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Sunday, April 22

News and Opinion from Israel

Hi gang! I've been in Israel for the past few days; in a virtual way that is. I'm sick of the talking heads here, the nonsense news and the upcoming gun debate here in the 'Land of the Free' and 'Home of the Brave' as we challenge the 2nd Ammendment -- state by state by state by state.... in the coming days.

I think it was these two articles that set me off:
Don't Let Go of Your Guns

The Democrats are Traitors Too

Somehow I ended up in "Israel" -- probably trying to get the Zionist movement straight in my head again after reading the two articles above.

The headlines in Israel parallel our headlines in so many ways. Here's a few I picked to share with our readers. Check out the site if you have time - (I need to take a few history classes before I go back to read more!)

Don't give 'em guns -Last thing Palestinian Authority needs at this time is more weapons

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wishes to boost Palestinian President Abbas. President George W. Bush also wishes to strengthen him.......

Bold move needed to halt weakning dollar -
Interest rates must be slashed in order to close gap between Israel, West

"The dollar exchange rate has dropped by almost 12 percent in the past year and by almost 20 percent since it hit a peak five years ago."

Well, I guess we don't have to worry about this "housing crisis" bringing down the economy here!! (I have a feeeeling that interest rates are going back down here in the US to "help the subprime market")

There is also similar bitching about the media:
British journalists' union boycott motion reflects deep animosity towards Israel

Marriages are in trouble:
Researchers discuss a growing phenomenon in recent years: More middle-aged couples getting divorced

He Said/She Said issues:
Women often find themselves in a difficult situation: Carried away by momentary passion, they regain their composure midway through the act. The Supreme Court has ruled that a woman has the right to say 'no more' at any stage. I believe the same should be true for men regarding the rights to their sperm

The Pope's been popping up in the news over there also (well, not the current one. Something about Pope Pius XII and his wartime conduct) First, the Vatican’s Ambassador said no to attending the holocaust remembrance event due to a caption at a museum describing The Pope's behavior during the war:

“Even when reports about the murder of Jews reached the Vatican, the Pope did not protest," …and didn't write a thing. He did not intervene even when Jews from Rome were deported to Auschwitz.

"His silence and the absence of guidelines obliged churches throughout Europe to decide on their own how to react."
The Pope's response as outlined above is also controversial according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. The memo was indeed concealed. There is no evidence of public protest by the Pope against the Holocaust.

I think the Ambassador did attend.

School visits to Poland make teenagers better Jews and Israelis - Therefore, shaping Holocaust consciousness is critical in shaping the character of the State of Israel as a Jewish state.

(I need my chart now!!)

I was particularly interested in this headline while I was over there visiting:

Secrets of the Jewish mind - Can Jewish memorization techniques improve our maligned leadership? Interesting article about, well, I'm not quite sure. Ben Gurion, Israel's first prime minister is mentioned.

He was a man of prodigious energy - physical and intellectual. "He was a mercurial man," wrote Israeli author Amos Oz, "almost violently vivacious." --After the 1967 Middle East war, Ben Gurion argued against holding on to Arab territory beyond Jerusalem. The fright that Israel was given in the 1973 war when the Arabs enjoyed success revealed, in Ben Gurion's view, a dangerous sign of arrogance and complacency.

For more background on Ben Gurion, read here and here.

Sounds like he was a well liked? -- Not sure anymore.

Hey, ya gotta like a guy who stands on his head! Here he goes... steady, steady....NOT BAD!!

And people make fun of our Rosie -- I LOVE YOU ROSIE!!You know where it's at!
So, standing on your head is good exercise for your mind, and hanging upside down helps to battle depression. So much to learn!

And what's up with the benefits of "swaying" -- as in the swaying and chanting kind. I only know this kind of "Swaying" (guys, you'll probably enjoy this "sway" version better)

and lastly, what do you think of this headline:
We need to kill him --Israel should not shy away from threatening to kill Iran's Ahmadinejad
-- WOW -- to the point.

What would Ben Gurion think about that statement?

Was Ben Gurion a good man?

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