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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.


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.
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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.'
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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
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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.
Israelis at the wailing wall. Image by Aleks Megen from Pixabay

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
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A Heavenly Promise: Thy Children Shall Come Back to Their Own...

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
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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.
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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
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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.

The Final-Final Solution

The results are nothing less than astonishing. Everything seems to be working perfectly. New miracles are suddenly created from nothing.

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.

It is Time for The Jewish Community to Stand Strong With...

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

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.

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.
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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

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.
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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
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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.

What’s Next for Japan?

Continued prayers for Japan. They have had aftershakes larger than the Northridge quake for God's sake.
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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