Israel’s Tourism Disenfranchises Palestinians

Next Sunday is Easter. Many Christians, who can financially afford it, say the ultimate Easter experience is a trip to Israel. They often testify that their faith is strengthened by visiting major sites such as the Wailing Wall of the former, ancient temple at East Jerusalem and other so-called "holy sites." Christians, of course, are especially interested in seeing places mentioned in the New Testament gospels of which they say their Lord Jesus Christ conducted his itinerant teaching and … [Read more...]

Is Israel Moving Away from Democracy?

Israel's Knesset (Parliament) is considering a controversial bill that would empower it to suspend any of its own members for the rather vague "inappropriate" behavior. This certainly looks like a move away from democracy. It is happening because of what some Palestinian members of the Knesset are saying and doing. (Israel's population consists of 21% Palestinians, though Israel refuses to call them that and thus calls them "Arabs.")The Knesset has 17 Palestinian members out of a total of … [Read more...]

The Red Sea-Dead Sea Project Excludes Palestinians

Ever since Jews began returning to their ancestral land during the late 1990s, they and indigenous peoples of the region have thought of some sort of project that would transfer seawater from the Gulf of Aqaba at the northern end of the Red Sea northward to empty into the Dead Sea largely to restore its previous salinity and surface level.For thousands of years, the surface of the Dead Sea has been the lowest place on earth. Nowadays, it is over 1,400 feet below sea level and decreasing over … [Read more...]

What Did Facebook Users Talk About Most in 2014 and 2015?

What did people talk about the most last year, in 2015? The little Gaza Strip made the top ten in 2014. But then, that was because Israel was pummeling it into the ground with many missiles and bombs. How do we know it was such a major topic of conversation? Facebook has a new feature--telling us its users are talking about most.As of the third quarter in 2015, Facebook had 1.55 billion users. That's more than one fifth of the world's population, even counting babies! Facebook analysts … [Read more...]

Israel Approves Leviathan Field Production

Golda Meir (1898-1978) was the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. She once quipped, "Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!" Golda, that's true, but its not true.A few years ago, the U.S. Geological Survey did test wells in the seabed of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and discovered it has some of the richest natural gas, and probably oil, deposits in the … [Read more...]

Two-State Solution Grows More Urgent Due to Population Figures

The peace process for solving the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dead. Many experts say the two-state solution also is dead. I say it is isn't dead, but the traditional two-state solution is dead. It is that the Palestinians establish a state in the two separated territories of the Gaza Strip and West Bank or a Swiss-cheese West Bank that skirts all of those 120 Jewish settlements in there that are illegal according to the UN, of which Israel is a member.This tradtional … [Read more...]

The World Jewish Congress Needs to Wake Up and Get Real

Yesterday, the World Jewish Congress had a full-page ad, that they paid for, in the New York Times. It was a six sentence message from WJC President Ronald S. Lauder. It first informs that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will come to the U.S. and meet with President Barak Obama next Monday. The purpose of the ad is to call for improved relations between the two allied nations--Israel and the U.S.U.S. President Obama has had a somewhat stormy relationship with Israel's Prime … [Read more...]

Did ISIS Shoot Down that Russian Airplane?

Early Friday morning an Aerojet commercial airliner crashed in the North Sinai, forty-six miles southeast of its capital and largest city, El-Arish on the Mediterranean coast. All 224 people were killed, and all but three of them were Russians. The airplane departed from Egypt's primary resort city, Sharm El-Sheikh, headed for St. Petersburg, Russia. It is the worst aviation disaster in Russian history.Hours later, an affiliate of ISIS, called Sinai Province of the Islamic State, claimed to … [Read more...]


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