From my home in Jerusalem, I took a walk today. I passed the flowering gardens of Yemin Moshe, bright with orange and yellow blooms all along the block. I saw an Arab father helping his little boy onto the swings in Liberty Bell Gardens, and a little further down, I saw a class of forty haredi boys gathered together on the grass to have a picnic. As I passed the Great Jerusalem Synagogue, where both my son and my daughter got married, I saw a growing number of soldiers gathering by the entrance for some instruction, …
…continue reading From My Home in Jerusalem
I’m still getting lots of feedback on my last post regarding the US elections. Some people don’t think I have a right to express my opinion about the American elections because I live in Israel.
I find that kind of hilarious, considering how American Jews who aren’t citizens of Israel and who don’t pay Israel taxes, or send their sons and daughters and husbands and fathers to the Israeli army, or have to deal with Palestinian scum terrorists, never hesitate to tell us what to do.
I, on the other hand, do …
…continue reading The Country Won’t Survive Four More Years of Obama in the Guise of Hillary
Yes, I’m voting for Donald Trump. And I’m proud of it.
If anyone had told me two years ago that I’d be making that statement, I would have done a Jon Stewart eye roll and stare. What? The guy from reality TV? The “You’re fired” guy with the funny hair and New York accent? That guy?!
But things have happened in the last few years that have made me —and many pro-Israel Americans in both countries—decide that this is not only our best but our only choice.
First of all, there is …
…continue reading I’m Just Saying No to Hillary Clinton
I came upon a website called “Traditio” hosted by Medium.com – http://medium.com, founded by Evan Williams the billionaire. This site is so vile that it literally turned by stomach.
Here’s a very mild quote from this sewer of a site: “the international Jewish community which plagued Germany before Hitler and is today corrupting everything that is of positive nature.”
I complained about this hate speech to medium.com – http://medium.com and this is the answer I got:
Gerald (Medium Support)
Jul 3, 6:19 PM PDT
Sorry for the delay.
We have reviewed the account, and …
…continue reading Free Hate Speech on the Internet
It seems as if the whole world is holding its breath, waiting for some kind of resolution. Millions have uprooted themselves from their homes, willingly or unwillingly, and now are pushing to enter the homes of others all over the world. Some are seeking a better life, and some come with a hidden agenda of contempt for the homes they enter, a desire to destroy and uproot the calm, satisfied lives of people who don’t meet their moral or religious standards.
They are waiting, waiting on the sidelines, waiting to make their push, to break open …
…continue reading Will the Dikes Hold?
By the time we arrived, cars were parked all along the highway, long before the turnoff to the parade grounds where the swearing-in ceremony for new recruits was to be held.
I took out the chocolate cake I’d baked that morning, carefully balancing it in my arms; my husband hauled the plastic bag holding the drinks and paper cups. I felt virtuous. Here I was, a practiced Israeli, who knew that these events required food. But as I looked around at the people traipsing with us up the hill, I realized that once again I’d never …
…continue reading The Swearing-In Ceremony for New Recruits
It happened in March, on our silliest, most joyous holiday, Purim. Two Palestinian terrorists walked into the Jewish enclave in Hebron, took out knives and stabbed a soldier. One terrorist was killed; the second lay on the ground twitching until an Israeli soldier, initially referred to as Sergeant A and later identified as Elor Azaria, calmly shot him in the head. The controversial NGO B’Tselem, well known for its fostering of anti-Israel propaganda, filmed the incident, then uploaded it to the Internet.
It made ugly viewing.
Unsurprisingly, Israel’s critics had a field day. Based on the …
…continue reading The Shot Heard Round the World
We never met, but yesterday, you saved my life, and the lives of so many others who live in Jerusalem. You save our lives, and gave your own young life with all its promise and all the joys of life still ahead of you, all 101 years of potential. You sacrificed that.
You were only 19. In America, you’d be in your sophomore year in some happy, academic playground.
