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Jeff Pulver – entrepreneur and investor says Israelis ‘get things done –

September 18, 2014, 6:54 pm

Tuesday evening Israelseen blogger Steve Kramer and I went to a “meet up” hosted by Jeff Pulver in Tel Aviv. It was pretty noisy from the music blasting but we still managed to talk to a few of the many young entrepreneurs who showed up in order to meet and network. Read More »

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Rachelle Frenkel Mother of Slain Israeli Teen Naftali Frenkel has a message for The New Year

This moving tribute to the Nation is a must view! Rachelle Frenkel Rachelle Frenkel Read More »

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Hamas Involved in Human Trafficking Ring – Hundreds Dead and Missing

By: Shalom Bear The Jewish Press On Sunday, one of our bloggers, JoeSettler, first reported on a human smuggling ring that helps smuggle Gazans out of Gaza and into Europe, via the Sinai and Egypt. Read More »

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Harley Zipori – Station to Station – Beer in Tel Aviv

Harley Zipori The Beer 2014 Exhibition took place this last week. It sort of snuck up on me. Previous incarnations of the Beers Exhibition took place in January at the Nokia Stadium in Tel Aviv. Read More »

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Jonathan Sacks – The Cry – All We Can Do is Cry Out

Jonathan Sacks : There’s an old and totally apocryphal story about the nineteenth century French Jewish aristocrat Baron de Rothschild, whose wife was in her bedroom with a nurse, in the last stages of delivery while he was sitting downstairs playing a game of cards with his friends. Read More »

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Dr Denis MacEoin’s letter to the Edinburgh University Students’ Association

This letter was sent to the Edinburgh University Student Association in April 2011 following their vote to boycott Israel because of its ‘apartheid’. Read More »

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Jack Cohen – Disproportion Against IS?

Question: Is the US response to the Islamic State (ISIL), announced by Pres. Obama and being carried out in bombing raids in Iraq and possibly Syria, disproportionate? What? The question has never been asked. Why not? Because no-one cares. Read More »

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Jonathan Sacks – The Future of the Past

Sunset-over-the-red-sea-coast-of-israel-the-town-of-eilat.Leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Rabbi Sacks has written a series of short thoughts to help focus our minds on the challenges and opportunities of this special time in the Jewish calendar. Jonathan Sacks It’s strange, very strange. Read More »

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This Weeks Sanity Report from Israel – Sept. 14th 2014

Highlights include: Israeli brain surgeons cured a tremor patient whilst she played her violin. Israeli doctors transplant kidney into Gaza boy who had only one blood vessel. An Israeli company has developed the world’s smallest GPS chip. Read More »

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City Kids – English Center for Young Families in Tel Aviv

Here are just some of the activities that can be found at City Kids. A wonderful environment with dedicated teachers and staff. City Kids www.tlvcitykids.co. Read More »

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A Fighter’s Best Friend: the IDF’s Dogs in Gaza

IDF’s Dogs in Gaza: Only ten days after suffering a severe injury in Gaza, Whiskey – a dog in the IDF’s Oketz unit – returned to the battlefield. He wasn’t alone. During Operation Protective Edge, several of the IDF’s canines were wounded in clashes with Hamas terrorists. Read More »

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Aliyah from India: Aviel Hangshing – the oldest Bnei Menashe to arrive in Israel

Aliyah from India By Brian Blum for Shavei. In 2002, Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund and Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Shlomo Riskin, visited the Bnei Menashe in India. Read More »

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In Heart of Tel Aviv – Baker’s – Opens its Doors

I have wanted to write about Baker’s for almost two months but the war with Hamas didn’t give me the time to share my enthusiasm and delighted surprise at such high quality baked goods. Read More »

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Michael Freund – Israel and Europe’s OCD

Michael Freund Michael Freund: For a continent beset by problems, Europe sure seems to have a strange set of priorities. The region’s economy is faltering, Russian forces are threatening the Ukraine, and the Muslim fanatics of the Islamic State (ISIS) are said to be plotting terror attacks on its soil. Read More »

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Haviv Rettig Gur – Can the Unsustainable Be Sustained?

