Friday Nov 22, 2013
Change may occur, but as mother used to say when I wanted something beyond the possible, "Don't hold your breath."
Prominent in what does not appear to be changing are the gaps between Iran, Israel, and the more powerful of western countries.
On the eve of meetings in Geneva that were predicted to be the time for reaching agreement, the supreme religious/political leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, repeated the...
Wednesday Nov 20, 2013
Israel appears to be losing big time on the two issues topping its international agenda.
Predictions are that the greater powers will reach an agreement with Iran that the Prime Minister has said time and again will be very bad, worse than no agreement, and making no meaningful contribution to ending Iran's capacity to create nuclear weapons.
Israel is getting assurances that the likely agreement is in its best interests....
Monday Nov 18, 2013
Those who doubt that Israel is a normal country--along with everything that makes it abnormal--only have had to look and listen to the Hebrew media over the most recent few days. The bulk of the print and noise has not concerned Iran or Palestine, but a famous singer, his middle age relatives and friends, and the underage girls who provided their entertainment.
There is also a story about a rabbi and a mafia boss, but first...
Friday Nov 15, 2013
The latest incident of violence to reach the headlines, which is not to say that it is the latest incident, involved the murder of a young soldier not yet finished with basic training, while on a bus returning from sick leave, .
The even younger lad who stabbed him numerous times before he was overwhelmed by other passengers is 16 years old. The story he told the police involves him getting into Israel illegally, via one...
Wednesday Nov 13, 2013
Palestinian security forces have been operating in areas close to Jerusalem. They have arrested Palestinians--and Arabs with Israeli citizenship--accused of having illegal weapons, dealing in drugs, or activity in Islamic terrorist organizations. Israeli sources acknowledge that Palestinian security forces are operating in areas assigned to Israel for security purposes under the Olso Accords, and have even entered Arab neighborhoods within...