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After a regrettable absence, due to a technical difficulty, we are back online.
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Israel Independence Day number #71

Israel 71 years old, 3,000 years young

On 14 May 1948, the day before the expiration of the British Mandate, David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, declared “the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the State of Israel.”

U.S. President Harry S. Truman recognised the new nation on the same day. Continue reading

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1,200 cameras – HOW?

The hidden camera scandal

How could the Likud install one thousand two hundred hidden cameras in polling booths?

Like a successful magic trick one has to puzzle at how they carried it off. With that sort of efficiency surely the new government will be able to fix the trains and the hospitals? Continue reading

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Pesach greetings and trivia

Five Minutes for Israel
wishes all its readers who celebrate it
“a kosher and joyous Passover”

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Musing about wars, elections and whatever Pt I

Left Right out?

In the more than 37 years since I made aliyah I have not felt more depressed before a national election as I am today. Continue reading

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Purim (and Nowruz) Sameach

Everyone links Christmas and Hanukkah but has anyone noticed that this year Purim and Nowruz, the Persian New Year, fall together? It seems Iran and Israel are stuck with each other. Continue reading

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Election Prophesy for Beginners

‘The World in 2019’ tells us what to expect

Normally I read the The Economist The World in 2109 towards the end of the year. I wait until December to match prediction with actuality but I was waiting to have my car washed so I took the opportunity.

Has Israel dropped off the Economist’s radar? There was very little and what there was mostly on the upcoming elections, advanced half a year from scheduled date.  I guess the crystal ball was a little blurry from the London fog.
That was in November 2018. In March 2019 things look different

  1. Is name calling professional journalism? Yisrael Katz and Gideon Sa’ar are experienced members of Knesset and former or current ministers. Brushing-off either as hacks at least requires some evidence.
  2. Defeat by Labor? Chalk that up to wishful thinking. Opinion polls in Israel (indeed, everywhere, ask Hilary Clinton,) are notoriously unreliable but the latest show Labor as winning only seven (7) seats down from the eighteen (18) they now hold.
  3. Takeover by Moshe Kahlon or Naftali Bennett is equally unlikely. Kulanu (Kahlon) is dangerously close to missing out on the Knesset and the New Right (Bennett) is safer polling at six (6) seat but hardly a threat.
  4. Possibly no one could have prophesied the rise of Blue & White under political newcomer, former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, current MK Yair Lapid, former Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon with a third former Chief of Staff Ashkenazi tagging along but isn’t that what The World in 2019 does, prophesy?
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Israel’s New Generation? Who knew the News?

9 News Australia’s Amelia Adams parachutes in

We wonder if Nine News Australia will have the grace to admit that the Israel’s New Generation review of the upcoming Israeli elections by their UK correspondent was way off-beam? Continue reading

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Introducing France 24 Watch

France 24Why watch France 24?

France 24 (pronounced “France vingt-quatre”) the wholly state-owned international news and current affairs television network broadcasts in French, English, Arabic, and Spanish via satellite and cable operators around the world and apps for mobile phones. It aims to compete with leading English-language international news channels BBC World News and CNN International. With a €100 million budget each year it certainly has a shot.

It occurred to me that although France 24 (and occasionally other French media in English) generally don’t show the degree of nastiness and anti Israel advocacy of the BBC, the Guardian or the New York Times it would be a public service to keep an occasional eye on their Israel reporting. Continue reading

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Truly spooky!


Arafat Irfaiya, Palestinian suspect in brutal rape, murder of teen Ori Ansbacher will probably spend years in prison. The Palestinian Authority will pay him a healthy salary while inside as a nationalist fighter.

Look at the Arafat Irfaiya and Anthony Perkins in his signature Norman Bates role together. It is as if the real killer of a random 19-year-old woman was practising the pose for his 15 minutes of fame. Murderer, terrorist or psycho?

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