Yo Ho Ho

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Israel advocates know that we have many Christian friends.

To those friends who celebrate it we wish you a very merry Christmas.Christmascard-2015 Continue reading

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Scotland the Brave

star-scotlandAnd now for a change of pace

It’s only taken more than 300 years but the approximately 6,400 Jews of Scotland, finally have their own registered tartan.  Continue reading

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Happy Hannuka 5776

star-hannuka-2015_150Hannuka wishes

Five Minutes for Israel wishes all our readers who celebrate it a happy Hannuka.

Chag Hannuka Sameach.
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Open Letter to Julie Bishop

UNRWA is the problem not the solution

To the Honourable Julie Bishop MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Deputy Leader of the Australian Liberal Party

Dear Minister,

When Pierre Krähenbühl, UNRWA Commissioner General came around begging did you throw him out of your office? You should have. UNRWA is part of the problem and not part of the solution. Continue reading

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OMG I agree with Corbyn

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In the same sense that a broken clock gives the correct time once every twelve hours I find myself, much to my amazement, agreeing with Jeremy Corbyn. Britain probably shouldn’t bomb Syria. Continue reading

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Yes, in my name

Palestinian dichotomyTime for Muslims to own their problem

What do the Paris, Kenya, Nigeria, Lebanon that Russian plane crash in Sinai and, yes, Israel attacks have in common? Answers on the back of an envelope, if you still use that technology. Continue reading

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Something Missing?

star-Paris_150Left off the map

Why don’t we see #IamGarissa or#LesuisBaga?

I’ll leave to you to figure which small countries suffering terrorist attacks don’t earn a place on the globe. Continue reading

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Peace for Paris

star-ParisWe lose nothing by showing empathy

Five Minutes for Israel stands in solidarity with the people of Paris who did nothing to deserve this this terrorism.

I have noticed a good deal of Schadenfreude – pleasure at others’ misfortunes, in the social media and suggestions that because of France’s alleged hypocrisy when dealing with Israel we should withhold our support following Friday night’s Paris attacks.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is right. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.

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Democracy and Rabin

star-Rabin_150Part III in the 20 yrs from Rabin series

The keyword in the twenty year commemoration of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination was democracy.

I get it. Assassination has no place to play in the liberal democracy that Israel aspires to. The problem is that not one of the speakers could admit how much Oslo was an assault on that same democracy.

Isn’t the lesson of Rabin’s legacy that we will never again hold secret talks designed to bypass the checks and balances that parliamentary democracy gives us?

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Nazi style

star-Rabin_150Part II in the 20 yrs from Rabin series

Yitzhak Rabin z”l was no Nazi and a picture of his head pasted (this was before PhotoShop® became an amateur tool) on a Nazi uniform didn’t kill him.

SPOILER Photographs of politicians dress as Nazis. Continue reading

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