Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Here Comes the Rain...

Israel's national obsession with the level of the water of the Sea of Galilee finally allows us to take a deep breath and say thanks...

According to several news sources, recent rains combined with cloudy skies has delivered readings equal to the previous day for the water level in the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). We've long since passed the red line...so the fact that we've had this two day stabilization...along with the hope of much more rain to come...gives us hope that from this point on there will be much rain and the levels will only rise!

Here comes the rain? Let's hope so! May it be a long, wet winter!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Here We Go Again - The Rain!

There are certain laws of physics in this world that we know, must accept, and respond accordingly...well, that's the theory.

See, there's gravity - what goes up...WILL come down.

There's quantum leaps...whatever that is...

And - there's rain in Israel. When it rains...it will flood.

And each year, it does...and each year...people get caught. It happened again this weekend:

Five cars were swept off the roads on Saturday due to flooding in the Judean desert. Those traveling in all five cars managed to escape unharmed. Heavy rains fell Saturday in the Judean desert, the Hevron hills and elsewhere. The rains have led to a risk of floods in the desert, and tourists are warned to avoid desert valleys and coordinate their trips with nature experts.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Smallest Sukkah in the World Award

I got this from a friend, who got this from a friend. This very real sukkah is there - but will likely be gone tomorrow. It's on Rechov Herzl in Jerusalem and must win some sort of award...
  • Sukkah in most daring place?

  • Smallest sukkah?

  • Most economical use of air?

Either way - it is a testimony, once again, to the ever-creative minds of Israel.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Blaming the Jews...again

This isn't so much an "Israel" thing as a "Jewish" thing. Once again, a calamity occurs and the Jews are blamed. In the Hamas covenant (http://www.paulasays.com/articles/in_their_words/hamas_conenant.html - see article 22)

With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the
press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money
they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of
achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the
French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies,
such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the
world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests.
With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate
them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their
resources and spread corruption there.
You may speak as much as you want about regional and world wars. They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.

They blamed us for the tragic tsunami in Asia several years ago, 9/11 in the United States, earthquakes and more...and now, yes, and now, according to Hamas, we are responsible for the economic woes in the United States.

In the “The American Economy from Deception to Collapse,” written by Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum . It accuses the Jews of responsibility for the collapse of the American economy (Felesteen, October 7).

The main points are:
  • Behind the collapse of the American economy is the managerial and monetary corruption of a polluted banking and financial system ruled by the “Jewish lobby.” The “Jewish lobby” controls American capital and the economy. President Bush and the White House staff all know the “truth” but hide it from American public opinion.
  • The United States has become a club in the hands of the “Jewish lobby” and a way of enabling the Jews to take over the whole world. They ignore the American people, who pay a heavy price in the form of bankruptcy and the collapse of their economy. According to the article, the United States has caused destruction and pain all over the world, including Iraq , Afghanistan , Lebanon , Somalia and Palestine.
  • The article asks who will be brave enough to expose the “Jewish lobby” to the Americans, directly responsible as it is for the holocaust of the American economy. Will it be President Bush and the American administration, enslaved as they are to the “Jewish lobby?” The article expresses grave doubts, noting that there is no essential difference between the two Bushes, Obama and McCain.
  • The article again asks if “we will witness a popular American revolution against the American dictatorial regime which destroys nations, economies?...” “Will we witness the prosecution of President Bush and of his corrupt administration,” or rather, will the curtain go down on this dark affair in the history of the world “which was led by the American administration and directed by the Jewish lobby?”
  • Fawzi Barhoum ends the article with his hope and evaluation that the wheel of time will turn against America and Israel , and that change will come. He says prophetically, “nothing lasts forever, he who is strong today is not strong forever, and he who is weak today will not be weak forever.”

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Father's Love

It's nice to see that this Iranian father understands something that his government clearly does not:

"I can't thank the Jewish people enough for all the love and support we've been getting," said the father of the Iranian boy flown to Israel for emergency brain surgery over the weekend.

According to several news sources, including YNET:
The 13-year-old arrived in Israel from Turkey on Friday, after Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit and the Shin Bet gave an ex-gratia authorization to the move, due to his grave medical condition. A special authorization was required as Iranian citizens, who are essentially residents of an enemy state, are forbidden from entering Israel The boy's father and grandmother stayed by his side at the Safra Children's Hospital, a facility adjacent to the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, throughout the weekend.

"I ask you, all of you, to pray for my son. A father's love for his son goes beyond borderlines and religion... It is important to me that you know that the majority of Iranians don't hate Israel. We are all people and we all have the same feelings.

"All I want now is to hear my son's laughter again. I'm sure any parent in my condition would do anything they can to save their child. My wife and my baby daughter are waiting for us back in Tehran. We are all praying for the best," he added.

The boy underwent an extensive battery of tests since arriving at the Safra
Hospital. "The tests have shown that the disease has spread throughout his
brain, the central nervous system and the spinal cord," Prof. Amos Toren, head
of Hemato-Pediatric Oncology Unit, told Yedioth Ahronoth.

"His condition is too grave for us to operate on him, so we're trying aggressive chemotherapy, in hopes that it would help."

What this shows, above all else, is that a father's love is stronger than national interests and reminds us of Golda Meir's message that when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us, there will be peace. Here's one Arab family that clearly loves their son more than they hate us - we can only pray that his son is granted a full and speedy recovery.