mother.
15:28 Mar 12, 2010 PST
Armageddon: The Ultimate Showdown
Evil never ceases to amaze me. Each moment as man progresses toward the demise of planet earth, he manages to regress by centuries.
06:39 Mar 7, 2010 PST
The Next War
The signs are there, the occurrence fixed only the actual dates are unknown. Given a shock like the American usage of nuclear bombs in World War II, the war may be short, as was the Six Day War in 1967.
08:21 Mar 5, 2010 PST
Strange Bunch, These Jewish People
Much has been written and spoken lately about an egregious anti-Semitic document called the Goldstone Report alleging Israel of misdeeds. We were anxious to learn the truth from someone who is in the fray daily and literally on the front lines of ba
11:42 Mar 2, 2010 PST
Ajami is Good for The Jews
Ask an Israeli Arab, a minority with equal rights in the Jewish State, if she or he would prefer to live in Israel or in any Arab state, and the overwhelming answer be a resounding YES, Israel.
05:38 Feb 24, 2010 PST
Once They Burned Books
It was many years ago in a different part of the world books were burned. Treatises on philosophy, history, culture, the arts, sciences and medicine were carefully determined inappropriate and dangerous.
18:41 Feb 21, 2010 PST
Coming Soon to a University Near You
On Monday night, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon was invited by the Oxford Union to speak at an event at the university.
16:33 Feb 16, 2010 PST
Indicators of Our Time
For those who are not following the price of a barrel of oil this year, it has crept up above $80. There is direct correlation between the price of oil and the major economic indicators.
17:57 Jan 12, 2010 PST
The Magic of Remembering
I live at the center of it all. Hollywood, for those who do not know, is just a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Hollywood Boulevard, until a few years ago when it was cleaned up, was a center of prostitution, drug addicts and other forms of decay.
06:47 Jan 12, 2010 PST

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