July 31, 2015 by Michael Kuttner
First published in jWire
Reverberations from the misconceived and much touted Vienna agreement continue to rumble forth on a daily basis... writes Michael Kuttner.
Just as defenders of the calamitous Munich agreement frantically pulled out all stops to justify it and incidentally with the aid of most of the newspapers of the day denigrated all those who warned of its toxic consequences, so today, the same methods are being employed to sell an odiously flawed piece of paper.
A parade of US administration officials from the President down, are testifying that this agreement is the best thing since sliced bread and that rejection by Congress &the Senate will be a calamity of epic proportions. These declarations remind me of the frenetic expressions of support that issued forth when Neville Chamberlain arrived back from Munich. Reading through an analysis of what transpired then, I was struck by the eerie similarities to today’s situation.
According to historical scholars, Chamberlain's supporters settled for hope over other credible options. British foreign policy at the time was predicated in favor of allowing Germany ...
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Your editorial (17 July) describes the recent nuclear deal as a triumph for Iran and the US.
Well, certainly for Iran. In exchange for a few promises, Iran will now be given effectively a free hand in the Middle East, while Obama’s US continues its withdrawal into isolationism. It may be that Iran will use its new clout peacefully and constructively, but no commentators other than your leader-writer are betting on it. The fact that the only regional leader strongly in favour is Syria's Bashar Assad should sound a clear warning that this is not about justice, peace and stability in the Middle East.
While Israel predictably opposes the deal, which undeniably poses a potential security threat, others expressing concern are more likely targets for a nuclear Iran. Saudi Arabia, as Iran’s regional and religious rival, might be well-advised to start its own nuclear research programme - for peaceful purposes, of course - or buy in the technology from, say, Pakistan.
Perish the thought, but a nuclear Saudi Arabia - and perhaps Turkey and Egypt - might be the best deterrent to Iran's regional adventurism.
George Deek is a Christian Arab whose family fled to Lebanon in 1948 but returned to the Jewish State. George is an Israeli diplomat and an amazing speaker.
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From our roof, to your table.
Several Tel Aviv restaurants are serving very fresh, locally-sourced vegetables. In fact they are grown on the roof of the nearby Dizengoff Center.
Maccabi games in Berlin.
70 years after the Holocaust, a record 2300 Jewish athletes from Israel and all over the world gathered for the Maccabi Games, known as the ‘Jewish Olympics’ in Berlin, at the site where Hitler opened the 1936 ‘Nazi Games’, which barred Jewish participants.
Israeli vets save Samuni the lion.
The lion story that didn’t make international headlines this week is that Israeli veterinarian surgeons removed a tumor from the stomach of Sumani – an 8-year-old lion at Ramat Gan safari. More
Israeli Christian group publishes anti-BDS guide
(JNS.org) The Christian Empowerment Council, an Israeli Christian group headed by Father Gabriel Naddaf, has released a new guide to help Christians better understand the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Israelis in Dubai: Sharing Expertise in Medical Emergency First Response
It's not every day that an Israeli enters Dubai. Yet, as Israeli technology and innovations are catching international attention, Israeli's premier emergency medical response team traveled to Dubai last week to participate in a first-ever conference on how to improve medical and emergency care around the world. Organized by MUrgency, the conference brought together global leaders in emergency medicine to share best practices and implement strategies in an aim to cut ambulance response times and advance emergency first response tactics. ...
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Israeli bumblebees fly 'first-class' to Japan
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Your favourite new shoe in a click
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1000 Parasols shade a Jerusalem street
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Israeli facility to turn plastic waste into fuel
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IDF Designates Reserves Company to Provide Medical Care to Palestinians
By Anav Silverman - Tazpit News Agency.
An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reserves company has recently been designated to exclusively provide humanitarian care and medical assistance to Palestinians. The particular company is comprised of medics, nurses and doctors who are trained to provide quality medical care and are able to function like a civilian hospital staff thanks to advanced and equipment and training.
Captain (Res.) Dr. Yishai Lev, the deputy commander of the company explained that the idea for the unit came from IDF soldiers themselves. “The idea of adapting the unit actually came from our soldiers who recognized the need for it in the field,” explained Captain Dr. Lev.... Read more
Jerusalem Biking festival combines Sports & Fun
Biking up and down across
Jerusalem's hills, while enjoying the iconic walls of the old city and the many
green parks is a unique experience. This year, over 5,000 bikers took part in the
Tour Jerusalem annual biking event, which is being held for the third consecutive year.
No-stitch corneal transplants
Groundbreaking fiber-optic laser system
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Rainbow Coral Found Deep in the Red Sea May Be Key to Fighting Cancer
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Meet Israel's first ever Arab female bus driver
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Fedila, a 44-year-old mother of four, has been a public bus driver for three years now and is paving the way for other young Arab women. More
“Unveiled” - A Dialog with Dr. Qanta Ahmed
guests, members of the Technion Board of Governors, faculty, and students gathered
in a packed auditorium in the Henry and Marilyn Taub and Family Science and
Technology Center, at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology on Sunday, June
14. They came to listen to a one-on-one dialogue with Technion President, Prof.
Peretz Lavie, and special guest – 2015 Technion Honorary Fellow, Dr. Qanta Ahmed.
