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politika

Presidential charity and the forever loser.

Ahh, Shimmy. You’re the newest – and ninth – President of Israel. But even when you win, you don’t win. (The other candidates bowed out as Peres was only 3 Knesset votes shy of the necessary majority. The man who has served the government of Israel probably more than any other person since 1948 has […]

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city feature israel ops politika

City feature: Sederot

Volunteering I’m a bit tired of always saying how good it would be to volunteer ’round these parts. Since I’ve been here, my newspaper has delivered the disengagement, Kassams in Sederot, Katyushas and war in the North, and Kassams in Sederot. We went down to Sederot today to volunteer with Lev Echad, which is an […]

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politika

How to get by these days.

These are hard times. There’s war in the air. If you’re feeling despair, here’s an exercise to make you feel better: 1. Open a new file or folder in your computer. 2. Name it “Ehud Olmert”. 3. Send it to the trash. 4. Empty the trash. 5. Your computer will ask you, “Do you really […]

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politika

There's always that.

Friend and I discussing how crappy the all-around situation is in Israel right now: Friend: What we need is all my friends in Israel to take over the government. Me: You couldn’t pay me. Government is shit. It’s the thing that exists so that someone else out there can rebel against it and make life […]

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politika

Showing more than leg.

My leg is famous thanks to BY‘s photography and this website: “Elections now.” It’s funny because I don’t necessarily believe in elections now, but it may be the start of a political-modeling career.

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politika

Underappreciated, overrated.

On one hand, we have this report coming out of the BBC World Service, saying that Israel has been voted the least popular country out of a survey of 12 countries (Iran and the U.S. come closely behind). On the other, there is this Happiness Map that shows Israel to be a pretty happy place, […]

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politika

What good are microphones if they're not on?

I wish all the microphones were always on and nobody ever realized.

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conflict management/negotiation politika

Onward and forward…

You know what’s interesting? So now we have this Kadima party, supposed to be centered and all. We have political figures quitting their old parties to join from both the left and the right. This basically means that within the political party Kadima will be the neccesity for negotiations – level 2 negotiations, which happen […]

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politika

More than just a pretty 'tlush'…

Now that I am an employee in the Israeli workforce… …hearing about today’s suicide bombing has a different take. Maybe it is because I have ‘more’ at stake? Maybe it is because I feel more settled here, so this is my fate more than ever before? …Israeli politics have a different meaning. It’s not just […]