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Ilan Caron
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Someone asked me whether there's any chance of change here... I think in the medium-term sanity will re-emerge and that with a change of leadership, Israel will pursue compromise and a political solution.  It's inevitable... since eventually we'll understand the current status quo is unstable and unsustainable.  After all, 20 years ago Israel thought it had achieved something close to that with the Oslo accords. 
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Sorry man, look up the book of Zechariah, chap. 12-14.
That's what the future holds for humanity:)
Beware!
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Some thoughts from Israel.  First of all, Einstein's definition of madness seems spot on: "repeating the same thing while expecting different results".  Namely, with no leadership and certainly no vision, I don't expect anything to change... they send rockets over, we respond with F16 bombers, they continue, we invade. Lots of death and destruction. 

Rinse and repeat (every N years).  Hatred and intolerance deepen.

Second observation: Churchill remarked about the Americans but could just as well apply to the Israelis: "They always do the right thing.  After having tried everything else".  Maybe it's time to do the right thing.

Ah... you wonder, whatever may that be? You're so smart... just tell us.

Simply put... cooperate to build an economically strong Palestinian state.  Why not? It's worked in Europe (Germany, France, Yugoslavia, ...).  In Asia (Japan, Vietnam, ...).  What's so special about Israel?

Nothing.  Except... ever since Rabin's assassination the government has manipulated us into believing that we can indeed have our cake and eat it too -- a successful economy and an effective "security barrier" coupled with repression in the West Bank -- the average Tel-Aviv resident hasn't had to face up to the Palestinian reality.  There's nothing worse than beginning to believe your own propaganda.

In fact, in a tragically ironic way the very success of "Iron Dome" (the missile interception system) is going to make a sustainable peace harder to achieve.  I mean after all, things aren't all that bad.  The sirens go off, the missile is intercepted, a boom is heard.  Anxiety levels have gone up.  But back to our daily routines (work, the gym to work off the anxiety, movies, restaurants...).

Meanwhile in downtown Gaza... 
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> Simply put... cooperate to build an economically strong Palestinian state.  Why not? It's worked in Europe (Germany, France, Yugoslavia, ...).  In Asia (Japan, Vietnam, ...).  What's so special about Israel?

I think the problem is that the Israeli elite is committed to the status quo - both ideologically and in terms of institutional and personal gain. The elite is made of generals and politicians who built their careers on their belligerent rhetoric. They don't have much to gain and have a lot to lose by resolving the conflict.

We are screwed (mostly the Gazans and the West Bank Palestinians, and to a lesser extent the Israelis) unless "the world" (meaning mostly the US and its lap dogs in Western Europe) stops backing up the Israeli occupation.
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At www.lakesidehotel.co.uk on Lake Windermere. Where a UK electrical adapter requires a 50 pound sterling deposit. And the hot and cold water taps are still separate.
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Call me cynical, but is the attack in the south the death knell of the social justice movement in Israel?
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Daniel sent me this from NYC -- it's the new WTC -- I guess the goal is to get it up in time for the 10th anniversary?
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Is this the building designed by Libeskind? I didn't realize it was almost finished. It looks impressive in this shot, is it?
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Some thoughts from Israel.  First of all, Einstein's definition of madness seems spot on: "repeating the same thing while expecting different results".  Namely, with no leadership and certainly no vision, I don't expect anything to change... they send rockets over, we respond with F16 bombers, they continue, we invade. Lots of death and destruction. 

Rinse and repeat (every N years).  Hatred and intolerance deepen.

Second observation: Churchill remarked about the Americans but could just as well apply to the Israelis: "They always do the right thing.  After having tried everything else".  Maybe it's time to do the right thing.

Ah... you wonder, whatever may that be? You're so smart... just tell us.

Simply put... cooperate to build an economically strong Palestinian state.  Why not? It's worked in Europe (Germany, France, Yugoslavia, ...).  In Asia (Japan, Vietnam, ...).  What's so special about Israel?

Nothing.  Except... ever since Rabin's assassination the government has manipulated us into believing that we can indeed have our cake and eat it too -- a successful economy and an effective "security barrier" coupled with repression in the West Bank -- the average Tel-Aviv resident hasn't had to face up to the Palestinian reality.  There's nothing worse than beginning to believe your own propaganda.

In fact, in a tragically ironic way the very success of "Iron Dome" (the missile interception system) is going to make a sustainable peace harder to achieve.  I mean after all, things aren't all that bad.  The sirens go off, the missile is intercepted, a boom is heard.  Anxiety levels have gone up.  But back to our daily routines (work, the gym to work off the anxiety, movies, restaurants...).

Meanwhile in downtown Gaza... 
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2 Marianne Faithfull tickets available for tonight (Tuesday Oct 18) at 9pm in Binyamina. Only constraint is you need to pick up my CC from my house in Herzliya-Pituach on the way there.


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I can pick up your CC. Do I need to see the show?
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Interesting comment on Israel radio today from Gideon Levy (Haaretz): basically his thesis is that the current wave of social discontent here is Israel's version of the Arab Spring. I suppose in a sense the small group of tycoons, oligarchs + Netanyahu is a worthy set of opponents to try and topple. What ever happened to Israel the social democracy?
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The social democracy died in the privatization wave
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Hey, Ilan. I like to keep my hand in with the crosswords. I moved to Sydney a month ago. Going well so far. Still crosswording?
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  • Stanford University
    CS, 1987 - 1989
  • Tel Aviv University
    Math/CS, 1980 - 1983
  • Reed College
    English/Theatre
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    Technical Lead, 2007 - present
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    1989 - 2006
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