Posts Tagged ‘israel’

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A Practical Solution

January 28, 2013

This analysis by Calev Myers is one of the best I’ve read on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This practical solution is feasible, practical, and reasonable. And it’s very close to the idea put forward by Naftali Bennet, who got 12 seats in the latest elections, and was unfairly stamped as a radical extremist by the foreign media.

The op-ed by Calev Myers:

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-practical-solution/

Naftali Bennet’s plan:

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Elections

January 21, 2013

I liked Yair Lapid’s agenda. He has some great ideas on things that need to change. Housing, Military Service, Cost of living, Education. He hasn’t said so much about the Palestinians, but he seems to be onboard with Bibbi. Also, he is against the religious ruling our lives. I like his party, and hope they’ll go far.

But I’m not voting for him. New central parties have sprung up every single election the last 40 years, bring with them a bunch of seats in the knesset, and then they dissappear. Tsomet, Merkaz, Shinui, Kadima… the list is long. I hope that Lapid’s party will be different, that he will get into the government and do some changes. But my vote he doesn’t get. I am not a gambler.

I also liked Naftali Bennet. He has an actual practical plan on how to make some things better – annexation of the C-areas of the West Bank. It’s a new kind of thinking, and it means that we are not keeping settlements on areas where Israeli law is invalid (whose idea was that anyway, to build settlements without annexation of the areas first? I’m all for settlements, but why were the areas not annexed?) Bennet also have great ideas when it comes to military service etc, and they even say that he and Lapid have a lot of issues in common.

But I’m not voting for him. A religious party might pass anti-missionary laws, or at least support them. They might be against, or indifferent, to minority rights.

At the end of the day – what we need is stability. If there’s anything lacking in Israeli politics, it’s stability. We need a strong unified government, with as few parties as possible, to lead our country, and I have a lot of faith in Netanyahu to keep doing that.

I hope that Bennet and Lapid will make it to the government. But they’re not getting my vote. My vote goes to the stability we need. My vote goes to Likud in this election.

By the way – Netanyahu has promised to work to get down the housing prices during the coming 4 years – if he doesn’t keep that promise, I might need to revise my decision in the next election.

Happy election day (tomorrow)!

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Don’t Forget To Vote, Israel!

January 20, 2013

Israelis!

On Tuesday there’s election day. We Israelis have an amazing privilege – we are citizens of a democratic country, with many parties and a small population, and whose leadership has a huge impact on world politics.

Unlike the US voter who gets to choose one out of two, we get to choose one out of 34(!!). Unlike the US voter who is 1 out of millions and millions of people, the Israeli is one out of just 7 million (even less, considering the 7 million digit includes kids). Unlike the Belgian or Swedish voter, our leaders, whoever they are, are well known to the entire world, are regular visitors to the White House, and give speeches at the UN that give great impact.

Of all the people in the world who are citizens of a democratic country, the individual Israeli is the one individual who has the most influence on worldwide politics. There is no other individual voter in the world with as much power as you. So why, oh, why, would you give that up???

Go and vote! Yes, even if you are against my views. A high percentage of voters is more important. Indifferent citizens is the worst thing there can be in any country. Go to vote!

This image is a version of the “DFTVA”-campaign that the “vlogbrothers” launched for the American elections (you can find it on youtube). I pitched the idea to make an Israeli version, someone I know did it, posted to her tumblr, and it was reblogged by Hank Green, one of the vlogbrothers. Pretty cool. If the Americans – where each vote is one of many many millions, and you only have two choices – can make a campaign like that, then we Israelis definitely can. Don’t forget to vote, Israel!

 

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I have too much to say…

November 22, 2012

I have so much to say about the cease fire that I’ll probably never get around to it. But I can say that we’re hoping that this will last and that we’ll try to get back no normal life again.

Our trust is not in human armies nor in temporary cease fires, but in the God of Israel who never sleeps nor slumbers.

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Calming down

November 17, 2012

No, the situation or the war is not calming down. But we are. It was a bit scary and nervous yesterday, since it’s the first time we experienced it, but today we are a bit calmer. Tomorrow I go back to work.

The kids are sleeping in their regular beds tonight, and so will we. Yesterday I stayed up until around 7 in the morning, and after the kids had gotten their breakfast, and my wife got up, I went to sleep for 2 hours.

We will keep going with our regular life here, but being a bit more on the alert. (Ok, not really regular – I’m off the university studies for a while, since my teacher was drafted).

The way I see it, and explained it to the kids (and to myself): If you are in the street, and there’s a siren, and you do nothing – you are still more likely to be hit by a car than by a rocket. We run downstairs two floors, just in case. Not because we think there will be a rocket. Just as you put on seatbelts without thinking there will be a car crash.

Thanks for all the positive answers and feedbacks we’ve been receiving. We appreciate it. As you might have noticed I have stopped twittering (it’s not on the right side anymore), and will instead keep my small updates on Facebook, for a limited number of friends who know me personally.

And that’s all I have to say right now. Our life will go on as usual right now. Just a bit more on the alert. Shorter showers, just in case. Change clothes one part of the body at a time. Make sure we always know where to go if something happens.

God is with us.

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Psalm 83!

November 15, 2012

Psalm 83:1-18 NASB

O God, do not remain quiet;
Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. For behold, Your enemies make an uproar,
And those who hate You have exalted themselves. They make shrewd plans against Your people,
And conspire together against Your treasured ones. They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation,
That the name of Israel be remembered no more.” For they have conspired together with one mind;
Against You they make a covenant: The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them;
They have become a help to the children of Lot. Selah. Deal with them as with Midian,
As with Sisera  and  Jabin at the torrent of Kishon, Who were destroyed at En-dor,
Who became as dung for the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb
And all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, Who said, “Let us possess for ourselves
The pastures of God.” O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
Like chaff before the wind. Like fire that burns the forest
And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire, So pursue them with Your tempest
And terrify them with Your storm. Fill their faces with dishonor,
That they may seek Your name, O LORD . Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever,
And let them be humiliated and perish, That they may know that You alone, whose name is the LORD ,
Are the Most High over all the earth.

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Short summary of my grandfather’s life

September 4, 2012

Born 1913 in Berlin.
In 1938 Dietrich Bonhoeffer urged bishop George Bell in England to issue visas to Jewish members of the Confession Church whose life was in danger. 50 blank visas were sent, and my grandfather was one of those who got it.

From England he reached Sweden where he joined the Salvation Army, git married and had children. In 1970 he decided to move to Israel. His wife didn’t follow and filed for divorce.

He remarried in Israel, and worked for a Bible distribution center. After retirement he spoke about Israel in conferences all over the world, and wrote about Israel for Christian papers in Germany, Sweden, England and Finland.

In 2001 at the age of 87, he and his wife moved to the Ebenezer home in Haifa. The only old age home for believers in Israel. His wife went to be with the Lord in December 2002. He spent the rest of his life writing a book of his life which was published in Germany in 2007.

At the age of 98 he went to be with the Lord. Many of his friends of his age, including his dear wife, had gone before him, and the last few months he was satisfied with life and waited for the Lord to take him Home.

He is happy now. He is where he wanted to be. And his memory will always be with us.

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