The sky in Southern Israel during the day is crisscrossed with the exhaust trails of dozens of rockets launched by Hamas in Gaza and aimed at Israeli towns and villages. There are other exhaust trails left by the Israeli missile defense system interceptors fired from the Iron Dome batteries that protect those towns. Where the … More How Long is This Going to Continue?
The Easter and Passover holidays have now passed. The New York Times tells us that the Biden administration is having meaningful talks with the Iranian regime over the nuclear weapons issue. And in Israel, there is still no sign of agreement on a new government coalition. The one item that I feel stands out in … More Winds of War?
Today is the day the heads of the various parties elected to the new Knesset bring their recommendations for who should be asked to form a new coalition government to the Israeli President. The President, traditionally, then asks the individual with the most recommendations to try to form a government. This time around it’s more … More The Wheels of Democracy Turn Slowly
In about two weeks Israelis will go to the polls. Israeli democracy is unlike that of most other countries. In Israel one votes for a party, not an individual. Each party presents a list of candidates. Each list receives a number of seats in the new Knesset (Parliament) based on the proportion of votes it … More Elections in Israel – Will Anything Change?
The snow was very wet snow. It accumulated on the branches of our trees. Soon, the weight was more than they could bear. One after another, branches gave way. Some broke off completely, Others simply fractured and dropped until either the snow fell off or they hit something that could help support the load. Our … More After the Storm
In the USA there has been a lot of talk about how newly inaugurated President Biden will deal with his campaign promise to rejoin a diplomatic deal to keep Iran from having nuclear weapons. I decided to throw out a few thoughts about this and see what some of you who read my blog might … More Yemen – Thinking About a Different Part of the Middle East.
My daughter and her family will all be listed as having recovered from COVID19 today. My granddaughter, who brought the infection home from her Army basic training camp, has already been declared infection free and returned to her base. All of them got through the ordeal? with minimal discomfort. That’s the up side. The down … More A (Slightly Tarnished) Silver Lining
I’ve actually started writing this twice before. Both times, I decided I was too close to the events to assess them in as objective a manner as I would want. This time, I hope, my emotional response won’t interfere with my judgement. The demonstrations in Washington resulted in a tragedy. 5 people died. One was … More Washington DC, Jan 2021
Israel has started vaccinations against CORONA. The country is starting by inoculating Health professionals, and then proceeding to people who are at higher risk. Higher risk means those over 65 years old or with significant prior conditions that might make them more vulnerable. Old age homes are of higher priority for both residents and staff. … More Coming Soon to a Clinic in Your Neighborhood
It’s no secret that the current Israeli coalition government is not functioning well. The 2 individuals who were supposed to share leadership (i.e. the office of Prime Minister) cannot get along. The cabinet has too many ministers to even approach being an efficient body, let alone make any real decisions. So it isn’t surprising that … More Elections in Israel –Again?