Instead, you were in Jerusalem, in the IDF, on patrol in the Border Guard unit that stands between terrorists and the residents of the holy city of …
…continue reading My Dear Hadar
Now, this is interesting. I’m going to pick ten movies I’m betting you haven’t seen yet, because there is a long list of great movies available from Netflix that I’m sure you have seen already such as: About a Boy, Black Hawk Down, There’s Something About Kevin, In the Bedroom, The Station Agent, Like Water for Chocolate, Room with a View, Rain Man, The Shining, Sophie’s Choice, Leap Year, Silver Linings Playbook, Notting Hill etc. If you haven’t seen the aforementioned, by all means, start with them, but I’m guessing you have.
Now let me convince …
…continue reading Ten Best Netflix Movies – February 2016
I was watching another one of Pat Condell’s marvelous rants on YouTube when by chance I came across this stunning video created by an ex-Muslim who grew up in the Middle East and attended Islamic schools. Her explanation of Islam left me in shock and awe. So clear. So unequivocal. It cuts through all the insane chatter, the talking heads, the politically-correct, dim-witted speech.
You HAVE TO listen to her. Only then will you truly understand what is going on in the world, the “refugees”, ISIS, Islamic faith, etc. etc. …
To see this brave …
…continue reading An Ex-Muslim’s Short and Brilliant Explanation of Islam
Some of you might have heard about the cult pretending to be devout Jews called “Lev Tahor,” wanted all over the world for child abuse and forcing young underage girls into marriages with much older men.
The prestigious magazine Foreign Policy has published an eye-opening article about the cult that reads like my latest novel, Devil in Jerusalem, which is also about a dangerous cult pretending to be super-devout Jews.
You can read the article here (no subscription required).
Those seeking holiness, beware!
It was one of those encounters that had happened to me so many times on book tour in America: the car ride back to my hotel from the Jewish Community Center after a few hours of lecturing, answering questions and signing books. Usually, the drivers in these short rides were enthusiastic volunteers who were fans and /or members of the book committee that had invited me in the first place.
This ride was no different. Slim, pretty, with expensive diamond rings, driving the latest hybrid, my driver spoke to me knowledgeably about my books and about …
…continue reading Israeli and American Jews: The Grand Canyon
With Swedish girls being regularly raped by Muslims who are taking over her country, and the Swedish government doing its best to hide the fact, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström is hard at work … condemning Israel.
If it had only been the fact that Sweden recognized a non-existent Palestinian State, I would say: “Enough.”
If it had only been Wallström’s outrageous statement that it was Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians that was responsible for the radicalization of “peaceful” Muslims, I would shout: “Enough!”
But now she’s gone one step further. Ignoring the Palestinian murder rampage …
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A trip to France reveals how its citizens are learning to live in the shadow of terrorism.
“So, you’re probably not coming…” my daughter said with a mixture of fear and resignation.
We were on the phone, I in Jerusalem, she in Paris, the day after the massive terrorist attacks in the heart of the City of Light. My French grandson’s greatly anticipated bar mitzvah was only three weeks away. For the first time in years, the entire family in Jerusalem—my other three children and six of seven grandchildren—had tickets to join their sister, aunt and …
…continue reading An Israeli in Paris
In my forty-six years in Jerusalem, I have known two seasons: summer and winter. Summer comes gradually, the skies clearing of clouds, dyed in cerulean blue, the color of Arab doors and the Caribbean sea. The sun grows larger, moving closer, its light bleaching the vivid red Italian tiles of rooftops and the deep green of old pine trees like water dripping into a palette of watercolors. The air bakes, moisture-less, until the sun leaves, then dances, unburdened, its cool breezes whipping through open windows like a sigh of relief.
And then, without warning, the clouds …
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For years, Israel has been demonized, held responsible for every terrorist atrocity from blowing up Holocaust survivors at a Passover Seder to the mutilation and murder of her Olympic athletes. It was all Israel’s fault, because she had mistreated the poor Palestinians.
The French welcomed thousands of Muslims to France. They made them citizens, gave them access to everything the Western world has to offer. The French sided openly with the Palestinians, and had a hands-off policy towards Muslims, making their neighborhoods no-go zones for the police.
Their reward? Mass killings in supermarkets, magazine offices, restaurants, …
…continue reading You Can Never Be “Nice” Enough to the Muslims