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...]

Tzipi Hotovely Says Israel Should Annex the West Bank

Yes, I agree, but in negotiation with the Palestinians in which Israel keeps only its "ancestral land," as its Proclamation of Independence demands, and the Palestinians get all of "the land of the Philistianes."Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a shaky coalition government right now. It includes a lot of ultra-conservative religious leaders who will never agree to let the Palestinians have most, and certainly not all, of the West Bank. In fact, they refuse to call it that and … [Read more...]

Gaza Will Become a Worse Nightmare Without Its Tunnels

In 2006, Israel finally relented and unilaterally relinguished possession of the Gaza Strip to Palestinians. But Palestinians were becoming more divided between the secular Palestinian Authority, which operated mostly in the West Bank, and the fiercely religious Hamas that operated almost entirely in the Gaza Strip. Thus, a battle broke out between them in 2007, and Hamas emerged victoriously in control of Gaza, which remains so to this day.Prior to this, Palestinians living in the Gaza … [Read more...]

Egypt–Give Up the Northern Sinai to the Palestinians!

Egypt's policy to contain the Northern Sinai Peninsula is not working. I think chaos in this region is going to continue and therefore become an even bigger headache for Egypt. Egypt will be better off if it initiates a deal with Israel and the Palestinians to forfeit the Northern Sinai--the region between the Gaza Strip and the Waid el Arish and several miles inland, probably to reach Beersheba and Kadesh-Barnea--in exchange for something that would benefit Egypt. Then let the Palestinians … [Read more...]


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