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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.


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

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.
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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.
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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.
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The Angel of Faith, Raoul Wallenberg

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.

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.
Haifa, Israel. Image by Svetlana Klaise from Pixabay

‘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.

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.

Mandatory Military Service Works in Israel

A rite of passage in Israel, when one turns 18, is being drafted into the military. Men serve three years and women normally serve half that long.