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Steve Kramer – Follow the Salad Trail in the Negev Desert

Steve Kramer – Follow the Salad Trail in the Negev Desert   As you know, Israel is a very small country in area, roughly the size of New Jersey, with a similar long, narrow shape. Recently Michal and I went on a tour with the ESRA group (Englis

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Steve Kramer – The US and the West Fund the Jihadists. Really?

Steve Kramer – The US and the West Fund the Jihadists. Really?   The West abhors terror attacks for good reason, whether in their country or an ally. Except when it comes to Israel. Not having learned the lesson that Islamist terror doesn’t a

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Steve Kramer – The West Dances to Iran’s Tune

Steve Kramer – The West Dances to Iran’s Tune Iran has requested a new pause in the talks in Vienna, negotiations which purportedly aim to bring the US back into the 2015 agreement and roll back Iran’s nuclear activities. Too bad that that agree

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Steve Kramer – The Kinneret, aka the Sea of Galilee, Beckons

Steve Kramer – The Kinneret, aka the Sea of Galilee, Beckons Like in many countries, Israel’s tourism business has dropped dramatically. In fact, currently (12/12/21) all tourism traffic is restricted because of the fear of the latest Covid varian

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Steve Kramer – Israel Report: Can You Trust What You See?

Steve Kramer – Israel Report: Can You Trust What You See? Do you believe me or your lying eyes? That’s a relevant question when it comes to today’s news “reporting”. I’ve often mentioned that what is left out of reporting (or analysis) is

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Steve Kramer – US Orders Israel to Desist

Steve Kramer – US Orders Israel to Desist The United States, France, Germany, the UK, the EU, Russia, and China are about to resume “negotiating” the JCPOA, better known as the “Iran Deal,” concerning Iran’s nuclear weapons capability,  W

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Steve Kramer – Undivided Jerusalem Must Remain So

Steve Kramer – Undivided Jerusalem Must Remain So Israel and the United States are at odds over the Israeli capital of Jerusalem. You may not remember that Congress passed – by more that a 10:1 margin – the ‘Jerusalem Embassy Act of 19

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Steve Kramer – Finally, a Government in Israel

Steve Kramer – Finally, a Government in Israel A friend in the US recently asked me what I thought about Israel’s new government. My replay: It’s a government! Finally, after four elections in two years, the victory of a wide-ranging coalition g

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Steve Kramer – Israel and the Problem of Homicides

Steve Kramer – Israel and the Problem of Homicides   Yes, there’s gang violence in Israel, but not nearly on the scale of American gang violence. Violent crime in Israel is predominantly found in Israeli Arab towns and in mixed Arab-Jewish ci

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Steve Kramer – Israel’s Northern Getaway

Steve Kramer – Israel’s Northern Getaway If you were going away by car for a few days, could you have lunch at a 2,000-year-old seaport, once the most modern in the world? Or, could you spend a few days in a Holy City which once was – an

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Steve Kramer – Succot Travels in Samaria

Steve Kramer – Succot Travels in Samaria With a number of fellow members of Hod Ve Hadar, the Masorti (Conservative in the US) synagogue that we belong to in Kfar Saba, we recently visited Mt. Gerizim, Har Bracha, and Shilo, all in the Biblical hear

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Steve Kramer – Israel: How Safe Do You Feel?

Steve Kramer – Israel: How Safe Do You Feel? Do you worry that Jew-hatred might affect your comfortable American life? Do you think that Jew-haters will ignore you because your “Jewishness” is unimportant for you? If not, why not? Does this worr

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Steve Kramer – Iran’s Strategy Works

Steve Kramer – Iran’s Strategy Works While the US and the Europeans dawdle and vacillate at the JCPOA (Iran Agreement) meetings – or non-meetings – in Vienna, Iran gets ever closer to nuclear weapons capability. This situation is very

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Steve Kramer – Whither Jewish Identity 5782