Haviv Rettig Gur: Why do people cling so passionately to political opinions, even when a preponderance of facts suggests their views might be wrong or incomplete? To the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind (2012), the Read More »

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Naval Visit Deepens Ties Between Druze Leaders and IDF

Druze Leaders and IDF This week, Commander of the Israel Navy Vice Admiral Ram Rothberg invited Druze dignitaries to visit the IDF’s naval base in Haifa. The Druze delegation, led by its spiritual leader Sheikh Moafaq Tarif, visited the base to strengthen empower community building between the Israel Navy and the Druze community. Read More »

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Jonathan Sacks – A Nation of Storytellers

A profound commentary on our narrative as a people and nation. A must read for all. Jonathan Sacks: Howard Gardner, professor of education and psychology at Harvard University, is one of the great minds of our time. Read More »

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Louis René Beres – Undermining Justice: Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Breaches International Law

Louis René Beres: No authoritative system of law can allow or encourage accommodation between a proper national government and an unambiguously criminal organization. By definition, under pertinent rules, Hamas is an illegal organization. Read More »

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EOZ – The Children of Gaza (photos)

Thanks to Elder of Ziyon While I don’t think he was an actual fighter for Hamas, he certainly was no journalist. His Facebook page was pure Hamas propaganda. His cousin Suhaib also works at Al Aqsa TV. One of his favorite subjects for photos is children. Read More »

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Jonathan Sacks – Averting The Decree

Jonathan Sacks This year we approach the New Year with more fear and trembling than for a very long time. This summer, in Gaza, we saw Israel, at double risk of Hamas missiles and tunnels, forced into some of the most difficult choices a nation has ever had to make. Read More »

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The Lies of Ken Roth Exec. Dir. Human Rights Watch Revealed!

Human Rights Watch Revealed: Thanks to our friends and colleagues at Elder of Ziyon As I went through over 400 of Human Rights Watch’s Ken Roth’s tweets, I couldn’t help but notice that dozens of them were flat-out false, and others were knowingly deceptive – virtually always against Israel. Read More »

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Jack Cohen – By the Numbers

Jack Cohen Kiryat Shmone is in the far north of Israel near the Lebanese border and means the “City of Eight,” it is named for the eight defenders who were murdered by Arab irregulars in 1920, long before the State was established. Read More »

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Nora Gold – When Zionism Becomes a Dirty Word

Since the beginning of the Gaza war, many Jews in Israel and the Diaspora have been shocked by the virulent anti-Zionism – also known as anti-Israelism – that has exploded online. Read More »

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Yair Lapid – A Fatal Blind Spot For Sheer Evil

Yair Lapid is Israel’s finance minister and the chairman of the Yesh Aid party. The following is the text of a speech delivered Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Platform 17, Holocaust Memorial Site, Berlin H/T to Bruce Ornstein : Yair Lapid Yair Lapid Read More »

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Lawrence Fisher – Beheading is Not a Part of Islam?

Thanks to Lawrence Fisher Lawrence Fisher Is this the first beheading of a journalist? How can we forget the murder of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was executed in Pakistan in 2002. Both were working for American news outlets. Read More »

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This Weeks SANITY Report from Israel – Sept. 7, 2014

This Weeks SANITY Report from Israel Thanks once again to our friend and colleague : Michael Ordman-Good News from Israel ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Proton beam destroys tumors. Israel’s Hil Applied Medical has patented lasers that perform safer, focused radiation cancer therapy using positively charged ions (protons). Read More »

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Jonathan Sacks – Against Hate – Ki Tetzei

Jonathan Sacks First, a general point. Jews have been subjected to racism more and longer than any other nation on earth. Therefore we should be doubly careful never to be guilty of it ourselves. We believe that God created each of us, regardless of colour, class, culture or creed, in His image. Read More »

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Barry Shaw – The Dithering Commander in Chief

Barrack Hussein Obama is the example of what happens when the mightiest nation on earth elects a politician whose worldview is to naively make the world a level playing field. Barry Shaw – Israel the view from here. Read More »

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Daniella Ashkenazy – CHELM-ON-THE-MED – All or Nothing

ALL OR NOTHING Thanks to Daniella @ Chelm on the Med That’s it! Now that the First Gaza War* is over, Israel can go back to the ‘Jewish Wars’ – this time between modern Orthodox (knitted-kipa) and ultra-Orthodox (black kipa) over the ground rules for Jewish dietary laws. Read More »

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Jack Cohen – Summing Up Gaza and Whither IS ?

Jack Cohen Of course, Bibi summarized the reasons why Israel has so far won the conflict (see my blog on 28 Aug). Even though Israelis have ample reasons to be satisfied by the outcome of the fighting so far, nevertheless Bibi’s approval rating has been in serious decline during the conflict. Read More »

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Israel – Achievements and Heartwarming Stories from the Jewish State

BDS Means Boycott Everything Thanks to Michael Ordman-Good News from Israel There is some really bad news for the lunatic anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) brigade. Virtually every electronic device in the world is now produced using Israeli technology. Read More »

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Eli E. Hertz – Arbitrarily Created Countries – Myth and Facts

Fifty-one member countries – the entire League of Nations – unanimously declared on July 24, 1922: “Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country. Read More »

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