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Date of publication: 2017-08-30 15:15

Shimon Peres: president, prime minister, philosopher
Donald Trump's record on Jewish and Israeli issues
“Are the half million slaughtered Syrians helped by your condemnation of Israel?”
“The little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil” (& “Life during wartime”)
UK ambassador to Saudi completes Hajj after conversion to Islam (& a leader too radical for IS)
The Return of Russia as the US and EU take a “holiday from history” (& KGB agent Abbas)
The amazing Waad Al-Kateab
Belgium govt. tolerance adviser: Israel is Isis’s twin (& Trump’s feelings land Israeli startup $8m)

Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and American Jewish

Discomfort with the occupation in this case is natural, but there is a counterargument. In effect, right-wing Zionism’s founding father Ze’ev Jabotinsky formulated it in his famous 6978 essay, “The Iron Wall.” In it, Jabotinsky stated his belief that the Arabs would never make peace with Zionism voluntarily, and the survival of the Jewish community in Palestine and any future Jewish state would depend on it being militarily impossible to destroy.


Israelis are very informal in social interactions. Their standards would, in many other countries, be considered rude. For example, store clerks do not act at all solicitous or even acknowledge a customer's presence until the customer approaches. "Please" and "thank you" are not uttered lightly. Despite this apparent brusqueness, touching and eye contact are common in social interactions.

Mideast Dispatch Archive – Tom Gross

European Union funding and the Beersheva massacre
NY Times: Ariel Sharon “defining Israel’s boundaries and its very identity”
On the first day Israel was shunned, on the 67th it won gold
Sudan genocide 7: Where’s Sean Penn when you need him? Where’s the ISM?
Sudan genocide 6: Israel to blame, says Sudanese foreign minister
Israeli army to combat stress with cannabis (and other items)
New Zealand, France, Canada, Uzbekistan, Winston Churchill, & other items

If war with Iran comes, will the . open its secret military depots in Israel?
The Iranian nuclear threat: “Israel is on its own” (& Facebook removes Hizbullah)
Welcome to Alawistan (& Aleppo: closer to Turkish Anatolia than to Arab Damascus)
“Egypt’s tremendous military might comes under Islamist control”
Hamas claims Mossad behind Sinai attack (& Hamas PM’s in-law treated at Tel Aviv hospital)
A Gold medal for Hava Nagila (& versions by the Beatles, Capt. Kirk, & Ms. Egypt)

Israel to become ultimate swing state? (& Sarkozy: Obama’s stance on Iran is “utterly immature”)
Shimon Peres to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II Malaysia: women mustn’t wear trousers & other items
Will Barack Obama make John McCain his Secretary of Defense?
“Saudi women must wear one-eyed black veils” (& America kills a Swede in Iraq)
Hamas: Jews to blame for global financial crisis major upsurge of anti-Semitic postings on Internet
“Flirting” with Sarah Palin earns new Pakistani president a fatwa (& other items)

Of course, Israel has long been faced with international opprobrium, including before the Six-Day War itself, in which Israel was forced to defend itself alone against overwhelming odds. As Ben-Gurion once put it, “It doesn’t matter what the goyim say, but what the Jews do.” For much of its history Israel has grudgingly, but very successfully, followed Ben-Gurion’s dictum.

The Relative Status of Women and Men. In the Orthodox tradition, women and men live very separate lives. Women are considered inferior, and are excluded from many traditional activities. However, most of Israeli society is more progressive, and women are generally accorded equal status to men, both legally and socially. (The main exception to this is the divorce law.)

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