Steve Kramer – Whither Jewish Identity 5782 Do you believe that our universe, and all other possible universes, was created by an everlasting supreme force? Or, do you believe that our universe, and all other possible universes, was created ex nihil

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Steve Kramer – Israel Goes It Alone

Steve Kramer – Israel Goes It Alone Can Israel rely on any other country to support it when it’s critically endangered? First of all, Israel has never asked any other country to fight on its soil; but, Israelis hope and expect that other Western d

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Steve Kramer – Might Iran Implode? An Israeli Perspective

Steve Kramer – Might Iran Implode? An Israeli Perspective Iran has never caused more trouble than it does today. It has successfully completed its “crescent” road eastward to the Mediterranean through Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. It’s proxy milit

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Steve Kramer – Two Burning Questions About Israel

Steve Kramer – Two Burning Questions About Israel There are many “important” discussions going on in the Western world, such as, can a man who says he’s a woman walk around naked in a women’s dressing room; is it racist for a white person to

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Steve Kramer – Jew-hatred Now Acceptable in the US

Steve Kramer – Jew-hatred Now Acceptable in the US Recently, Eric Fingerhut, president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America and former CEO of Hillel International, reported that a new level of antisemitic intensity has been reached. Wh

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Steve Kramer – The wolves are circling around Netanyahu

Steve Kramer – The wolves are circling around Netanyahu An old saying is that politicians are like fish: the longer they hang around, the more they stink. That seems to be the case with Bibi Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, at l

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Steve Kramer – Israel’s 36th Government in 73 years – What’s Next?

Steve Kramer – Israel’s 36th Government in 73 years – What’s Next? Now that the Lapid-Bennett government (aka Change government) has replaced the Netanyahu-Likud government, which “reigned” for 12 years, what’s next? From the above t

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Steve Kramer – The West’s Fantasy about Peace with Jihadists

Steve Kramer – The West’s Fantasy about Peace with Jihadists In 2020 the Trump administration decoupled the Palestinian Authority (PA) from the process of achieving peace elsewhere in the Middle East. It happened when Trump emissary Jared Kushner

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Steve Kramer – Israel v Hamas – Again

Steve Kramer – Israel v Hamas – Again Here’s a quick response to those of you who are concerned about what’s going on in Israel right now. Among a number of emails/messages regarding the current warfare in Israel, we received this one from

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Steve Kramer – Will Israel Go to a 5th Election

Steve Kramer – Will Israel Go to a 5th Election Israel has held four elections in the last two years. Prime Minister Netanyahu set the stage for this farcical and unprecedented cycle of elections by dissolving his government with the mistaken idea t

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Steve Kramer – Iran Hangs Tough (on Conforming to JCPOA)

Steve Kramer – Iran Hangs Tough (on Conforming to JCPOA) One of the important points that candidate Joe Biden emphasized during the presidential nomination sweepstakes was that the US would return to the JCPOA [Iran deal] and negotiate with the Iran

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Steve Kramer – The Street of the Prophets

Steve Kramer – The Street of the Prophets Israel is coming back to life slowly. (Unfortunately, this doesn’t pertain to air travel, which may be in hiatus until after Passover – but we don’t know anything for sure.) To celebrate coming out

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Steve Kramer – The Media Is Not Trusted

Steve Kramer – The Media Is Not Trusted According to the respected yearly survey of mass media reliability available at edelman.com, the majority of people don’t trust the media. Can you blame them? Watch one TV channel, or read one article, or se

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Steve Kramer – Don’t Cry for the Poor Palestinians

Steve Kramer – Don’t Cry for the Poor Palestinians Once again Israel is being asked questions about its decisions that no other country need explain. This one was written by an American woman to an Israeli American friend of mine, who asked me to

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Steve Kramer – Israel’s Rapid Fire 4th Election

Steve Kramer – Israel’s Rapid Fire 4th Election Israel has just announced its fourth election in two years, following three dysfunctional governments in a row. Unlike in the US, if the state budget is not passed within a certain amount of time (it