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Ari Bussel is an activist with a deep passion and commitment to truth. His continuous fact-finding missions to the Middle East to secure truthful and factual information about the status of the situation are disseminated to a worldwide audience through his letters, journals and articles.

Bussel is a graduate of UCLA and Stanford. His area of expertise is Israel's Public Diplomacy.

Since October, 2008, Bussel has collaborated with award-winning investigative journalist and author Norma Zager in a series of essays "Postcards from Israel - Postcards from Home."

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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 31, 2011
Iran-USA-Egypt One will not be surprised to learn Iran is adding fuel to the fire in Egypt, but what are the motives of the USA? Saudi Arabia should respond to the American threat of withholding funding by putting up $1.5b to be available immediately to President Mubarak and the Egyptian nation. Friends are measured at a time of need, and the message the USA is sending is: Do not trust us.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Jewish Congressmen At a time when votes are bought and paid for in order to secure the passage of Obama Bills and the President is distancing himself from Israel and making her into the punching bag for all the world's faults (from American soldiers dying overseas to the hatred of America by the world), Jewish Congressmen rush to appease the Jewish electorate. Bussel and Zager give two different viewpoints of Congressman Brad Sherman's efforts.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 25, 2010
Mr. President While AIPAC, the Jewish Lobby in DC, national conference is taking place, President Ahmadinejad has the perfect opportunity to eliminate two archenemies of the Islamic Republic: President Hussein Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, along with some 7,000 Jews from all over the US, a token of those who have infested every fertile ground in the Great Satan. Possibly the infestation is good for the Great Satan is Iran's enemy?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 18, 2009
Israel, Hear Our Prayer Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman said: Israel will not be indifferent to arrest orders for senior Israeli officials, Britain's position in the votes on the Goldstone Commission, the decision to mark imported goods produced in Judea and Samaria, or the British position regarding the Swedish draft at the recent EU meeting. Bussel reports of a discussion with Senior Minister in Israel.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Israel, A Nation Lost Much has been heard during the last few days about Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to freeze construction in Jewish Settlements. A major demonstration has been held in Jerusalem against the freeze. The Government of Israel has provided a counter measure which adds some settlements to a National Priority Map, making them eligible for various benefits. Bussel reports from Israel of these and other developments.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 13, 2009
A Border Crossing Is peace between Israel and Syria a dream? Bussel travels to Israel's Golan Heights to explore. He describes the family connections from both sides of the border as stronger than the dividing line. He then draws the analogy of Cuba and Florida and the path to peace there, concluding both sides can benefit greatly by unrestricted travel and by allowing and fostering cooperation. People and economy can work wonders.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 5, 2009
The Persian Jewish Community of Beverly Hills "If a school teacher is called to service, there will be a volunteer as his/her substitute. If a building is hit by a rocket, we will be there to help clear the debris. ... Just imagine the publicity! The creation of this volunteer group will give a clear message to the world that Iranians and Israelis have no animosity towards each other." Bussel describes the Persian Community and its response to today's perils.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 4, 2009
Reform Judaism Divergence of religious thought and practice seem to divide the Jewish Community in the USA. In this article, Bussel contends that the unifying theme of Israel, the Promised Land by G-d to His people, is greater than any labels used to bring about discord and divide. Bussel compares the US and Israeli landscapes in terms of internal religious tolerance, for those unfamiliar, and proposes that the US lead by example.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 27, 2009
A Rite of Passage Shall the US withdraw its troops from Afghanistan? Bussel takes the unlikely position that American men and women should return home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The missions will be failures, and we will need to return, once again, at a later stage. However, as long as only a few fight a war which is neither understood nor appreciated by the majority of Americans, they should not be made to sacrifice their lives for others.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Tough Choices Minorities' rights in Israel, the one place where one enjoys equal opportunity under the law in all but one area: Some minorities are not obliged yet to serve in the military and national service is not yet mandatory. Some would claim this is a form of racism, discrimination, maybe even Apartheid. It is easy to twist the spoken word, but facts on the ground are solid evidence to the contrary. Compare also to the USA...
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Blaming America - Planting Discord in Los Angeles A speaker came to Los Angeles, purportedly to give a talk of a technical nature. Instead, he focused on blame and insinuations. He targeted specific groups (based on ethnicity for instance) and told them they are victims of discrimination. In one word: Nonsense. When you come to Los Angeles, celebrate our diversity, highlight our achievements, learn from what we have done. Do not come to plant discord and hatred.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Repentance Whatever Israel does, she is found guilty of wrongdoing. The recent Goldstone Report is not breaking news but much of the same anti-Semitism designed to destroy the Jewish State. Taken in context of eight years of Israeli inaction, one must ask why has Israel deserted her own people for so long. Israelis are called to answer some very tough questions raised in this article, and with them Jews the world over.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 20, 2009
A Hospital Visit (Corrected Version) PPO vs. HMO - let us look at the differences through a personal experiences, the lenses of one: For healthcare to be effective, we need good doctors and nurses, not bureaucrats. Those performing their duties and extending proper health care should be afforded basic protection against frivolous lawsuits. Those who are inept or incapable should leave the profession or be discharged.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Stop Blaming the Messenger A storm has been created when an Israeli professor at Ben Gurion University wrote an Opinion piece published in the LA Times calling to "Boycott Israel." I am angered less by the vile and misguided contents of his piece than by the fact Israelis are partaking in the general fight against the Jewish Homeland. Israel wants nothing more than Peace with its neighbors. Alas, these are the neighbors intent to destroy Israel.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 18, 2009
A Changing Reality As a result of the Obama Administration's distancing steps from Israel, American Jewry's positions and behavior are changing over time, from predominantly liberal-Democrat toward the middle and even the right. Prominent members of Congress find themselves having to answer to the people, providing excuses for the President while trying to maintain their constituents base. All is too little, too late, claims Bussel.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 17, 2009
Land Mine of Lies Most recently, the idea of a Jewish Homeland is strongly opposed as a racist idea. Israel can no longer be a Jewish State, while Saudi Arabia and Iran can "legitimately" be Islamic countries (and extremists at that). One must stop to think about the statement, its implications and the way to fight it. Jews and Christians, the People of THE BOOK, know the answer. Others seem confused at the propaganda thrown their way.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The Second Disengagement Today is the four year anniversary of Israel's unilateral disengagement from Gaza. Israel was hoping that by taking this step and leaving Gaza, the Gazan will find the way to focus on themselves, utilizing the billions in aid and the nonstop stream of convoys of humanitarian aid to other purposes than armament and terrorism. Gazans who used to be employed full time in a thriving place turned it into a terrorist super-camp.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 2, 2009
A Whisper of Love As a new boy enters this world, Bussel examines his prospects and weighs them against the not-so-distant past and the Holocaust of seven decades ago. Is the newborn made from the material from which heroes are made? Will have have the strength of character, the ability to lead others, setting an example, saying "FOLLOW ME!" asks Bussel. Reading "A Whisper of Love" will give you goosebumps, as described one reader.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 6, 2009
35 Years After On May 15, 1974, a terrorist unit penetrated Israel from Lebanon. They took 105 school children, aged 15-17, hostage. At the end of the day 22 children were murdered. 35 Years After take us back to that day and reviews a new documentary "Their Eyes Were Dry" recounting the events of that day.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 29, 2009
Banks Following a 19 week assignment as a foreign correspondent in Israel, Ari Bussel is now reporting from home about life at the Great Depression of the 21st Century. In a series of articles, Bussel brings the sights and experiences of life in the America as the global recession starts to be felt. This collection captures the essence of life in Los Angeles as the first decade of the Century comes to an end.

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