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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.


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?

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.

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.
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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
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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.

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

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

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.

The Jewish Temple in Present Day, Outside the Walls of the...

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.

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

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.
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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

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.

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

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.
Haifa, Israel. Image by Svetlana Klaise from Pixabay

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.

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...

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.

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.'
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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.