I'm sure someone already realized this and mentioned it... but... I learned today that with Barack Obama in the White House, and Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff, the Americans will be led by... thunder (רעם - Rahm) and lightning (ברק - Barack). Hmm.
Just watched Prime Minister Olmert's impromtu press release (yes, he is still the prime minister). Nothing new, really. He'll quit once the new Kadima leader is voted for and announced. He won't run, but who of us thought he was going to? I will say this: His speech was classily done. The Israeli media has... Continue Reading →
There are plenty of reasons to make aliyah, but I just heard the most amusing:
Amidst the cries for Olmert to quit, be embarrassed and work harder towards the release of the kidnapped soldiers, there was plenty of emotion to go round. Of course, the major focal point of sentiment came from Noam Shalit's short but necessary speech to open the rally outside the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem. It's... Continue Reading →
Pretty soon, that pioneering 'halutz' generation of Israeli elders will be just a memory in our textbooks and a prayer in our hearts. Renowned author, journalist, Knesset member, Shinui party leader, Holocaust survivor Yosef Tommy Lapid died today at 77 after a battle with cancer. The full story and eulogies are here.
If you hang out on teh interwebs at all, you might know the FAIL! and you might know the FAIL! blog. Israel recently made it with the following photo: There are about 652907628569874 things I'd put in an Israel FAIL! photo before a policeman in a simulation, like Olmert's political career, the Lebanon war, people... Continue Reading →
This is the time of year when the State of Israel has a chance to really look deep into the heart of herself and understand what condition she's in. It's the post-Pessach triangle of introspection: yesterday was Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and next week are Yom HaZicaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day).... Continue Reading →
Here's something you don't see everyday: Ynet made me do a double-take with that one. But they really ought not to lie in journalism...