Making Sesame Seeds a Growth Area in Global Food Production
Kaye Innovation Award for recognizing ancient crop's value to a hungry planetbr
Many people think of sesame seeds as a topping on hamburger buns at profitable
global fast-food chains. But in fact the crop has traditionally been unprofitable
and difficult to harvest because it produces a low yield. A high percentage of
sesame seeds grown are not suitable for human consumption.
MUV Interactive: Turn your world into a touchscreen
New Israel-to-Boston flights will be a boon for local tech sector
entrepreneur Udi Mokady has been lobbying for a direct flight from Boston to Israel
since 2001, when he opened the Newton headquarters of his IT security firm, CyberArk
Vietnam expects 2 billion USD trade in 2015 with Israel
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higher in the following years, said Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s
Commission for Economic Affairs Vuong Dinh Hue.
Israel ended its driest year on record with a
water surplus. Lessons from a desert nation on how to get more out of the spigot.
... “The Israelis are turning seawater into tap water, pioneering new types of
irrigation, and reusing wastewater at the highest rate of any country in the world.
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Behind the Scenes of the Israeli Opera Festival at Masada
From News in NZ +
McCully pushes for Palestine-Israel peace process
Friday Jun 5, 2015
By Kate Shuttleworth
New Zealand foreign minister Murray McCully arrived in the Middle East in a push to get Israeli and Palestinian leadership back to the negotiation table.
While at a function at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem and asked by the New Zealand Herald how soon peace talks could resume Mr McCully said: “my first preference would be tomorrow morning”. ..
An ANZAC message from Australia's ambassador to Israel
April 21, 2014
by Michael Kuttner It is obvious that Dave Sharma enjoys his ambassadorial duties in a country which in his words is so diverse and dynamic. He never ceases to be amazed by the vitality and variety of experiences which makes Israel such a leader in so many fields of endeavor.
.. Download a pdf
A Yossele in trouble
April 21, 2014
by Michael Kuttner
We call them Joeys but perhaps Israelis may refer them to as Yosseles…either way one found himself in trouble in Ramat Gan.
Keren Or of the Zoological Center Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan sends us this report: “The story is that Alex the keeper found the Red kangaroo joey on the ground, hypothermic and dirty. The joey must have fallen from its mother’s pouch during the night or early morning. Alex rushed the joey to the zoo hospital for care.”.. Download a pdf
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An ancient metanarrative for modern Jew hatred
Feb 11, 2015 By Perry Trotter's Blogg - A New Zealand photographer and composer. Perry is the creator of Shadows of Shoah, a unique multidisciplinary touring Holocaust exhibition.
Tonight we remember Europe's decisive action to purge itself once for all of the Jews, and of all that they represent. Advisedly I say Europe acted, not merely Germany....... More at The Times of Israel
An Israeli conductor collapsed and died in the middle of a
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Jan 31, 2015
Internationally renowned conductor drops dead in front of
screaming audience and musicians during a symphony in
Read More at NZ Herald
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Jan 29, 2015
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price" after missiles killed two Israeli soldiers yesterday
in an attack that raised fears of another all-out war. ...
Read More at NZ Herald
Kiwi educators at Yad Vashem
January 30, 2015
by Michael Kuttner
A group of twenty New Zealand high school teachers and educators have been attending a course on Holocaust studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Following in the footsteps of a previous group these educators spent an intensive two weeks not only learning about how to more effectively teach about the Holocaust but also seeing some of the sights.
Chris Harris, Onehunga College (Auckland), Anna Chapman Holocaust Centre of NZ (Wellington) and Mike Brady, Porirua College (wellington) Chris Harris, Onehunga College (Auckland), Anna Chapman Holocaust Centre of NZ (Wellington) and Mike Brady, Porirua College (wellington)
J-Wire's correspondent Michael Kuttner took the opportunity to talk to some of them the day before International Holocaust Remembrance commemorations were due to take place and they returned home. Read More
The item above was published online in Stuff but not on the NZ Herald web site. As at October 31 neither appeared in the printed versions of either paper. The photo and article showed about 800 homes raised on the border between Egypt and Gaza and it is intended to stop Militants crossing into Egypt. Now if it were Israel bulldozing homes.......
Palestinian: Donors wary of funding Hamas-run Gaza
Ten thousand in Australia rally in support of Israel
August 4, 2014.
SYDNEY — Ten thousand Australians rallied in support of Israel in Sydney on Sunday at a peaceful demonstration in one of the city's suburbs.
Participants at the rally waved signs saying “We stand with Israel!” and “Stop the rockets!” and chanted “Am Yisroel Chai” as they heard communal figures defend the Jewish State. ...See article at WJC
A MAORI WOMAN STANDS WITH ISRAEL
Rally in Auckland with a fine speech by Maori woman, Sheree Trotter.
Sheree Trotter is the interviewer and researcher for Shadows of Shoah. She is a Maori New Zealander. On August 10 2014 a rally was held in central Auckland, NZ, to affirm Israel's right to exist, her right to defend herself against Hamas' agression, and to respond to the worldwide surge of antisemitic expression. The event was attended by about 800 supporters. Sheree was invited to give a speech. See and hear here at Shadows of Shoah or Download transscript in pdf
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